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Advantest develops semiconductor circuit analysis terahertz technology

05/21/2015  Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation announced today that it has developed a technology utilizing short-pulse terahertz waves for analysis of electrical circuits.

Danaher to buy Pall in $13.8B deal

05/14/2015  Danaher Corporation announced that it will acquire Pall Corporation for $13.8 billion. Once the transaction is completed, the merged company plans to split into two publicly traded corporations.

SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

05/14/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.

Solid State Watch: May 1-8, 2015

05/12/2015  First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year; New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead; Microchip and GlobalFoundries announce new 55nm embedded NVM; ASE and TDK announce plans for joint venture agreement

Microchip Technology to acquire Micrel

05/07/2015  Microchip Technology Incorporated, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Micrel, Incorporated today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Micrel.

ITRS 2.0: Heterogeneous integration

05/06/2015  Interconnecting transistors and other components in the IC, in the package, on the printed circuit board and at the system and global network level, are where the future limitations in performance, power, latency and cost reside.

Solid State Watch: April 24-30, 2015

05/04/2015  Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger; Sensor competition, actuator recovery impact supplier ranking; Georgia Tech research offers novel cellular sensing platform for expanded use of semiconductor in biotech applications; Silicon Motion announces agreement to acquire Shannon Systems

It’s blue skies for Jabil and its customers

05/01/2015  While making printed circuit boards is still a big business for the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Jabil, which boasts 90 plants in 24 countries around the world, the Blue Sky Center emphasizes that Jabil has progressed from being a board manufacturer to a full-service supply chain management firm.

Safe CMP slurries for future IC materials

04/29/2015  New CMP processes for new materials planned to be used in building future IC devices are now in R&D. Early data on process trade-offs as well as on EHS aspects were presented at the CMP Users Group meeting.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

04/22/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

ITRS 2.0: Top-Down System Integration

04/22/2015  ITRS2.0 will, for the first time, develop a top-down system-driven roadmap framework for key semiconductor industry drivers in the 2015-2030 period.

SOI: Revolutionizing RF and expanding in to new frontiers

04/17/2015  SOI provides the capability to revolutionize RF Front Ends and WAN RFSOCs through innovation in radio architectures.

Top 10 2015 semiconductor sales leaders forecast to include NXP/Freescale

04/17/2015  Total top 10 marketshare of semiconductor industry now back over 50 percent.

Solid State Watch: April 10-16, 2015

04/17/2015  SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.2B; Automotive touch panel revenues to hit $1.5B by 2018; Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth; ClassOne enters ECD lab partnership with Shanghai Sinyang

Monolithic 3D processing using non-equilibrium RTP

04/17/2015  Qualcomm endorses CEA-Leti’s “CoolCube” transistor stacking approach.

SEMI seminar focuses on European packaging, assembly and test

04/14/2015  On June 18, the SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar will take place in Vila do Conde, Portugal.

Solid State Watch: April 3-9, 2015

04/10/2015  SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B; Cavendish Kinetics adopts STATS ChipPAC’s wafer level technology; MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018; TSMC certifies Synopsys design tools for 16nm finFET plus production

Consider packaging requirements at the beginning, not the end, of the design cycle

04/02/2015  Consider these eight issues where the packaging team should be closely involved with the circuit design team.

Pibond introduces a new product line for logic, memory, power and MEMS devices

04/01/2015  Targeting 10nm node semiconductor processing, 3D NAND, power ICs as well as MEMS applications, this technology enables advanced device manufacturing through reduced cost of ownership (COO) and simplified processing.

Deeper Dive: Xpedition Enables Co-Design of Chips, Packages, Boards

03/31/2015  A new product from Mentor Graphics called Xpedition® Package Integrator provides a new methodology and platform in addition to a new suite of EDA tools. The platform enables chip, package and board designers to easily see how changing various design elements impact adjacent designs, an industry first.




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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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

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Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015