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SEMICON West 2016 expands technical programming by nearly 50%

05/26/2016  As the opening day of SEMICON West (July 12-14) approaches, the electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing disruptive changes, making “business as usual” a thing of the past. To help technical and business professionals navigate this fast-changing landscape, SEMICON West programming has been upgraded extensively.

Busch wins annual NXP Semiconductors Best Supplier Award

05/25/2016  NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced Busch Semiconductor Vacuum Group LLC as the Best Supplier for Front-end equipment (semiconductor equipment) at NXP’s first Supplier Day Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas.

Imec, Holst Centre and Barco Silex collaborate on data security for wearables and IoT networks

05/25/2016  Nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and micro-electronic design house Barco Silex, belonging to the Barco group, today announced that they will collaborate to implement data security into sensors for wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

05/25/2016  Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe and Japan.

NXP introduces new high performance GaN RF power transistors

05/25/2016  NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced an expansion to its portfolio of 48V Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF power transistors optimized for Doherty power amplifiers for use in current and next-generation cellular base stations.

Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

05/25/2016  A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture.

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents

05/25/2016  Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

Synopsys launches pre-wafer simulation solution to reduce semiconductor process development time

05/24/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a pre-wafer simulation solution to help semiconductor manufacturers reduce process node development time.

Diamonds closer to becoming ideal semiconductors

05/24/2016  Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond.

Imec and Holst Centre present multi-standard low-power wide-area radio chip

05/24/2016  The nanoelectronics research centers imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO), presented a low-power wide-area (LPWA) multi-standard radio chip today at imec's annual technology forum in Brussels (ITF Brussels 2016).

Soitec announces with withdrawal of Silicon Genesis' patent lawsuit

05/23/2016  Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) filed a motion to terminate the investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its entirety on the basis of the withdrawal of its complaint directed to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers sold and imported into the United States by Soitec.

First Strategic Materials Conference in Korea: A success

05/23/2016  SEMI announced today that the first SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) was held in Korea COEX in Seoul on May 18.

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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 26, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Zeta Instruments

Wafer level packaging (WLP) using fan-out technology is an attractive platform for achieving low-cost low-profile package solutions for smart-phones and tablets, which require cost-effective, high-density interconnects in small form-factor packaging. Assembled directly on a silicon wafer, the approach is unconstrained by die size, providing the design flexibility to accommodate an unlimited number of interconnects between the package and the application board for maximum connection density, finer line/spacing, improved electrical and thermal performance and small package dimensions to meet the relentless form factor requirements and performance demands of the mobile market. In this webcast, industry experts will explain the FOWLP process, discuss recent advances and forecast future trends.

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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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Interconnection Technologies

June 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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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

NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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Design Automation Conference
Austin, TX
https://dac.com
June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
The ConFab
Las Vegas, NV
http://theconfab.com
June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
SEMICON West 2016
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016
SEMICON Europa 2016
Grenoble, France
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 25, 2016 - October 27, 2016

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