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MANUFACTURING ARTICLES



imec debuts plastic NFC tag, compatible to ISO protocols

02/07/2017  Innovative tag is the thinnest and mechanically most robust technology compatible to ISO protocols.

Do not go where the path may lead

01/27/2017  What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

01/25/2017  Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

ams announces completion of transaction to acquire Heptagon

01/25/2017  ams, a worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor and analog solutions, announces the completion of the transaction to acquire 100% of the shares in Heptagon and related capital.

New report from IHS Markit names top four trends driving the IoT in 2017 and beyond

01/24/2017  Fueled by lightning-fast demand for ubiquitous connectivity, the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices globally will jump by 15 percent year-over-year to 20 billion in 2017, according to new analysis from IHS Markit.

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

01/20/2017  A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures.

STMicroelectronics incorporates CWS’ SiPEX in the RF PDK H9 SOI FEM

01/11/2017  Coupling Wave Solutions, S.A. and STMicroelectronics today announced that they partnered together to reduce time-to-market for high-performance radio frequency (RF) silicon-on-insulator (SOI) designs

Researchers create practical and versatile microscopic optomechanical device

01/09/2017  Trapping light and mechanical waves within a tiny bullseye, design could enable more sensitive motion detection.

Microsemi honored as M2M Network Equipment Technology Company of the Year by IoT Breakthrough Awards

01/06/2017  Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced it was named M2M Network Equipment Technology Company of the Year by the inaugural IoT Breakthrough Awards.

Vesper and DSP Group demo near-zero-power voice-activation for battery-powered devices at CES 2017

01/05/2017  Vesper, DSP Group and Sensory will demonstrate their new development platform from January 5-8, 2017 during CES 2017.

Bosch launches smallest high performance barometric pressure sensor at CES 2017

01/04/2017  Today, Bosch Sensortec launches the BMP380, the company's smallest and best performing barometric pressure sensor, with a compact size of only 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.75 mm3.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

12/23/2016  From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing

12/22/2016  Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University's College of Engineering.

62 new facilities start operation 2017 and beyond

12/19/2016  Data from SEMI’s recently updated World Fab Forecast report reveal that 62 new Front End facilities will begin operation between 2017 and 2020.

Stamping technique creates tiny circuits with electronic ink

12/09/2016  New stamping technique creates functional features at nanoscale dimensions.

State of the art sensors made from graphene and children's toy silly putty

12/09/2016  World-first graphene innovation could be used for applications in medical devices and diagnostics.

Global semiconductor sales increase 5% year-over-year in October

12/08/2016  The global semiconductor market has rebounded in recent months, with October marking the largest year-to-year sales increase since March 2015.

ClassOne reports record sales, crediting WLP and "More than Moore"

12/07/2016  “We’ve been seeing a steady increase in market interest and sales,” said ClassOne Technology President, Kevin Witt.

EVG and Korea National NanoFab Center program on novel display coatings delivers outstanding results

12/07/2016  EV Group and the Korea National NanoFab Center announced preliminary results on improved transparent nanostructured anti-reflective coatings for next-generation displays.

Delivering a power punch

12/05/2016  Microscale energy storage units for wearable and miniaturized electronic devices are improved using porous materials.




TWITTER


WEBCASTS



Internet of Things

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

The age of IoT is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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Fab Cost Reduction

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

One of the primary concerns of today’s fab managers is cost reduction. This webcast will examine how top fabs are tackling that challenge by embracing smart manufacturing, otherwise known as Industry 4.0 or IIoT. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs.

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Advanced Packaging

March 2017 - 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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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

Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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EVENTS



LithoVision 2017
San Jose, CA
http://www.lithovision.com
February 26, 2017 - February 26, 2017
ISS Europe 2017
Munich, Germany
http://www.semi.org/eu/iss-europe-2017
March 05, 2017 - March 07, 2017
SEMI-THERM 33rd Annual Symposium & Exhibit
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
http://cmcfabs.org
May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
http://www.theconfab.com
May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017
ASMC 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2017
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017

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