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GaN nanoelectronics-transistor blocking voltage exceeds 1kV

08/24/2015  Research reported in Applied Physics Express (APEX) by Tohru Oka and colleagues at the Research and Development Headquarters for TOYODA GOSEI Co., Ltd in Japan describe the development of ‘vertically orientated’ GaN-based transistors with blocking voltages exceeding 1kV.

Managing Dis-Aggregated Data for SiP Yield Ramp

08/24/2015  In general, there is an accelerating trend toward System-in-Package (SiP) chip designs including Package-On-Package (POP) and 3D/2.5D-stacks where complex mechanical forces—primarily driven by the many Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) mismatches within and between chips and packages—influence the electrical properties of ICs.

Opportunities in South America for semiconductor manufacturing

08/24/2015  SEMI today announced the second annual SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit (SA SSS) at the Sheraton Rio on November 10-12 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Cypress introduces the world's lowest-power energy harvesting power management ICs

08/21/2015  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced a new family of Energy Harvesting Power Management Integrated Circuits (PMICs) that enable tiny, solar-powered wireless sensors for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Small electronics companies spent $78.3B on semiconductors in 2014

08/21/2015  Startups and small electronics companies spent $78.3 billion on semiconductors in 2014, representing 23 percent of the total market, compelling semiconductor companies to revisit their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations than relying on big deals from large customers, research firm Gartner said.

Book-to-bill ratio reports indicate a solid year for the industry

08/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Peregrine Semiconductor announces next chapter in intelligent integration

08/20/2015  Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, announces the next chapter in intelligent integration -- integrated phase and amplitude control at microwave frequencies.

Manchester team reveal new, stable 2-D materials

08/20/2015  Dozens of new 2-dimensional materials similar to graphene are now available, thanks to research from University of Manchester scientists.

Laser-burned graphene gains metallic powers

08/20/2015  Rice University chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications.

MagnaChip appoints Gary Tanner to Board of Directors

08/20/2015  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced the appointment of Gary Tanner to its Board of Directors.

ON Semiconductor names former Texas Instruments VP to Board of Directors

08/19/2015  ON Semiconductor Corporation this week announced that Gilles Delfassy has joined its Board of Directors.

Microcontroller unit shipments surge but falling prices sap sales growth

08/19/2015  Explosion of smartcards, embedded sensors, and new Internet of Things applications are driving up unit volumes of low-cost 32-bit MCU solutions, says Mid-Year Update.

Update for exporters: Trade wins and delays

08/18/2015  With trade policy dominating headlines in recent weeks, all eyes were on Maui in the waning days of August as trade ministers from twelve nations convened for perhaps the final time to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Leon Panetta to deliver keynote address at annual SIA Award Dinner

08/18/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming SIA Award Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 3 in San Jose, Calif.

As utilities get smarter, smart meter semiconductors rise

08/18/2015  The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters that provide two-way communications between meters and utilities will continue to expand in the coming years, providing significant growth opportunities semiconductor manufacturers.

Comparison 1Y nanometer NAND architecture and beyond

08/17/2015  Do we still think the 2D NAND Flash technologies have hit the scaling wall?

Drexel engineers 'sandwich' atomic layers to make new materials for energy storage

08/17/2015  A team from Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering created the material-making method, that can sandwich 2-D sheets of elements that otherwise couldn't be combined in a stable way.

Surprising discoveries about 2-D molybdenum disulfide

08/17/2015  Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have used a unique nano-optical probe to study the effects of illumination on two-dimensional semiconductors at the molecular level.

ISSI provides update on closing of acquisition by Uphill

08/14/2015  Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., a global fabless semiconductor company, today provided an update on the closing of its pending acquisition by Uphill Investment Co. for $23.00 per share in cash.

Discovery in growing graphene nanoribbons could enable faster, more efficient electronics

08/14/2015  University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons with desirable semiconducting properties directly on a conventional germanium semiconductor wafer.




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System Scaling and Integration Platforms for Mobile Devices and IoT

September 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET

In this presentation, recent developments in interconnects and packaging technologies that will enable mobile devices, and IoT will be discussed. Some of these packaging technologies include high density fan-out wafer level packaging, passive and active interposers, high throughput chip-on-wafer bonding, as well as wafer level chip scale packaging for MEMS and sensors.

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September 2015 (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. Experts will describe new approaches for next generation metrology and inspection, including measurements of CDs, stress, film thickness and non-visual defects.

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September 2015 (Date and time TBD)

EUV lithography has been under intense development for years and appears to be close to production. Yet its delay has the industry searching for alternatives, including double, triple and even quadruple patterning, directed self-assembly, multi-e-beam and nanoimprint. In this webcast, experts will detail various options, future scenarios and challenges that must still be overcome.

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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
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
http://sites.ieee.org/wf-iot/
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015