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Rising number of fabless semiconductor companies, test houses to augment chip handler market

07/07/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the semiconductor chip handler market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% until 2020.

Global semiconductor sales up slightly in May

07/05/2016  Sales increase 0.4 percent compared to April, decrease 7.7 percent year-to-year.

IoT and mobile devices: Big market opportunities but more challenges towards security threats

07/05/2016  Assuring IoT security will require strategies to manage the entire value and supply chains.

The switch that could double USB memory

07/01/2016  Scientists at Hokkaido University have developed a device that employs both magnetic and electronic signals, which could provide twice the storage capacity of conventional memory devices, such as USB flash drives.

ASML president to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

06/30/2016  Van den Brink will accept the award at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose, an event that will commemorate the 25thanniversary of the Noyce Award.

FormFactor completes acquisition of Cascade Microtech

06/28/2016  FormFactor, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Beaverton, Oregon-based Cascade Microtech, Inc.

Presto Engineering signs agreement with NAGRA for secure product production

06/27/2016  Presto will provide supply chain management and production services for several of NAGRA’s key products in the Pay TV market.

SMIC acquires LFoundry

06/27/2016  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation jointly announces with LFoundry Europe GmbH and Marsica Innovation S.p.A., the signing of an agreement on June 24, 2016 to purchase a 70% stake of LFoundry for a consideration of 49 million EUR.

Qualcomm files complaint against Meizu in China

06/24/2016  Qualcomm Incorporated announced that it has filed a complaint against Meizu in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals

06/24/2016  With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power.

Process Watch: Process control and production cycle time

06/24/2016  In the early stages of development, having more process control can help reduce both the number and duration of cycles-of-learning (the iterations required to solve a particular problem).

Increased use of semiconductors in auto industry to boost global semiconductor capital equipment until 2020

06/23/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global semiconductor capital equipment market is expected to reach $47.34 billion mark by 2020.

SMIC begins mass production of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor in Beijing

06/23/2016  The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents an important step for SMIC's 28nm technology.

MagnaChip selects Mentor Graphics Analog FastSPICE platform

06/23/2016  The AFS Platform provides the world's fastest circuit verification for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, memory, and custom digital circuits.

POET Technologies announces closing of acquisition of BB Photonics

06/23/2016  POET completes the transaction owning 100% of BB Photonics and its assets, including intellectual property and technologies.

Power transistors to see less volatility in second half of this decade

06/22/2016  Greater demand for energy efficiency in systems, cars, portable electronics, and new connections to the Internet of Things will steadily drive power transistor sales to new record-high levels in the next three years.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift

06/22/2016  Despite slower growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2 percent year over year, reaching $29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

Ultratech receives follow-on order from major Asian foundry for laser spike annealing system

06/21/2016  The LSA101 tool will be used to support the foundry's 28nm and 40nm production efforts, and Ultratech expects to ship the system in the third quarter of 2016.

Dialog Semiconductor announces director appointment

06/17/2016  Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, today announced the appointment of Nick Jeffery to the company's Board of Directors.

Circuit technology that resolves issues with high-frequency piezoelectric resonators

06/17/2016  Realizing compact, low-cost, high-speed radio communication systems for the IoT age.




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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Flawless Execution at Fairchild: How Change to Modern MES Enables Agility, Quality and Productivity

August 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

In this high-pressure environment, leading semiconductor companies are swapping out older manufacturing executions systems (MES) for modern MES. Surprised? True, the perceived risk of changing out MES in a semiconductor facility is high. Yet companies have done it with great success and enormous business benefits. Fairchild Semiconductor’s positive experiences as it strives for quality, on-time delivery, new product introduction success, improved productivity and quality are indicative. In just one year, Fairchild switched out aging systems for a new MES at a plant in China – and the following month, they got it up at a second plant. Learn what they did to ensure the change happened quickly and without a hitch. In addition to this case study, you’ll hear from a leading industry analyst who has interviewed dozens of people from semiconductor companies that have succeeded with the move to modern MES.

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Interconnection Technologies

August 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
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Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
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