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Rising number of fabless semiconductor companies, test houses to augment chip handler market

07/07/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the semiconductor chip handler market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% until 2020.

Global semiconductor sales up slightly in May

07/05/2016  Sales increase 0.4 percent compared to April, decrease 7.7 percent year-to-year.

Plasma-Therm acquires Nano Etch Systems Inc.

07/05/2016  Plasma-Therm, a supplier of wafer process technology solutions to specialty semiconductor and nanotechnology markets, has acquired Nano Etch Systems Inc. of California, a developer of ion beam etch (IBE) and ion beam deposition (IBD) systems.

ASML president to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

06/30/2016  Van den Brink will accept the award at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose, an event that will commemorate the 25thanniversary of the Noyce Award.

FormFactor completes acquisition of Cascade Microtech

06/28/2016  FormFactor, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Beaverton, Oregon-based Cascade Microtech, Inc.

Process Watch: Process control and production cycle time

06/24/2016  In the early stages of development, having more process control can help reduce both the number and duration of cycles-of-learning (the iterations required to solve a particular problem).

Increased use of semiconductors in auto industry to boost global semiconductor capital equipment until 2020

06/23/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global semiconductor capital equipment market is expected to reach $47.34 billion mark by 2020.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

06/13/2016  The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

06/13/2016  The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

Solid State Watch: June 3-9, 2016

06/10/2016  Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion; SEMI announced that 19 new fabs and lines are forecasted to begin construction in 2016 and 2017; Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors; IC Insights releases update to Market Drivers Report

Global semiconductor sales decrease in April; Annual sales projected to dip slightly in 2016

06/10/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion for the month of April 2016.

SEMI reports first quarter 2016 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $8.3B

06/07/2016  SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$8.3 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

Mentor Graphics Offers Tanner Calibre One Verification Suite for the Tanner Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design Environment

06/06/2016  The Tanner Calibre One IC verification suite is now an integral part of the Tanner analog/mixed-signal (AMS) physical design environment

Mentor’s Pattern Matching Tackles IC Verification and Manufacturing Problems

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corporation announced that customers and ecosystem partners are expanding their use of Calibre Pattern Matching solution to overcome previously intractable IC verification and manufacturing problems.

Samsung’s Closed-Loop DFM Solution Accelerates Yield Ramps

06/05/2016  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Samsung Foundry’s Closed-Loop DFM solution uses production Mentor Calibre and Tessent platforms to accelerate customer yield ramps

Solid State Watch: May 27-June 2, 2016

06/03/2016  GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced a joint venture with the government of Chongqing; Texas Instruments maintains leadership in analog IC marketshare; Micron releases two new solid state drive products; UT Dallas physicists research topological insulators

Solid State Watch: May 20-26, 2016

05/31/2016  SEMI releases new book-to-bill ratio report; Infineon and imec share details of their CMOS-based 79 GHz sensor chip; Synopsys introduces pre-wafer simulation solution; Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond

NanoFocus AG introduces new inspection system for semiconductors industry

05/31/2016  NanoFocus AG, the developer and manufacturer of optical 3D surface measuring technology, introduces the new measuring system µsprint hp-opc 3000 for the optical inspection of probe cards within the framework of the 26th Annual SW Test Workshop in San Diego from 5th - 8th June 2016.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to expand presence in China with 300mm fab in Chongqing

05/31/2016  Company plans new manufacturing facility and additional design capabilities to serve customers in China.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.




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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

September 27, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Epicor

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.

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Grenoble, France
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October 25, 2016 - October 27, 2016
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May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017

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