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SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNYIT launch CMP Center

07/08/2014  The Center aims to accelerate the development of next generation CMP technology, and to drive improvement in the yield and cost of ownership of CMP processes.

Smart, sustainable manufacturing: new sensors for process monitoring

07/03/2014  Industries ranging from chemicals to agri-food to bio-tech and pharmaceuticals are looking at new sensor technologies to streamline processes and improve quality control.

The bright future of Si photonics

06/25/2014  Beyond all of the hype and tumult, market drivers and technological developments are converging to ensure a bright future for Si photonics.

memsstar relocates; Increases manufacturing capacity by 40%

06/18/2014  memsstar Limited, a provider of etch and deposition equipment and technology solutions to manufacturers of semiconductors and micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS), today announced that it has relocated to a new, larger facility.

InvenSense unveils gyroscope for high speed motion and wearable applications

06/11/2014  InvenSense, Inc., the provider of MotionTracking system on chip (SoC) and sound devices, announced the world’s widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications.

Sensor hubs make big gains while enabling the future of sensing

04/30/2014  Sensor hubs that offload tasks from power-hungry application processors and let mobile devices like smartphones and tablets run longer on a single battery charge are reaping gargantuan gains thanks to the global microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market

imec reports 4 percent growth in 2013 fiscal year

04/24/2014  Revenue for 2013 totaled 332 million euro, a four percent growth from the previous year.

Global scientific team "visualizes" a new crystallization process

04/17/2014  Sometimes engineers invent something before they fully comprehend why it works. To understand the "why," they must often create new tools and techniques in a virtuous cycle that improves the original invention while also advancing basic scientific knowledge.

MEMS microphones broadcast strong growth

04/04/2014  Global revenue for MEMS microphones is forecast to reach $1.04 billion this year, up a robust 24 percent from $836.9 million in 2013.

6 and 9-axis DOF sensors are creating a new paradigm in the combos business

03/18/2014  Over the last years, inertial MEMS have been subject to dramatic market & technological evolution. This has been driven by a large increase of the consumer market.

Executives debate innovation drivers and cost reduction in microelectronics supply chain

02/06/2014  The closing Executive Panel discussion at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium on January 15 provoked diverse views on the drivers and future of innovation in the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain.

"MEMS and NEMS processing advances" discussed at IEMN, Lille, France workshop on 8th April 2014

02/03/2014  "Nanoscale Processing for NEMS and MEMS" is the topic for the next Oxford Instruments technical workshop, being hosted in conjunction with the Institute of Electronics Micro-electronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in Lille, France on 8th April 2014.

New "photodetector" nanotechnology allows photos in near darkness

01/29/2014  Dark and blurry low light photos could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the development of game-changing ultrathin “nanosheets,” which could dramatically improve imaging technology used in everything from cell phone cameras, video cameras, solar cells, and even medical imaging equipment such as MRI machines.

MEMS Industry Group explores the “MEMS-enabled Life” at MEMS Executive Congress Europe 2014

01/28/2014  MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will host its third annual MEMS Executive Congress® Europe, 11 March, 2014 in Munich, Germany.

2014 Outlook: An era of unprecedented change

01/24/2014  We asked leading industry experts and analysts to give us their perspectives on what we can expect in 2014.

Semiconductors that detect cancer

01/23/2014  As exciting as it is to watch the semiconductor industry push to sub-10nm dimensions, 450mm wafers, finFETs, 3D ICs and the like, what’s even cooler is the potential of semiconductor technology to make a real difference in medicine.

STMicroelectronics reveals industry's best connected STM32 F0 microcontrollers

01/16/2014  STMicroelectronics has extended its STM32 F0 microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M0 core with new models that support crystal-less USB design, accurate sensing and smart power management for next-generation smart devices and connectivity products.

"Crisis? What Crisis?": New paradigm adjustments for capacity and equipment spending

01/09/2014  Worldwide, the semiconductor industry growth rate back in 1973 was about 30 percent and slipped into 1975 with negative sales growth rates.

SPTS named Supplier of the Year at the Annual MEMS Executive Congress

12/16/2013  SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, was named MEMS Supplier of the Year at the MEMS Executive Congress U.S. 2013 held in Napa last month

Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines

12/12/2013  Networks of nanometer-scale machines offer exciting potential applications in medicine, industry, environmental protection and defense, but until now there's been one very small problem: the limited capability of nanoscale antennas fabricated from traditional metallic components.




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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Parylene 101: Learn about the best protection for MEMS

This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment. May 22, 2014
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Wet Processing

July 2014 (date and time TBD) Wet processing including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions.

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450 Update

July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.

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Metrology

August 2014 (date and time TBD) Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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