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IBM to pay GlobalFoundries $1.5B to take over chip fabs

10/20/2014  IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES will acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business.

Canadian semiconductor manufacturing industry revenue expected to decline 8% in 2014

10/17/2014  Industry manufacturers, which are typically small- to mid-sized enterprises, will find it difficult to match the research and development (R&D) spending of multinational competitors.

Semiconductor “dust” enables low cost solar cells, LEDs

10/17/2014  The U.S. Patent Office has issued US Patent No. 8,859,310 to Versatilis LLC that shows how fine semiconductor particles, powders or fines, often the waste byproduct of dicing semiconductor wafers into ever smaller chips, can be processed into a sea of low cost solar cells or micro-LEDs.

Growing momentum in semiconductor manufacturing in Vietnam

10/17/2014  The 2nd annual SEMI Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit, co-organized with the Saigon Hi-Tech Park and with FabMax as the premier sponsor, was held September 16-17, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Intermolecular appoints Dr. Bruce McWilliams as President and CEO

10/16/2014  Intermolecular, Inc. announced this week that Dr. Bruce McWilliams has been appointed president and chief executive officer.

Intel and IBM to lay out 14nm FinFET strategies on competing substrates at IEDM 2014

10/16/2014  The development of increasingly sophisticated and energy-efficient CMOS technology for mobile, client and cloud computing depends on a continuing stream of advances in the process technologies with which the complex integrated circuits are built.

Qualcomm to acquire CSR

10/16/2014  Qualcomm today announced that it has reached agreement with CSR regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd.

Element Six introduces new thermal grade of CVD diamond

10/15/2014  Element Six this week announced the development of a new thermal grade of diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), DIAFILM TM130.

The mystery of reed relays: Understanding specifications

10/15/2014  Specifications of reed relays, which are used for current switching in ATE and other applications are explained, including carry current, lifetime, minimum switch capacity, hot switching, operating speed and thermoelectric switching.

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to streamline new CMOS-based infrared sensing modules

10/15/2014  IRLYNX and CEA-Leti today announced they have launched a technology-development partnership for a new CMOS-based infrared technology that will allow a new type of smart and connected detectors in buildings and cities.

Semiconductor market in India is expected to reach US$ 52.58B by 2020

10/14/2014  India has a very large industry base of electronics items, but there is little manufacturing base for semiconductors.

Managing oxide growth on in-process storage wafers for cost and yield impact

10/13/2014  A system is described that mitigates unintended oxide growth for bare wafers while in-process storage and potentially post process at tools using nitrogen purge.

Threshold voltage tuning for 10nm and beyond CMOS integration

10/13/2014  A novel metal gate integration scheme to achieve precise threshold voltage (VT) control for multiple VTs is described.

EUV and mask complexity

10/13/2014  EUV and mask complexity were the hot topics at this year’s SPIE Photomask Technology conference in Monterey, Calif.

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies

10/13/2014  Scientists at EPFL, working with Université Paris-Sud and Paul Scherrer Institut, have discovered that a common insulating material behaves as a perfect spintronic conductor because it is not affected by background electron charge.

Mentor Graphics wins $36M in patent infringement suit

10/13/2014  A Portland, Oregon jury today delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement trial against Synopsys, Inc., awarding Mentor Graphics $35 million in damages and royalties.

China's wafer foundry market: 15% growth in 2014

10/09/2014  The wafer foundry market experienced a wavy development, jumping by 39.4 percent in 2010 following a 7.9 percent decline in 2009.

UMC announce joint venture for a 12" fab in China

10/09/2014  The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, today announced a joint venture company focused on 12" wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People's Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group.

Altera CEO John Daane to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

10/08/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association announced that John P. Daane, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Altera, has been named the 2014 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

Albert Theuwissen of Harvest Imaging honored with European SEMI Award 2014

10/08/2014  Albert Theuwissen, CEO of Harvest Imaging and professor at Delft University of Technology, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2014.




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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

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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