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Global Semiconductor Alliance announces 2016 Award recipients

12/09/2016  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce the award recipients honored at the 2016 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place in Santa Clara, California.

Global semiconductor sales increase 5% year-over-year in October

12/08/2016  The global semiconductor market has rebounded in recent months, with October marking the largest year-to-year sales increase since March 2015.

ClassOne reports record sales, crediting WLP and "More than Moore"

12/07/2016  “We’ve been seeing a steady increase in market interest and sales,” said ClassOne Technology President, Kevin Witt.

Five suppliers to hold 41% of global semiconductor marketshare in 2016

12/07/2016  Two years of busy M&A activity boost marketshare among top suppliers.

TriLumina appoints Brian Wong as president and CEO

11/16/2016  TriLumina Corp., a developer of semiconductor laser illuminators for solid-state LiDAR systems that enable autonomous vehicles and new automotive safety systems, announced that Brian Wong has been named as the company's new President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors.

Mentor Graphics Signs Agreement with ARM to Accelerate Early Hardware/Software Development

11/16/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) has signed a multiyear license agreement with ARM to gain early access to a broad range of ARM Fast Models, Cycle Models and related technologies.

Fan-in wafer-level packaging market to grow due to high demand for miniaturized electronics

11/11/2016  According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global fan-in wafer-level packaging (WLP) market is expected to reach USD 4.75 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 10%.

The Chinese advanced packaging ecosystem: Looking ahead

11/02/2016  In 2015, more than US$1 billion was invested in China’s advanced packaging ecosystem, announces Yole in its report Status and Prospects for the Advanced Packaging Industry.

ams schedules 2017 multi-project wafer starts for analog foundry customers

10/24/2016  180nm CMOS and HV-CMOS MPW runs are now manufactured in ams' 200mm fabrication facility in Austria.

Nanowires as sensors in new type of atomic force microscope

10/17/2016  A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

New sensor material could enable more sensitive readings of biological signals

10/07/2016  Scientists have created a material that could make reading biological signals, from heartbeats to brainwaves, much more sensitive.

KLA-Tencor, Lam Research call off merger deal

10/06/2016  The parties decided to it was not in the best interests of their respective stakeholders to continue pursuing the merger after the U.S. Department of Justice advised KLA-Tencor and Lam Research that it would not continue with a consent decree that the parties had been negotiating.

Keynotes announced, registration open for SEMICON Japan 2016

10/05/2016  Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes at SEMICON Japan's "SuperTHEATER" focusing on innovation and insights into the future of the electronics supply chain.

Silicon Labs acquires leading RTOS company Micrium

10/03/2016  Silicon Labs today announced the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system (RTOS) software for the Internet of Things (IoT).

TSMC recognizes Synopsys with three partner awards

09/28/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced that TSMC is recognizing Synopsys with three "2016 Partner of the Year" awards for Interface IP and joint development of 7-nanometer (nm) mobile and HPC design platforms.

Elusive Analog Fault Simulation Finally Grasped

09/27/2016  The test time per logic gate in ICs has greatly decreased in the last 20 years, thanks to scan-based design-for-test (DFT), automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) tools, and scan compression.

Synopsys and TSMC collaborate to certify Custom Compiler for 16FFC process

09/22/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a collaboration with TSMC to complete the certification for its 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET Compact (16FFC) process for a suite of Synopsys' digital, custom and signoff tools from the Galaxy Design Platform.

Mentor Graphics Extends Offering to Support TSMC 7nm and 16FFC FinFET Process Technologies

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced further enhancements and optimizations for various products within the Calibre Platform, and Analog FastSPICE (AFS) Platform, as well as the completion of further certifications and reference flows for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) 16FFC FinFET and 7nm FinFET processes.

Mentor Graphics Veloce Emulation Platform Used by Starblaze for Verification of SSD Enterprise Storage Design

09/21/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that the Veloce emulation platform was successfully used by Starblaze Technology for a specialized high-speed, enterprise-based Solid State Drive (SSD) storage design.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

09/21/2016  The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.




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Internet of Things

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

The age of IoT is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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Fab Cost Reduction

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

One of the primary concerns of today’s fab managers is cost reduction. This webcast will examine how top fabs are tackling that challenge by embracing smart manufacturing, otherwise known as Industry 4.0 or IIoT. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs.

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Advanced Packaging

March 2017 - Date and time TBD

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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ISS Europe 2017
Munich, Germany
http://www.semi.org/eu/iss-europe-2017
March 05, 2017 - March 07, 2017
SEMI-THERM 33rd Annual Symposium & Exhibit
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
http://cmcfabs.org
May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
http://www.theconfab.com
May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017
ASMC 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2017
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017
Design Automation Conference 2017 (DAC)
Austin, TX
https://dac.com
June 18, 2017 - June 22, 2017

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