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Process Watch: Increasing process steps and the tyranny of numbers

07/06/2015  Moving to the next design rule can be stressful for the inspection and metrology engineer. Like everything else in the fab, process control generally doesn’t get any easier as design rules shrink and new processes are introduced.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics business

07/01/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business.

Building a better semiconductor

06/29/2015  Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.

What chipmakers will need to address growing complexity, cost of IC design and yield ramps

06/29/2015  As these early days of the Internet of Things show the network’s promise and reveal technological challenges that could threaten its ability to meet user expectations in the years ahead, technology providers will be charged with supplying the solutions that will meet those challenges.

SMIC receives "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from Qualcomm

06/25/2015  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced its receipt of the "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from customer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization

06/22/2015  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program to optimize the chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) process through silicon characterization and modeling for advanced-node designs at 14 nanometer (nm) and below.

Sondrel announces further investment in graduate training for the semiconductor sector

06/19/2015  Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO, has announced his commitment to further investment in the training of graduate engineers looking to develop a career in the IC design sector, by providing a teaching fellow, and nine scholarship awards to students engaged on the Sondrel University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

06/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

IC manufacturers close or repurpose 83 wafer fabs from 2009-2014

06/17/2015  150mm and 200mm wafer fabs account for two-thirds of total closures.

DCG Systems acquires MultiProbe

06/15/2015  DCG Systems announced today that it has acquired the assets of MultiProbe, a provider of atomic force-based nanoprobing solutions for the semiconductor industry.

Startups find strategic investors at SEMICON West 2015

06/15/2015  SEMI today announced that SEMICON West 2015 will feature the Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF), a unique forum for strategic investors and key decision makers to meet new and emerging early-stage companies developing the future of microelectronics.

Futuristic components on silicon chips, fabricated successfully

06/08/2015  IBM researchers develop a technique for integrating 'III-V' materials onto silicon wafers, a breakthrough that may allow an extension to Moore's Law.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

06/03/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month's total of $27.7 billion.

North America: A critical player in the advanced semiconductor market

06/01/2015  As the fabless business model has transformed the semiconductor manufacturing landscape, Taiwan and South Korea have undeniably grown into key semiconductor producing regions. However, it should be noted that North America is home to Intel, Texas Instruments, Micron, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Freescale, Fairchild, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, significant operations of Samsung, and other manufacturers.

Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom for $37B

05/29/2015  Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value.

SEMI April 2015 book-to-bill report shows continued improvements in bookings and billings

05/21/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

05/21/2015  SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

05/19/2015  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Applied Materials' breakthrough patterning hard mask enables copper interconnect scaling

05/19/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

05/14/2015  There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.




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System Scaling and Integration Platforms for Mobile Devices and IoT

September 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET

In this presentation, recent developments in interconnects and packaging technologies that will enable mobile devices, and IoT will be discussed. Some of these packaging technologies include high density fan-out wafer level packaging, passive and active interposers, high throughput chip-on-wafer bonding, as well as wafer level chip scale packaging for MEMS and sensors.

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September 2015 (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. Experts will describe new approaches for next generation metrology and inspection, including measurements of CDs, stress, film thickness and non-visual defects.

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September 2015 (Date and time TBD)

EUV lithography has been under intense development for years and appears to be close to production. Yet its delay has the industry searching for alternatives, including double, triple and even quadruple patterning, directed self-assembly, multi-e-beam and nanoimprint. In this webcast, experts will detail various options, future scenarios and challenges that must still be overcome.

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European MEMS Summit
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September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
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Monterey, CA
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September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
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October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
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December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
http://sites.ieee.org/wf-iot/
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015