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Analog Devices’ monitoring initiative aims to improve crop quality, yields, and boost profitability of local farmers

08/23/2017  The initiative instructs student farmers how to use Internet of Things and blockchain technologies to track the conditions and movement of produce from “Farm to Fork” to make decisions that improve quality, yields, and profitability.

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

08/22/2017  A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios.

SiFive and Rambus to provide IP to the 'DesignShare' economy

08/22/2017  SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced it will partner with Rambus to make Rambus cryptography technology available for the SiFive Freedom platforms.

MRSI Systems launches high speed die bonder for photonics high volume manufacturing

08/22/2017  MRSI Systems is launching a new High Speed Die Bonder, MRSI-HVM3, to support photonics customers’ high volume manufacturing requirements.

'Electronic skin' takes wearable health monitors to the next level

08/21/2017  A soft, stick-on patch collects, analyzes and wirelessly transmits a variety of health metrics from the body to a smartphone.

Large wafers, complex IC designs among advanced packaging trends

08/15/2017  The global semiconductor advanced packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% during the period 2017-2021, according to Research and Markets.

Industry upswing: End of cycles?

08/14/2017  Semiconductor-related companies are trading at all-time highs, and record device shipments and revenues as well as equipment revenues are expected.

Brain-mimicking nanomaterials for A.I. retina receive $7M research grant

08/09/2017  A future android brain like that of Star Trek’s Commander Data might contain neuristors, multi-circuit components that emulate the firings of human neurons.

NanoString and Lam Research announce strategic development collaboration

08/09/2017  NanoString Technologies, Inc. and Lam Research Corporation today announced a strategic collaboration to develop NanoString's proprietary Hyb & Seq next-generation sequencing platform.

Intel completes tender offer for Mobileye

08/08/2017  The combination of Intel and Mobileye will allow Mobileye's computer vision expertise (the "eyes") to complement Intel's high-performance computing and connectivity expertise (the "brains") to create automated driving solutions from cloud to car.

Opto-mechanical technique circumvents mechanical losses using the action of light

08/08/2017  A research collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the University of Maryland has revealed a new technique by which scattering of sound waves from disorder in a material can be suppressed on demand. All of this, can be simply achieved by illuminating with the appropriate color of laser light. The result, which is published in Nature Communications, could have a wide-ranging impact on sensors and communication systems.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is forecast to grow 10.2% in 2017

08/07/2017  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2 percent in 2017, to $77.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

NXP announces production of security chips in its US manufacturing facilities

08/04/2017  NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the United States.

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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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Interconnects

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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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

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Advanced Process Control Conference
Austin, Texas
http://www.apcconference.com
October 09, 2017 - October 12, 2017
IEDM 2017
San Francisco, CA
http://ieee-iedm.org
December 02, 2017 - December 06, 2017
SEMI-THERM
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 19, 2018 - March 23, 2018

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