Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



New Soitec eSI90 RF-SOI wafer improves RF performance of high-end smart phone components

01/26/2015  Soitec (Euronext) has introduced its eSI90 substrate, the newest high-end wafer in its radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) product family.

Emerging non volatile memory technological choices are about to be made: STTMRAM or MRAM?

01/26/2015  “The technological choice between STTMRAM/MRAM and RRAM will be made in the next two years,” announces the “More Than Moore” market research, technology and strategy consulting company, Yole Développement (Yole).

GIGAPHOTON honored with 2015 "Toshiba Partnership Award"

01/26/2015  Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2015 Partnership Award from Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Company’s Yokkaichi Operations, a world production base of NAND flash memory devices.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 0.98

01/26/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.37 billion in orders worldwide in December 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the December EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Rambus appoints Tom Fisher to its Board of Directors

01/23/2015  Rambus Inc. today announced the appointment of Mr. Ellis Thomas Fisher as a director to its Board, effective immediately.

EMCORE Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt as Chief Technology Officer

01/23/2015  EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market, announced today the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer for EMCORE Corporation, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Rittichier.

Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

01/23/2015  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory show that etching a nanoscale texture onto the silicon material itself creates an antireflective surface that works as well as state-of-the-art thin-film multilayer coatings.

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters

01/23/2015  Scientists from ICFO, MIT, CNRS, CNISM and Graphenea have now demonstrated active, in-situ electrical control of the energy flow from erbium ions into photons and plasmons.

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

01/23/2015  With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for other alternatives.

Will new policy in China trigger big changes?

01/21/2015  In June 2014, the State Council of China issued the "National Guideline for the Development and Promotion of the IC Industry,” to support the domestic semiconductor industry. The document addresses development targets, approaches, and measures.

One of the largest semiconductor companies in Europe signs agreement with Oxford Instruments

01/20/2015  An agreement has been signed between one of the largest semiconductor companies in Europe and Oxford Instruments for the supply of multiple Failure Analysis (FA) systems, to be installed in its manufacturing sites globally over a period of two years.

2015 outlook: Tech trends and drivers

01/20/2015  Leading industry experts provide their perspectives on what to expect in 2015. 3D devices and 3D integration, rising process complexity and “big data” are among the hot topics.

Underdog DRAM

01/20/2015  DRAM shifts out of a slump, but sector still faces obstacles.

Carbon nanotube finding could lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life

01/16/2015  University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life -- and the ability to flex and stretch.

Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing

01/16/2015  Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots.

Solving an organic semiconductor mystery

01/16/2015  Berkeley Lab researchers uncover hidden structures in domain interfaces that hamper performance.

AKHAN Semiconductor first to invent fully transparent circuit creation process

01/15/2015  Adam Khan, founder and CEO of AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. was granted a US patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office today for a groundbreaking process that adheres diamond, the only truly transparent semiconductor, to metals and alloys (including transparent metals) in a way that allows for reliable wire bonding and high conductivity.

Samsung Electronics starts mass producing industry’s first 8-gigabit graphics DRAM

01/15/2015  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (Gb) GDDR5 DRAM, based on the company’s leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology.

UC Berkeley Extension launches three online programs in semiconductor technology

01/15/2015  UC Berkeley Extension announces three online integrated circuit (IC) semiconductor technology programs to meet the training needs of the surging worldwide semiconductor industry; the industry is predicted to reach $345 billion in sales this year.

Orbotech announces collaboration between SPTS and Fraunhofer on process development of wafer level packaging

01/15/2015  Orbotech Ltd. today announced that SPTS Technologies is collaborating with Fraunhofer IZM, an international institute specializing in applied and industrial contract research, on next generation wafer level packaging of microelectronic devices.




FINANCIALS



TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.,

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WEBCASTS



FinFETs

February 2015 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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Materials

April 2015 (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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EVENTS



SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
http://www.semiconkorea.org/en/
February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
LithoVision 2015
San Jose, California United States
https://www.nikonprecision.com/lithovision/
February 22, 2015 - February 22, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015