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Mergers, acquisitions reshape the automotive semi supplier landscape

10/22/2014  Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market.

EUV light source developer Adlyte achieves key performance milestone for high-volume manufacturing

10/22/2014  Adlyte Inc., a developer of high-brightness extreme light sources for advanced semiconductor inspection and metrology applications, today announced it has reached a key performance benchmark for its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source for high-volume manufacturing (HVM)-readiness.

Samsung starts mass production of 8Gb DDR4 based on 20nm process technology

10/22/2014  Samsung today announced that it is mass producing the industry’s most advanced 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 memory and 32-gigabyte (GB) module, both of which will be manufactured based on a new 20-nanometer (nm) process technology, for use in enterprise servers.

Lam Research ships 100th Syndion etch module

10/21/2014  Lam Research Corp., a global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced it has shipped the 100th Syndion module for deep silicon etch applications.

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

10/21/2014  University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.

Gigaphoton achieves 3-hour continuous operation of EUV light source

10/21/2014  Gigaphoton Inc. announced today that it has succeeded in achieving 3-hour continuous operation of its prototype LPP EUV light source at 50 percent duty cycle and 42-W output, equivalent to usage in a high-volume-manufacturing (HVM) environment.

Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill declines in September

10/21/2014  While order activity moderated, equipment spending this year is expected to be robust and remain on pace for double-digit year-over-year growth.

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HEADLINES

InSilixa raises $13 mln
October 22, 2014

Mueller-BBM Active Noise Control and Sound Design Now Optimized on Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice Processors for Automotive Applications
October 22, 2014

Mueller-BBM Active Noise Control and Sound Design Now Optimized on Cadence Tensilica HiFi Audio/Voice Processors for Automotive Applications
October 22, 2014

Broadcom to Webcast Annual Analyst Day on Tuesday, December 9, 2014
October 22, 2014

Ambarella S3 IP Camera SoC Delivers Outstanding 4K Video Quality Using State-of-the-Art H.265/HEVC Encoding; S3 reduces bitrates by up to 50% over Ambarella's current H.264 IP camera SoCs
October 22, 2014

Skyworks Ramps Revolutionary Diversity Receive Modules for LTE Smartphones; Proprietary Solutions Enhance LTE Data Throughput and Deliver Unprecedented Downlink Data Speeds; Leverage New Filter Capability and Systems Expertise;
October 22, 2014

Renesas Electronics Delivers Enhanced User Experience with Integrated Automotive Cockpit Solution; The R-Car E2 SoC Delivers Scalability, Higher Integration and Increased Performance Optimized for Entry-Level Systems
October 22, 2014

Avnet Electronics Marketing Adds "Embedded Brains" to Machine Vision with New Smart Vision Development Kit
October 22, 2014

PointGuard Ventures and Morningside Invest $13M in InSilixa's Semiconductor-Based Molecular Diagnostics Technology; CMOS Biochips Enable High-Performance, Mass-Deployable and Low Cost Products for Point-of-Care DNA Testing
October 22, 2014

Tamba Releases New Ultra-Low Latency Ethernet Cores for Xilinx UltraScale™ 20nm FPGA - Lowest Latency Achieved on an FPGA Device.
October 22, 2014

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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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

Oct. 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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