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Semiconductor Industry Association announces support of House tax reform blueprint

03/17/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, this week announced its support for the House "Better Way" corporate tax reform proposal as an appropriate starting point for reform.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2017 billings

03/17/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.97 billion in billings worldwide in February 2017 (three-month average basis), according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI.

U.S. companies still hold largest share of fabless company IC sales

03/16/2017  Largest fabless IC marketshare increase has come from Chinese suppliers, who now hold a 10% share.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor equipment sales of $41.2B

03/14/2017  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $41.24 billion in 2016, representing a year-over-year increase of 13 percent.

SEMICON China 2017 opens tomorrow in Shanghai

03/13/2017  Over 60,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China opening tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

Semiconductor shipments dominated by opto-sensor-discrete devices

03/10/2017  Updated forecast shows total semiconductor shipments surpassing one trillion devices in 2018.

Soitec begins ramping up production of 200mm SOI wafers in China at SOI manufacturing partner's fab

03/09/2017  Soitec has announced that the ramp up to high-volume production of 200mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers has begun at the manufacturing facility of its Chinese partner Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd.

EVG breaks speed and accuracy barrier in mask alignment lithography for semiconductor packaging

03/08/2017  New IQ Aligner NT achieves double throughput and alignment accuracy over previous-generation platform; opens up new applications for EVG lithography solutions.

Record spending for fab equipment expected in 2017 and 2018

03/07/2017  Today, SEMI announced updates to its World Fab Forecast report, revealing that fab equipment spending is expected to reach an industry all-time record − more than US$46 billion in 2017.

Mentor Graphics Launches Unique Xpedition PCB Systems Vibration and Acceleration Simulation Solution

03/06/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its new Xpedition® vibration and acceleration simulation product for printed circuit board (PCB) systems reliability and failure prediction.

Cypress closes sale of Minnesota wafer fabrication facility

03/06/2017  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced it has sold the subsidiary that owns its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington, Minnesota to SkyWater Technology Foundry for $30 million.

January semiconductor sales up 14% compared to last year

03/06/2017  Year-to-year growth is market's largest since November 2010; month-to-month sales decrease slightly.

Semiconductor manufacturing's next big thing at ASMC 2017

03/02/2017  Manufacturers, suppliers and academia gather to understand the road ahead.

Eleven companies forecast to account for 78% of semi capex in 2017

03/02/2017  Three of the top 11 companies are expected to increase capex spending by 25% or more.

Cadence delivers foundry-enabled in-design and signoff lithography simulation integration with ASML

02/28/2017  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced the Cadence Litho Physical Analyzer (LPA) Production Lithography Unified Solution (PLUS) developed in partnership with ASML, which seamlessly provides foundry-enabled lithography simulation capabilities during chip design implementation and signoff.

SMIC joins the eBeam Initiative as EUVL and multi-beam mask writing become key themes for 2017

02/28/2017  The eBeam Initiative today announced that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC)--one of the world's leading global foundries--has joined its ranks.

TSMC joins Semiconductor Research Corporation

02/28/2017  Semiconductor Research Corporation today announced that TSMC has signed an agreement to participate in two SRC research initiatives.

Imec presents patterning solutions for N5-equivalent metal layers

02/27/2017  At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference in San Jose, Calif. (USA), imec and its partners will present a patterning solution for a 42nm-pitch M1 layer and a 32nm-pitch M2 layer in logic design compatible with the foundry N5 requirements.

Picosun and Hitachi MECRALD Process

02/24/2017  ALD fab films at lower temperatures.

Gigaphoton extends the lifetime of collector mirrors in EUV pilot light sources

02/23/2017  Company demonstrates that magnetic-field debris mitigation, a new technology, extends collector mirror lifetime in Pilot light source for EUV lithography mass production plants, a major step towards eliminating bottlenecks.




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Dense Off Chip Integration (DOCI): Advanced Packaging, low cost alternatives to boost electronic system performance

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The slowing down of Moore's Law even at leading CMOS Fabs due to approaching Physics limits, while at the same time the explosion in demand for chips and systems across a wide range of market segments (compact wearable / portable consumer systems, the transfer and processing of data to and from the cloud, at the high performance end specialized architectures e,g for AI) has revived interest in Dense Off Chip Integration (DOCI ), first used in MCMs (Multi Chip Modules) for mainframes some 3 decades ago.

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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. 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 such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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EVENTS



Microelectronics Tech Asia Singapore 2017
ITE College Center, Singapore
http://www.microelectronics.sg
July 04, 2017 - July 05, 2017
Intersolar North America
San Francisco, CA
http://www.intersolar.us
July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017
ees North America
San Francisco, CA
http://www.ees-northamerica.com
July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017
SEMICON West 2017
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 11, 2017 - July 13, 2017

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