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IBM announces $3B research initiative

07/15/2014  IBM announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.

Paradigm shift in semi equipment - Confirmed

07/15/2014  Technology node transitions slowing below 32nm.

KLA-Tencor Evolves Inspection and Review Portfolio for 3D Future

07/10/2014  Systems detect and categorize defects that limit yield in advanced IC manufacturing.

How to Drive and Motivate Modern-Day Innovation

07/10/2014  Technology innovation isn’t slowing down. But its steady acceleration isn’t happening spontaneously, and Tuesday’s Silicon Innovation Forum keynote from Professor of Innovation Dr. Bob Metcalfe outline how he believes to effectively drive the complex cycle that is modern-day innovation.

Vacuum Technologies Needed for 3D Device Processing

07/10/2014  Complex effluent management of ALD and CVD processes using novel precursors

Development of Silicon Photonics Devices Discussed in Forum

07/09/2014  Six speakers discussed developments in designing and manufacturing silicon photonics devices in a TechXPOT North session on Wednesday morning.

The Connected Experience: A Manufacturer’s Dream?

07/09/2014  Imagine being able to not only track and address equipment degradation in real time, but also analyze patterns in your factories’ equipment and address potential issues before they even present a problem. It may sound too good to be true, but Microsoft’s Sanjay Ravi explained in Wednesday morning’s keynote that this innovation is becoming available now to manufacturers.

Trends in Next-Generation MEMS Discussed in TechXPOT Forum

07/09/2014  The microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device market is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent over the next five years, reaching $24 billion in 2019, according to Jean-Christophe Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement.

The End of Scaling?

07/09/2014  Are we reaching the end of scaling? Yes and no. Let me explain.

New Materials Provide Innovation Yet Add Complexity

07/09/2014  If semiconductor materials had a personal Facebook page, its status would be: It’s Complicated.

Standards Industry Leaders Honored at SEMICON West 2014

07/09/2014  SEMI honored eight industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the microelectronics and related industries. The annual SEMI Standards awards were announced at the SEMI Standards reception held during SEMICON West 2014.

SEMI forecasts double-digit business growth in 2014, 2015

07/09/2014  The worldwide semiconductor capital equipment market is forecast to increase 20.8 percent this year to $38.44 billion, compared with 2013’s $31.82 billion, and another 10.8 percent in 2015 to $42.6 billion, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.

The Future Looks Incredible, But Not If We Stay The Same

07/09/2014  Micron President Mark Adams’ keynote on Tuesday morning at SEMICON West 2014 was both optimistic and challenging, perhaps even unsettling for companies unused to evolving with the times.

Applied Materials unveils CVD and CMP systems

07/08/2014  On Monday, Applied Materials announced two new systems, a Reflexion LK Prime CMP system and a Producer XP Precision CVD system, both aimed at complex devices with 3D architectures.

FinFETs and FDSOI Provide Options

07/08/2014  Everybody loves FinFETs! Well, not everybody, really, is behind double-gate or multiple-gate field-effect transistors.

EUV: Coming but Not Here Yet

07/08/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography is making progress! Well, check that. EUV technology is progressing, yet it remains uncertain when its insertion into volume production of semiconductors will occur.

3DICs Have Finally Arrived

07/08/2014  Intel, Samsung Electronics, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing have made their moves into three-dimensional semiconductors. Now it remains to be seen how the rest of the semiconductor industry will make the transition to 3DICs.

First 450mm Wafers Patterned with Immersion Lithography Displayed

07/08/2014  A collection of the first fully patterned 450mm wafers are on display at SEMICON West this week at the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT exhibit, booth 517, located in the Moscone Center’s South Hall. The wafers will be on display throughout the exhibition and showcased in the 450 mm Technology Development Session on Thursday July 10th.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNYIT launch CMP Center

07/08/2014  The Center aims to accelerate the development of next generation CMP technology, and to drive improvement in the yield and cost of ownership of CMP processes.

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron unveil new company name

07/08/2014  Applied Materials, Inc. and Tokyo Electron Limited today unveiled the new name and logo of their combined company which will be used once the merger closes.




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How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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Materials

April 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. 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 will play in the future.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast 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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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015