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Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

04/27/2015  The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger

Silicon Motion announces agreement to acquire Shannon Systems

04/24/2015  Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a developer of NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems.

Surface matters: Huge reduction of heat conduction observed in flat silicon channels

04/23/2015  A paper published in ACS Nano describes how the nanometre-scale topology and the chemical composition of the surface control the thermal conductivity of ultrathin silicon membranes.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

04/23/2015  Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

04/22/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Synopsys' modeling of 10nm parasitic variation effects ratified by open-source standards board

04/21/2015  Synopsys, Inc. today announced new extensions to its open-source Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) which enable modeling of complex device and interconnect parasitic effects at the advanced 10-nanometer (nm) process node.

Synopsys to acquire software security company Codenomicon

04/21/2015  Synopsys, Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenomicon.

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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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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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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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ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
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
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015