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China's semiconductor strategy

03/30/2016  China has become the largest and the fastest growing market in the world. 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments go to China and that’s expected to increase to almost 42% in 2019.

Synopsys Debuts Tools at Users Group Meeting

03/30/2016  Aart de Geus, the chairman and co-chief executive officer of Synopsys, used his keynote address at the 2016 Synopsys Users Group conference in Silicon Valley to tout a pair of new products.

Impact of triboelectric charging from DI water on transistor gate damage

03/30/2016  Optimized settings for DI water pressure at CMP and careful analysis of interconnect layout are used to improve quality on a complex analog design.

Mixed signal and IoT driving ASIC design starts growth, says Semico Research

03/29/2016  Steady demand in existing end markets and growth from new end applications are pushing ASIC design activity to new levels.

ACM demonstrates damage-free cleaning technology on 1Xnm patterned wafer

03/28/2016  ACM Research (Shanghai), Inc. has announced that it has solved the problem of patterned wafer cleaning.

How finFETs ended the service contract of silicide process

03/25/2016  A look into how the silicide process has evolved over the years, trying to cope with the progress in scaling technology and why it could no longer be of service to finFET devices.

The GaN RF market enjoyed a healthy increase in 2015

03/25/2016  GaN RF devices market will double over the next five years, led by GaN’s adoption across various market segments.

Amkor announces shipment of 700M RF and advanced SiP modules

03/25/2016  Amkor Technology Inc. announced it has shipped 700 million RF and front-end advanced system-in-package (SiP) modules for mobile device applications.

New way to control particle motions on 2-D materials

03/21/2016  Researchers at MIT and other institutions have found a new phenomenon in the behavior of a kind of quasiparticles called plasmons as they move along tiny ribbons of two-dimensional materials such as graphene and TMDs

Imec enhances its silicon photonics platform to support 50Gb/s non-return-to-zero optical lane rates

03/21/2016  Nanoelectronics research center imec presents at OFC 2016, the international event for both the science and business of optical communications held March 20-24, performance improvements of various key building blocks of its wafer-scale integrated silicon photonics platform (iSiPP).

3D Chips, New Packaging Challenge Metrology and Inspection Gear

03/21/2016  Metrology and inspection technology is growing more complicated as device dimensions continue to shrink. Discussing crucial trends in the field are Lior Engel, vice president of the Imaging and Process Control Group at Applied Materials, and Rudolph Technologies.

Molecular Modeling of Materials Defects for Yield Recovery

03/21/2016  New materials are being integrated into High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) of semiconductor ICs, while old materials are being extended with more stringent specifications.

IRT Nanoelec project integrates laser directly on silicon with a modulator

03/18/2016  IRT Nanoelec today announced the first co-integration of a III-V/silicon laser and silicon Mach Zehnder modulator demonstrating 25 Gbps transmission on a single channel.

Mentor Graphics Enhances Support for TSMC 7nm Design Starts and 10nm Production

03/17/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced further enhancements and optimizations to the Calibre® platform and Analog FastSPICE™ (AFS) platform by completing TSMC 10nm FinFET V1.0 certification.

Replacement for silicon devices looms big with ORNL discovery

03/17/2016  Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Linde Supports New Wave of PV Plants in SE Asia

03/17/2016  The Linde Group supports the expansion of photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing in Southeast Asia by offering its full portfolio of gases and wet chemicals, along with engineering services, to help the new PV cell plants being established in the region.

New MEMS Design Contest Encourages Advances in MEMS Technology

03/16/2016  Jointly sponsored by Cadence Design Systems, Coventor, X-FAB and Reutlingen University, a new MEMS Design Contest is being launched at DATE 2016.

ARM and TSMC announce multi-year agreement to collaborate on 7nm FinFET process

03/16/2016  ARM and TSMC announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a 7nm FinFET process technology which includes a design solution for future low-power, high-performance compute SoCs.

Making electronics safer with perovskites

03/16/2016  Scientists in Japan are developing methods to manufacture safer ceramic capacitors.

2016 semiconductor sales to go negative, says Semico Research

03/15/2016  After analyzing current trends, Semico announced the semiconductor industry is repeating the pattern from 2011-2012, albeit at a muted level.




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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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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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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

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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