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Business is good for vendors of test and inspection/metrology equipment

07/16/2015  Semiconductor test equipment and inspection/metrology equipment are unglamorous yet critical segments of the equipment field.

Inspection smooths a bumpy road

07/16/2015  Wafer bumping has several advantages over traditional wire bonding. Bumps can be placed almost anywhere on the die, where wire bonding is limited to the periphery of the devices. And bumps give you the ability to put many more I/O points on an individual die.

EUV: Unlike anything else in the fab

07/16/2015  Imagine EUV lithography in high volume production. ASML has been working for years to make it happen.

International Consortium Sets Up Shop for Advanced Manufacturing Research

07/16/2015  A metropolitan area in the center of the state is putting together a public-private partnership to attract high-tech companies, convincing them to set up shop and create jobs. Part of the attraction is a big public university, engaging in advanced research.

SEMI Standards leaders honored at SEMICON West 2015

07/15/2015  SEMI honored six industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing Standards for the microelectronics and related industries.

Low-Cost Manufacturing of Flexible Functionalities

07/15/2015  FlexTech Alliance updates on substrates, processes, and devices.

New materials require new approaches

07/15/2015  Continued advances in the semiconductor will increasingly be enabled by materials technology, versus the scaling that has been commonplace over the last 50 years as defined by Moore’s Law.

Managing hazardous process exhaust in high volume manufacturing

07/15/2015  “Let no element on the periodic table go un-used!” That may well be the rallying cry of the semiconductor industry moving forward.

Gases: Completely Necessary to Semiconductor Manufacturing

07/15/2015  Silicon wafers. Semiconductor packaging. These are commonly known products in materials for manufacturing and assembling microchips. Process gases? Not as familiar a commodity, yet they are just as critical to semiconductor manufacturing.

TÜV Rheinland showcases services & abilities for semi industry focus is on OSHA and EMC testing certification

07/15/2015  TÜV Rheinland, a full-service testing, inspection and certification company, exhibiting at the annual SEMICON West expo, announced the expansion of services to include Environmental, Health & Safety testing and certification of Group III-V compounds in semiconductor manufacturing environments.

Leti and EVG launch INSPIRE

07/15/2015  CEA-Leti and EV Group launched a new program in nano-imprint lithography (NIL) called INSPIRE to demonstrate the benefits of the nano-patterning technology and spread its use for applications beyond semiconductors.

Rudolph Technologies and DISCO Corporation partner to improve wafer saw process

07/14/2015  Dicing and laser saw systems, together with inspection systems and yield-enhancing software provide revolutionary control and accuracy.

CoorsTek Increases its Business with Covalent Acquisition, Organic Growth

07/14/2015  CoorsTek made one of the biggest acquisitions of its century-long history late last year in purchasing Covalent Materials, formerly known as Toshiba Ceramics.

Mark Durcan, Micron CEO, recognized for outstanding EHS leadership

07/14/2015  Durcan accepted his award for leadership at the Global Care Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Lunch today at SEMICON West 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.

Keynote panel: Challenges abound for sub-14nm

07/14/2015  SEMICON West 2015 kicked off Tuesday morning with a keynote panel session that addressed the challenges of "Scaling the Walls of Sub-14nm Manufacturing."

Technologies for Advanced Systems Shown at IMEC Tech Forum USA

07/14/2015  R&D summarized of the nanoscale building blocks for our fab future.

SEMI announces results of board elections and leadership appointments

07/14/2015  SEMI today announced that Stephen S. Schwartz, CEO of Brooks Automation, and Toshikazu Umatate, senior vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Lithography Business at Nikon Corporation, were elected as new directors to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws.

Chinese chipmaker Tsinghua prepares $23B bid for Micron Technology

07/14/2015  China’s state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. is preparing a $23 billion bid for chipmaker Micron Technology, in what analysts say would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company.

Buying used equipment? Be careful; know your seller

07/14/2015  The used and refurbished semiconductor equipment market can be a hazardous business for buyers. The watchword always is: Caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

SEMI forecasts three years of growth in chip equipment spending

07/14/2015  SEMI projects three consecutive years of growth in worldwide semiconductor equipment sales according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, released today at the SEMICON West exposition.




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How Software Can Impact Your Processes and Maximize Profit

View this paper to learn how Epicor ERP specifically aligns to the business needs of the electronics and high-tech industry, and hear how one electronics organization achieved improved operational controls, better inventory accuracy, and world class tools to meet supply chain requirements with Epicor ERP.July 01, 2015
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Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.June 01, 2015
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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
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Isolating Electrical Faults in Advanced IC Devices

July 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

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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The Path to Future Interconnects

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Jon Candelaria, Semiconductor Research Corp.’s director of interconnect and packaging sciences, will summarize a SEMICON West Semiconductor Technology Symposium Session focused on interconnects. He’ll describe the challenges for interconnect technology up to the end of the CMOS roadmap, and a few of the alternatives to address them. Next, he’ll discuss possible directions beyond the roadmap, as well as interconnectivity requirements and solution paths for emerging applications.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

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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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
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