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A KAIST research team develops the first flexible phase-change random access memory

06/15/2015  Phase change random access memory (PRAM) is one of the strongest candidates for next-generation nonvolatile memory for flexible and wearable electronics.

“Easy does it” ─ Fabs trim spending plans

06/12/2015  Still capex and equipment spending expected to increase in 2015 and 2016.

More change for the chip industry

06/11/2015  As if scaling to 7nm geometries and going vertical with FinFETs, TSVs and other emerging technologies wasn’t challenge enough, the emerging market for connected smart devices will bring more changes to the semiconductor sector. And then there’s 3D printing looming in the wings.

Industry 4.0, automotive, and emerging markets highlights at SEMICON Europa

06/11/2015  Today, SEMI announced that SEMICON Europa 2015, the region’s largest microelectronics manufacturing event, will offer new themes to support the semiconductor industry’'s development in Europe.

ASCENT project offers unparalleled access to European nanoelectronics infrastructure

06/11/2015  Europe’s leading nanoelectronics institutes, Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, have entered a €4.7 million collaborative open-access project called ASCENT (Access to European Nanoelectronics Network).

ISSI agrees to merger terms with Cypress Semiconductor

06/10/2015  Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. today announced that it has finalized a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cypress Semiconductor Corporation for $20.25 per share in cash.

FOWLP and embedded packaging

06/10/2015  At the recent IMAPS conference, Yole’s Jerome Alzemer updated the audience on the Fan Out and Embedded die marketplace, based on his new report “Fan out and Embedded Die: Technology and Market Trends.”

Drive profitability through better forecasting

06/10/2015  Different forecasting algorithms are highlighted and a framework is provided on how best to estimate product demand using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Three trends driving optoelectronics market growth through 2019

06/09/2015  Laser transmitters, CMOS image sensors, and high-brightness LEDs will be key to expansion.

SEMI reports first quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $9.52B

06/09/2015  SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.52 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

50 Years of Moore’s Law

06/09/2015  For 50 years, Moore’s Law has served as a guide for technologists everywhere in the world, setting the pace for the semiconductor industry’s innovation cycle.

Move over, 16nm – here comes 10nm chips

06/08/2015  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing wants you to know that they’re ready, willing, and able to help you design chips with 10-nanometer features.

Leti launches new Silicon Impulse FD-SOI Development Program

06/08/2015  CEA-Leti announced today during the Design Automation Conference that seven partners have joined its new FD-SOI IC development program, Silicon Impulse.

Tackling Parameter Extraction for 16nm and Below

06/08/2015  There are four reasons why parasitic parameter extraction is getting a lot harder for 16nm and below technology nodes: 1) 3D device geometries, such as the finFET, which result in more complex electrical fields around the device 2) multi-patterning, which causes increased variability; 3) a demand for 10X tighter levels of accuracy, and 4) increased levels of secrecy from foundries and designers.

A novel characterization technique unveils the 3D structure of conductive filaments in resistive switching memories

06/05/2015  Imec researchers have developed a novel technique – termed conductive atomic force microscopy tomography (or scalpel C-AFM) – that enables a three-dimensional characterization of emerging logic and memory devices.

Reduced defectivity and cost of ownership copper CMP cleans

06/05/2015  A new, low pH, BTA free, noble-bond chemistry produced equivalent yield at substantially lower costs.

Fab equipment growth continues into 2015

06/04/2015  Fab equipment spending is forecast to depart from the typical historic trend over the past 15 years of two years of spending growth followed by one of decline. For the first time, equipment spending could grow every year for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

06/03/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month's total of $27.7 billion.

Avago Technologies acquisition of Broadcom creates new semiconductor powerhouse

06/02/2015  Merger activity in the semiconductor industry moved to a new level with the announcement of the agreement for Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES solidifies 14nm finFET design infrastructure for next-generation chip design

06/02/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced it has reached a critical milestone in providing a design infrastructure for its 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.




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Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.June 01, 2015
Sponsored by Fit-LINE, Inc.

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

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Isolating Electrical Faults in Advanced IC Devices

July 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

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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Interconnects

July 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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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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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
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015