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Sand 9 granted core patent for piezoelectric MEMS microphones

11/10/2014  Sand 9, Inc., a developer of piezoelectric MEMS timing products for wireless and wired applications, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a core patent based on the use of piezoelectric MEMS for a wafer-level, chip-scale packaged microphone.

MEMS Industry Group announces first open-source Algorithm Community

11/06/2014  MEMS Executive Congress -- Karen Lightman, executive director of MEMS Industry Group (MIG), today announced the first open-source algorithm cooperative, Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC), during her opening remarks at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

Apple and Samsung drive adoption of next-generation sensors

11/03/2014  Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology.

Experts at the Table: Focus on Semiconductor Materials

11/03/2014  The cutting edge in semiconductor manufacturing has meant not only big changes in IC design and process technology, but also in semiconductor materials. Experts weigh in from Linde Electronics; Kate Wilson of Edwards Vacuum; David Thompson of Applied Materials; and Ed Shober of Air Products and Chemicals.

Air-gaps in Copper Interconnects for Logic

10/31/2014  Intel’s “14nm-node” process uses air-gaps in dielectrics; direction disclosed four years ago.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

10/29/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

IMAPS Award Winners for 2014

10/24/2014  At the IMAPS (International Microelecronics & Packaging Society) meeting last week, several of their key annual awards were given out.

STMicroelectronics tops five billion MEMS sensors shipped

10/23/2014  Beyond gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, and other widely adopted applications, ST’s sensors have also been used in thousands of other useful, fun, and valuable applications.

Finalists announced for MEMS Executive Congress US 2014

10/23/2014  Six companies selected from a pool of applicants will compete in MEMS Industry Group's (MIG)'s MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress.

MEMS Industry Group goes to the 'Shark Tank' for MEMS and sensor-based products

10/20/2014  MIG announces finalists for Elevator Pitch Session at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in five years

10/16/2014  Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.

Adoption of SiC & GaN to directly impact the power electronics industry

10/06/2014  Emergence of new wide bandgap (WBG) technologies such as SiC and GaN materials will definitely reshape part of the established power electronics industry, according to Yole Développement (Yole).

EV Group unveils room-temperature covalent bonder

10/06/2014  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today introduced the EVG 580 ComBond.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

10/01/2014  Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

09/18/2014  Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

Oxford Instruments launches 3rd annual Indian nanotechnology seminars in Kolkata and Delhi

09/18/2014  Oxford Instruments is hosting its third series of annual seminars for the nanotechnology industry in India in November.

ASML on EUV: Available at 10nm

09/17/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems will be available to pattern critical layers of semiconductors at the 10-nanometer process node, and EUV will completely take over from 193nm immersion lithography equipment at 7nm, according to Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer of ASML Holding.




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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