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METROLOGY ARTICLES



Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems joins F450C Consortium

03/04/2014  The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C), a partnership of nanoelectronics facility companies guiding the effort to design and build the next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities, today announced Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems as the eleventh member company to join the consortium.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales

03/03/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.28 billion for the month of January 2014, an increase of 8.8 percent from January 2013 when sales were $24.15 billion, marking the industry's highest-ever January sales total and the largest year-to-year increase in nearly three years.

New SEMICON Europa in Grenoble to emphasize innovation and applications

03/03/2014  SEMICON Europa, the region’s largest event for the microelectronics manufacturing and innovation supply chain, will be held 7-9 October 2014 in Grenoble.

GlobalFoundries and Fraunhofer IIS to collaborate on EUROPRACTICE, Europe's MPW wafer shuttle program

02/26/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS today announced the extension of their long-term collaboration, focusing on 40nm and 28nm processes. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will also join the European Multi Product Wafer (MPW) Program EUROPRACTICE.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts January 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.04

02/21/2014  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2013

02/20/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013 reached $305.6 billion, the industry’s highest-ever annual total and an increase of 4.8 percent from the 2012 total of $291.6 billion.

The most expensive SRAM in the world - 2.0

02/20/2014  Embedded SRAM scaling is broken and, with it, Moore's Law.

Honeywell introduces new copper manganese sputtering targets

02/14/2014  Honeywell announced today that it has introduced new copper manganese (CuMn) sputtering targets for semiconductor manufacturing based on patented technology offering customers higher strength, longer life, and better performance.

Rudolph announces shipments for 3D metrology of TSVs

02/11/2014  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced today the sale of its first NSX 320 TSV Metrology System to CEA-Leti, a research organization based in Grenoble, France.

Silicon wafer revenues decline in 2013

02/11/2014  Worldwide silicon wafer revenues declined by 13 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

IBM continues to evolve: Semiconductor business up for sale; moving into the cloud

02/07/2014  The Financial Times (FT) is reporting that IBM Corp is exploring the sale of its semiconductor business and has hired Goldman Sachs to find potential buyers.

A square peg in a round hole: The economics of panel-based lithography for advanced packaging

02/07/2014  Moving from round wafers to rectangular panels saves corner space, delivering a roughly 10% improvement in surface utilization.

Silicon reclaim wafer market increased 14% in 2013

02/06/2014  The worldwide reclaim wafer market is estimated at $460 million in 2013 and is forecasted to reach $493 million by 2015, according to SEMI.

Experts At The Table: Commercial potential and production challenges for 3D NAND memory technology

02/06/2014  In this roundtable discussion focused on 3D NAND , we hear from Samsung Electronics (SE) in South Korea, Bradley Howard, Vice President of Advanced Technology Group, Etch Business Unit, at Applied Materials and Jim Handy from Objective Analysis.

Research Alert: Feb. 4, 2014

02/04/2014  Diamond defect boosts quantum technology; Quantum dots provide complete control of photons; New theory may lead to more efficient solar cells

Entegris to acquire ATMI

02/04/2014  Entegris, Inc. and ATMI today announced Entegris will acquire ATMI for approximately $1.15 billion, or approximately $850 million net of cash acquired, including the net cash proceeds from the sale of ATMI’s LifeSciences business of $170 million.

2014 capital spending up in Korea; SEMICON Korea to address mobile innovation

01/31/2014  With Korea expected to be the second largest region for fab construction spending in 2014, industry leaders will convene at SEMICON Korea 2014 in Seoul on February 12-14 to discuss the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of microelectronics manufacturing.

Apple and Samsung are top OEMs, again, in semiconductor spending for 2013

01/27/2014  Apple and Samsung remained the world’s largest buyers of semiconductor chips in 2013, but the intensifying battle between the two for the hearts and minds of consumers in their product offerings could presage another mighty showdown this year for the top ranking, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

SMIC unveils 28nm readiness

01/27/2014  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, announced today that its 28nm technology has been process frozen and the company has successfully entered Multi Project Wafer stage to support customer's requirements on both 28nm PolySiON (PS) and 28nm high-k dielectrics metal gate processes.

Europe leaders to examine EC’s ambitious goal

01/27/2014  At the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium Europe (ISS Europe 2014) on February 23-25 in Salzburg, semiconductor industry executives will examine the conditions required to achieve the EU’s 10/100/20 strategy.




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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

Versatile Epoxy Compounds for Electronic Applications

Electronic systems have revolutionized our lives. We use them in nearly all of our daily activities, for communication, computing, navigation, entertainment, payment processing, and more. They are the workhorses in many medical, transportation, aerospace, and military systems, performing functions such as automated control, data analysis, and pattern recognition.February 10, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Performance of Electronic Applications with Versatile Epoxy Compounds

Learn about the different functions epoxies perform in the manufacture and assembly of today’s electronic systems. From nanotechnology to enormous space systems, these versatile compounds meet a wide variety of conditions, lending to the reliability and longevity of the devices we use in our everyday lives.January 06, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS Devices

April 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), such as actuators, sensors and resonators, rely on the interactions between multiple physical effects. In this webinar, we will show how a multiphysics simulation approach allows you to combine electrical, thermal and structural effects accurately in order to design reliable and high-performance MEMS devices.

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MEMS

May 2014 (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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Packaging Materials

May 2014 (date and time TBD) Advanced packages rely on high-performance materials – die-attach film, solder bumps, conductive adhesive, underfill, TIM – to ensure reliability, fine-pitch interconnect, thermal management, and chip performance are optimized. Learn about the latest assembly materials and how they can improve the package, speed packaging throughput, and even lower packaging costs in the webcast.

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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
June 22, 2014 - June 25, 2014
2014 International Workshop on EUV Lithography
Maui, Hawaii, USA
http://www.euvlitho.com
June 23, 2014 - June 27, 2014
SEMICON West 2014
San Francisco, California
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 08, 2014 - July 10, 2014
SPIE Photomask Technology 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 18, 2014
Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 17, 2014