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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.

ESD Alliance, Semico Research sign joint marketing agreement

04/19/2016  The Electronic System Design Alliance (formerly the EDA Consortium) and Semico Research today announced that they have entered into a joint marketing agreement to work together on several business initiatives.

Number of 300mm IC wafer fabs expected to reach 100 in 2016 

04/15/2016  High volume 450mm IC wafer fabs not expected until after 2020.

Park Systems sponsors SST webinar on metrology challenges and opportunities for semiconductor market

04/13/2016  Park Systems is sponsoring a webinar entitled Metrology Challenges and Opportunities presented by Solid State Technology Magazine on April 14, 2016 at 10am PST.

SEMI reports 2015 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.4B

04/11/2016  The global semiconductor materials market decreased 1.5 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 while worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased 0.2 percent.

Rudolph adds high-speed 3D metrology to the NSX Series for advanced packaging process control

04/07/2016  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. today announced the availability of new, high-speed 3D metrology on its flagship NSX Series, a highly-flexible inspection and measurement platform for process development and control of die-level interconnects.

Entegris appoints new Senior Vice President and General Counsel

04/05/2016  Ms. Lee is assuming the role from Peter Walcott, who is retiring after a 35-year career with Entegris and its predecessor companies.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in February

04/04/2016  Sales decrease 3.2 percent month-to-month and 6.2 percent year-to-year.

Global semiconductor market slumps in 2015, IHS reports

04/04/2016  Weakness in end-market demand will cause revenue decay to extend into 2016 and beyond.

China's semiconductor strategy

03/30/2016  China has become the largest and the fastest growing market in the world. 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments go to China and that’s expected to increase to almost 42% in 2019.

Process Watch: Reducing production costs with process control

03/18/2016  Adding process control reduces production costs and cycle time.

2016 semiconductor sales to go negative, says Semico Research

03/15/2016  After analyzing current trends, Semico announced the semiconductor industry is repeating the pattern from 2011-2012, albeit at a muted level.

Intel honors 27 companies with Preferred Quality Supplier and Achievement Awards

03/11/2016  Intel Corporation this week recognized 26 companies with its 2015 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award, which celebrates exceptional performance and continuous pursuit of excellence.

Taiwan passes South Korea to become #1 in total IC wafer fab capacity

03/01/2016  IC Insights recently released its new Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report that provides in-depth detail, analyses, and forecasts for IC industry capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type through 2020.

Bipartisan customs bill combats counterfeit semiconductors

02/26/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) applauded congressional approval of legislation that includes a key provision to combat counterfeit semiconductors.

New industry realities and opportunities at semiconductor manufacturing conference

02/23/2016  The annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2016) will be held May 16-19 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Semiconductor capital spending rebound fails to materialize in 2015

02/23/2016  Recent capital spending trends indicative of maturing semiconductor industry.

Fairchild rejects proposal from China Resources, Hua Capital

02/18/2016  Fairchild Semiconductor's board of directors has determined that the unsolicited proposal received from China Resources Microelectronics Ltd and Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd. does not constitute a “Superior Proposal” as defined in the company’s agreement with ON Semiconductor.




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Advanced Packaging: A Changing Landscape Rife with Opportunities

May 10, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Brewer Science

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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Trends in MEMS

May 11, 2016 at 12 PM ET / Sponsored by Boston Semi Equipment

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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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 2016 (Date and time TBD) / Sponsored by Zeta Instruments

Wafer level packaging (WLP) using fan-out technology is an attractive platform for achieving low-cost low-profile package solutions for smart-phones and tablets, which require cost-effective, high-density interconnects in small form-factor packaging. Assembled directly on a silicon wafer, the approach is unconstrained by die size, providing the design flexibility to accommodate an unlimited number of interconnects between the package and the application board for maximum connection density, finer line/spacing, improved electrical and thermal performance and small package dimensions to meet the relentless form factor requirements and performance demands of the mobile market. In this webcast, industry experts will explain the FOWLP process, discuss recent advances and forecast future trends.

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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
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May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
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June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
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June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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