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Advanced materials enable a smart and interconnected world - SEMI Strategic Materials Conference 2015

07/29/2015  The SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), taking place September 22–-23 in Mountain View, Calif., will uncover the drivers for new materials and how material suppliers are impacted by the value chain they serve.

Chinese automotive semiconductor revenues to hit $6.2B in 2015

07/28/2015  The growth rate for vehicle shipments in China is slowing, but more and better performing semiconductors will still be required in automotive applications in the coming years.

Semiconductor market worth $332B in 2015

07/28/2015  ReportsnReports.com added 2015 semiconductor market research reports that forecast a 2.9 percent CAGR to 2020 for semiconductor industry and a 6.7 percent rise from 2014 in the semiconductor equipment market size during 2015 across the world.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2015 book-to-bill ratio

07/22/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.51 billion in orders worldwide in June 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI

Analog Devices joins SRC's Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems Initiative

07/20/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that Analog Devices, Inc. has joined SRC’s hardware cybersecurity research program called Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S).

EUV: Unlike anything else in the fab

07/16/2015  Imagine EUV lithography in high volume production. ASML has been working for years to make it happen.

Leti and EVG launch INSPIRE

07/15/2015  CEA-Leti and EV Group launched a new program in nano-imprint lithography (NIL) called INSPIRE to demonstrate the benefits of the nano-patterning technology and spread its use for applications beyond semiconductors.

Applied Materials' new etch system provides atomic-level precision

07/13/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced a next-generation etch tool, the Applied Centris Sym3 Etch system, featuring an entirely new chamber for atomic-level precision manufacturing.

IBM Research alliance produces industry's first 7nm node test chips

07/09/2015  IBM Research today announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.

EV Group ramps nanoimprint lithography into high-volume manufacturing with HERCULES NIL Track System

07/07/2015  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today unveiled the HERCULES NIL—a fully integrated track system that combines cleaning, resist coating and baking pre-processing steps with EVG's SmartNIL large-area nanoimprint lithography (NIL) process in a single platform.

Process Watch: Increasing process steps and the tyranny of numbers

07/06/2015  Moving to the next design rule can be stressful for the inspection and metrology engineer. Like everything else in the fab, process control generally doesn’t get any easier as design rules shrink and new processes are introduced.

Tackling advanced litho challenges on the path to node 5

07/02/2015  If you attended just about any mask making conference in the last five to seven years, you would have heard the lament about exploding data volumes and their impact on mask writing time and, by extension, mask costs.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics business

07/01/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business.

Building a better semiconductor

06/29/2015  Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.

What chipmakers will need to address growing complexity, cost of IC design and yield ramps

06/29/2015  As these early days of the Internet of Things show the network’s promise and reveal technological challenges that could threaten its ability to meet user expectations in the years ahead, technology providers will be charged with supplying the solutions that will meet those challenges.

SMIC receives "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from Qualcomm

06/25/2015  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced its receipt of the "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from customer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization

06/22/2015  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program to optimize the chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) process through silicon characterization and modeling for advanced-node designs at 14 nanometer (nm) and below.

Sondrel announces further investment in graduate training for the semiconductor sector

06/19/2015  Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO, has announced his commitment to further investment in the training of graduate engineers looking to develop a career in the IC design sector, by providing a teaching fellow, and nine scholarship awards to students engaged on the Sondrel University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

06/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

IC manufacturers close or repurpose 83 wafer fabs from 2009-2014

06/17/2015  150mm and 200mm wafer fabs account for two-thirds of total closures.




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Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

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The Path to Future Interconnects

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Jon Candelaria, Semiconductor Research Corp.’s director of interconnect and packaging sciences, will summarize a SEMICON West Semiconductor Technology Symposium Session focused on interconnects. He’ll describe the challenges for interconnect technology up to the end of the CMOS roadmap, and a few of the alternatives to address them. Next, he’ll discuss possible directions beyond the roadmap, as well as interconnectivity requirements and solution paths for emerging applications.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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Advanced Packaging

August 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
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August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
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September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
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September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
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October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
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December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
http://sites.ieee.org/wf-iot/
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015