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Gartner reports India PC shipments declined 7.4% in first quarter of 2016

06/30/2016  PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 7.4 percent decrease over the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

Amkor opens MEMS packaging line in China

06/29/2016  Driven by the increase in global demand for sensors from the smartphone and automotive markets, Amkor Technology, Inc. today announced it is ramping up a new MEMS and sensor packaging line at its facility in Shanghai.

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.

Building a smart cardiac patch

06/27/2016  'Bionic' cardiac patch could one day monitor and respond to cardiac problems.

Presto Engineering signs agreement with NAGRA for secure product production

06/27/2016  Presto will provide supply chain management and production services for several of NAGRA’s key products in the Pay TV market.

SMIC acquires LFoundry

06/27/2016  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation jointly announces with LFoundry Europe GmbH and Marsica Innovation S.p.A., the signing of an agreement on June 24, 2016 to purchase a 70% stake of LFoundry for a consideration of 49 million EUR.

Brite Semiconductor and Semitech Semiconductor collaborate on industrial M2M SoC

06/24/2016  This SoC is designed to support M2M communication in the global industrial and energy transmission market via PLC/wireless modes.

Photovoltaic cells replicate rose petals

06/24/2016  With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift

06/22/2016  Despite slower growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2 percent year over year, reaching $29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

EV Group scores fourth consecutive triple crown win in annual VLSIresearch customer satisfaction survey

06/21/2016  EV Group (EVG) today announced that, for the fourth successive year, it has earned all three awards resulting from VLSIresearch Inc.'s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Solar cells for greener and safer energies

06/21/2016  ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with Earth-abundant materials capable of operating with a power conversion of 6.3 percent.

Circuit technology that resolves issues with high-frequency piezoelectric resonators

06/17/2016  Realizing compact, low-cost, high-speed radio communication systems for the IoT age.

ams acquires CCMOSS

06/16/2016  ams, a manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCMOSS), a developer of micro hotplate structures for gas sensing and infrared applications, in an all-cash transaction.

Electronic nose using CMOS integrated circuits analyzes breath

06/16/2016  Researchers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence(TxACE), a Semiconductor Research Corporation(SRC)-funded research effort centered at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), are working to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of health diagnosis.

Leti Innovation Day in Lyon will explore new security challenges and responses for a safe connected world

06/15/2016  Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, is hosting a one-day conference covering "System Reliability & Security in a Connected World" in Lyon, France, on June 23.

Day 2 at The ConFab 2016: Success in semiconductor growth and fab management

06/14/2016  During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Quantum Clean, and Edwards.

Gartner says worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016

06/14/2016  Gartner, Inc. said global smartphone sales will continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

06/13/2016  The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

06/13/2016  The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

Solid State Watch: June 3-9, 2016

06/10/2016  Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion; SEMI announced that 19 new fabs and lines are forecasted to begin construction in 2016 and 2017; Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors; IC Insights releases update to Market Drivers Report




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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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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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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