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Outlook: Healthy equipment spending into 2015

09/10/2014  The general consensus for the semiconductor industry is for this year’s positive trend to continue into 2015 as both revenue growth and unit shipment growth are expected to be in the mid- to high- single digit range.

The semiconductor industry: Out in front, but lagging behind

09/10/2014  Capital equipment suppliers must provide advanced analytical systems that leverage data generated by their tools to help their fab customers address the challenges of Big Data and advanced analytics.

Equipment spending shows strong growth for 2014 and 2015

09/10/2014  Front End fab equipment spending is projected to increase up to another 20 percent in 2015 to US$ 42 billion.

A fundamental truth of process control

09/09/2014  You can’t fix what you can’t find. You can’t control what you can’t measure.

Rigorously tuned compact models: Extending predictive models to full-chip

09/09/2014  Fast and predictive 3D resist compact models are needed for OPC applications. A methodology to build such models is described, starting from a 3D bulk image, and including resist interface effects such as diffusion.

New Swedish manufacturer of advanced deposition equipment for wide band gap semiconductor materials

09/09/2014  A new company, Epiluvac AB, has entered the scene with the ambition to supply the needed deposition equipment.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SRC announce new scholarship for undergraduate engineering students

09/09/2014  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced the “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Undergraduate Research Scholarship,” a new scholarship recognizing and rewarding aspiring, leadership-oriented engineering students interested in careers in the semiconductor industry.

Second quarter 2014 semi equipment billings 28% higher than 2013 second quarter

09/09/2014  SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 9.62 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

10nm success depends on concurrent design and development

09/08/2014  The Prophets of Doom greet every new process node with a chorus of dire warnings about the end of scaling, catastrophic thermal effects, parasitics run amok and . . . you know the rest.

Cree SiC MOSFETs help power Japan’s growing solar energy infrastructure

09/08/2014  Cree, Inc. has announced that its C2M, 1200V, 80mOhm SiC MOSFETs have been selected by Sanix Corporation, Japan, to be designed into their new 9.9kW three-phase solar inverters for use in the construction of commercial photovoltaic systems in the fast-growing Japanese solar energy market.

GaN continues to move microwave RF power semiconductor markets to over $300M by 2019

09/08/2014  Spending on microwave RF power semiconductors continues to tick upward as the availability of new gallium nitride (GaN) devices for 4 to 18GHz becomes more pervasive.

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 opens today with spotlight on 3D-IC, sustainable manufacturing, and MEMS

09/03/2014  Taiwanese chipmakers, LED manufacturers, and Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) firms will spend firm nearly $24 billion in the next two years on equipment and materials, powering excitement for SEMICON Taiwan 2014, which opened today in Taipei.

TowerJazz and Triune Systems announce Neo-Iso Products ramping to mass production

09/02/2014  TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, and Triune Systems LLC, a mixed signal and power management IC provider, today announced that Triune has developed a proprietary isolated power and data technology using the TowerJazz TS18PM process on its 0.18um based power management platform.

Semiconductor and circuit manufacturing: one of the top export industries in the United States

09/02/2014  Although operators will continue to face strong international competition, new opportunities in next-generation semiconductors and electronic inputs will encourage operators to invest in product development.

Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit —keynotes and highlights announced

08/28/2014  SEMI today announced the keynotes for the 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit(September 16-17), an executive conference focused on Vietnam’'s growing role in the global semiconductor industry.

New ClassOne electroplater a "sellout" at SEMICON West

08/25/2014  When ClassOne Technology introduced its new Solstice electroplating systems at SEMICON West last month they didn’t expect to actually sell their first production unit off the show floor, but that’s what happened.

Fairchild Semiconductor to close two facilities, cutting 15% of workforce

08/25/2014  Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of high performance power and mobile products, today announced it will eliminate its internal five-inch and significantly reduce six-inch wafer fabrication lines.

Energy efficiency electrifies SEMICON Europa: Low power and power electronics

08/21/2014  For the first time, SEMICON Europa 2014 will offer two new power-related technical forums — Power Electronics Conference (8-9 October) and Low Power Conference (7-8 October).

Renesas Electronics expands portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs

08/20/2014  Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expands its portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs, with innovative 16V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to 3A continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8V.

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor announces promotion of Yifan Liang to CFO

08/19/2014  Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, today announced that the Board of Directors of AOS has promoted Mr. Yifan Liang, the Interim Chief Financial Officer, to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of AOS, effective immediately.




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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Nov. 2014 (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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. 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 will play in the future.

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