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Cymer announces shipment of its first XLR 700ix DUV light source and introduces DynaPulse

02/23/2015  Cymer, an ASML company, a developer of lithography light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source.

January 2015 book-to-bill supports positive outlook for semiconductor equipment industry

02/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

KLA-Tencor extends its 5D patterning control solution with new metrology systems

02/19/2015  Today, KLA- Tencor Corporation introduced two advanced metrology systems that support the development and production of 16nm and below IC devices: Archer 500LCM and SpectraFilm LD10.

China's semiconductor investment plans focus of SEMICON China 2015

02/19/2015  China's new industry investment and government promotion policies outlined in the recent "National Guidelines for Development and Promotion of the IC Industry" represents major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies.

Imec reports breakthrough results on DSA

02/19/2015  At next week’s SPIE advanced lithography conference, to be held in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 22-26, imec will present breakthrough results on Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) process development.

SEMI wins semiconductor etch equipment export control ruling

02/11/2015  This week, after a four-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce declared the export controls on certain etch equipment and technology ineffective, thereby removing a cumbersome and onerous impediment to efficient trade.

Applied's merger with TEL: Still a work in progress

02/11/2015  Applied Materials on Wednesday reported that its proposed merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) is still under way, without giving a deadline or expected date of conclusion.

Processing of graphene on 300mm Si wafers in a state-of-the-art CMOS fabrication facility

02/10/2015  The building blocks are described that can be used to fabricate other novel device architectures that can take advantage of the unique properties of graphene or other interesting single-layer (i.e., 2D) materials.

Precision growth of light-emitting nanowires

02/10/2015  A novel approach to growing nanowires promises a new means of control over their light-emitting and electronic properties.

Qualcomm and China's National Development and Reform Commission reach resolution

02/09/2015  Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law.

SEMICON Show Highlights Chip Manufacturing in South Korea

02/04/2015  The SEMICON Korea conference and exhibition opens Wednesday in Seoul for a three-day run. The show highlights the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in South Korea, home to two of the biggest memory chip makers in the world, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix.

Fabrication of patterns with linewidths down to 1.5nm

02/03/2015  Researchers at aBeam Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a technology to fabricate test patterns with a minimum linewidth down to 1.5nm.

EUV, Internet of Things, 3D integration among hot topics at SPIE Advanced Lithography

01/30/2015  Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), 3D integration, and the Internet of Things will be among critical technologies featured at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015 22 to 26 February in San Jose, California.

"The Electrical Arts" and the First Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable

01/28/2015  Before there were electrical engineers and standard definitions for the ampere, ohm and volt, entrepreneurs and scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States worked on the issue of improving communications between the Old World and the New World.

2014 was bumper year for automotive semiconductors

01/27/2015  The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS.

New Soitec eSI90 RF-SOI wafer improves RF performance of high-end smart phone components

01/26/2015  Soitec (Euronext) has introduced its eSI90 substrate, the newest high-end wafer in its radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) product family.

2015 outlook: Tech trends and drivers

01/20/2015  Leading industry experts provide their perspectives on what to expect in 2015. 3D devices and 3D integration, rising process complexity and “big data” are among the hot topics.

Global semiconductor sales in November outpace 2013 totals

01/05/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of November 2014.

Solid Doping for Bulk FinFETs

01/05/2015  In another example of the old one-liner that “all that is old is new again,” the old technique of solid-source doping is being used by Intel for a critical process step in so-called “14nm node” finFET manufacturing.

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014

12/23/2014  Worldwide semiconductor market revenue is on track to achieve a 9.4 percent expansion this year, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010.




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The Path to Future Interconnects

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Jon Candelaria, Semiconductor Research Corp.’s director of interconnect and packaging sciences, will summarize a SEMICON West Semiconductor Technology Symposium Session focused on interconnects. He’ll describe the challenges for interconnect technology up to the end of the CMOS roadmap, and a few of the alternatives to address them. Next, he’ll discuss possible directions beyond the roadmap, as well as interconnectivity requirements and solution paths for emerging applications.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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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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SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
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September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
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Monterey, CA
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September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
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Dresden, Germany
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October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
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December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
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December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015