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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.

DCG Systems addresses localization of electrical shorts with EBIRCH technology

11/03/2015  DCG Systems announced the release of EBIRCH, a technology for localizing shorts and other low-resistance faults that may reside in the interconnect structures or the polysilicon base layer of integrated circuits.

China's Tsinghua Unigroup invests in Taiwan's Powertech

11/03/2015  Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a Chinese government-owned chipmaker will make a $600 million investment in Powertech Technology of Taiwan, according to multiple reports.

X-FAB announces investments to further expand X-FAB Sarawak capacity

11/02/2015  X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced it will expand the capacity and capabilities of its Kuching-based foundry operation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., to meet accelerating demand for its core technologies.

Practical Limits for Metallization Scaling in Fabs

11/02/2015  On-chip interconnects for ICs have evolved to meet different exacting needs, and the most advanced chips require multiple levels of copper (Cu) metal lines and via connections between transistors.

Meeting the IoT Design Challenge

11/02/2015  Mentor Graphics acquired Tanner EDA in March of 2015, in an effort to better address the design, layout and verification of analog/mixed-signal and MEMS ICs, key building blocks in the IoT. Since then, the Tanner team has moved offices and successfully been integrated into Mentor’s corporate structure.

Ziptronix and Fraunhofer collaborate on low-cost 3D integration solutions

10/30/2015  Ziptronix, Inc. announced it has entered into a development agreement with Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID.

Soraa announces LED manufacturing expansion in Syracuse, NY

10/30/2015  Soraa announced that it will open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Syracuse, New York.

Reports: TI, STMicro to add to semiconductor acquisitions spree

10/30/2015  Texas Instruments (Maxim Integrated) and STMicro (Fairchild) may be considering large acquisitions.

InvenSense announces UltraPrint mass-manufacturable ultrasound fingerprint touch sensor solution

10/28/2015  InvenSense announced it has released for OEM review UltraPrint, its ultrasonic fingerprint imaging solution, manufactured on the proprietary InvenSense CMOS-MEMS Platform (ICMP).

mCube unveils the world's smallest 1x1mm accelerometer

10/27/2015  mCube announced the industry’s first 3-axis accelerometer which is less than a cubic millimeter in total size.

IDT to Acquire ZMDI for $310 Million

10/27/2015  Integrated Device Technology, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire privately held ZMDI for total consideration of $310M in cash.

Brewer Science and Arkema announce partnership to bring high-performance material to semiconductor market

10/27/2015  Brewer Science, Inc., and Arkema announced a partnership to produce high-quality directed self-assembly (DSA) materials for use in semiconductor manufacturing.

Manipulating wrinkles could lead to graphene semiconductors

10/26/2015  RIKEN scientists have discovered that wrinkles in graphene can restrict the motion of electrons to one dimension, forming a junction-like structure that changes from zero-gap conductor to semiconductor back to zero-gap conductor.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.07

10/23/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders worldwide in September 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07.

Lam Research, KLA-Tencor to Combine in $10.6 Billion Deal

10/21/2015  Lam Research has agreed to acquire KLA-Tencor for $10.6 billion in cash and stock. The two giant suppliers of semiconductor capital equipment expect to close the transaction in mid-2016, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.

Lam Research to acquire KLA-Tencor

10/21/2015  Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) and KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Lam Research to acquire all outstanding KLA-Tencor shares in a cash and stock transaction.

Western Digital announces acquisition of SanDisk

10/21/2015  Western Digital Corporation and SanDisk Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement where Western Digital will purchase SanDisk.

Stanford engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell

10/20/2015  Stanford engineers have created a plastic "skin" that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell.




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Advanced Packaging: A Changing Landscape Rife with Opportunities

May 10, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Brewer Science

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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Trends in MEMS

May 11, 2016 at 12 PM ET / Sponsored by Boston Semi Equipment

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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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 2016 (Date and time TBD) / Sponsored by Zeta Instruments

Wafer level packaging (WLP) using fan-out technology is an attractive platform for achieving low-cost low-profile package solutions for smart-phones and tablets, which require cost-effective, high-density interconnects in small form-factor packaging. Assembled directly on a silicon wafer, the approach is unconstrained by die size, providing the design flexibility to accommodate an unlimited number of interconnects between the package and the application board for maximum connection density, finer line/spacing, improved electrical and thermal performance and small package dimensions to meet the relentless form factor requirements and performance demands of the mobile market. In this webcast, industry experts will explain the FOWLP process, discuss recent advances and forecast future trends.

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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
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

Adhesives for Electronic Applications

Master Bond custom formulates epoxy adhesives, sealants, coatings, potting and encapsulation compounds to meet the rigorous needs of the electronic industry. We are a leading manufacturer of conformal coatings, glob tops, flip chip underfills, and die attach for printed circuit boards, semiconductors, microelectronics, and more. Browse our catalog to find out more.January 05, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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SID Display Week 2016
San Francisco, CA
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May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Design Automation Conference
Austin, TX
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June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
The ConFab
Las Vegas, NV
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June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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