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Growing in maturity, the MEMS industry is getting its second wind

05/19/2015  In 2014, the MEMS sector represented an $11.1B business for Si-based devices. According to Yole Développement (Yole) latest MEMS report “Status of the MEMS Industry”, the MEMS industry is preparing to exceed $20B by 2020.

Janusz Bryzek joins MEMS Industry Group to lead new TSensors division

05/14/2015  MEMS Industry Group (MIG), the trade association advancing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, today announced the creation of a new TSensors division headed by TSensors Summit, Inc.

Intel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the cloud

05/12/2015  Intel Corporation today announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the "cloud."

MEMS industry influencers to present at SEMI European MEMS Summit

05/07/2015  SEMI has announced that executives from MEMS giants Bosch and STMicroelectronics, MEMS largest fabless Invensense and dominating IC foundry TSMC will be delivering the keynote talks at the European MEMS Summit.

ITRS 2.0: Heterogeneous integration

05/06/2015  Interconnecting transistors and other components in the IC, in the package, on the printed circuit board and at the system and global network level, are where the future limitations in performance, power, latency and cost reside.

SIGFOX and TI collaborate to deliver cost-effective, long-range, low-power Internet of Things connectivity

04/28/2015  SIGFOX and Texas Instruments (TI) announced the two companies are working together to increase IoT deployments using the Sub-1 GHz spectrum.

ClassOne enters ECD lab partnership with Shanghai Sinyang

04/14/2015  Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced today that it has signed a joint electrochemical deposition (ECD) applications lab agreement with Shanghai Sinyang Semiconductor Materials Co., Ltd.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth

04/10/2015  Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, but sales growth is being pulled down significantly by price erosion in this once high-flying semiconductor marketplace.

MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018, says Semico Research

04/09/2015  The market for MEMS has been growing at a fast rate. But growth will come as a result of a wide variety of emerging MEMS and will be driven by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), where MEMS devices will replace conventional sensors, and by the introduction of new sensor technologies.

Cavendish Kinetics adopts STATS ChipPAC's wafer level technology for its SmarTune RF MEMS tuners

04/07/2015  STATS ChipPAC Ltd. announced that Cavendish Kinetics, a provider of high performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for LTE smartphones and wearable devices, has adopted its advanced wafer level packaging technology

Consider packaging requirements at the beginning, not the end, of the design cycle

04/02/2015  Consider these eight issues where the packaging team should be closely involved with the circuit design team.

Apple dictates the ranking of top 10 MEMS manufacturers in 2014

03/25/2015  Apple boosted Bosch’s MEMS revenue in 2014 again as Bosch is the sole supplier of the pressure sensors added to the iPhone 6 and 6+.

2014 top MEMS players ranking: Rising of the first MEMS titan

03/24/2015  With an impressive 20 percent growth in MEMS revenue compared to 2013, and sales revenues of more than $1.2B, Robert Bosch GmbH is the clear #1.

Silicon Labs and Digi-Key challenge developer innovation with "Your IoT" design competition

03/24/2015  Silicon Labs and Digi-Key today announced an IoT design contest for pioneering developers who want to create connected "things" that will help make the world a smarter, more connected and energy-friendly place.

Light sensors market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016

03/13/2015  Samsung, Apple and Chinese OEMs will drive revenue in the light sensor market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a new report released today from IHS Inc.

New technology may double radio frequency data capacity

03/13/2015  Columbia engineers invent nanoscale IC that enables simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio.

IRT Nanoelec and CMP team up to offer world’s first service for post-process 3D technologies on multi-project-wafer

03/05/2015  IRT Nanoelec, an R&D consortium focused on ICT using micro- and nanoelectronics, and CMP, which provides prototyping and low-volume production of ICs and MEMS, are launching a platform for multi-project-wafer, post-process 3D integration (3D-MPW).

Semiconductor unit shipments to exceed one trillion devices in 2017

02/26/2015  Updated forecast expects robust 8.2% average annual unit shipment growth through 2019.

Imec and Panasonic present breakthrough in CMOS-based transceivers for mm-wave radar systems

02/25/2015  Today, at the 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), imec and Panasonic presented a transceiver chip for phase-modulated continuous-wave radar at 79GHz.

MIG announces finalists for MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

02/19/2015  Selected from a pool of applicants, finalist companies will demo their MEMS/sensors-based applications as they vie for attendees’ votes.




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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015