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Albert Theuwissen of Harvest Imaging honored with European SEMI Award 2014

10/08/2014  Albert Theuwissen, CEO of Harvest Imaging and professor at Delft University of Technology, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2014.

Samsung to invest $14.7B in new semiconductor fab

10/07/2014  Samsung Electronics announced plans on Monday to invest $14.7 billion (15.6 trillion Korean won) in a new semiconductor fabrication facility in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

SEMI announces rising annual silicon wafer shipment forecast

10/07/2014  SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2014-–2016.

Europe: Strong growth in chip equipment spending in 2015

10/06/2014  Global capital spending on semiconductor equipment is projected to grow 21.1 percent in 2014 and 21.0 percent in 2015.

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage

10/03/2014  Two-dimensional carbon 'paper' can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices.

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10FinFET process technology

10/02/2014  ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology.

Dow Corning releases new 150mm SiC wafers

10/02/2014  Dow Corning, a developer of silicon and wide-bandgap semiconductor technology, announced that it now offers 150mm diameter silicon carbide (SiC) wafers under its Prime Grade portfolio.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

10/01/2014  Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

10/01/2014  Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths.

A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3D nanomagnetic logic

09/30/2014  Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics will account for 18% of wearable athletics sensors in 2024

09/26/2014  Printed, flexible and organic electronic (PFOE) sensors can offer flexible form factors, larger area, lower cost, lower power, and better disposability compared to conventional sensors, key attributes for wearable applications.

Silicon Motion elects Han-Ping Shieh to Board of Directors

09/26/2014  Mr. Shieh will replace Mr. Kenneth Kuan-Min Lin, who had chosen not to stand for reelection to the Board of Directors in order to focus more on his venture capital and other activities.

New discovery could pave the way for spin-based computing

09/26/2014  A University of Pittsburgh research team has discovered a way to fuse these two distinct properties in a single material, paving the way for new ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures.

Honeywell advanced materials help mobile devices dissipate heat

09/25/2014  Honeywell Electronic Materials announced today that its advanced materials are being integrated into the production of tablets and smartphones, helping them stay cool and perform better.

Flexible LEDs

09/24/2014  Flexible light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

09/24/2014  Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

NSF and SRC announce research awards to 10 universities

09/23/2014  The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million under a joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS).

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples

09/22/2014  An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene.

NVIDIA unveils Maxwell GPU architecture

09/19/2014  In a major leap forward for gaming, NVIDIA today introduced the first high-end products based on its Maxwell chip architecture -- the new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 GPUs -- delivering unmatched performance, major new graphics capabilities and twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation.




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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.,

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (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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