Materials and Equipment

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT ARTICLES



S. Korean University employs Advanced Vacuum plasma systems in nanotechnology research

08/24/2016  A leading South Korean research university has successfully integrated two Advanced Vacuum plasma processing systems from Plasma-Therm into its nanotechnology fabrication lab, which supports multiple users engaged in wide-ranging nanotechnology research.

Advanced packaging: Hot topic at SEMICON Taiwan 2016

08/17/2016  SEMI announced today that over 43,000 visitors are expected to attend SEMICON Taiwan September 7-9 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei.

Reno Sub-Systems secures first EVC matching network design win and large production order

08/16/2016  Reno Sub-Systems today announced that it has secured its first platform design win for its Electronically Variable Capacitor (EVC) matching network.

Hardware/Software Co-Development for IoT Applications: Q&A with Marie Semeria, CEO of CEA-Leti

08/03/2016  Marie Semeria, chief executive officer of CEA-Leti (http://www.leti.fr/en), sat down with SemiMD during SEMICON West to discuss how the French R&D and pilot manufacturing campus—located at the foot of the beautiful French alps near Grenoble—is expanding the scope of it’s activities to develop systems solutions for the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

Busch to open a new service center in Austin, Texas

07/28/2016  Busch, LLC this week announced plans to build a new 44,000 sq. ft. building in Austin, Texas.

Applied Materials appoints Judy Bruner to Board of Directors

07/25/2016  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the appointment of Judy Bruner to serve on its Board of Directors. Ms. Bruner has also been appointed to serve as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 0.7% in 2016, Gartner reports

07/22/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 0.7 percent in 2016, to $64.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 2 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

The danger that lurks below

07/19/2016  The semiconductor industry is moving quickly to adopt a variety of new materials in an effort to increase chip performance.

Global Neon Demand Expected to Exceed Increasing Supply

07/13/2016  Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases has made yet another investment to support its vertically integrated neon supply chain, by adding neon production capability to the company’s largest US based atmospheric gases unit (ASU) in La Porte, Texas, which produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the petroleum and petrochemical markets in the Houston area.

200mm fabs reawakening

07/13/2016  Buoyed by strong investments in China, 200mm wafer production is seeing a re-awakening, with overall 200mm capacity expected to match its previous 2006 peak level by 2019.

Test Protocols for the IoT

07/12/2016  The Internet-of-Things (IoT) will require components that can sense the world, process and store data, and communicate autonomously within a secured environment.

Rudolph Technologies announces new Clearfind technology for advanced packaging inspection

07/11/2016  Clearfind technology sees organic defects that often escape detection with conventional white-light inspection technologies.

Applied Materials' next-generation e-beam inspection system provides industry's highest resolution

07/11/2016  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its next-generation e-beam inspection system is delivering the highest resolution and image quality at the fastest throughput to leading foundry, logic, DRAM and 3D NAND customers as they move to advanced nodes.

IC Insights lowers 2016 semiconductor market forecast to -1%

07/08/2016  Weak global economy and poor DRAM market to drag down growth this year.

EV Group expands high-vacuum wafer bonding capabilities of EVG ComBond platform

07/06/2016  EV Group (EVG) today introduced new capabilities on the EVG ComBond automated high-vacuum wafer bonding platform specifically designed to support high-volume manufacturing (HVM) of advanced MEMS devices

Tiniest imperfections make big impacts in nano-patterned materials

06/28/2016  A Clarkson University research team reports surprising findings that could have significant impact for constructing nano-patterned materials in electronic, magnetic or optical devices.

AI Technology, Inc. introduces temporary bonding adhesive for thin wafer handling

06/23/2016  For fan-out wafer-level packaging and 3D packaging, thin wafer handling is critical; the wafer must not warp, bend or shift during any wafer-processing steps.

Building U.S. manufacturing ecosystems for emerging advanced packaging technologies

06/22/2016  Emerging opportunities for advanced packaging solutions for heterogeneous integration include a lot more than logic, memory and sensors.

Amkor Technology receives Qualcomm Technologies’ 2015 Supplier of the Year award

06/21/2016  Amkor Technology Inc., a provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, today announced it has received the Supplier of the Year award from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

What is driving the advanced packaging market in China?

06/16/2016  Driven by a strong semiconductor market outlook and aggressive investment in advanced packaging capability fueled by strong government support, advanced packaging revenue in China is expected to reach US$ 4.6 billion in 2020, against US$ 2.2 billion in 2015.




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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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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EVENTS



LithoVision 2017
San Jose, CA
http://www.lithovision.com
February 26, 2017 - February 26, 2017
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

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