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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.

CMOS image sensor update

10/30/2016  Toshiba was the first to commercially implement CMOS image sensors with backside TSV last technologies in 2007. Many of us stated in 2007 that further advances could be obtained by removing the CMOS circuitry to a separate layer and forming a true 3D chip stack, but the technology imple- mentation had to wait while the industry first converted to back side imaging technology.

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.

TSMC's UBM-free fan-in WLCSP

09/21/2016  At the 2016 ECTC Conference, TSMC discussed their UFI (UBM-Free Integration) Fan-In WLCSP technology which they claim enables large die fine pitch packages.




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Advanced Packaging

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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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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. 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 such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We 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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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
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