Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



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.

SAMCO announces MOCVD demonstration availability for the GaN-550 MOCVD system

01/15/2015  SAMCO has announced MOCVD demonstration capability on a new gallium nitride (GaN-on-Si) system, the GaN-550, from Valence Process Equipment Inc.

Two companies honored with SEMI Award

01/14/2015  SEMI today announced that two companies, Brewer Science and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE), are recipients of the 2014 SEMI Award for North America.

Further growth seen for semiconductor equipment and materials at SEMI ISS 2015

01/14/2015  The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Riding the Wave of Silicon Magic.”

JEOL and UC Irvine partner to develop electron microscopy and materials research center

01/14/2015  JEOL USA and the University of California's Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) have entered into a strategic partnership to create a premier electron microscopy and materials science research facility.

SUNY Board appoints Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as founding president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

01/14/2015  SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) yesterday announced the SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as the founding President of SUNY Poly.

Zinc oxide materials tapped for tiny energy harvesting devices

01/13/2015  New research helps pave the way toward highly energy-efficient zinc oxide-based micro energy harvesting devices with applications in portable communications, healthcare and environmental monitoring, and more.

MagnaChip offers automotive semiconductor manufacturing process technology

01/13/2015  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products announced today that it has started to offer 0.18um automotive qualified process technology to foundry customers focused on high reliability automotive semiconductor applications.

Mentor Graphics acquires Flexras Technologies

01/13/2015  The Flexras timing-driven partitioning technology will expand and strengthen the portfolio of tools available from Mentor to help engineers overcome the challenges of increasingly complex design prototyping.

IHS identifies technologies to transform the world over next five years

01/12/2015  The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3-D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology.

Graphene plasmons go ballistic

01/12/2015  Graphene combined with the insulting power of boron nitride enables light control in tiny circuits with dramatically reduced energy loss.

DRAM capacity rises from slump; Sector faces new challenges

01/12/2015  SEMI today announced details from the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report illuminating the state of the semiconductor manufacturing industry, coincident with convening SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Silicon Space Technology partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to deliver processors and memory solutions

01/09/2015  Silicon Space Technology, an industry innovator in high-temp and rad-hard embedded system solutions, announced today the company has partnered with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to build commercial-ready products for extreme environments and applications.

New secondary fab equipment market report available from SEMI

01/09/2015  With new cost-sensitive semiconductor devices driving capacity demand, 200mm wafer size and currently existing (legacy) fabs are seeing a renaissance, SEMI completed a thorough study of the secondary fab equipment market to identify the market size and to capture key trends and issues impacting this industry segment.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Linear Dimensions to offer joint analog solution for wearables and MEMs sensors markets

01/09/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Linear Dimensions Semiconductor Inc. today announced that they are working together to manufacture a 14-channel programmable reference from Linear Dimensions for multiple markets including IoT (Internet of Things) sensor and wearable device applications.

SEMICON West 2015: “Call for Papers” for Semiconductor Technology Symposium and TechXPOTs

01/07/2015  SEMI today announced a “Call for Papers” for SEMICON West, North America’s premier microelectronics event, to be held July 14-16 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.




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