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Sensor sales keep hitting new records but price erosion curbs growth

07/22/2016  Double-digit unit shipment increases continue with demand being strong for low-cost sensors in wearable systems, Internet of Things, and automated embedded control.

Automotive MEMS sensor unit-shipments rose in 2015, even as revenue stalled

07/21/2016  Although shipments of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors used in automotive applications grew 8.4 percent in 2015, revenues were flat compared to the previous year, reaching $2.7 billion.

Research team led by NUS scientists develop plastic flexible magnetic memory device

07/20/2016  Novel technique to implant high-performance magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic surface without compromising performance.

Unisem ships 1 billion packaged MEMS devices

07/19/2016  Unisem reported it recently shipped its one billionth packaged MEMS device and continues to invest capex in both MEMS assembly equipment and the development of additional factory floor space for this expanding market.

Global Neon Demand Expected to Exceed Increasing Supply

07/13/2016  Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases has made yet another investment to support its vertically integrated neon supply chain, by adding neon production capability to the company’s largest US based atmospheric gases unit (ASU) in La Porte, Texas, which produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the petroleum and petrochemical markets in the Houston area.

Test Protocols for the IoT

07/12/2016  The Internet-of-Things (IoT) will require components that can sense the world, process and store data, and communicate autonomously within a secured environment.

EV Group expands high-vacuum wafer bonding capabilities of EVG ComBond platform

07/06/2016  EV Group (EVG) today introduced new capabilities on the EVG ComBond automated high-vacuum wafer bonding platform specifically designed to support high-volume manufacturing (HVM) of advanced MEMS devices

HITRS roadmap aims to integrate photonic devices in SiP

06/29/2016  A new roadmap, the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (HITRS), aims to integrate fast optical communication made possible with photonic devices.

Building a smart cardiac patch

06/27/2016  'Bionic' cardiac patch could one day monitor and respond to cardiac problems.

SMIC acquires LFoundry

06/27/2016  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation jointly announces with LFoundry Europe GmbH and Marsica Innovation S.p.A., the signing of an agreement on June 24, 2016 to purchase a 70% stake of LFoundry for a consideration of 49 million EUR.

Brite Semiconductor and Semitech Semiconductor collaborate on industrial M2M SoC

06/24/2016  This SoC is designed to support M2M communication in the global industrial and energy transmission market via PLC/wireless modes.

EV Group scores fourth consecutive triple crown win in annual VLSIresearch customer satisfaction survey

06/21/2016  EV Group (EVG) today announced that, for the fourth successive year, it has earned all three awards resulting from VLSIresearch Inc.'s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.

ams acquires CCMOSS

06/16/2016  ams, a manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCMOSS), a developer of micro hotplate structures for gas sensing and infrared applications, in an all-cash transaction.

Solid State Watch: June 3-9, 2016

06/10/2016  Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion; SEMI announced that 19 new fabs and lines are forecasted to begin construction in 2016 and 2017; Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors; IC Insights releases update to Market Drivers Report

Mentor Graphics Offers Tanner Calibre One Verification Suite for the Tanner Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design Environment

06/06/2016  The Tanner Calibre One IC verification suite is now an integral part of the Tanner analog/mixed-signal (AMS) physical design environment

Mentor’s Pattern Matching Tackles IC Verification and Manufacturing Problems

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that customers and ecosystem partners are expanding their use of Calibre Pattern Matching solution to overcome previously intractable IC verification and manufacturing problems.

Samsung’s Closed-Loop DFM Solution Accelerates Yield Ramps

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Samsung Foundry’s Closed-Loop DFM solution uses production Mentor Calibre and Tessent platforms to accelerate customer yield ramps

Solid State Watch: May 27-June 2, 2016

06/03/2016  GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced a joint venture with the government of Chongqing; Texas Instruments maintains leadership in analog IC marketshare; Micron releases two new solid state drive products; UT Dallas physicists research topological insulators

Cadence next-generation Virtuoso platform deployed by STMicroelectronics for SmartPower Technologies

06/02/2016  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that STMicroelectronics has qualified and actively deployed the next-generation Cadence Virtuoso platform for its SmartPower technologies.

Solid State Watch: May 20-26, 2016

05/31/2016  SEMI releases new book-to-bill ratio report; Infineon and imec share details of their CMOS-based 79 GHz sensor chip; Synopsys introduces pre-wafer simulation solution; Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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Flawless Execution at Fairchild: How Change to Modern MES Enables Agility, Quality and Productivity

August 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

In this high-pressure environment, leading semiconductor companies are swapping out older manufacturing executions systems (MES) for modern MES. Surprised? True, the perceived risk of changing out MES in a semiconductor facility is high. Yet companies have done it with great success and enormous business benefits. Fairchild Semiconductor’s positive experiences as it strives for quality, on-time delivery, new product introduction success, improved productivity and quality are indicative. In just one year, Fairchild switched out aging systems for a new MES at a plant in China – and the following month, they got it up at a second plant. Learn what they did to ensure the change happened quickly and without a hitch. In addition to this case study, you’ll hear from a leading industry analyst who has interviewed dozens of people from semiconductor companies that have succeeded with the move to modern MES.

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August 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
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Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
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