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GlobalFoundries reveals expansion plans

02/10/2017  The company is investing in its existing leading-edge fabs in the United States and Germany, expanding its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and adding capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

Toshiba starts construction of Fab 6 and memory R&D center at Yokkaichi, Japan

02/09/2017  Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has started construction of a new semiconductor fabrication facility, Fab 6, and a new R&D center, the Memory R&D Center, at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie prefecture, Japan, the company’s main memory production base.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

02/09/2017  The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

IC market growth limited by narrow window of global GDP expansion

02/09/2017  Significant and noticeable IC market growth closely tied to significant worldwide GDP growth.

SEMICON Korea huge 30th year anniversary event opens today

02/08/2017  SEMICON Korea 2017, opening today at COEX in Seoul, celebrates its 30th anniversary with its largest-ever exhibition.

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

02/07/2017  Revenues continue to be under pressure.

Samsung and Apple continued to lead as top global semiconductor customers in 2016

02/01/2017  Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2016, representing 18.2 percent of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner, Inc.

SEMI 2020: "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind"

02/01/2017  “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” was how I started last week’s article. In that article we looked back on 2016 and the incredible progress of the industry and how it continually cuts new trail and keeps moving at the speed of Moore’s Law.

Without technology, China's "MIC 2025" results for ICs likely to fall woefully short of its goals

02/01/2017  IC Insights believes China's self-sufficiency targets for ICs of 40% in 2020 and 70% in 2025 are unrealistic.

Do not go where the path may lead

01/27/2017  What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

01/25/2017  Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

Vital Control in Fab Materials Supply-Chains

01/25/2017  Expert panel discussion at Critical Materials Council (CMC) conference.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.06

01/25/2017  This combined with a significant increase in billings puts 2016 equipment sales of North American manufacturers well above 2015 levels and well positioned for 2017.

2015-2016 deals dominate semiconductor M&A ranking

01/20/2017  U.S. companies making acquisitions accounted for more than half of the value in announced transactions in the last two years, while Asia-Pacific represented 23%.

Market for power semiconductors in automotive to rev up by $3B by 2022

01/19/2017  Demand to soar due to big electrification in vehicles.

Fire, rain, and M&A 

01/19/2017  The expert panel, "The Future of M&A in the Semiconductor Industry," was a hot topic at SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) conference on January 11.

$24B semiconductor assembly and testing services market poised for steady growth

01/13/2017  This week, Future Market Insights (FMI) releases its latest report on the semiconductor assembly and testing services market.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is forecast to grow 2.9% in 2017

01/12/2017  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 2.9 percent in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Pure-play foundry market surges 11% in 2016 to reach $50B

01/12/2017  X-Fab, SMIC, and TowerJazz each grew by ≥30% last year.

SEMI ISS 2017 uncovers new growth, forecast upgrades

01/10/2017  SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with a theme focused on new industry forces and new markets.




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Advanced Packaging

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Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We 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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Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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