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SEMICON Japan 2014: New venue and new ideas for rebounding industry

10/29/2014  Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of speakers for SEMICON Japan’s Opening Day — Accenture, Applied Materials, ARM, IBM Japan, Intel K.K., NIICT, Scripps, Toshiba, and Toyota.

TSI Semiconductors and Silvaco extend collaboration to accelerate launch of 0.25um BCDMOS process

10/29/2014  Silvaco, Inc. (Silvaco) and TSI Semiconductors, LLC (TSI) today announced that they have extended their collaboration to accelerate the development and production launch of TSI's 0.25um BCDMOS process technology.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

10/29/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

TSMC, Kilopass deliver non-volatile memory for the 16nm finFET process node

10/28/2014  Kilopass Technology Inc., a provider of semiconductor logic embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) intellectual property (IP), announced today that it has successfully ported its one-time programmable (OTP) NVM technology to TSMC's 16 nanometer (nm) FinFET process.

UMC enters volume production for Lantiq's Communication ICs

10/28/2014  United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, and Lantiq, a supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies, today announced that UMC has entered volume production for Lantiq's SPT170 high voltage Power Management ICs.

Intersil announces appointment of industry executives to board of directors

10/28/2014  Intersil Corporation, a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the appointment of two accomplished executives to its board of directors, bringing the total number of independent directors to nine.

SMIC and ASML sign volume purchase agreement

10/27/2014  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and ASML Holding N.V. announce the signing of a volume purchase agreement that will provide SMIC with lithography systems from ASML.

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.




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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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