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Wireless nanorod-nanotube film enables light stimulation of blind retina

12/03/2014  Breakthrough could lead to artificial retinas for visually impaired. Combining semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes, it could potentially form part of a future prosthetic device that replaces damaged retinal cells.

Applied Materials Introduces New Hardmask Process, Saphira

11/24/2014  A new hardmask material, called Saphira, and accompanying processes was introduced Applied Materials. The material, which is transparent and offers high selectivity and good mechanical strength, could reduce manufacturing costs by 35% per module.

X-FAB MEMS Foundry wins “Foundry of the Year” Award at MEMS Executive Congress

11/20/2014  X-FAB MEMS Foundry today announced it received the “MEMS Foundry of the Year” award at the Best in MEMS & Sensors Innovation Awards ceremony, as part of the MEMS Industry Group’s 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress held in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.

NFC IGZO TFT for Game Cards

11/20/2014  Holst Centre, imec, and Cartamundi work on flexible Near Field Communication tags embedded in paper cards.

Holst Centre, imec and CARTAMUNDI join forces to create the near field communication chip of the future

11/19/2014  Holst Centre, set up by the Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec and the Dutch research institute TNO, and Cartamundi NV have announced a collaboration to develop ultra-thin flexible near field communication (NFC) tags.

STMicroelectronics, AKM, InvenSense and Bosch share 75% of the consume inertial combo market

11/19/2014  Combo sensors continue their growth in a market expected to reach US$ 1.4 billion in 2019 overcoming discrete sensors.

mCube named MEMS Start-Up of the Year at MEMS Executive Congress

11/13/2014  mCube, provider of the world’s smallest MEMS motion sensors, today announced the company secured three awards at last week’s MEMS Executive Congress for its significant innovations in MEMS and sensors

Cavendish Kinetics secures funding to accelerate the growth of the RF MEMS market

11/11/2014  Cavendish Kinetics, the provider of high-performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for mobile and wearable devices, today announced the closing of a $7 million funding round as well as the appointment of Gilles Delfassy to its board of directors.

MEMS Industry Group announces first open-source Algorithm Community

11/06/2014  MEMS Executive Congress -- Karen Lightman, executive director of MEMS Industry Group (MIG), today announced the first open-source algorithm cooperative, Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC), during her opening remarks at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

11/04/2014  Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface of light-sensitive material to create complex surface patterns that form the sensors and electronics components on nanoscale devices.

Apple and Samsung drive adoption of next-generation sensors

11/03/2014  Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology.

Experts at the Table: Focus on Semiconductor Materials

11/03/2014  The cutting edge in semiconductor manufacturing has meant not only big changes in IC design and process technology, but also in semiconductor materials. Experts weigh in from Linde Electronics; Kate Wilson of Edwards Vacuum; David Thompson of Applied Materials; and Ed Shober of Air Products and Chemicals.

Air-gaps in Copper Interconnects for Logic

10/31/2014  Intel’s “14nm-node” process uses air-gaps in dielectrics; direction disclosed four years ago.

STMicroelectronics tops five billion MEMS sensors shipped

10/23/2014  Beyond gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, and other widely adopted applications, ST’s sensors have also been used in thousands of other useful, fun, and valuable applications.

Finalists announced for MEMS Executive Congress US 2014

10/23/2014  Six companies selected from a pool of applicants will compete in MEMS Industry Group's (MIG)'s MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress.

Mergers, acquisitions reshape the automotive semi supplier landscape

10/22/2014  Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market.

MEMS Industry Group goes to the 'Shark Tank' for MEMS and sensor-based products

10/20/2014  MIG announces finalists for Elevator Pitch Session at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in five years

10/16/2014  Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.




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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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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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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015