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Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

04/17/2015  The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University.

Monolithic 3D processing using non-equilibrium RTP

04/17/2015  Qualcomm endorses CEA-Leti’s “CoolCube” transistor stacking approach.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth

04/10/2015  Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, but sales growth is being pulled down significantly by price erosion in this once high-flying semiconductor marketplace.

MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018, says Semico Research

04/09/2015  The market for MEMS has been growing at a fast rate. But growth will come as a result of a wide variety of emerging MEMS and will be driven by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), where MEMS devices will replace conventional sensors, and by the introduction of new sensor technologies.

Standing Egg chooses MIPS CPUs for sensor hubs targeting mobile, IoT, wearables and automotive

04/07/2015  Imagination Technologies announces that South Korea based MEMS sensor development company Standing Egg has licensed Imagination's MIPS Warrior M-class CPU for use in its next-generation sensor hubs targeting an expanding range of products including mobile devices, IoT, wearables, and automotive.

Deeper Dive: Xpedition Enables Co-Design of Chips, Packages, Boards

03/31/2015  A new product from Mentor Graphics called Xpedition® Package Integrator provides a new methodology and platform in addition to a new suite of EDA tools. The platform enables chip, package and board designers to easily see how changing various design elements impact adjacent designs, an industry first.

ULVAC announces world's first, low temperature PZT sputtering technology

03/26/2015  ULVAC, Inc. this week announced industry's first low temperature PZT sputtering technology in mass production scale, enabling future advanced MEMS device integrated on CMOS which will be the mainstream of next generation MEMS devices.

Synopsys founder has plenty of work to do, isn't interested in politics

03/26/2015  Aart de Geus is not running for governor of California.

Dr. Terry Brewer receives the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the American Chemical Society

03/25/2015  Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science, was presented the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the American Chemical Society’s 249th National Meeting.

Apple dictates the ranking of top 10 MEMS manufacturers in 2014

03/25/2015  Apple boosted Bosch’s MEMS revenue in 2014 again as Bosch is the sole supplier of the pressure sensors added to the iPhone 6 and 6+.

MicroWatt Chips shown at ISSCC

03/05/2015  With much of future demand for silicon ICs forecasted to be for mobile devices that must conserve battery power, it was natural for much of the focus at the just concluded 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco to be on ultra-low-power circuits that run on mere microWatts (µW).

Time to “shift left” in chip design and verification, Synopsys founder says

03/04/2015  Taking “Smart Design from Silicon to Software” as his official theme, Aart de Geus urged attendees to “shift left” – in other words, “squeezing the schedule” to design, verify, debug, and manufacture semiconductors.

SPIE Advanced Lithography conference concludes

02/27/2015  Exposures, and reducing their cost, were a theme running through the 2015 SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium this week in San Jose, Calif., the center of Silicon Valley.

Learning to live with negative tone

02/27/2015  In lithography for manufacturing semiconductors, a negative tone can be a positive attribute.

Directed Self Assembly Hot Topic at SPIE

02/25/2015  At this week’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, Calif., the hottest three-letter acronym is less EUV and more DSA, as in directed self-assembly.

Proponents of EUV, immersion lithography face off at SPIE

02/25/2015  The two main camps in optical lithography are arrayed for battle at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium. EUVt lithography, on one side, is represented by ASML Holding, its Cymer subsidiary, and ASML’s EUV customers, notably Intel, Samsung Electronics, and TSMC. On the other side is 193i immersion lithography, represented by Nikon and its customers, which also include Intel and other leading chipmakers.

SPIE plenary takes in photonics, 3DICs, connected devices

02/23/2015  Speakers at the plenary session of the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference covered a wide variety of topics, from photonics to 3D chips to the Internet of Things, on Monday morning, February 23, in San Jose, Calif.

Complexity is the Theme at Lithography Conference

02/23/2015  Nikon and KLA-Tencor put on separate conferences in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, February 22, tackling issues in advanced optical lithography. The overarching theme in both sessions was the increased complexity of lithography as it approaches the 10-nanometer and 7nm process nodes.

MIG announces finalists for MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

02/19/2015  Selected from a pool of applicants, finalist companies will demo their MEMS/sensors-based applications as they vie for attendees’ votes.

SEMICON Show Highlights Chip Manufacturing in South Korea

02/04/2015  The SEMICON Korea conference and exhibition opens Wednesday in Seoul for a three-day run. The show highlights the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in South Korea, home to two of the biggest memory chip makers in the world, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix.




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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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3D Integration: The Most Effective Path for Future IC Scaling

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST

It is well recognized that dimensional scaling has reached its diminishing return phase. The industry is now looking at monolithic 3D to be the future technology driver. Yet, until recently, the path to monolithic 3D has required the development of new transistor types and processes. This Webcast will present game-changing monolithic 3D process flows which use the existing transistor of existing manufacturing line and existing process flows. Now the most effective path for future IC scaling is indeed monolithic 3D, which offers the lowest development and manufacturing cost for future ICs.

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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast 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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SEMICON Southeast Asia 2015
Penang, Malaysia
http://www.semiconsea.org
April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015
ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015