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MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT ARTICLES



Cut costs: Improve competitive advantage

11/13/2015  Systematic – and predictive – cost reduction in semiconductor equipment manufacturing

Shipments of residential Internet of Things devices expected to total over $330 billion through 2025

11/10/2015  A recent report from Navigant Research suggests the global market for residential IoT devices will grow strongly through 2025.

Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

11/10/2015  New research suggests wrapping silver nanowires with an ultrathin layer of graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

New MEMS, Sensors Emerge at MEMS Executive Congress US

11/09/2015  A wide variety of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices, sensors, and MEMS sensors were described and introduced at the MEMS Executive Congress US in Napa, Calif.

MEMS, Sensors Poised for Growth in the Internet of Things Era

11/09/2015  Not all segments in MEMS and sensors are enjoying hockey-stick growth forecasts, as commoditization and pricing pressures take hold. This was just one of the insights gleaned at last week’s MEMS Executive Congress US 2015.

MEMS Executive Congress US Speaker Looks at MEMS Past, Present, and Future

11/04/2015  Much has changed in the world of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in the past 20 years, and much more will change in the next two decades, said Steve Nasiri of Nasiri Ventures in his keynote address Wednesday (November 4) at the MEMS Executive Congress US conference in Napa, Calif.

FEI announces agreement to acquire DCG Systems

11/03/2015  FEI Company and DCG Systems, Inc. announced an agreement where FEI willacquire DCG for $160 million in an all cash transaction.

New Helios G4 Series DualBeam from FEI sets new standards

11/03/2015  FEI announced the Helios G4 DualBeam series, which offers the highest throughput ultra-thin TEM lamella preparation for leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing and failure analysis applications.

X-FAB announces investments to further expand X-FAB Sarawak capacity

11/02/2015  X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced it will expand the capacity and capabilities of its Kuching-based foundry operation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., to meet accelerating demand for its core technologies.

Practical Limits for Metallization Scaling in Fabs

11/02/2015  On-chip interconnects for ICs have evolved to meet different exacting needs, and the most advanced chips require multiple levels of copper (Cu) metal lines and via connections between transistors.

Meeting the IoT Design Challenge

11/02/2015  Mentor Graphics acquired Tanner EDA in March of 2015, in an effort to better address the design, layout and verification of analog/mixed-signal and MEMS ICs, key building blocks in the IoT. Since then, the Tanner team has moved offices and successfully been integrated into Mentor’s corporate structure.

Soraa announces LED manufacturing expansion in Syracuse, NY

10/30/2015  Soraa announced that it will open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Syracuse, New York.

Reports: TI, STMicro to add to semiconductor acquisitions spree

10/30/2015  Texas Instruments (Maxim Integrated) and STMicro (Fairchild) may be considering large acquisitions.

InvenSense announces UltraPrint mass-manufacturable ultrasound fingerprint touch sensor solution

10/28/2015  InvenSense announced it has released for OEM review UltraPrint, its ultrasonic fingerprint imaging solution, manufactured on the proprietary InvenSense CMOS-MEMS Platform (ICMP).

Nordson EFD launches P-Jet non-contact jetting technology for higher throughput yields

10/28/2015  Nordson EFD introduces a new series of pneumatic non-contact dispensing systems.

mCube unveils the world's smallest 1x1mm accelerometer

10/27/2015  mCube announced the industry’s first 3-axis accelerometer which is less than a cubic millimeter in total size.

Brewer Science and Arkema announce partnership to bring high-performance material to semiconductor market

10/27/2015  Brewer Science, Inc., and Arkema announced a partnership to produce high-quality directed self-assembly (DSA) materials for use in semiconductor manufacturing.

Manipulating wrinkles could lead to graphene semiconductors

10/26/2015  RIKEN scientists have discovered that wrinkles in graphene can restrict the motion of electrons to one dimension, forming a junction-like structure that changes from zero-gap conductor to semiconductor back to zero-gap conductor.

Lam Research, KLA-Tencor to Combine in $10.6 Billion Deal

10/21/2015  Lam Research has agreed to acquire KLA-Tencor for $10.6 billion in cash and stock. The two giant suppliers of semiconductor capital equipment expect to close the transaction in mid-2016, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.

Western Digital announces acquisition of SanDisk

10/21/2015  Western Digital Corporation and SanDisk Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement where Western Digital will purchase SanDisk.




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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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San Francisco, CA
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016
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Grenoble, France
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October 25, 2016 - October 27, 2016

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