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Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

04/27/2015  The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger

Silicon Motion announces agreement to acquire Shannon Systems

04/24/2015  Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a developer of NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems.

Surface matters: Huge reduction of heat conduction observed in flat silicon channels

04/23/2015  A paper published in ACS Nano describes how the nanometre-scale topology and the chemical composition of the surface control the thermal conductivity of ultrathin silicon membranes.

UGA chemists' synthesis of silicon oxides opens 'new world in a grain of sand'

04/23/2015  In an effort that reaches back to the 19th-century laboratories of Europe, a discovery by University of Georgia chemistry researchers establishes new research possibilities for silicon chemistry and the semiconductor industry.

From metal to insulator and back again

04/23/2015  New work from Carnegie's Russell Hemley and Ivan Naumov hones in on the physics underlying the recently discovered fact that some metals stop being metallic under pressure.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

04/23/2015  Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe.

How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector

04/23/2015  In this 50th year anniversary of Moore’s Law, the steady scaling of silicon chips’ cost and performance that has so changed our world over the last half century is now poised to change it even further through the Internet of Things.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

04/22/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

ITRS 2.0: Top-Down System Integration

04/22/2015  ITRS2.0 will, for the first time, develop a top-down system-driven roadmap framework for key semiconductor industry drivers in the 2015-2030 period.

Synopsys' modeling of 10nm parasitic variation effects ratified by open-source standards board

04/21/2015  Synopsys, Inc. today announced new extensions to its open-source Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) which enable modeling of complex device and interconnect parasitic effects at the advanced 10-nanometer (nm) process node.

MagnaChip to offer diversified products for Internet of Things applications

04/20/2015  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products announced today that it has kicked-off an Internet of Things (IoT) task force and will offer diversified products with ultra-low power technology in anticipation of the fast growing IoT market.

SOI: Revolutionizing RF and expanding in to new frontiers

04/17/2015  SOI provides the capability to revolutionize RF Front Ends and WAN RFSOCs through innovation in radio architectures.

Top 10 2015 semiconductor sales leaders forecast to include NXP/Freescale

04/17/2015  Total top 10 marketshare of semiconductor industry now back over 50 percent.

Solid State Watch: April 10-16, 2015

04/17/2015  SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.2B; Automotive touch panel revenues to hit $1.5B by 2018; Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth; ClassOne enters ECD lab partnership with Shanghai Sinyang

Monolithic 3D processing using non-equilibrium RTP

04/17/2015  Qualcomm endorses CEA-Leti’s “CoolCube” transistor stacking approach.

GaN Systems seals distribution deal in Japan and Asia

04/14/2015  GaN Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced it has signed an agreement with Japanese semiconductor and electronic component distributor, Value Integrated Technology (Vitec).

Duke University research advances testing of 3D integrated circuits for cost-effective development of electronics

04/14/2015  Duke University researchers are working to advance the tools and methodologies used to test 3D integrated circuits (ICs), which promise to help ensure the ongoing development of higher performance, lower power semiconductor chips.

IDT appoints semiconductor veteran Robert A. Rango to Board of Directors

04/10/2015  Integrated Device Technology, Inc. today announced that Robert A. Rango, a former Broadcom Corp. executive with extensive leadership skills in the global semiconductor market, has been appointed to IDT’s Board of Directors, effective April 6, 2015.

New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'

04/10/2015  A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas - the so-called 'last frontier' of semiconductor design - would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications.

Solid State Watch: April 3-9, 2015

04/10/2015  SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B; Cavendish Kinetics adopts STATS ChipPAC’s wafer level technology; MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018; TSMC certifies Synopsys design tools for 16nm finFET plus production




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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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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Interconnects

June 2015 (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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015