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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

First Strategic Materials Conference in Korea: A success

05/23/2016  SEMI announced today that the first SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) was held in Korea COEX in Seoul on May 18.

Dan Squiller appointed as executive chairman of TriLumina’s Board of Directors

05/16/2016  Dan joins TriLumina with a wealth of experience having served in various senior executive and C-level positions at Scientific Atlanta, St. Bernard Software, Invensys plc, PowerGenix, GT Advanced Technologies, and Verengo Solar

Seven Top-20 semiconductor suppliers show double-digit declines

05/12/2016  Qualcomm, Micron, and SK Hynix registered ≥25% drops, with total top-20 sales off by 6%.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016: Connecting in Penang

05/12/2016  Nearly 5,000 visitors and exhibitor personnel assembled in Penang last month for SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016, the largest trade show for the electronics manufacturing supply chain in the region.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 2 percent in 2016

05/11/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 2 percent in 2016, to $62.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 4.7 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

GSA announces appointment of Dr. Leo Li as chairman of the GSA Board of Directors

05/09/2016  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leo Li as the chairman of the GSA Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017.

Studying post-etching silicon crystal defects on 300mm wafers by automatic defect review AFM

05/09/2016  Atomic force microscopy is essential for obtaining three- dimensional information of crystal defects.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March

05/06/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous month's total of $26.0 billion.

New report highlights benefits, impact of global semiconductor value chain

05/06/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released a new report highlighting the evolution, complexity, and pivotal importance of the global semiconductor value chain.

Apple drove entire foundry sales increase at TSMC in 2015

04/26/2016  Without Apple, TSMC’s 2015 foundry sales would have dropped by 2% as compared to a 6% increase.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.15

04/22/2016  Order activity remains steady and is on par with both the previous quarter and one year ago.

Park Systems' global expansion in AFM market includes appointment of new executives

04/20/2016  Park Systems announced today the appointments of Charlie Park as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, and Jong-Pil Park as Vice President of Production.

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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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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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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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