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Process Watch: Having confidence in your confidence level

04/20/2017  This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

04/19/2017  Engineers use graphene as a 'copy machine' to produce cheaper semiconductor wafers.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017: Disruption and the value of digital transformation in manufacturing

04/17/2017  At SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017, Dr. Chen Fusen, CEO of Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd, Singapore, will give a keynote on digital transformation in the manufacturing sector.

Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor revenue forecast to increase 12.3% in 2017

04/14/2017  Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3 percent from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

Si2 contributes advanced IC power modeling technology to IEEE

04/11/2017  Silicon Integration Initiative, Inc. (Si2), a integrated circuit research and development joint venture, has contributed new power modeling technology to the IEEE P2416 System Level Power Model Working Group.

MagnaChip to host its annual Foundry Technology Symposium in Santa Clara, California

04/10/2017  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced today that it will host its Annual U.S. Foundry Technology Symposium at Hilton Santa Clara, California, on June 7th, 2017.

Shanhai Capital completes acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor

04/07/2017  Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. and Beijing Shanhai Capital Management Co, Ltd. today jointly announced the completion of the approximately $500 million acquisition of Analogix Semiconductor.

2016 marks year of recovery for global semiconductor market

04/07/2017  In 2016, the market posted a year-end growth rate of 2 percent with chip growth seen across multiple market segments. Global revenue came in at $352.4 billion, up from $345.6 billion in 2015.

Global semiconductor sales up 16.5% year-to-year

04/04/2017  Year-to-year sales increased by double digits across most regional markets, with the China and Americas markets showing particularly strong growth.

Semiconductor industry sets out research needed to advance emerging technologies

03/30/2017  New SIA-SRC report calls for robust research investments throughout the semiconductor industry and value chain.

Micron to establish its site for DRAM in Taiwan

03/24/2017  Micron has now completed the title acquisition process for the new site.

Mentor Graphics Team Receives the Harvey Rosten Award for Thermal Heatsink Optimization Methodology

03/23/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Dr. Robin Bornoff, Dr. John Parry and John Wilson, a team from Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division, received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in thermal modeling and analysis of electronics.

Linde Invests Over EUR 110M in China to Strengthen Position as Supplier of Choice for Electronics Manufacturers

03/22/2017  Gases and engineering company The Linde Group, through its electronics gases joint venture in China, Linde LienHwa, is expanding its commitment to China and the Asia Pacific region through investments of over EUR 110 million.

Semiconductor Industry Association announces support of House tax reform blueprint

03/17/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, this week announced its support for the House "Better Way" corporate tax reform proposal as an appropriate starting point for reform.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2017 billings

03/17/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.97 billion in billings worldwide in February 2017 (three-month average basis), according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI.

U.S. companies still hold largest share of fabless company IC sales

03/16/2017  Largest fabless IC marketshare increase has come from Chinese suppliers, who now hold a 10% share.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor equipment sales of $41.2B

03/14/2017  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $41.24 billion in 2016, representing a year-over-year increase of 13 percent.

SEMICON China 2017 opens tomorrow in Shanghai

03/13/2017  Over 60,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China opening tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

Semiconductor shipments dominated by opto-sensor-discrete devices

03/10/2017  Updated forecast shows total semiconductor shipments surpassing one trillion devices in 2018.

Soitec begins ramping up production of 200mm SOI wafers in China at SOI manufacturing partner's fab

03/09/2017  Soitec has announced that the ramp up to high-volume production of 200mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers has begun at the manufacturing facility of its Chinese partner Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd.




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3D NAND: Trends in Processes, Circuits

October 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET

Conventional planar flash memory technology is approaching critical scaling limitations that are driving the transition to 3D solutions. 3D NAND is expected to scale in height, from 16-bit-tall strings to string heights of more than 128 bits. Meanwhile NAND makers will find ways of placing these strings closer to each other through more aggressive lithography.

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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

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. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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

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Advanced Process Control Conference
Austin, Texas
http://www.apcconference.com
October 09, 2017 - October 12, 2017
IEDM 2017
San Francisco, CA
http://ieee-iedm.org
December 02, 2017 - December 06, 2017
SEMI-THERM
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 19, 2018 - March 23, 2018

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