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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2017 billings 

09/22/2017  Equipment billings in August declined relative to July, signaling a pause in this year's extraordinary growth.

Leti develops proof of concept to test wireless systems in aircraft

09/20/2017  Leti, a technology research institute of CEA Tech, announced today it has developed a methodology for testing high-speed wireless communications on airplanes that allows different system deployments in cabins, and assesses wireless devices before they are installed.

MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress answers "What's driving $66B industry?"

09/06/2017  Speakers to explore biomedical, automotive, agriculture and smart home, November 1-2 in Napa Valley, Calif.

Technology Showcase finalists revealed for European MEMS & Sensors Summit

08/29/2017  Five companies compete for attendee votes at SEMI European MEMS & Sensors Summit, September 20-22, 2017, Grenoble, France.

Automotive sensing: A mature yet highly dynamic market

08/29/2017  Despite its age and maturity, the automotive market has witnessed many unexpected developments over the past two years. And as has always been the case, safety drives the market.

Large wafers, complex IC designs among advanced packaging trends

08/15/2017  The global semiconductor advanced packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.45% during the period 2017-2021, according to Research and Markets.

NXP announces production of security chips in its US manufacturing facilities

08/04/2017  NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the United States.

Universities obtain new funding from nano-bio manufacturing consortium

07/28/2017  Three leading U.S. universities are the latest recipients of funding from the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC), operated by SEMI.

The pervasiveness of ASICs in the IoT era

07/28/2017  For an increasing number of designs, companies are finding it beneficial to design their own ASICs with system-on-a- chip (SoC) complexity. For reasons of cost reduction, quality improvement, IP protection and security, a full turn-key ASIC can be achieved for $1-5 million, particularly if the design can be built using mature technology nodes.

Boston Semi Equipment receives repeat order for Zeus pressure MEMS test handler

07/10/2017  Boston Semi Equipment (BSE), a global semiconductor test handler company, announced today it has received a follow on order for multiple Zeus gravity test handling systems for pressure MEMS.

Nonstop CMOS image sensor sales records seen through 2021

06/28/2017  Embedded imaging applications in cars, security, machine vision, medical, virtual reality, wearable systems, and other new uses will offset slow growth in camera phones, says O-S-D Report.

How SEMI Standard E175 is saving energy and cutting costs

06/20/2017  Industry experts answer questions about the new standard in a virtual roundtable.

Exploring smart sensor explosive growth at SEMICON West 2017

06/20/2017  MEMS & Sensors Industry Group announces programs and speakers for SEMICON West 2017 (July 11-13).

The automotive electronics market: A view from a material supplier

06/16/2017  With the increasing sophistication of future vehicles, new and more advanced semiconductor technologies will be used and vehicles will become technology centers.

Sensor/actuator sales take off as price erosion eases

05/22/2017  Strong unit growth continues to be driven by the spread of automated embedded controls, wearable systems, and the Internet of Things, says new O-S-D Report.

STMicroelectronics appoints Jean-Marc Chery as Deputy CEO and names new executive team

04/27/2017  STMicroelectronics announced today the appointment of Jean-Marc Chery as Deputy CEO, effective July 1, 2017.

A novel method for the fabrication of active-matrix 3-D pressure sensors

04/05/2017  A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has created a three-dimensional, tactile sensor that could detect wide pressure ranges from human body weight to a finger touch. This new sensor with transparent features is capable of generating an electrical signal based on the sensed touch actions, also, consumes far less electricity than conventional pressure sensors.

Mentor Graphics Team Receives the Harvey Rosten Award for Thermal Heatsink Optimization Methodology

03/23/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Dr. Robin Bornoff, Dr. John Parry and John Wilson, a team from Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division, received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in thermal modeling and analysis of electronics.

Linde Invests Over EUR 110M in China to Strengthen Position as Supplier of Choice for Electronics Manufacturers

03/22/2017  Gases and engineering company The Linde Group, through its electronics gases joint venture in China, Linde LienHwa, is expanding its commitment to China and the Asia Pacific region through investments of over EUR 110 million.

SEMICON China 2017 opens tomorrow in Shanghai

03/13/2017  Over 60,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China opening tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).




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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. 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 such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We 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

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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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Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

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