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OEM Group expands P5000 capabilities to compound semiconductor substrates

05/25/2017  OEM Group has launched the P5000:CS automated single wafer cluster tool for the compound semiconductor market.

Sensor/actuator sales take off as price erosion eases

05/22/2017  Strong unit growth continues to be driven by the spread of automated embedded controls, wearable systems, and the Internet of Things, says new O-S-D Report.

EV Group announces milestone: More than 1100 wafer bond chambers installed worldwide

05/22/2017  Demand for EVG wafer bonding solutions driven by accelerated production ramp in advanced packaging, advanced MEMS devices and CMOS image sensors.

Racyics launches 'makeChip' design service platform for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 22FDX technology

05/12/2017  Racyics GmbH announced today it has launched makeChip, an design service platform, developed using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 22FDX process technology and supported by Cadence.

Engineering technique is damaging materials, research reveals

04/21/2017  Widely used microscopy technique has unintended consequences, new Oxford University research reveals.

March billings reached levels not seen since March 2001, reports SEMI

04/21/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.03 billion in billings worldwide in March 2017, according to the March Equipment Market Data Subscription Billings Report published today by SEMI.

A novel method for the fabrication of active-matrix 3-D pressure sensors

04/05/2017  A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has created a three-dimensional, tactile sensor that could detect wide pressure ranges from human body weight to a finger touch. This new sensor with transparent features is capable of generating an electrical signal based on the sensed touch actions, also, consumes far less electricity than conventional pressure sensors.

Global semiconductor sales up 16.5% year-to-year

04/04/2017  Year-to-year sales increased by double digits across most regional markets, with the China and Americas markets showing particularly strong growth.

IEEE unveils next lifecycle phase of the IRDS to drive computing industry beyond Moore’s Law

03/31/2017  Series of nine white papers mark milestone effort for strategic initiative that identifies challenges and solutions to help guide future roadmaps.

Leti marks 50th anniversary with events and workshops in France, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S.

03/30/2017  Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, is marking its 50th anniversary this year during industry events and workshops in Grenoble, Tokyo, and Taipei and at both SEMICON West and IEDM 2017 in San Francisco.

Intel appoints Chief Strategy Officer

03/29/2017  Intel Corporation today announced the appointment of Aicha S. Evans as chief strategy officer, effective immediately.

Imec to honor Samsung's Dr. Kinam Kim with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/27/2017  The selection recognizes Dr. Kim's leadership and strategic vision, as well as his undeniable impact in the semiconductor industries.

Researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices

03/24/2017  Glass can bend over and over again on a nanoscale.

Intel elects two new members to Board of Directors

03/23/2017  Intel Corporation today announced that Omar Ishrak and Greg Smith have been elected to Intel’s board of directors.

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).

Eutelsat, ST announce low-cost, low-power System-on-Chip for interactive satellite terminals

03/08/2017  ST and Eutelsat complete development of chip for Eutelsat's next-generation SmartLNB.

Semiconductor manufacturing's next big thing at ASMC 2017

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

Global MEMS manufacturer selects ULVAC Technologies' plasma ashing system

03/01/2017  ULVAC Technologies, Inc. has been selected by a global MEMS inertial sensor manufacturer to deliver an ULVAC ENVIRO-1Xa advanced plasma ashing system for running critical low-temp descum processes and high-temp bulk photoresist strip processes.

Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties

02/27/2017  Rice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics.

Improved polymer and new assembly method for ultra-conformable 'electronic tattoo' devices

02/22/2017  Process uses household inkjet printer without soldering to create 750nm-thin elastomeric sheet.




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Advanced Packaging

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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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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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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
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