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STATS ChipPAC achieves 1.5B unit milestone in fan-out wafer level packaging shipments

03/15/2017  STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd., a provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, announced today that it has shipped 1.5 billion fan-out wafer level packages (FOWLP), also known in the industry as embedded Wafer Level Ball Grid Array (eWLB).

Cadence achieves certification for TSMC's 7nm process technology

03/14/2017  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced several new capabilities resulting from its close collaboration with TSMC to further 7nm FinFET design innovation for mobile and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor equipment sales of $41.2B

03/14/2017  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $41.24 billion in 2016, representing a year-over-year increase of 13 percent.

The ConFab 2017 announces leading semiconductor industry keynotes

03/14/2017  The ConFab announces keynotes in the May 14-17 event being held at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.

Walker discusses emergence of new business models in semiconductor industry

03/14/2017  Jim Walker, who retired from Gartner and is now consulting as World Level Packaging Concepts, gave a plenary talk at the recent IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in Scottsdale on the state of the semiconductor industry which contained some interesting perspectives on emerging new business models.

Cadence expands capabilities of integrated design and analysis flow for TSMC InFO packaging technology

03/13/2017  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced new optimization capabilities within its holistic, integrated design flow for TSMC's advanced wafer-level Integrated Fan-Out (InFO) packaging technology.

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).

Analog Devices completes acquisition of Linear Technology

03/10/2017  Analog Devices, Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Linear Technology Corporation.

NXP launches single-chip SoC with integrated microcontroller

03/09/2017  NXP Semiconductors today announced the world's smallest single-chip SoC solution -- the MC9S08SUx microcontroller (MCU) family -- with an integrated 18V-to-5V LDO and MOSFET pre-driver that delivers ultra-high-voltage solution for drones, robots, power tools, DC fan, healthcare and other low-end brushless DC electric motor control (BLDC) applications.

EVG breaks speed and accuracy barrier in mask alignment lithography for semiconductor packaging

03/08/2017  New IQ Aligner NT achieves double throughput and alignment accuracy over previous-generation platform; opens up new applications for EVG lithography solutions.

Eutelsat, ST announce low-cost, low-power System-on-Chip for interactive satellite terminals

03/08/2017  ST and Eutelsat complete development of chip for Eutelsat's next-generation SmartLNB.

Leti announces backside shield that protects microchips from physical attacks

03/08/2017  Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, today announced it has developed a shield that can help protect electronic devices against physical attacks from the chips’ backside.

Mentor Graphics Launches Unique Xpedition PCB Systems Vibration and Acceleration Simulation Solution

03/06/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its new Xpedition® vibration and acceleration simulation product for printed circuit board (PCB) systems reliability and failure prediction.

January semiconductor sales up 14% compared to last year

03/06/2017  Year-to-year growth is market's largest since November 2010; month-to-month sales decrease slightly.

Imec presents InGaAs TFET with sub-60 mV/decade sub-threshold swing

03/06/2017  Promising alternative for MOSFET in future ultralow power chips.

Advanced substrates: A key enabler of future advanced packaging solutions

03/03/2017  Yole analysts provide an overview of advanced substrate technologies, markets, and supply chain.

Renesas Electronics completes acquisition of Intersil

02/27/2017  Renesas Electronics Corporation and Intersil Corporation announced the completion of Renesas' acquisition of Intersil Corporation.

Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties

02/27/2017  Rice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics.

Dream Chip Technologies presents first 22nm FD-SOI silicon of new automotive driver assistance SoC

02/27/2017  Dream Chip Technologies announced today the presentation of the industry`s first 22nm FD-SOI silicon for a new ADAS System-on-Chip (SoC) for automotive computer vision applications at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Picosun and Hitachi MECRALD Process

02/24/2017  ALD fab films at lower temperatures.




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Advanced Packaging

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Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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

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Sponsored by InnerSense

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
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