Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

10/26/2016  Researchers have developed a prototype of a next-generation lithium-sulphur battery which takes its inspiration in part from the cells lining the human intestine. The batteries, if commercially developed, would have five times the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones and other electronics.

Revenue growth sounding strong for suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones

10/21/2016  Knowles, Goertek and AAC ranked as the top three global suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones for 2015.

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

10/21/2016  Stanford, Oxford team creates high-efficiency tandem cells.

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group reveals Tech Showcase finalists

10/11/2016  MSIG today announced the shortlist of finalists who will compete for the title of winner at this year's event.

First demonstration of brain-inspired device to power artificial systems

10/07/2016  New research, led by the University of Southampton, has demonstrated that a nanoscale device, called a memristor, could be used to power artificial systems that can mimic the human brain.

New sensor material could enable more sensitive readings of biological signals

10/07/2016  Scientists have created a material that could make reading biological signals, from heartbeats to brainwaves, much more sensitive.

imec and Holst Centre present the world's most energy-efficient biomedical sensor hub

10/04/2016  imec and Holst Centre (established by imec and TNO), today announced a new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) intended for a broad range of wearable health devices and applications.

Silicon Labs acquires leading RTOS company Micrium

10/03/2016  Silicon Labs today announced the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system (RTOS) software for the Internet of Things (IoT).

SiTime introduces high-precision MEMS oscillators

09/27/2016  SiTime Corporation today introduced an innovative Elite Platform encompassing Super-TCXOs (temperature compensated oscillators) and oscillators.

Elusive Analog Fault Simulation Finally Grasped

09/27/2016  The test time per logic gate in ICs has greatly decreased in the last 20 years, thanks to scan-based design-for-test (DFT), automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tools, and scan compression.

Process Watch: Salami slicing your yield

09/26/2016  The Process Watch series explores key concepts about process control -- defect inspection and metrology -- for the semiconductor industry. This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group highlights near-term and future connected tech at annual Executive Conference

09/26/2016  MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) today announced highlights of its twelfth annual business conference, MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ on November 9-11, 2016.

EV Group extends volume manufacturing expertise to biotech and medical applications

09/26/2016  EV Group today announced that it is increasing its focus on bringing its high-volume manufacturing process solutions and services to the biotechnology and medical device market.

Synopsys and TSMC collaborate to certify Custom Compiler for 16FFC process

09/22/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a collaboration with TSMC to complete the certification for its 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET Compact (16FFC) process for a suite of Synopsys' digital, custom and signoff tools from the Galaxy Design Platform.

Mentor Graphics Extends Offering to Support TSMC 7nm and 16FFC FinFET Process Technologies

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced further enhancements and optimizations for various products within the Calibre Platform, and Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform, as well as the completion of further certifications and reference flows for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) 16FFC FinFET and 7nm FinFET processes.

Leti orders HERCULES NIL system from EV Group for joint nanoimprint lithography program

09/21/2016  EV Group (EVG) and Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, announced today that Leti has ordered a HERCULES NIL track system from EV Group.

Mentor Graphics Veloce Emulation Platform Used by Starblaze for Verification of SSD Enterprise Storage Design

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that the Veloce emulation platform was successfully used by Starblaze Technology for a specialized high-speed, enterprise-based Solid State Drive (SSD) storage design.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

09/21/2016  The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

High-volume processes for next-generation biotechnology devices

09/12/2016  Over the past several decades, miniaturization has significantly improved clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical research and analytical chemistry. Modern biotechnology devices— such as biosensors, fully integrated systems for diagnostics, cell-analysis or drug discovery—are often chip-based and rely on close interaction of biological substances at the micro- and nanoscale. Thus, process technologies that enable the production of surface patterns and integration of fluidic components with small feature sizes are needed.

IC Insights updates semiconductor outlook for Internet of Things

09/07/2016  Lower sales projections for connected cities leads to reduced semiconductor IoT market forecast.



Heterogeneous Integration: An Emerging Trend for Next Generation Microelectronic Devices and a Tremendous Opportunity for Advanced Packaging

October 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Air Products

With the change in the traditional IC scaling cadence, the expansive growth of “Big data,” and the pervasive nature of computing, rises a paradigm shift in integrated circuit scaling and microelectronic devices. The pervasive nature of computing drives a need for connecting billions of people and tens of billions of devices/things via cloud computing. Such connectivity effect will generate tremendous amount of data and would require a revolutionary change in the technology infrastructures being used to transmit, store and analyze data. Heterogeneous integration through package with technologies such as system in package (SIP), on package integration (OPI) and fan-out (WLFO and PLFO) are poised to change the packaging industry and play a disruptive role in enabling next generation devices.

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Enabling The Future Of Information Technology Without Moore’s Law Scaling

November 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Astronics

Moore’s Law scaling can no longer maintain the pace of progress just when we need it most. Data, logic and applications are migrating to the cloud, consumerization of data and the rise of the Internet of Things are placing new demands and they are all occurring at the same time. Difficult challenges in power, performance, latency, bandwidth density, security and cost threaten our ability to maintain the progress that has enabled the growth of information technology. Meeting these challenges will require reduction in power and cost per function by a factor of 104 over the next 15 years while improving performance and decreasing latency. Only a revolution in packaging through Complex 3D-SiP can provide a solution. This will require new tools for design and simulation, new packaging architectures, production processes, materials, and equipment. The difficult challenges and potential solutions will be discussed.

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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
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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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NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
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