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Micron announces resignation of President Mark Adams

01/04/2016  Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that President Mark Adams will resign for personal health reasons.

Startup Works on Ultralow-k Materials for Chips, Displays

12/21/2015  The very last presentation at the 12th annual 3D Advanced Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference was given by Hash Pakbaz, president and chief executive officer of SBA Materials, a developer of nanoporous and mesoporous materials for semiconductor manufacturing and other applications.

3D ASIP Conference Hears from EDA, IC Gear Companies

12/18/2015  John Ferguson of Mentor Graphics provided the electronic design automation perspective on packaging technology at the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference in Redwood City, Calif.

SEMI applauds congressional action to make R&D tax credit permanent; extend solar tax credit

12/18/2015  SEMI has been working to make the popular tax incentive a permanent part of the tax code since the R&D credit was first established in 1981.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts November 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.96

12/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders worldwide in November 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96.

Packaging Conference Addresses Challenges, Opportunities in New Technologies

12/18/2015  On the second day of the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference, the heavy hitters came out to talk. Attendees heard presentations from executives of Amkor Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Northrop Grumman, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, and Xilinx, among other companies.

Conference Features "The Year of Stacked Memory" in 2015

12/17/2015  The theme of this year's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packading (3D ASIP) conference is "The Year of Stacked Memory," noting how memory die stacked in one package are becoming more commonplace in 2015.

2016 bounce to modest gains

12/14/2015  After deflated 2015, 3D leads the way.

TSMC applies for 12-inch wafer fab and design service center in China

12/11/2015  TSMC this week submitted an application to the Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs for an investment project to build a wholly-owned 12-inch wafer manufacturing facility and a design service center in Nanjing, China.

China Bolsters its IC Gear Business with Mattson Acquisition

12/10/2015  Mattson Technology agreed this month to be acquired by Beijing E-Town Dragon Semiconductor Industry Investment Center, a limited partnership in China, for about $300 million in cash.

Smart Rock Bolt Wins Prize at Designers of Things Conference

12/07/2015  When it comes to Internet of Things products, most people would think of the Apple Watch or Fitbit fitness-tracking devices. A device aimed at the mining industry has proved to be a popular entry at the Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.

Semiconductor sales: slight growth projected for next three years

12/07/2015  Market projected to grow by 0.2 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016, and 3.1 percent in 2017.

Intersil CEO Necip Sayiner elected chair of Semiconductor Industry Association

12/04/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the SIA Board of Directors has elected Dr. Necip Sayiner, President, CEO and Director of Intersil, as its 2016 Chair and Tunç Doluca, President and CEO of Maxim Integrated, as its 2016 Vice Chair.

IDMs could top fabless semiconductor company growth for only the second time in history

12/03/2015  Sales of top 10 IDMs forecast to be flat; top 10 fabless companies expected to slip into negative growth this year.

Quantum computer made of standard semiconductor materials

12/02/2015  Physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University (USA) have tracked down semiconductor nanostructure mechanisms that can result in the loss of stored information - and halted the amnesia using an external magnetic field.

Global discrete semiconductors market expected to surpass $24B by 2019

12/01/2015  The new industry research report from Technavio discusses in detail the key drivers and trends responsible for the growth of this market and its sub-segments.

Measuring 5nm Particles In-Line

11/30/2015  ITRI and TSMC co-develop aerosol method to monitor liquids and slurries.

Tallness Makes Reliable Spindt Tip Cold Cathodes

11/30/2015  Vacuum nanowire arrays of cold cathodes for high frequency sources and amplifiers

Mergers: Commission clears Avago's acquisition of Broadcom

11/25/2015  The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.

InvenSense CEO touts the Internet of Sensors

11/23/2015  InvenSense president and chief executive officer Behrooz Abdi sees the Internet of Things as an Internet of Sensors, a theme he explored Tuesday afternoon (November 17) at the opening of the fourth annual InvenSense Developers Conference.




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July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

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Flawless Execution at Fairchild: How Change to Modern MES Enables Agility, Quality and Productivity

August 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

In this high-pressure environment, leading semiconductor companies are swapping out older manufacturing executions systems (MES) for modern MES. Surprised? True, the perceived risk of changing out MES in a semiconductor facility is high. Yet companies have done it with great success and enormous business benefits. Fairchild Semiconductor’s positive experiences as it strives for quality, on-time delivery, new product introduction success, improved productivity and quality are indicative. In just one year, Fairchild switched out aging systems for a new MES at a plant in China – and the following month, they got it up at a second plant. Learn what they did to ensure the change happened quickly and without a hitch. In addition to this case study, you’ll hear from a leading industry analyst who has interviewed dozens of people from semiconductor companies that have succeeded with the move to modern MES.

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August 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

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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

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