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Semiconductor capital spending rebound fails to materialize in 2015

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

What to See at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Show

02/22/2016  The SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, from Tuesday, February 23, to Thursday, February 25, offers an incredible amount of technical information in a few long, fun days.

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.

EV Group joins IRT Nanoelec 3D Integration Program

02/11/2016  EVG joins Leti, STMicroelectronics and Mentor Graphics to develop advanced 3D wafer-to-wafer bonding technologies.

Call for Papers issued for SEMICON Russia

02/08/2016  SEMICON Russia 2016 on 7-9 June will provide insights into market developments, technology, and business opportunities, short and long-term.

Cautious expectations amid a slow-growth global economy

02/04/2016  The health of the IC industry is increasingly tied to the health of the worldwide economy. Rarely can there be strong IC market growth without at least a “good” worldwide economy to support it.

ISS Europe 2016: Reaching into a new era

02/01/2016  At the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium Europe (SEMI ISS Europe) on 6-8 March, industry experts will delve into the disruptions and opportunities impacting the electronics manufacturing supply chain.

Entegris expands R&D operations for semiconductor process liquid filtration in South Korea

01/27/2016  Entegris, Inc. announced today the expansion of its liquid filtration/purification analytical science and research and development facility in Suwon, South Korea.

Memristor Variants and Models from Knowm

01/22/2016  Knowm Inc., a start-up pioneering next-generation advanced computing architectures and technology, recently announced the availability of two new variations of memristors targeting different neuromorphic applications.

AMD Net Loss Widens in 2015 on Lower Revenue

01/20/2016  Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday reported a net loss of $660 million on revenue of $3.99 billion for 2015, compared with a net loss of $403 million on revenue of $5.51 billion in 2014.

ASML Has Record Revenue for 2015; Will Raise Dividend, Buy Back More Stock

01/20/2016  ASML Holding today reported net income of about $1.5 billion on revenue of $6.855 billion for 2015. That compared with 2014’s net income of $1.3 billion on revenue of $6.385 billion.

Semiconductor capital spending to decline 4.7% in 2016, according to Gartner

01/12/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 4.7 percent in 2016, to $59.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Semiconductor capital spending market in the US to reach over $31B by 2019

01/11/2016  Technavio's market research analysts estimate the semiconductor capital spending market in the US, to grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2015 and 2019.

Micron announces resignation of President Mark Adams

01/04/2016  Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that President Mark Adams will resign for personal health reasons.

Startup Works on Ultralow-k Materials for Chips, Displays

12/21/2015  The very last presentation at the 12th annual 3D Advanced Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference was given by Hash Pakbaz, president and chief executive officer of SBA Materials, a developer of nanoporous and mesoporous materials for semiconductor manufacturing and other applications.

3D ASIP Conference Hears from EDA, IC Gear Companies

12/18/2015  John Ferguson of Mentor Graphics provided the electronic design automation perspective on packaging technology at the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference in Redwood City, Calif.

SEMI applauds congressional action to make R&D tax credit permanent; extend solar tax credit

12/18/2015  SEMI has been working to make the popular tax incentive a permanent part of the tax code since the R&D credit was first established in 1981.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts November 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.96

12/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders worldwide in November 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96.

Packaging Conference Addresses Challenges, Opportunities in New Technologies

12/18/2015  On the second day of the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference, the heavy hitters came out to talk. Attendees heard presentations from executives of Amkor Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Northrop Grumman, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, and Xilinx, among other companies.

Conference Features "The Year of Stacked Memory" in 2015

12/17/2015  The theme of this year's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packading (3D ASIP) conference is "The Year of Stacked Memory," noting how memory die stacked in one package are becoming more commonplace in 2015.




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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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MEMS: Current Status and Future Directions

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

In 2015, the MEMS market did not grow as much as we initially expected. In the past, the Smart Phone industry was a strong driver of the MEMS industry with ever increasing volume. Today, MEMS are becoming commodity products with very low price. The webcast will review the latest market data and forecasts for the future. The MEMS “commoditization” paradox will be discussed as well as latest technical trends (sensors combos, packaging).

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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 26, 2016 at 1 PM ET / 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
http://www.displayweek.org
May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Design Automation Conference
Austin, TX
https://dac.com
June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
The ConFab
Las Vegas, NV
http://theconfab.com
June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
SEMICON West 2016
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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