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Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

10/01/2014  Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

SEMICON Japan features "World of IoT"

10/01/2014  Today, SEMI opens registration for the SEMICON Japan 2014 exposition and programs.

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

10/01/2014  Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths.

New technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

09/30/2014  Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use.

Smartphone connectivity presents both opportunities and challenges for automotive processor chip suppliers

09/29/2014  The use of smartphones in motor vehicles—already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon—is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers.

SiTime raises $25 Million

09/23/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has closed $25 million in new financing, which consisted of a combination of structured debt facility of $15 million provided by Capital IP Investment Partners LLC and strategic equity investment from other investors.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples

09/22/2014  An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene.

Vesper launches with very high SNR MEMS microphone

09/22/2014  Intending to improve the smallest audio component found in smartphones, wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, a new Boston-based sensor company called Vesper has designed a microphone that will enhance consumers' acoustic experience with voice capture and sound recording.

Northeastern University researchers develop novel method for working with nanotubes

09/19/2014  Northeastern University researchers have developed a novel method for controllably constructing precise inter-nanotube junctions and a variety of nanocarbon structures in carbon nanotube arrays.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.04

09/18/2014  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

ProPlus Design Solutions expands sales operations to Europe

09/18/2014  ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc. announced today it expanded its sales operations to Europe.

Mentor Graphics appoints Vice President for Embedded Technologies

09/18/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced the appointment of Glenn Perry to the role of vice president of the company's Embedded Systems Division.

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

09/18/2014  Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

Oxford Instruments launches 3rd annual Indian nanotechnology seminars in Kolkata and Delhi

09/18/2014  Oxford Instruments is hosting its third series of annual seminars for the nanotechnology industry in India in November.

ASML on EUV: Available at 10nm

09/17/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems will be available to pattern critical layers of semiconductors at the 10-nanometer process node, and EUV will completely take over from 193nm immersion lithography equipment at 7nm, according to Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer of ASML Holding.

Design and Manufacturing Technology Development in Future IC Foundries

09/16/2014  Virtual Roundtable provides perspective on the need for greater integration within the “fabless-foundry” ecosystem.

Monolithic 3D breakthrough at IEEE S3S 2014

09/15/2014  In the upcoming 2014 IEEE S3S conference (October 6-9), MonolithIC 3D will unveil a breakthrough flow that is game-changing for 3D IC. For the first time ever monolithic 3D (“M3DI”) could be built using the existing fab and the existing transistor flow.

Process Watch: Sampling matters

09/15/2014  Determining an optimum sampling strategy comes down to weighing the cost of process control against the benefit of capturing the defect or other excursion in a timely manner.




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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Oct. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. 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 will play in the future.

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