MEMS

MEMS ARTICLES



Innovation in the shadow of volcanic change

12/16/2014  The semiconductor equipment and materials industry is currently enjoying a double-digit annual growth rate and good prospects looking forward to 2015.

Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

12/12/2014  A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

Murata completes acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor

12/12/2014  Murata Electronics North America, Inc. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, today announce that Murata has acquired all outstanding shares of Peregrine.

System Plus analyzes the world's smallest microbolometer-based thermal imaging camera core released by FLIR

12/11/2014  Initially focused on the military, uncooled thermal camera sales have grown significantly due to substantial cost reduction of micro bolometers and growing adoption in commercial markets, including thermography, automotive and surveillance applications.

Intel announces IoT platform

12/11/2014  Intel Corporation today announced the Intel IoT Platform, an end-to-end reference model designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT).

3D TSV begins

12/10/2014  “Engineering samples have already started to ship and preparation is on-going for entering volume manufacturing,” announces Yole.

OCEASOFT harnesses SIGFOX IoT network in Cobalt S3 sensor family for cloud connectivity

12/09/2014  Industrial Internet of Things sensor-monitoring solution opens new vistas in pollution and environmental applications, other remote-sensing sectors.

TSMC recognizes outstanding suppliers at Supply Chain Management Forum

12/09/2014  TSMC held its 14th annual Supply Chain Management forum on December 4, 2014 to show appreciation for the support and contributions of its suppliers in 2014, and to recognize nine outstanding equipment and materials suppliers.

Veeco completes acquisition of Solid State Equipment Holdings LLC

12/08/2014  Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Solid State Equipment Holdings LLC (“SSEC”), based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Mentor Graphics Announces New Verification IP for PCIe 4.0

12/08/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the immediate availability of its new Mentor EZ-VIP PCI Express Verification IP, which reduces testbench assembly time for ASIC and FPGA design verification by a factor of up to 10X.

Silicon Image launches new subsidiary to focus on Internet of Everything services

12/04/2014  Silicon Image, a provider of multimedia connectivity solutions and services, announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has made a $7 million strategic investment in Silicon Image’s new subsidiary, Qterics, for a 7% ownership interest.

Imec and Holst Centre announce IC and open hardware development kit for personal health monitoring

12/04/2014  At next week’s mHealth Summit 2014, held Dec. 7-11 in Washington, D.C., nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre will showcase at their booth a development kit based on an open hardware platform using a highly integrated multi-sensor data acquisition chip.

What to expect from the 3rd Edition of the European 3D TSV Summit

12/04/2014  Interview with SEMI Europe’s Yann Guillou gives attendees a preview of the event.

Global semiconductor sales increase in October; Substantial growth projected for 2014

12/03/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of October 2014, an increase of 9.6 percent from the October 2013 total.

Wireless nanorod-nanotube film enables light stimulation of blind retina

12/03/2014  Breakthrough could lead to artificial retinas for visually impaired. Combining semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes, it could potentially form part of a future prosthetic device that replaces damaged retinal cells.

AXSEM and SIGFOX announce ‘ultra-low-power’ System-on-Chip solution

12/03/2014  AXSEM, a developer of lowest-power radio microcontrollers, and SIGFOX, a developer of cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of Things connectivity, today announced that AXSEM’s system-on-chip (SoC) with an AX8052 microcontroller has been certified SIGFOX Ready for two-way connectivity.

Imec partners with Huawei on high-bandwidth optical data link technology

12/03/2014  Nanoelectronics research center imec and global ICT leader Huawei announced today that they have taken a further step in their strategic partnership focusing on optical data link technology.

Cypress and Spansion to merge in $4B all-stock transaction

12/03/2014  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $38B in 2014 to nearly $44B in 2015

12/02/2014  SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 19.3 percent to $38.0 billion in 2014, according to the SEMI Year-end Forecast, released today at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

EV Group establishes nanoimprint lithography competence center for photonic applications

12/01/2014  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that it has established the NILPhotonics Competence Center.




FINANCIALS



TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.,

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WEBCASTS



FinFETs

February 2015 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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Materials

April 2015 (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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VIDEOS



EVENTS



SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
http://www.semiconkorea.org/en/
February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
LithoVision 2015
San Jose, California United States
https://www.nikonprecision.com/lithovision/
February 22, 2015 - February 22, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015