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Strategy is key differentiator as more efficient GaN, SiC power electronics enter market

02/10/2015  Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap (WBG) materials claim market share from silicon-based semiconductors, according to Lux Research.

Precision growth of light-emitting nanowires

02/10/2015  A novel approach to growing nanowires promises a new means of control over their light-emitting and electronic properties.

Mentor Graphics launches broadest embedded systems solution for industrial automation

02/09/2015  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the embedded systems industry's broadest portfolio for industrial automation.

Qualcomm and China's National Development and Reform Commission reach resolution

02/09/2015  Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law.

Spansion and XMC expand partnership to jointly develop 3D NAND

02/09/2015  Spansion Inc. and XMC, China's fastest growing 300mm semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies will work together to develop and manufacture 3D NAND technology.

One-atom-thin silicon transistors hold promise for super-fast computing

02/09/2015  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have created the first transistors made of silicene, the world's thinnest silicon material.

Breakthrough may lead to industrial production of graphene devices

02/09/2015  With properties that promise faster computers, better sensors and much more, graphene has been dubbed the 'miracle material'. But progress in producing it on an industrial scale without compromising its properties has proved elusive.

ROHM Semiconductor announces monolithic EDLC cell balancing IC

02/05/2015  ROHM recently announced the development of a cell balancing IC that contributes to increased miniaturization, greater stability, and longer life for EDLCs.

SEMICON Show Highlights Chip Manufacturing in South Korea

02/04/2015  The SEMICON Korea conference and exhibition opens Wednesday in Seoul for a three-day run. The show highlights the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in South Korea, home to two of the biggest memory chip makers in the world, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix.

Status of the power electronics industry: It is now a question of integration

02/02/2015  According to Yole Développement’s team, wide band gap (WBG) technologies are almost ready to be used by power electronics integrators. The question is now: How?

New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability

01/30/2015  If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one.

Demystifying nanocrystal solar cells

01/30/2015  Scientists are focusing on nanometer-sized crystals for the next generation of solar cells. These nanocrystals have excellent optical properties. Compared with silicon in today's solar cells, nanocrystals can be designed to absorb a larger fraction of the solar light spectrum. However, the development of nanocrystal-based solar cells is challenging.

"The Electrical Arts" and the First Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable

01/28/2015  Before there were electrical engineers and standard definitions for the ampere, ohm and volt, entrepreneurs and scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States worked on the issue of improving communications between the Old World and the New World.

2014 was bumper year for automotive semiconductors

01/27/2015  The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS.

New pathway to valleytronics

01/27/2015  A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors.

New Soitec eSI90 RF-SOI wafer improves RF performance of high-end smart phone components

01/26/2015  Soitec (Euronext) has introduced its eSI90 substrate, the newest high-end wafer in its radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) product family.

Rambus appoints Tom Fisher to its Board of Directors

01/23/2015  Rambus Inc. today announced the appointment of Mr. Ellis Thomas Fisher as a director to its Board, effective immediately.

EMCORE Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt as Chief Technology Officer

01/23/2015  EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market, announced today the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer for EMCORE Corporation, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Rittichier.

Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

01/23/2015  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory show that etching a nanoscale texture onto the silicon material itself creates an antireflective surface that works as well as state-of-the-art thin-film multilayer coatings.

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters

01/23/2015  Scientists from ICFO, MIT, CNRS, CNISM and Graphenea have now demonstrated active, in-situ electrical control of the energy flow from erbium ions into photons and plasmons.




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How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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Materials

April 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials will play in the future.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015