Materials and Equipment

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT ARTICLES



A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

01/07/2016  “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

Startup Works on Ultralow-k Materials for Chips, Displays

12/21/2015  The very last presentation at the 12th annual 3D Advanced Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference was given by Hash Pakbaz, president and chief executive officer of SBA Materials, a developer of nanoporous and mesoporous materials for semiconductor manufacturing and other applications.

3D ASIP Conference Hears from EDA, IC Gear Companies

12/18/2015  John Ferguson of Mentor Graphics provided the electronic design automation perspective on packaging technology at the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference in Redwood City, Calif.

Packaging Conference Addresses Challenges, Opportunities in New Technologies

12/18/2015  On the second day of the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference, the heavy hitters came out to talk. Attendees heard presentations from executives of Amkor Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Northrop Grumman, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, and Xilinx, among other companies.

Conference Features "The Year of Stacked Memory" in 2015

12/17/2015  The theme of this year's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packading (3D ASIP) conference is "The Year of Stacked Memory," noting how memory die stacked in one package are becoming more commonplace in 2015.

Advanced semiconductor packaging drives materials consumption through 2019

12/15/2015  The $18 billion semiconductor packaging materials will undergo steady single-digit unit volume growth for many material segments through 2019, including laminate substrates, IC leadframes, underfill, and copper wire.

SEMI reports third quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures

12/11/2015  SEMI this week reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015.

China Bolsters its IC Gear Business with Mattson Acquisition

12/10/2015  Mattson Technology agreed this month to be acquired by Beijing E-Town Dragon Semiconductor Industry Investment Center, a limited partnership in China, for about $300 million in cash.

Variation in build-up substrate layer thicknesses and its impact on FCBGA BLR performance

12/08/2015  Subtleties in thicknesses between the alternating Cu metal and dielectric layers within a build-up substrate can impact BLR performance.

Smart Rock Bolt Wins Prize at Designers of Things Conference

12/07/2015  When it comes to Internet of Things products, most people would think of the Apple Watch or Fitbit fitness-tracking devices. A device aimed at the mining industry has proved to be a popular entry at the Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.

Leti to collaborate with Keysight Technologies to enable expansion of FD-SOI technology

12/07/2015  CEA-Leti today announced it has signed an agreement with Keysight Technologies, a device-modeling software supplier, to adapt Leti’s UTSOI extraction flow methodology within Keysight’s device modeling solutions for high-volume SPICE model generation.

Semiconductor sales: slight growth projected for next three years

12/07/2015  Market projected to grow by 0.2 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016, and 3.1 percent in 2017.

Mobile sector continues to dominate the advanced packaging market; IoT looms on the horizon

12/03/2015  Advanced packaging will reach 44% of packaging services and a revenue of US$ 30 billion by 2020.

Pfeiffer Vacuum welcomes 2015 Röntgen Prize Winner

11/30/2015  This year, the Justus Liebig University Giessen awards its Röntgen Prize to Dr. Eleftherios Goulielmakis.

Measuring 5nm Particles In-Line

11/30/2015  ITRI and TSMC co-develop aerosol method to monitor liquids and slurries.

Tallness Makes Reliable Spindt Tip Cold Cathodes

11/30/2015  Vacuum nanowire arrays of cold cathodes for high frequency sources and amplifiers

Mentor Graphics announces collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES

11/25/2015  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it is collaborating with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to qualify the Mentor RTL to GDS platform, including the RealTime Designer physical RTL synthesis solution and Olympus-SoC place & route system, for the current version of the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 22FDX platform reference flow.

InvenSense CEO touts the Internet of Sensors

11/23/2015  InvenSense president and chief executive officer Behrooz Abdi sees the Internet of Things as an Internet of Sensors, a theme he explored Tuesday afternoon (November 17) at the opening of the fourth annual InvenSense Developers Conference.

InvenSense Developers Conference Tackles Sensor Security, New Technologies

11/23/2015  The second day of the InvenSense Developers Conference saw presenters get down to cases – use cases for sensors.

Intel and ASM look to TCB

11/17/2015  Is there any question that TCB is real and will be the next big bonding technology? The focus this month is more on this very important new assembly process from Intel and ASM.




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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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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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
SEMICON West 2016
San Francisco, CA
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016
SEMICON Europa 2016
Grenoble, France
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 25, 2016 - October 27, 2016

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