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Sensor sales keep hitting new records but price erosion curbs growth

07/22/2016  Double-digit unit shipment increases continue with demand being strong for low-cost sensors in wearable systems, Internet of Things, and automated embedded control.

Automotive MEMS sensor unit-shipments rose in 2015, even as revenue stalled

07/21/2016  Although shipments of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors used in automotive applications grew 8.4 percent in 2015, revenues were flat compared to the previous year, reaching $2.7 billion.

Research team led by NUS scientists develop plastic flexible magnetic memory device

07/20/2016  Novel technique to implant high-performance magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic surface without compromising performance.

Unisem ships 1 billion packaged MEMS devices

07/19/2016  Unisem reported it recently shipped its one billionth packaged MEMS device and continues to invest capex in both MEMS assembly equipment and the development of additional factory floor space for this expanding market.

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.

Amkor opens MEMS packaging line in China

06/29/2016  Driven by the increase in global demand for sensors from the smartphone and automotive markets, Amkor Technology, Inc. today announced it is ramping up a new MEMS and sensor packaging line at its facility in Shanghai.

An increasing number of healthcare applications is using bioMEMS components

05/27/2016  According to Yole Développement (Yole) analysts, this market will triple from US$2.7 billion in 2015 to US$7.6 billion in 2021.

MEMS technology is contributing to the inkjet printing industry revolution

05/25/2016  With a market reaching US$ 1 billion in 2021, the MEMS printhead is one of the most mature MEMS devices.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

STMicroelectronics reveals advanced silicon-carbide power devices

05/16/2016  STMicroelectronics announced advanced high-efficiency power semiconductors for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (EVs) with a timetable for qualification to the automotive quality standard AEC-Q101.

Latest advancements in sensor technology examined at SEMI European MEMS Summit

04/25/2016  SEMI today announced the second annual edition of the SEMI European MEMS Summit, dedicated to MEMS and sensors, to be held on September 15-16.

Heat and light get larger at the nanoscale

04/01/2016  In a new study recently published in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers from Columbia Engineering, Cornell, and Stanford have demonstrated heat transfer can be made 100 times stronger than has been predicted, simply by bringing two objects extremely close--at nanoscale distances--without touching.

A new virtuous cycle for the MEMS industry

03/24/2016  Since 2000, we have entered the age of sensing and interacting with the wide diffusion of MEMS and sensors that give us a better, safer perception of our environment. MEMS have grown in volume to be almost a 15 billion units market today.

Entrepreneurs to compete in MEMS Shark Tank at Hilton Head 2016

03/24/2016  Teams vie for expert consulting services, MEMS foundry package, specialized software tools, industry group membership.

IoT Planet to co-locate with SEMICON Europa in 2016

03/09/2016  IoT Planet, a new European event dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), will co-locate this year with SEMICON Europa (25-27 October) in Grenoble, France.

CyberOptics and Nordson ink a strategic OEM supplier agreement for 3D MRS sensors

03/09/2016  CyberOptics today announced an OEM supplier agreement with Nordson YESTECH to supply its proprietary 3D Multi-Reflection Suppression (MRS) sensors.

Gartner identifies the top 10 Internet of Things technologies for 2017 and 2018

03/03/2016  Gartner, Inc. has highlighted the top 10 Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that should be on every organization's radar through the next two years.

STATS ChipPAC honored with Supplier of the Year Award from Inphi

03/01/2016  STATS ChipPAC Ltd. today announced that it has been honored with the “Supplier of the Year” award from Inphi Corporation.

New NTU microchip shrinks radar cameras to fit into a palm

02/23/2016  NTU's new radar chip was presented and published at the prestigious International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2016.

Vesper partners with AAC Technologies on piezoelectric MEMS microphones

02/22/2016  Vesper today announced a partnership with AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. for the commercialization of the world’s first piezoelectric MEMS microphones for consumer electronic devices.




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

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

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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Interconnection Technologies

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

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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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.,

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

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