Device Architecture


North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.03

09/27/2016  A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

NXP introduces low power ARM Cortex-A7 based processor to fuel growth of the IoT

09/27/2016  At NXP FTF China today, NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI), officially announced the i.MX 6ULL applications processor which delivers up to 30 percent more power efficiency than its nearest competitors.

Elusive Analog Fault Simulation Finally Grasped

09/27/2016  The test time per logic gate in ICs has greatly decreased in the last 20 years, thanks to scan-based design-for-test (DFT), automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tools, and scan compression.

EV Group extends volume manufacturing expertise to biotech and medical applications

09/26/2016  EV Group today announced that it is increasing its focus on bringing its high-volume manufacturing process solutions and services to the biotechnology and medical device market.

Shanhai Capital to acquire Analogix Semiconductor

09/23/2016  Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. and Beijing Shanhai Capital Management Co, Ltd. today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a consortium led by Shanhai Capital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Analogix for over $500 million.

SRC honors professors from University of Chicago and University of Michigan

09/22/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today presented its University Research Award to professors from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan in recognition of their outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.

Mentor Graphics Extends Offering to Support TSMC 7nm and 16FFC FinFET Process Technologies

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced further enhancements and optimizations for various products within the Calibre Platform, and Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform, as well as the completion of further certifications and reference flows for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) 16FFC FinFET and 7nm FinFET processes.

Mentor Graphics Veloce Emulation Platform Used by Starblaze for Verification of SSD Enterprise Storage Design

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that the Veloce emulation platform was successfully used by Starblaze Technology for a specialized high-speed, enterprise-based Solid State Drive (SSD) storage design.

2016 a sequel to last year’s M&A mania

09/21/2016  Value of semiconductor industry M&A agreements already over $50 billion this year.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

09/21/2016  The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

≤200mm semiconductor manufacturing is here to stay

09/20/2016  Ted Shafer of ASML reports on the highlights from the ≤200mm manufacturing session during SEMICON West, organized by the SEMI Secondary Equipment and Applications Special Interest Group.

Moore's Law did indeed stop at 28nm

09/19/2016  As we have predicted two and a half years back, the industry is bifurcating, and just a few products pursue scaling to 7nm while the majority of designs stay on 28nm or older nodes.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES launches embedded MRAM on 22FDX platform

09/15/2016  High-performance embedded non-volatile memory solution is ideally suited for emerging applications in advanced IoT and automotive.

Global semiconductor sales rebound in July

09/14/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.1 billion for the month of July 2016.

The future of Europe pitch their startups at SEMICON Europa's Innovation Village

09/14/2016  SEMI today announced that twenty-one start-ups have been selected to pitch to investors and exhibit their products at SEMICON Europa's INNOVATION VILLAGE in Grenoble, France at the Alpexpo from 25-27 October, 2016.

Asia-Pacific to top 2016 regional IC sales in major system categories

09/14/2016  Government/Military only end-use segment where Asia-Pacific does not have top IC marketshare.

UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota professors recognized at annual SRC TECHCON Conference

09/13/2016  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, presented its highest honors Sept. 12 to professors from University of California, Berkeley and University of Minnesota at SRC's annual TECHCON conference in Austin, Texas.

Silicon nanoparticles instead of expensive semiconductors

09/12/2016  Within an international collaboration, physicists of the Moscow State University replace expensive semiconductors with affordable silicon nanoparticles for display production.

Liquid to liquid ambient cooling systems for semiconductor tools

09/09/2016  An overview of liquid-to-liquid cooling systems and their operating principles.

Synopsys joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES' FDXcelerator partner program

09/09/2016  Synopsys, Inc. and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that Synopsys has joined the foundry's FDXcelerator Partner Program, an ecosystem designed to facilitate 22FDX system-on-chip (SoC) designs.



DSA: Progress Toward Manufacturing Readiness

November 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Brewer Science

Directed self-assembly (DSA) patterning is one of the primary methods being pursued for future advanced patterning nodes. Since DSA’s initial introduction in the early 2000s, great progress has been made. However, many challenges remain for achieving manufacturing readiness. Key improvements in the areas of materials, defectivity, and process integration are still needed. This webcast will cover published progress to date, review key improvements needed, and discuss new advances in DSA technology. Results from CEA-LETI’s 300-mm lab-to-fab for validation of DSA’s manufacturing readiness will be discussed.

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Enabling The Future Of Information Technology Without Moore’s Law Scaling

November 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Astronics

Moore’s Law scaling can no longer maintain the pace of progress just when we need it most. Data, logic and applications are migrating to the cloud, consumerization of data and the rise of the Internet of Things are placing new demands and they are all occurring at the same time. Difficult challenges in power, performance, latency, bandwidth density, security and cost threaten our ability to maintain the progress that has enabled the growth of information technology. Meeting these challenges will require reduction in power and cost per function by a factor of 104 over the next 15 years while improving performance and decreasing latency. Only a revolution in packaging through Complex 3D-SiP can provide a solution. This will require new tools for design and simulation, new packaging architectures, production processes, materials, and equipment. The difficult challenges and potential solutions will be discussed.

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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.,

NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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Electronics Packaging Technology Conference
November 30, 2016 - December 03, 2016
International Electron Devices Meeting 2016 (IEDM)
San Francisco, CA
December 03, 2016 - December 07, 2016
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017