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Automotive industry now the third largest end market for power semiconductors

09/03/2015  In 2014, the automotive sector significantly outperformed the overall market average for semiconductors.

Intel's Bill Holt awarded Robert N. Noyce Award

09/03/2015  Holt will accept the award at SIA's Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 3.

20th annual SEMICON Taiwan 2015 opens today

09/02/2015  SEMICON Taiwan 2015 opened today starting a three-day event drawing over 43,000 attendees from electronics manufacturing.

Knowm First to Deliver Configurable Artificial Neural Networks using Bi-Directional Learning Memristors

09/02/2015  Breakthrough memristor technology combined with novel adaptive architecture enables machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Laith Altimime joins SEMI as President of SEMI Europe

09/01/2015  SEMI, the global association serving the electronics supply chain, today announced the appointment of Laith Altimime as president of SEMI Europe, effective October 1, 2015.

Solid State Watch: August 21-27, 2015

08/31/2015  New ams fab going to Marcy, NY: Startups and small electronics companies spent $78.3 billion on semiconductors in 2014; Pure-play foundry sales forecast to grow to all-time high in 4Q15; University of Colorado and SRC research accelerates microscopic imaging for next-generation nanoelectronics

Pure-play foundry sales forecast to surpass $12B in fourth quarter 2015

08/28/2015  Atypical 2015 sales pattern, but stronger growth forecast to resume in second half of this year.

New AMS fab going to Marcy, NY

08/27/2015  Austria-based ams AG, formerly known as Austriamicrosystem, announced plans to locate a new 360,000 ft2 fab in upstate New York at the Nano Utica site in Marcy, NY.

Comfortable Consumer EEG Headset Shown by Imec and Holst Centre

08/27/2015  Medical-quality data acquisition of signals tracing emotions and moods.

Managing Dis-Aggregated Data for SiP Yield Ramp

08/24/2015  In general, there is an accelerating trend toward System-in-Package (SiP) chip designs including Package-On-Package (POP) and 3D/2.5D-stacks where complex mechanical forces—primarily driven by the many Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) mismatches within and between chips and packages—influence the electrical properties of ICs.

Opportunities in South America for semiconductor manufacturing

08/24/2015  SEMI today announced the second annual SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit (SA SSS) at the Sheraton Rio on November 10-12 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Small electronics companies spent $78.3B on semiconductors in 2014

08/21/2015  Startups and small electronics companies spent $78.3 billion on semiconductors in 2014, representing 23 percent of the total market, compelling semiconductor companies to revisit their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations than relying on big deals from large customers, research firm Gartner said.

Book-to-bill ratio reports indicate a solid year for the industry

08/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Update for exporters: Trade wins and delays

08/18/2015  With trade policy dominating headlines in recent weeks, all eyes were on Maui in the waning days of August as trade ministers from twelve nations convened for perhaps the final time to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Leon Panetta to deliver keynote address at annual SIA Award Dinner

08/18/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming SIA Award Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 3 in San Jose, Calif.

Samsung Begins Mass Producing Industry First 256-Gigabit, 3D V-NAND

08/11/2015  Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing the industry’s first 256-gigabit (Gb), three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs).

ON Semiconductor appoints Alan Campbell to Board of Directors

08/07/2015  ON Semiconductor Corporation today announced that Alan Campbell has joined its Board of Directors.

Samsung cuts Intel's semiconductor sales lead to 16% in second quarter

08/06/2015  Samsung’s excellent growth rate in 2Q15 put the company closer to catching Intel and becoming the world’s leading semiconductor supplier.

SunEdison Semiconductor announces manufacturing consolidation

08/05/2015  The consolidation will consist of closing its Ipoh, Malaysia wafering plant by the end of 2016, and relocating the associated capacity to other plant sites. The company does not expect its total capacity to change.

Advanced materials enable a smart and interconnected world - SEMI Strategic Materials Conference 2015

07/29/2015  The SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), taking place September 22–-23 in Mountain View, Calif., will uncover the drivers for new materials and how material suppliers are impacted by the value chain they serve.




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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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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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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
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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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