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Kurita, SEMATECH partner on wafer surface contamination and cleaning technology in semiconductor processing

09/30/2014  SEMATECH, the global consortium of chipmakers, announced today that Kurita Water Industries Limited has partnered with SEMATECH to develop innovative technologies for low defectivity ultrapure water (UPW) applications used in semiconductor manufacturing.

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

09/18/2014  Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

SEMI advocates for the industry in Washington

09/10/2014  With changes coming in Washington, SEMI has important work ahead supporting the innovators and job creators of this country.

SEMI wins request for etch equipment export control review

09/09/2014  Major milestone in longstanding push to remove etch equipment from U.S. export control list.

Gas applications in lithography

09/08/2014  Lithography is a key enabling process with very demanding requirements. Shrinking feature sizes will raise the bar even further.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds Louis Lupin as Chief Legal Officer

09/04/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, announced today that Louis “Lou” Lupin has joined the company as senior vice president and chief legal officer.

SRC TECHCON 2014 Conference to feature speakers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, LinkedIn, High Point University

08/25/2014  The TECHCON 2014 conference hosted by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, will feature immediate past GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha among the list of executive speakers at the Sept. 7-9 annual event.

Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

08/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

The growing semiconductor market in India

08/14/2014  The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

Strong growth in second quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

08/12/2014  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNY launch new patterning center

08/07/2014  SEMATECH and the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) announced today they have launched their joint Patterning Center of Excellence.

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 to capitalize on growing market opportunities in Taiwan

08/06/2014  Taiwan is forecast to have the largest regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures in both 2014 and 2015.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

07/28/2014  Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

07/28/2014  Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs

07/24/2014  Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners and capital efficiency

07/24/2014  Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

SEMI: June 2014 equipment bookings at the highest level since May 2012

07/22/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.47 billion in orders worldwide in June 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Process Watch: The 10 fundamental truths of process control for the semiconductor IC industry

07/22/2014  This is the first in a series of 10 installments which will discuss fundamental truths about process control - inspection and metrology - for the semiconductor industry.

CEA-Leti: Monolithic 3D is the solution for further scaling

07/21/2014  Hughes Metras, Leti’s VP of Strategic Partnerships North America, introduced the lead talk at their SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day about monolithic 3D technology as the "solution for scaling."

IBM announces $3B research initiative

07/15/2014  IBM announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.




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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.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

UV LED Curing for the Electronics Industry

This paper provides an introduction to UV LED curing and the many benefits UV LED curing provides for bonding and coating applications in the electronics industry. Product manufacturers, machine builders, and chemistry formulators will gain an understanding of the benefits and how to apply UV LED curing in manufacturing processes. Included are specific examples of how manufacturers are using UV LED to make touch screens, mobile phones, micro speakers, and hard disk drives.April 03, 2014
Sponsored by Phoseon Technology

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Advanced Packaging

Oct. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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Metrology

Oct. 2014 (date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Oct. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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