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Texas Instruments announces 22B copper wire bond technology units shipped

10/14/2014  Texas Instruments today announced it has shipped more than 22 billion units of copper wire bonding technology from its internal assembly sites and is now in production for major high reliability applications including automotive and industrial.

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.

Threshold voltage tuning for 10nm and beyond CMOS integration

10/13/2014  A novel metal gate integration scheme to achieve precise threshold voltage (VT) control for multiple VTs is described.

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10FinFET process technology

10/02/2014  ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

10/01/2014  Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

09/18/2014  Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

Oxford Instruments launches 3rd annual Indian nanotechnology seminars in Kolkata and Delhi

09/18/2014  Oxford Instruments is hosting its third series of annual seminars for the nanotechnology industry in India in November.

ASML on EUV: Available at 10nm

09/17/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems will be available to pattern critical layers of semiconductors at the 10-nanometer process node, and EUV will completely take over from 193nm immersion lithography equipment at 7nm, according to Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer of ASML Holding.

Design and Manufacturing Technology Development in Future IC Foundries

09/16/2014  Virtual Roundtable provides perspective on the need for greater integration within the “fabless-foundry” ecosystem.

Monolithic 3D breakthrough at IEEE S3S 2014

09/15/2014  In the upcoming 2014 IEEE S3S conference (October 6-9), MonolithIC 3D will unveil a breakthrough flow that is game-changing for 3D IC. For the first time ever monolithic 3D (“M3DI”) could be built using the existing fab and the existing transistor flow.

Process Watch: Sampling matters

09/15/2014  Determining an optimum sampling strategy comes down to weighing the cost of process control against the benefit of capturing the defect or other excursion in a timely manner.

Foundry, EDA partnership eases move to advanced process nodes

09/15/2014  A leading semiconductor foundry and an EDA vendor with design-for-yield (DFY) solutions have enjoyed a long-term partnership. Recently, they worked together to leverage DFY technologies for process technology development and design flow enhancement.

Research Alert: September 9, 2014

09/09/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SRC announce new scholarship for undergraduate engineering students; Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics; Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

Fermilab implements Ziptronix's DBI hybrid bonding in high-end 3D image sensors

09/09/2014  Ziptronix Inc. today announced that its Direct Bond Interconnect (DBI) hybrid bonding has been implemented by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) to improve the performance of high-end 3D sensor arrays, which are used for particle detection in large-scale particle physics and x-ray imaging experiments.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SRC announce new scholarship for undergraduate engineering students

09/09/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced the “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Undergraduate Research Scholarship,” a new scholarship recognizing and rewarding aspiring, leadership-oriented engineering students interested in careers in the semiconductor industry.

The Week in Review: September 5, 2014

09/05/2014  New non-volatile memory technology; President and CEO of FSA announced; Samsung to use ProPlus 14nm finFET SPICE modeling platform; MEMS gyroscope from Analog Devices; SEMICON Taiwan held this week

Research Alert: September 3, 2014

09/03/2014  A new, tunable device for spintronics; Copper shines as flexible conductor; Competition for graphene

Intel Announces “New Interconnect” for 14nm

09/02/2014  Intel has just announced that “Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB”) packaging technology will be available to 14nm foundry customers.




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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

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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3D Integration

April 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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April 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials will play in the future.

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May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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SEMICON Southeast Asia 2015
Penang, Malaysia
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April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015
ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015