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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.

MicroWatt Chips shown at ISSCC

03/05/2015  With much of future demand for silicon ICs forecasted to be for mobile devices that must conserve battery power, it was natural for much of the focus at the just concluded 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco to be on ultra-low-power circuits that run on mere microWatts (µW).

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.

Time to “shift left” in chip design and verification, Synopsys founder says

03/04/2015  Taking “Smart Design from Silicon to Software” as his official theme, Aart de Geus urged attendees to “shift left” – in other words, “squeezing the schedule” to design, verify, debug, and manufacture semiconductors.

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.

SPIE Advanced Lithography conference concludes

02/27/2015  Exposures, and reducing their cost, were a theme running through the 2015 SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium this week in San Jose, Calif., the center of Silicon Valley.

Learning to live with negative tone

02/27/2015  In lithography for manufacturing semiconductors, a negative tone can be a positive attribute.

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.

Directed Self Assembly Hot Topic at SPIE

02/25/2015  At this week’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose, Calif., the hottest three-letter acronym is less EUV and more DSA, as in directed self-assembly.

Proponents of EUV, immersion lithography face off at SPIE

02/25/2015  The two main camps in optical lithography are arrayed for battle at the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium. EUVt lithography, on one side, is represented by ASML Holding, its Cymer subsidiary, and ASML’s EUV customers, notably Intel, Samsung Electronics, and TSMC. On the other side is 193i immersion lithography, represented by Nikon and its customers, which also include Intel and other leading chipmakers.

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).

SPIE plenary takes in photonics, 3DICs, connected devices

02/23/2015  Speakers at the plenary session of the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference covered a wide variety of topics, from photonics to 3D chips to the Internet of Things, on Monday morning, February 23, in San Jose, Calif.

Complexity is the Theme at Lithography Conference

02/23/2015  Nikon and KLA-Tencor put on separate conferences in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, February 22, tackling issues in advanced optical lithography. The overarching theme in both sessions was the increased complexity of lithography as it approaches the 10-nanometer and 7nm process nodes.

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.

China's semiconductor investment plans focus of SEMICON China 2015

02/19/2015  China's new industry investment and government promotion policies outlined in the recent "National Guidelines for Development and Promotion of the IC Industry" represents major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies.




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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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

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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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Interconnects

June 2015 (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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
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
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015