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Leti integrates hybrid III-V silicon lasers on 200mm wafers using standard CMOS process

12/06/2017  Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, has integrated hybrid III-V silicon lasers on 200mm wafers using standard CMOS process flow.

The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips

12/06/2017  EPFL researchers have successfully measured some of the quantum properties of electrons in two-dimensional semiconductors. This work in the field of spintronics could one day lead to chips that are not only smaller but that also generate less heat.

Surface preparation technology provides pristine and stable hydrogen passivated semiconductor surfaces

12/06/2017  A new technology enables dramatically lower thermal budget capability that is enabling to thermal processes like epitaxy, CVD and diffusion, without any semiconductor material consumption.

Global semiconductor sales increase 21.9% year-to-year in October

12/05/2017  October marked the global industry's largest-ever monthly sales total.

Reveal previously invisible defects and contaminants in advanced packaging applications

12/05/2017  A new illumination technology compares favorably to conventional bright field illumination.

Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds

12/05/2017  Discovery expected to lower energy consumption in electric power equipment.

SEMI reports record quarterly billings of $14.3B

12/05/2017  Quarterly billings of US$14.3 billion set an all-time record for quarterly billings, exceeding the record level set in the second quarter of this year.

Broad 3Q 2017 growth - Both globally and in Europe

12/04/2017  The third quarter of this year has seen broad growth both globally and also for the European electronic supply chain.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs establish strategic collaboration to speed up data center applications 

12/04/2017  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs, a startup bringing optical input/output (I/O) to silicon chips, today announced a strategic collaboration to co-develop and commercialize differentiated silicon photonic technology solutions.

ISS Europe 2018: Strategies and innovations to compete globally

12/01/2017  Electronics manufacturing executives will attend Europe’s SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) in Dublin, Ireland on 4-6 March.

'Magnetoelectric' material shows promise as memory for electronics

12/01/2017  Smartphones and computers wouldn't be nearly as useful without room for lots of apps, music and videos. Devices tend to store that information in two ways: through electric fields (think of a flash drive) or through magnetic fields (like a computer's spinning hard disk). Each method has advantages and disadvantages. However, in the future, our electronics could benefit from the best of each.

Google’s head of Quantum AI Lab to keynote at The ConFab 2018

12/01/2017  The ConFab 2018, to be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 21-23, is thrilled to announce the newest opening day Keynote speaker, Professor John M. Martinis.

Semiconductor industry continues upward trend toward record year

11/30/2017  The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017, notching 12 percent sequential growth with strength across all application markets, according to IHS Markit.

Soitec announces substrate breakthrough for 3D image sensing devices

11/30/2017  Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, today announced the latest generation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates in its Imager-SOI product line designed specifically for fabricating front-side imagers for near-infrared (NIR) applications including advanced 3D image sensors.

A transistor of graphene nanoribbons

11/30/2017  Empa researchers in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the University of California at Berkeley have now succeeded in growing ribbons exactly nine atoms wide with a regular armchair edge from precursor molecules.

Micron appoints Derek Dicker as Storage Business Unit vice president and general manager

11/30/2017  Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today announced that the company has appointed Derek Dicker as vice president and general manager of the Storage Business Unit.

Transphorm secures investment from Yaskawa Electric

11/29/2017  Transphorm Inc. announced it received a $15 million investment from Yaskawa Electric Corporation.

SiFive joins FDXcelerator Program

11/29/2017  SiFive announced today that it has joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES' FDXcelerator Partner Program, and will be making RISC-V CPU IP including SiFive's E31 and E51 RISC-V cores available on GF's 22FDX process technology.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts October 2017 billings

11/28/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.02 billion in billings worldwide in October 2017 (three-month average basis).

Orbotech's SPTS Technologies chosen by Chengdu HiWafer Semiconductor Company for its new 6-Inch GaN on SiC manufacturing line

11/28/2017  China's first pure-wafer foundry selects SPTS's high productivity Omega plasma etch solution for production of GaN on SiC high power RF devices.




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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. 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 such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

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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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Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
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Half Moon Bay, CA
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January 15, 2018 - January 18, 2018
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Santa Clara, CA
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January 30, 2018 - February 01, 2018
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Monterey, CA
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February 12, 2018 - February 15, 2018
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San Diego, CA
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February 24, 2018 - March 01, 2018
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February 25, 2018 - February 25, 2018


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