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Silicon Storage Technology, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announce qualification of automotive grade 55nm flash memory tech

05/05/2015  Microchip Technology Inc., through its Silicon Storage Technology subsidiary, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the full qualification and availability of SST’s 55nm embedded SuperFlash non-volatile memory on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)/ RF enabled platform.

MagnaChip announces management changes

05/04/2015  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced that Tae Young Hwang has resigned as the Company's Chief Operating Officer and President and from all other officer and director positions.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

05/04/2015  A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year

05/04/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $83.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Intel and the Department of Science and Technology launch the "Innovate for Digital India Challenge"

05/01/2015  Intel in India reinforced its commitment to the Government of India's Digital India vision with the announcement of the Intel and DST "Innovate for Digital India Challenge", which will focus on the creation of products to increase technology adoption in India that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem.

Entegris elects James P. Lederer to Board of Directors

05/01/2015  Entegris, Inc., a provider of yield-enhancing materials and solutions for advanced manufacturing processes, announced the election of James P. Lederer as an independent director at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today.

SEMI releases 4th Quarter 2014 worldwide photovoltaic equipment market statistics report

04/30/2015  SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries, this week reported that for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, worldwide photovoltaic manufacturing equipment book-to-bill ratio remained below parity, at 0.68.

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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

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
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