Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom for $37B

05/29/2015  Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value.

SEMI April 2015 book-to-bill report shows continued improvements in bookings and billings

05/21/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

05/21/2015  SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

05/19/2015  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Applied Materials' breakthrough patterning hard mask enables copper interconnect scaling

05/19/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

05/14/2015  There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

Danaher to buy Pall in $13.8B deal

05/14/2015  Danaher Corporation announced that it will acquire Pall Corporation for $13.8 billion. Once the transaction is completed, the merged company plans to split into two publicly traded corporations.

SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

05/14/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.

Solid State Watch: May 1-8, 2015

05/12/2015  First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year; New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead; Microchip and GlobalFoundries announce new 55nm embedded NVM; ASE and TDK announce plans for joint venture agreement

JSR and imec partner to enable next generation EUV lithography resist solutions

05/12/2015  JSR Corporation, a materials company and imec, a nanoelectronics R&D center, today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner in enabling manufacturing and quality control of EUV lithography materials for the semiconductor industry.

Enhanced thermal management solutions for RF power amplifiers

05/06/2015  Synthetic diamond heat spreaders and GaN-on-Diamond wafers have emerged as a leading thermal- management technology for RF Power Amplifiers.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

05/04/2015  A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

Solid State Watch: April 24-30, 2015

05/04/2015  Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger; Sensor competition, actuator recovery impact supplier ranking; Georgia Tech research offers novel cellular sensing platform for expanded use of semiconductor in biotech applications; Silicon Motion announces agreement to acquire Shannon Systems

It’s blue skies for Jabil and its customers

05/01/2015  While making printed circuit boards is still a big business for the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Jabil, which boasts 90 plants in 24 countries around the world, the Blue Sky Center emphasizes that Jabil has progressed from being a board manufacturer to a full-service supply chain management firm.

Safe CMP slurries for future IC materials

04/29/2015  New CMP processes for new materials planned to be used in building future IC devices are now in R&D. Early data on process trade-offs as well as on EHS aspects were presented at the CMP Users Group meeting.

Brewer Science and Nissan Chemical Industries formalize agreement expanding support for the semiconductor industry

04/28/2015  Brewer Science, Inc., and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd., announced they have formally extended their business relationship through 2028.

Two-dimensional semiconductor comes clean

04/28/2015  Researchers at Columbia Engineering, Harvard, Cornell, University of Minnesota, Yonsei University in Korea, Danish Technical University, and the Japanese National Institute of Materials Science have shown that the performance of another 2D material--molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)--can be similarly improved by BN-encapsulation.

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

04/27/2015  The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger

How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector

04/23/2015  In this 50th year anniversary of Moore’s Law, the steady scaling of silicon chips’ cost and performance that has so changed our world over the last half century is now poised to change it even further through the Internet of Things.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

04/22/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.




Success in the Electronic and High Tech Industry

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Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.June 01, 2015
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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

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September 2015 (Date and time TBD)

EUV lithography has been under intense development for years and appears to be close to production. Yet its delay has the industry searching for alternatives, including double, triple and even quadruple patterning, directed self-assembly, multi-e-beam and nanoimprint. In this webcast, experts will detail various options, future scenarios and challenges that must still be overcome.

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October 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015
SEMICON Japan 2015
Tokyo, Japan
December 16, 2015 - December 18, 2015