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.

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.

Leti orders HERCULES NIL system from EV Group for joint nanoimprint lithography program

09/21/2016  EV Group (EVG) and Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, announced today that Leti has ordered a HERCULES NIL track system from EV Group.

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.

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.

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.

M+W Group presents an integrated waste program for semiconductor facilities

09/08/2016  The global high-tech engineering and construction company M+W Group has presented current and future trends, as well as state of the art solutions, for an integrated approach to waste reduction in order to improve the sustainability of semiconductor fabs

SEMI recognizes UMC CEO Po Wen Yen for sustainable semiconductor manufacturing leadership

09/07/2016  SEMI today presented its industry leadership award for sustainable manufacturing to Po Wen Yen, CEO of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC).

SEMICON Taiwan 2016 opens tomorrow; 43,000 attendees expected

09/06/2016  Upbeat about the growth prospects of Taiwan's semiconductor sector, SEMICON Taiwan 2016 features 600 exhibitors covering over 1,600 booths,and is expected to attract more than 43,000 visitors in three days.

Semiconductor industry icons to gather at SIA Award Dinner Nov. 10 in San Jose

09/02/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced more than a dozen semiconductor industry icons, leaders, and founders will come together at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry's highest honor.

Enabling industry collaboration to address critical ATE challenges

09/01/2016  For many years, the ATE industry has been challenged with controlling the cost of both production and development test by implementing innovative approaches and employing clever strategies (e.g., multi-site test implementation, DFT, etc.) to make “ends” meet, so to speak.



Heterogeneous Integration: An Emerging Trend for Next Generation Microelectronic Devices and a Tremendous Opportunity for Advanced Packaging

October 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Air Products

With the change in the traditional IC scaling cadence, the expansive growth of “Big data,” and the pervasive nature of computing, rises a paradigm shift in integrated circuit scaling and microelectronic devices. The pervasive nature of computing drives a need for connecting billions of people and tens of billions of devices/things via cloud computing. Such connectivity effect will generate tremendous amount of data and would require a revolutionary change in the technology infrastructures being used to transmit, store and analyze data. Heterogeneous integration through package with technologies such as system in package (SIP), on package integration (OPI) and fan-out (WLFO and PLFO) are poised to change the packaging industry and play a disruptive role in enabling next generation devices.

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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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