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GLOBALFOUNDRIES appoints Wallace Pai as General Manager to oversee China business development

08/02/2016  GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced that Wallace Pai has been appointed as vice president and general manager of China.

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law

07/29/2016  The optics advancement may solve an approaching data bottleneck by helping to boost computing power and information transfer rates tenfold.

What’s happening to Japan’s semiconductor industry?

07/28/2016  The 2016 global semiconductor market is forecast to decrease by 2.4 percent from the previous year according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall

07/26/2016  University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor "fin" for the current to travel over. The etching technique addresses many problems in trying to create 3-D devices, typically done now by stacking layers or carving out structures from a thicker semiconductor wafer.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 0.7% in 2016, Gartner reports

07/22/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 0.7 percent in 2016, to $64.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 2 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.00

07/22/2016  Billings activity for equipment companies based in North America are at their highest level since February 2011.

2016 IEEE IEDM to showcase the latest tech developments in micro/nanoelectronics

07/21/2016  Paper-submission deadline is August 10 this year; Supplier exhibition to be held in conjunction with technical program.

International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors examines next 15 years of chip innovation

07/21/2016  Final installment of biannual report outlines short-term and long-term challenges and opportunities facing semiconductor technology.

Three-in-one tool speeds bump inspection

07/19/2016  Last year, Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced the widespread adoption and success of its newest macro defect inspection tool, the NSX 330 Series.

Global Neon Demand Expected to Exceed Increasing Supply

07/13/2016  Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases has made yet another investment to support its vertically integrated neon supply chain, by adding neon production capability to the company’s largest US based atmospheric gases unit (ASU) in La Porte, Texas, which produces oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the petroleum and petrochemical markets in the Houston area.

SEMICON West Day 2: Don't Miss

07/13/2016  Gear up for Day 2 of SEMICON West with this list of must-see conference events.

200mm fabs reawakening

07/13/2016  Buoyed by strong investments in China, 200mm wafer production is seeing a re-awakening, with overall 200mm capacity expected to match its previous 2006 peak level by 2019.

Test Protocols for the IoT

07/12/2016  The Internet-of-Things (IoT) will require components that can sense the world, process and store data, and communicate autonomously within a secured environment.

IC innovation at heart of decade of disruption

07/12/2016  On Monday, imec – the Leuven Belgium-based research consortium – hosted its annual imec Technology Forum (ITF) USA, a half-day conference at the Marriott Marquis.

EV Group rolls out automated metrology system for advanced packaging, MEMS manufacturing

07/11/2016  EV Group (EVG) today introduced the EVG50 automated metrology system.

Rising number of fabless semiconductor companies, test houses to augment chip handler market

07/07/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the semiconductor chip handler market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% until 2020.

Global semiconductor sales up slightly in May

07/05/2016  Sales increase 0.4 percent compared to April, decrease 7.7 percent year-to-year.

Plasma-Therm acquires Nano Etch Systems Inc.

07/05/2016  Plasma-Therm, a supplier of wafer process technology solutions to specialty semiconductor and nanotechnology markets, has acquired Nano Etch Systems Inc. of California, a developer of ion beam etch (IBE) and ion beam deposition (IBD) systems.

ASML president to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

06/30/2016  Van den Brink will accept the award at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose, an event that will commemorate the 25thanniversary of the Noyce Award.

FormFactor completes acquisition of Cascade Microtech

06/28/2016  FormFactor, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Beaverton, Oregon-based Cascade Microtech, Inc.




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December 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Versum Materials

The smartphone market is expected to reach 1.5B units in 2016 consuming nearly 1/3 of the IC market as smartphones become the mini mobile computers in capabilities and the central hub/gateway for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices including wearables and home monitoring devices. This webcast will give an update to the previous April 30, 2015 Webinar on Smartphone as the Technology Driver.

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Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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.,

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