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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.

Chinese automotive semiconductor revenues to hit $6.2B in 2015

07/28/2015  The growth rate for vehicle shipments in China is slowing, but more and better performing semiconductors will still be required in automotive applications in the coming years.

Semiconductor market worth $332B in 2015

07/28/2015  ReportsnReports.com added 2015 semiconductor market research reports that forecast a 2.9 percent CAGR to 2020 for semiconductor industry and a 6.7 percent rise from 2014 in the semiconductor equipment market size during 2015 across the world.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2015 book-to-bill ratio

07/22/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.51 billion in orders worldwide in June 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI

Analog Devices joins SRC's Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems Initiative

07/20/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that Analog Devices, Inc. has joined SRC’s hardware cybersecurity research program called Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S).

Got MEMS? Get In Touch With memsstar For Production Equipment

07/17/2015  As you might guess from the company’s name, memsstar is involved in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices. The company offers manufacturing equipment for “MEMS-specific production,” says CEO Tony McKie.

Tanaka Precious Metals Is Big in Bonding Wires, Other Products

07/17/2015  Tanaka Precious Metals, a company dating back to 1885, is a leading supplier of gold bonding wire and other types of bonding wire for semiconductor packaging. It also specializes in electroplating equipment, unveiling a new system for research and development applications at SEMICON West 2015.

International Consortium Sets Up Shop for Advanced Manufacturing Research

07/16/2015  A metropolitan area in the center of the state is putting together a public-private partnership to attract high-tech companies, convincing them to set up shop and create jobs. Part of the attraction is a big public university, engaging in advanced research.

Low-Cost Manufacturing of Flexible Functionalities

07/15/2015  FlexTech Alliance updates on substrates, processes, and devices.

Gases: Completely Necessary to Semiconductor Manufacturing

07/15/2015  Silicon wafers. Semiconductor packaging. These are commonly known products in materials for manufacturing and assembling microchips. Process gases? Not as familiar a commodity, yet they are just as critical to semiconductor manufacturing.

CoorsTek Increases its Business with Covalent Acquisition, Organic Growth

07/14/2015  CoorsTek made one of the biggest acquisitions of its century-long history late last year in purchasing Covalent Materials, formerly known as Toshiba Ceramics.

Technologies for Advanced Systems Shown at IMEC Tech Forum USA

07/14/2015  R&D summarized of the nanoscale building blocks for our fab future.

Controlling measurements of WLP on high mix, high volume manufacturing

07/14/2015  The demand for 4-mask layer Cu-plated wafer-level chip scale packaging (WLCSP) is increasing rapidly, and the current capability for in-line Cu height measurements is not suitable for high volume manufacturing (HVM).

Genmark Automation launches CODEX Stocker

07/13/2015  Genmark Automation, a developer of tool and factory automation solutions for the semiconductor and related industries, today announced the launch of its new CODEX Stocker.

IBM Research alliance produces industry's first 7nm node test chips

07/09/2015  IBM Research today announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.




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Advanced Packaging: A Changing Landscape Rife with Opportunities

May 10, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Brewer Science

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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MEMS: Current Status and Future Directions

May 11, 2016 at 12 PM ET / Sponsored by Boston Semi Equipment

In 2015, the MEMS market did not grow as much as we initially expected. In the past, the Smart Phone industry was a strong driver of the MEMS industry with ever increasing volume. Today, MEMS are becoming commodity products with very low price. The webcast will review the latest market data and forecasts for the future. The MEMS “commoditization” paradox will be discussed as well as latest technical trends (sensors combos, packaging).

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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 26, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Zeta Instruments

Wafer level packaging (WLP) using fan-out technology is an attractive platform for achieving low-cost low-profile package solutions for smart-phones and tablets, which require cost-effective, high-density interconnects in small form-factor packaging. Assembled directly on a silicon wafer, the approach is unconstrained by die size, providing the design flexibility to accommodate an unlimited number of interconnects between the package and the application board for maximum connection density, finer line/spacing, improved electrical and thermal performance and small package dimensions to meet the relentless form factor requirements and performance demands of the mobile market. In this webcast, industry experts will explain the FOWLP process, discuss recent advances and forecast future trends.

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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.

Adhesives for Electronic Applications

Master Bond custom formulates epoxy adhesives, sealants, coatings, potting and encapsulation compounds to meet the rigorous needs of the electronic industry. We are a leading manufacturer of conformal coatings, glob tops, flip chip underfills, and die attach for printed circuit boards, semiconductors, microelectronics, and more. Browse our catalog to find out more.January 05, 2016
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May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
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June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
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June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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