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Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand

03/12/2015  Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force.

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015

03/12/2015  IC Insights’ March Update to the 2015 McClean Report (being released later this month) refreshes the forecasts for 33 major IC product categories through 2019.

Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slowing but positive 2016

03/10/2015  SEMI today announced an update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report which updates outlooks for 2015 and 2016.

Mid-IR frequency combs enable high resolution spectroscopy for sensitive gas sensing

03/10/2015  The results are an important step towards a small-footprint chip scale mid-infrared frequency comb source.

IRT Nanoelec and CMP team up to offer world’s first service for post-process 3D technologies on multi-project-wafer

03/05/2015  IRT Nanoelec, an R&D consortium focused on ICT using micro- and nanoelectronics, and CMP, which provides prototyping and low-volume production of ICs and MEMS, are launching a platform for multi-project-wafer, post-process 3D integration (3D-MPW).

MicroWatt Chips shown at ISSCC

03/05/2015  With much of future demand for silicon ICs forecasted to be for mobile devices that must conserve battery power, it was natural for much of the focus at the just concluded 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco to be on ultra-low-power circuits that run on mere microWatts (µW).

Time to “shift left” in chip design and verification, Synopsys founder says

03/04/2015  Taking “Smart Design from Silicon to Software” as his official theme, Aart de Geus urged attendees to “shift left” – in other words, “squeezing the schedule” to design, verify, debug, and manufacture semiconductors.

TowerJazz begins mass production of advanced IR sensor

03/03/2015  TowerJazz, a specialty foundry, announced today it has begun mass production of an IR sensor used by Intel in one of its new 3D sensing solutions.

Mentor Graphics acquires Tanner EDA

03/03/2015  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced it has acquired the business assets of Tanner EDA, a tool provider for the design, layout and verification of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) and MEMS integrated circuits.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales

03/03/2015  Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends.

Cypress debuts reliable, secure fingerprint sensing solution for mobile devices

03/02/2015  The flexible solution enables designers to create custom home buttons with specialized shapes and sizes or to integrate the sensor into any mobile device’s industrial design or home button.

SEMICON Russia 2015 presents Microelectronics Market Conference and new TechARENA sessions

03/02/2015  SEMICON Russia, a meeting place of the entire micro- and nanoelectronics industry in Russia, will take place from 16 to 18 June in Moscow.

SPIE Advanced Lithography conference concludes

02/27/2015  Exposures, and reducing their cost, were a theme running through the 2015 SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium this week in San Jose, Calif., the center of Silicon Valley.

Learning to live with negative tone

02/27/2015  In lithography for manufacturing semiconductors, a negative tone can be a positive attribute.

Semiconductor unit shipments to exceed one trillion devices in 2017

02/26/2015  Updated forecast expects robust 8.2% average annual unit shipment growth through 2019.

Directed Self Assembly Hot Topic at SPIE

02/25/2015  At this week’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, Calif., the hottest three-letter acronym is less EUV and more DSA, as in directed self-assembly.

Technologists focus on semiconductor factory productivity and process solutions at ASMC 2015

02/25/2015  The annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2015) will be held May 3-6 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Imec and Panasonic present breakthrough in CMOS-based transceivers for mm-wave radar systems

02/25/2015  Today, at the 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), imec and Panasonic presented a transceiver chip for phase-modulated continuous-wave radar at 79GHz.

Penang to host inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia

02/25/2015  The inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, will run from 22–24 April at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, Malaysia.

Proponents of EUV, immersion lithography face off at SPIE

02/25/2015  The two main camps in optical lithography are arrayed for battle at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium. EUVt lithography, on one side, is represented by ASML Holding, its Cymer subsidiary, and ASML’s EUV customers, notably Intel, Samsung Electronics, and TSMC. On the other side is 193i immersion lithography, represented by Nikon and its customers, which also include Intel and other leading chipmakers.




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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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3D Integration: The Most Effective Path for Future IC Scaling

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST

It is well recognized that dimensional scaling has reached its diminishing return phase. The industry is now looking at monolithic 3D to be the future technology driver. Yet, until recently, the path to monolithic 3D has required the development of new transistor types and processes. This Webcast will present game-changing monolithic 3D process flows which use the existing transistor of existing manufacturing line and existing process flows. Now the most effective path for future IC scaling is indeed monolithic 3D, which offers the lowest development and manufacturing cost for future ICs.

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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast 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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SEMICON Southeast Asia 2015
Penang, Malaysia
http://www.semiconsea.org
April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015
ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015