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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.

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.




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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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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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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

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.

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