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Highlights from Day 1 of IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015

11/19/2015  IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015, held in Santa Clara, CA Nov 18-19, is one mega conference with eight co-located tracks ranging from sensor technology & wearables to IoT, energy harvesting & storage to electric vehicles, 3D printing and graphene.

Europe’s secondary industry in the spotlight

11/17/2015  The dramatic shift from the trend for increasingly advanced technology to a vast array and volume of application-based devices presents Europe with a huge opportunity.

What lies beneath? 50 years of enabling Moore’s Law

11/17/2015  Vacuum technology trends can be seen over the period of innovation defined by Moore’s Law, particularly in the areas of increasing shaft speed, management of pumping power, and the use computer modeling.

Wafer bonding for high performance MEMS, power devices, and RF components

11/17/2015  Recent trends and future directions for wafer bonding are reviewed, with a focus on MEMS.

Wally Rhines of Mentor Graphics Gets Phil Kaufman Award

11/16/2015  The Phil Kaufman Award is presented by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). It honors the memory of Philip A. Kaufman, the EDA industry pioneer, electronics engineer, and entrepreneur, who died in 1992.

Bosch Sensortec CEO recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award

11/13/2015  Bosch Sensortec announced that its CEO, Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, has been chosen by the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group to receive its prestigious MEMS/Sensors Lifetime Achievement Award.

Security by design

11/13/2015  The advent of Internet-connected devices, the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), offers myriad opportunities and significant risks. It is our collective responsibility, as an industry, to secure the transport and storage of the data. Failing to properly secure the data risks turning the digital threat into a physical threat.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES launches high-performance ASIC offering on 14nm FinFET process technology

11/11/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the availability of FX-14, an ASIC offering built on the company's next-generation 14nm FinFET process technology.

Gartner: 6.4B connected "Things" in use in 2016

11/11/2015  Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.

Analog market to reach $56.5B in 2020

11/11/2015  The world electronics market will consume over 121 billion analog ICs in 2015 and grow to over $56 billion by 2020.

Shipments of residential Internet of Things devices expected to total over $330 billion through 2025

11/10/2015  A recent report from Navigant Research suggests the global market for residential IoT devices will grow strongly through 2025.

Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

11/10/2015  New research suggests wrapping silver nanowires with an ultrathin layer of graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

New MEMS, Sensors Emerge at MEMS Executive Congress US

11/09/2015  A wide variety of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices, sensors, and MEMS sensors were described and introduced at the MEMS Executive Congress US in Napa, Calif.

MEMS, Sensors Poised for Growth in the Internet of Things Era

11/09/2015  Not all segments in MEMS and sensors are enjoying hockey-stick growth forecasts, as commoditization and pricing pressures take hold. This was just one of the insights gleaned at last week’s MEMS Executive Congress US 2015.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES achieves 14nm finFET technology success for next-generation AMD products

11/06/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD products using its most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.

China to dominate flat panel display manufacturing by 2018, IHS

11/05/2015  China is quickly adding capacity in all flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing segments.

MEMS Executive Congress US Speaker Looks at MEMS Past, Present, and Future

11/04/2015  Much has changed in the world of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in the past 20 years, and much more will change in the next two decades, said Steve Nasiri of Nasiri Ventures in his keynote address Wednesday (November 4) at the MEMS Executive Congress US conference in Napa, Calif.

FEI announces agreement to acquire DCG Systems

11/03/2015  FEI Company and DCG Systems, Inc. announced an agreement where FEI willacquire DCG for $160 million in an all cash transaction.

New Helios G4 Series DualBeam from FEI sets new standards

11/03/2015  FEI announced the Helios G4 DualBeam series, which offers the highest throughput ultra-thin TEM lamella preparation for leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing and failure analysis applications.

Global semiconductor sales increase 1.5 percent in third quarter

11/03/2015  SIA announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $85.2 billion during the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the previous quarter.




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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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Interconnection Technologies

June 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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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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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
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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