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2016 bounce to modest gains

12/14/2015  After deflated 2015, 3D leads the way.

TSMC applies for 12-inch wafer fab and design service center in China

12/11/2015  TSMC this week submitted an application to the Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs for an investment project to build a wholly-owned 12-inch wafer manufacturing facility and a design service center in Nanjing, China.

China Bolsters its IC Gear Business with Mattson Acquisition

12/10/2015  Mattson Technology agreed this month to be acquired by Beijing E-Town Dragon Semiconductor Industry Investment Center, a limited partnership in China, for about $300 million in cash.

Smart Rock Bolt Wins Prize at Designers of Things Conference

12/07/2015  When it comes to Internet of Things products, most people would think of the Apple Watch or Fitbit fitness-tracking devices. A device aimed at the mining industry has proved to be a popular entry at the Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.

Semiconductor sales: slight growth projected for next three years

12/07/2015  Market projected to grow by 0.2 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016, and 3.1 percent in 2017.

Intersil CEO Necip Sayiner elected chair of Semiconductor Industry Association

12/04/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the SIA Board of Directors has elected Dr. Necip Sayiner, President, CEO and Director of Intersil, as its 2016 Chair and Tunç Doluca, President and CEO of Maxim Integrated, as its 2016 Vice Chair.

IDMs could top fabless semiconductor company growth for only the second time in history

12/03/2015  Sales of top 10 IDMs forecast to be flat; top 10 fabless companies expected to slip into negative growth this year.

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials

12/02/2015  Physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University (USA) have tracked down semiconductor nanostructure mechanisms that can result in the loss of stored information - and halted the amnesia using an external magnetic field.

Global discrete semiconductors market expected to surpass $24B by 2019

12/01/2015  The new industry research report from Technavio discusses in detail the key drivers and trends responsible for the growth of this market and its sub-segments.

Measuring 5nm Particles In-Line

11/30/2015  ITRI and TSMC co-develop aerosol method to monitor liquids and slurries.

Tallness Makes Reliable Spindt Tip Cold Cathodes

11/30/2015  Vacuum nanowire arrays of cold cathodes for high frequency sources and amplifiers

Mergers: Commission clears Avago's acquisition of Broadcom

11/25/2015  The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.

InvenSense CEO touts the Internet of Sensors

11/23/2015  InvenSense president and chief executive officer Behrooz Abdi sees the Internet of Things as an Internet of Sensors, a theme he explored Tuesday afternoon (November 17) at the opening of the fourth annual InvenSense Developers Conference.

InvenSense Developers Conference Tackles Sensor Security, New Technologies

11/23/2015  The second day of the InvenSense Developers Conference saw presenters get down to cases – use cases for sensors.

Bookings and billings in semiconductor equipment industry weaken for second consecutive month

11/20/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.33 billion in orders worldwide in October 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98.

Inotera appoints new president

11/19/2015  Inotera's Board of Directors announced this week that they have approved the appointment of Mr. Rod Morgan as president, succeeding Dr. Scott Meikle. The change is effective January 1, 2016.

ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for $2.4B

11/18/2015  The acquisition creates a leader in the power semiconductor market with combined revenue of approximately $5 billion, diversified across multiple markets with a strategic focus on automotive, industrial and smartphone end markets.

Leti and partners announce developments on three mature platforms

11/18/2015  CEA-Leti and its partners in the European FP7 project PLAT4M today announced they have built three silicon photonics platforms.

Taking 2D materials from lab to fab, and to technology

11/17/2015  Due to their exciting properties, 2D crystals like graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides promise to become the material of the future.

Wally Rhines of Mentor Graphics Gets Phil Kaufman Award

11/16/2015  The Phil Kaufman Award is presented by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). It honors the memory of Philip A. Kaufman, the EDA industry pioneer, electronics engineer, and entrepreneur, who died in 1992.




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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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Interconnection Technologies

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/Sponsored by Air Products

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

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

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. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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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.,

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.

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