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A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs

07/24/2014  Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners in capital and efficiency

07/24/2014  Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices settle outstanding litigation

07/23/2014  Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

Micron 16nm NAND flash memory awarded Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year

07/23/2014  Micron Technology, Inc. and TechInsights today announced that Micron has been honored with both the Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year awards for their 16nm NAND Flash memory technology in TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

07/23/2014  Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density.

Understanding graphene’s electrical properties on an atomic level

07/23/2014  Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore’s Law

07/23/2014  A Berkeley Lab-Intel collaboration outlines the chemistry of photoresist, enabling smaller features for future generations of microprocessors.

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HEADLINES

Renesas Achieves 3X Reduction in Chip-Finishing Turnaround Time Using Cadence QuickView Signoff Data Analysis Environment
July 24, 2014

Vishay Intertechnology Honored With 2013 TTI Europe Supplier Excellence Award
July 24, 2014

Conexant Named a Finalist for 21st OC Tech Alliance High-Tech Awards for the Semiconductor Category; Winners to be Announced at October 9 Awards Gala Celebrating Technology Innovation in Orange County
July 24, 2014

Conexant Named a Finalist for 21st OC Tech Alliance High-Tech Awards for the Semiconductor Category; Winners to be Announced at October 9 Awards Gala Celebrating Technology Innovation in Orange County
July 24, 2014

ISSI Initiates Quarterly Cash Dividend
July 24, 2014

Exar's PowerArchitect 5.1 Offers Arduino Controller Option to Ease Power System Programming; Latest Release Supports Development Boards for XRP77xx and XRP97xx Universal PMICs
July 24, 2014

Micron Technology Appoints Stephen Pawlowski as Vice President of Advanced Computing Solutions
July 24, 2014

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Lends Support to the "Little Box Challenge" Presented by Google and IEEE to Build a (Much) Smaller Power Inverter; eGaN® power transistors are available to help contestants in their design of extremely small power inverters in their attempt to win the "Little Box Challenge" presented by Google and IEEE, an open competition to build a (much) smaller power inverter.; To tweet this news, copy and paste http://bit.ly/EPCLBC to your Twitter handle with #LittleBoxChallenge
July 24, 2014

MICRON'S ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESS TECHNOLOGY WINS PRESTIGIOUS
July 24, 2014

Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network)
July 18, 2014

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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Parylene 101: Learn about the best protection for MEMS

This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment. May 22, 2014
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Wet Processing

July 2014 (date and time TBD) Wet processing including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions.

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450 Update

July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.

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Metrology

August 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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