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Tablet shipments lose momentum; Total PC unit forecast downgraded

05/29/2015  IC Insights has downgraded its forecast for the overall personal computing market, including much lower growth in tablets and continued weakness in standard PCs.

NXP Semiconductors announces agreement to sell RF power business

05/29/2015  NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced an agreement that will facilitate the sale of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom for $37B

05/29/2015  Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value.

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips

05/29/2015  Portable electronics - typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials - are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.

UMC unveils UMC Auto Platform to enable automotive IC designs

05/26/2015  United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, today unveiled its UMC Auto technology platform to target IC companies designing chips for automotive applications.

GaN Systems power transistors are 50% smaller

05/26/2015  GaN Systems, a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today confirmed the world’s smallest 650V, 15A gallium nitride transistor.

Digital Specialty Chemicals receives investment from Intel Capital

05/26/2015  Digital Specialty Chemicals Limited (DSC), a dual bottom line corporation and leading provider of advanced materials to the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical markets, announced that it has received an equity investment from Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization.

Infinitesima Ltd announces major RPM design win with Zeiss

05/26/2015  Infinitesima announced today that its groundbreaking probe microscope has been integrated into the ZEISS MeRiT neXT photomask repair tool.

Dow Corning introduces next-generation thermal interface material

05/26/2015  Dow Corning, a developer of silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today unveiled new Dow Corning TC-3040 Thermally Conductive Gel, a next-generation thermal interface material.

SEMI April 2015 book-to-bill report shows continued improvements in bookings and billings

05/21/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Research institutes globally invest in Oxford Instruments' plasma systems for graphene and 2D materials development

05/21/2015  As developments in graphene and 2D materials technology continue to increase, research institutes globally are investing in Oxford Instruments’ plasma processing Nanofab equipment using CVD, PECVD and ICPCVD techniques to further their work in this important area.

Advantest develops semiconductor circuit analysis terahertz technology

05/21/2015  Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation announced today that it has developed a technology utilizing short-pulse terahertz waves for analysis of electrical circuits.

Samtec joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program

05/21/2015  Samtec, Inc., a supplier of high-speed interconnects, microelectronics, and micro-optical solutions, is pleased to announce its entrance in the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Nanoelec.

SRC awarded NIST funding to develop Semiconductor Synthetic Biology Consortium

05/21/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation announced that it has received funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) program to create a Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) consortium whose mission is to develop a SemiSynBio roadmap.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

05/21/2015  SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

3D NAND, MRAM, RRAM: Emerging opportunities and challenges for the changing memory market

05/21/2015  Ever growing volumes of data to be stored and accessed, and advancing process technologies for sophisticated control of deposition and etch in complex stacks of new materials, are creating a window of opportunity for an emerging variety of next-generation non-volatile memory technologies.

imec and Tokyo Electron demonstrate electrical advantages of direct Cu etch scheme for advanced interconnects

05/20/2015  Today, at the IEEE IITC conference, nano-electronics research center imec and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) presented a direct Cu etch scheme for patterning Cu interconnects.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES offers new low-power 28nm solution for high-performance mobile and IoT applications

05/20/2015  Technology is the first in the industry to provide design enablement support optimized to meet low power requirements of RF SoCs.

Advantest launches its first integrated test solution for optical transceivers

05/19/2015  Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation has introduced its new 28G OPM (28-gigabit Optical Port Module), the company's first solution designed specifically for testing optical transceivers.

Freescale introduces its first GaN RF power transistor for cellular base stations

05/19/2015  Freescale Semiconductor today introduced its first gallium nitride (GaN) RF power transistor for cellular base stations.




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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Interconnects

June 2015 (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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015