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KLA-Tencor reveals 'leveraged recapitalization' plan and an expanded stock repurchase program

10/24/2014  Yesterday, KLA-Tencor announced a plan to significantly accelerate its strategy to drive stockholder returns.

SMIC and Maxscend collaborate on 55nm RF IP platform

10/23/2014  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Maxscend Technologies Inc., a RF IP company based in China, announced that Maxscend Bluetooth RF IP has been silicon proven on SMIC's 55nm low leakage logic process.

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.

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.

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.




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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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