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Crossbar to demonstrate resistive RRAM innovation at IEDM 2014

12/09/2014  Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering a new category of very high capacity and high-performance non-volatile memory, today announced it will be disclosing another major technology breakthrough in their development of Resistive RAM (RRAM) at next week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).

High photosensitivity 2-D-few-layered molybdenum diselenide phototransistors

12/08/2014  Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are now attracting a lot of interest due to their unique optoelectronic properties at atomic thicknesses.

Mentor Graphics Announces New Verification IP for PCIe 4.0

12/08/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the immediate availability of its new Mentor EZ-VIP PCI Express Verification IP, which reduces testbench assembly time for ASIC and FPGA design verification by a factor of up to 10X.

Cypress and Spansion to merge in $4B all-stock transaction

12/03/2014  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion.

TSV based memory going to volume production: the era of 3DIC finally begins

12/01/2014  With the recent Samsung announcement of mass production of 64 GB DDR4 DIMMs that use TSV technology for enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, all three of the major DRAM memory manufactures, Samsung, Hynix and Micron, have now announced the commercialization of TSV based memory architectures.

GIGAPHOTON provides new function for 50% reduction of neon gas consumption for ArF immersion laser users

11/25/2014  Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announces the provision of a new function, called “eTGM (eco-Total Gas Management),” for the existing users of its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products free of charge for a fixed period of time.

Applied Materials Introduces New Hardmask Process, Saphira

11/24/2014  A new hardmask material, called Saphira, and accompanying processes was introduced Applied Materials. The material, which is transparent and offers high selectivity and good mechanical strength, could reduce manufacturing costs by 35% per module.

Micron Technology CFO to retire in 2015

11/24/2014  Micron Technology, Inc. announced that Ronald C. Foster, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance, will retire from Micron next year.

Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium releases new specification

11/24/2014  The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC), dedicated to the development and establishment of an industry-standard interface specification for Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology, today announced the finalization and public availability of its HMCC 2.0 specification (HMCC 2.0).

PDSTI completes acquisition of Montage

11/24/2014  Montage Technology Group Limited, a global fabless provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions addressing the home entertainment and cloud computing markets, today announced that Montage Technology Global Holdings, Ltd., an entity jointly formed by Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co., Ltd. and China Electronics Investment Holdings Limited, has completed its acquisition of the company.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

11/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014

11/20/2014  Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.

NFC IGZO TFT for Game Cards

11/20/2014  Holst Centre, imec, and Cartamundi work on flexible Near Field Communication tags embedded in paper cards.

Carbonics aims for improved power consumption and performance with new carbon nanomaterials

11/19/2014  Startup is backed by $5.5M investment, leveraging carbon research conducted at UCLA and USC.

New process isolates promising material

11/18/2014  Molybdenum disulfide has emerged as a leading successor to graphene.

Notebook PC shipments rise year over year as tablet PCs decline

11/18/2014  Notebook PC growth was primarily driven by the developed regions of North America and Western Europe, which increased year-over-year shipments by more than 20 percent in the third quarter.

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

11/18/2014  Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. A team of Carnegie scientists led by Timothy Strobel has synthesized an entirely new form of silicon, one that promises even greater future applications.

GigOptix appoints Darren Ma as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

11/18/2014  GigOptix, Inc., a supplier of advanced high speed semiconductor components, today announced the appointment of Darren Ma as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

SK Hynix Memory Solutions opens office in Longmont, Colorado

11/18/2014  SK Hynix Memory Solutions (SKHMS), a provider of NAND flash solutions, today announced the opening of its new engineering development center in Longmont, Colorado.

New way to move atomically thin semiconductors for use in flexible devices

11/13/2014  Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to transfer thin semiconductor films, which are only one atom thick, onto arbitrary substrates, paving the way for flexible computing or photonic devices.




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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.,

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.,

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FinFETs

February 2015 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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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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SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
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February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
LithoVision 2015
San Jose, California United States
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February 22, 2015 - February 22, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
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July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015