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Gartner says worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016

06/14/2016  Gartner, Inc. said global smartphone sales will continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

06/13/2016  The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

06/13/2016  The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

Solid State Watch: June 3-9, 2016

06/10/2016  Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion; SEMI announced that 19 new fabs and lines are forecasted to begin construction in 2016 and 2017; Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors; IC Insights releases update to Market Drivers Report

Global semiconductor sales decrease in April; Annual sales projected to dip slightly in 2016

06/10/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion for the month of April 2016.

Countdown to Node 5: Moving beyond FinFETs

06/10/2016  A forum of industry experts at SEMICON West 2016 will discuss the challenges associated with getting from node 10 -- which seems set for HVM -- to nodes 7 and 5.

Equipment spending up: 19 new fabs and lines to start construction

06/10/2016  While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year. For 2016, 1.5 percent growth over 2015 is expected while 13 percent growth is forecast in 2017.

RF power semiconductor market worth $31.26B by 2022

06/09/2016  The market is expected to grow from USD 10.57 Billion in 2015 to USD 31.26 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 15.4% between 2016 and 2022.

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip

06/09/2016  VTT developed an efficient nanomaterial-based integrated energy.

China-based smartphone suppliers held 8 of Top 12 spots in first quarter ranking

06/09/2016  An India-based smartphone supplier -- Micromax -- joins the top 12 ranking for the first time.

SEMI reports first quarter 2016 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $8.3B

06/07/2016  SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$8.3 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Mentor Graphics Offers Tanner Calibre One Verification Suite for the Tanner Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design Environment

06/06/2016  The Tanner Calibre One IC verification suite is now an integral part of the Tanner analog/mixed-signal (AMS) physical design environment

Mentor’s Pattern Matching Tackles IC Verification and Manufacturing Problems

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that customers and ecosystem partners are expanding their use of Calibre Pattern Matching solution to overcome previously intractable IC verification and manufacturing problems.

Samsung’s Closed-Loop DFM Solution Accelerates Yield Ramps

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Samsung Foundry’s Closed-Loop DFM solution uses production Mentor Calibre and Tessent platforms to accelerate customer yield ramps

Solid State Watch: May 27-June 2, 2016

06/03/2016  GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced a joint venture with the government of Chongqing; Texas Instruments maintains leadership in analog IC marketshare; Micron releases two new solid state drive products; UT Dallas physicists research topological insulators

Exar Corporation announces Ryan A. Benton's appointment as new CEO

06/01/2016  Mr. Benton will replace Richard L. Leza, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Solid State Watch: May 20-26, 2016

05/31/2016  SEMI releases new book-to-bill ratio report; Infineon and imec share details of their CMOS-based 79 GHz sensor chip; Synopsys introduces pre-wafer simulation solution; Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond

Micron introduces fast, secure, power-efficient 3D NAND flash solid state drives

05/31/2016  Micron Technology, Inc. today introduced Micron 1100 SATA and Micron 2100 PCIe NVMe, two new solid state drive (SSD) product lines designed to tackle client computing workloads from web browsing and email, to video editing and auto CAD design.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to expand presence in China with 300mm fab in Chongqing

05/31/2016  Company plans new manufacturing facility and additional design capabilities to serve customers in China.

Long-term strategy pays off as TI maintains analog leadership

05/31/2016  Infineon, Skyworks Solutions move up, ST slips in shakeup of top analog suppliers of 2015.




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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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Interconnection Technologies

June 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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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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