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Analog Devices and Linear Technology to merge

07/29/2016  Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI) and Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC) this week announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Analog Devices will acquire Linear Technology in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined enterprise at approximately $30 billion.

Scientists find a way of acquiring graphene-like films from salts to boost nanoelectronics

07/29/2016  Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making 'imitation graphene' from salt.

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law

07/29/2016  The optics advancement may solve an approaching data bottleneck by helping to boost computing power and information transfer rates tenfold.

Busch to open a new service center in Austin, Texas

07/28/2016  Busch, LLC this week announced plans to build a new 44,000 sq. ft. building in Austin, Texas.

What’s happening to Japan’s semiconductor industry?

07/28/2016  The 2016 global semiconductor market is forecast to decrease by 2.4 percent from the previous year according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

SJSemi and Qualcomm announce mass production of 14nm wafer bumping technology

07/28/2016  SJ Semiconductor Corp. and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. jointly announced that SJSemi has begun mass production of 14nm wafer bumping for Qualcomm Technologies.

China’s final chance to achieve its IC industry ambitions now underway

07/27/2016  Over the past 20 years, China has become increasingly frustrated over the gap between its IC imports and indigenous IC production

Second quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter; sets a new record

07/27/2016  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2016 when compared to first quarter 2016 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall

07/26/2016  University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor "fin" for the current to travel over. The etching technique addresses many problems in trying to create 3-D devices, typically done now by stacking layers or carving out structures from a thicker semiconductor wafer.

Peregrine Semiconductor announces new VP General Manager

07/26/2016  Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. today announced the promotion of Takaki Murata to vice president and general manager of the high performance analog (HPA) business unit.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 0.7% in 2016, Gartner reports

07/22/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 0.7 percent in 2016, to $64.3 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 2 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

Registration open with new exhibition features at SEMICON Europa

07/22/2016  Today SEMI announced registration opened for Europe's largest electronics manufacturing exhibition, SEMICON Europa (25-26 October) in Grenoble.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.00

07/22/2016  Billings activity for equipment companies based in North America are at their highest level since February 2011.

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Flawless Execution at Fairchild: How Change to Modern MES Enables Agility, Quality and Productivity

August 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

In this high-pressure environment, leading semiconductor companies are swapping out older manufacturing executions systems (MES) for modern MES. Surprised? True, the perceived risk of changing out MES in a semiconductor facility is high. Yet companies have done it with great success and enormous business benefits. Fairchild Semiconductor’s positive experiences as it strives for quality, on-time delivery, new product introduction success, improved productivity and quality are indicative. In just one year, Fairchild switched out aging systems for a new MES at a plant in China – and the following month, they got it up at a second plant. Learn what they did to ensure the change happened quickly and without a hitch. In addition to this case study, you’ll hear from a leading industry analyst who has interviewed dozens of people from semiconductor companies that have succeeded with the move to modern MES.

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August 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

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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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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