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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.02

03/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

GSA announces 2015 Board of Directors election results and appointment

03/19/2015  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the appointment of two key executives as well as the results of its 2015 Board of Directors’ election.

NXP-Freescale merger to result in world's eighth largest chip maker

03/18/2015  The recent acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor by NXP Semiconductors would catapult the merged entity into the world’s eighth-largest chipmaker, positioning the newly minted giant for an even more formidable presence in key industrial sectors, according to IHS.

Process Watch: Know your enemy

03/18/2015  Anything that degrades the quality of the measurement also degrades the quality of the process because it introduces more variability into the Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts which are windows into the health of the process.

High tech start-ups to connect with investors at SEMICON Europa 2015

03/17/2015  SEMICON Europa 2015 (October 6-8) will prominently feature second edition of this very successful program connecting early-stage companies with strategic investors, venture capitalists and other relevant stakeholders.

Imec to honor TSMC Chairman Dr. Morris Chang with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/17/2015  Nano-electronics research center imec has announced that it will award Dr. Morris Chang, founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry, with a lifetime of innovation award.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

03/17/2015  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $37.50 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

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.

Applied Materials honored as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company

03/10/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it has been recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.

CEA-Leti announces launch of Silicon Impulse IC design competence center

03/10/2015  CEA-Leti today announced the launch of its Silicon Impulse IC design competence center, a comprehensive IC technology platform offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Boston Semi Equipment completes relocation of headquarters and Aetrium test handler business

03/05/2015  The new facility houses corporate functions as well as the Aetrium test handler business acquired in 2014 and relocated from Minnesota to Massachusetts.

Mentor Graphics joins the Center for Power Electronics Systems

03/04/2015  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that it has joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech, the industry consortium dedicated to improving electrical power processing and distribution across various systems.

Intel honors 21 companies with Preferred Quality Supplier and Achievement Awards

03/04/2015  Intel Corporation today announced that 19 companies will receive the 2014 Intel Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award that recognizes commitment to performance excellence and continuous improvement.

Freescale and NXP agree to $40 Billion merger

03/03/2015  Chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Freescale Semiconductor Ltd for $11.8 billion and merge business operations.

Top semiconductor R&D leaders ranked for 2014

02/26/2015  Intel’s R&D expenditures were 2x greater than nearest competitor; Qualcomm with largest percentage increase; Nvidia with highest R&D/sales ratio.

AG Semiconductor Services and JA Mitsui Leasing join forces

02/24/2015  AG Semiconductor Services, LLC (AGSS), one of the largest suppliers of used electronics manufacturing equipment, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic relationship with JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. (JAML).

Applied Materials unveils breakthrough e-beam metrology tool for finFET transistors and 3D NAND devices

02/23/2015  At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference in San Jose, Calif., Applied Materials, Inc., today announced the industry's first in-line 3D CD SEM metrology tool for solving the challenges of measuring the high aspect ratio and complex features of 3D NAND and FinFET devices.

Cymer announces shipment of its first XLR 700ix DUV light source and introduces DynaPulse

02/23/2015  Cymer, an ASML company, a developer of lithography light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source.

January 2015 book-to-bill supports positive outlook for semiconductor equipment industry

02/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

KLA-Tencor extends its 5D patterning control solution with new metrology systems

02/19/2015  Today, KLA- Tencor Corporation introduced two advanced metrology systems that support the development and production of 16nm and below IC devices: Archer 500LCM and SpectraFilm LD10.




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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

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.,

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3D Integration

April 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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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
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April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015