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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.

Roll-to-Roll Coating Technology: It's a Different Ball of Wax

04/18/2016  Manufacturing flexible electronics and coatings for a variety of products has some similarities to semiconductor manufacturing and some substantial differences, principally roll-to-roll fabrication, as opposed to making chips on silicon wafers and other rigid substrates. This interview is with Neil Morrison, senior manager, Roll-to-Roll Coating Products Division, Applied Materials.

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.

IoT Demands Part 2: Test and Packaging

04/15/2016  To understand the state of technology preparedness to meet the anticipated needs of the different application spaces, experts from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Presto Engineering gave detailed answers to questions about IoT chip needs in EDA and fab nodes.

IoT Demands Part 1: EDA and Fab Nodes

04/14/2016  To meet the anticipated needs of the different IoT application spaces, SemiMD asked leading companies within critical industry segments about the state of technology preparedness.

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.

Presto Engineering and Peraso Technologies Develop Innovative Test Solution for 60 GHz Transceiver

04/12/2016  Presto Engineering Inc., a world leader in semiconductor product engineering and supply chain management, and Peraso Technologies, a leading wireless chipset manufacturer, today jointly announced their successful collaboration in developing a comprehensive test solution for Peraso’s recently-launched 60 GHz semiconductor products.

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.

Cadence to Acquire Rocketick

04/11/2016  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rocketick Technologies Ltd.

Mentor Graphics U2U Meeting April 26 in Santa Clara

04/11/2016  Mentor Graphics’ User2User meeting will be held in Santa Clara on April 26, 2016. The meeting is a highly interactive, in-depth technical conference focused on real world experiences using Mentor tools to design leading-edge products.

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.

Cadence and University of Oxford Foster the Advancement of Formal Verification Innovation

04/07/2016  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and the University of Oxford today announced a move to foster the advancement of formal verification innovation with the appointment of Dr. Ziyad Hanna, Cadence vice president of R&D, as a visiting professor in Oxford's Department of Computer Science for the next three years.

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.

Synopsys Debuts Tools at Users Group Meeting

03/30/2016  Aart de Geus, the chairman and co-chief executive officer of Synopsys, used his keynote address at the 2016 Synopsys Users Group conference in Silicon Valley to tout a pair of new products.




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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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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.

Adhesives for Electronic Applications

Master Bond custom formulates epoxy adhesives, sealants, coatings, potting and encapsulation compounds to meet the rigorous needs of the electronic industry. We are a leading manufacturer of conformal coatings, glob tops, flip chip underfills, and die attach for printed circuit boards, semiconductors, microelectronics, and more. Browse our catalog to find out more.January 05, 2016
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SID Display Week 2016
San Francisco, CA
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May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Design Automation Conference
Austin, TX
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June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
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Las Vegas, NV
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June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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