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Rice fine-tunes quantum dots from coal

03/18/2015  Rice University scientists gain control of electronic, fluorescent properties of coal-based graphene.

MACOM announces new 650 W GaN on SiC HEMT pulsed power transistor

03/18/2015  M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. today announced a 650 W gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon carbide (SiC) HEMT pulsed power transistor for L-band pulsed avionics applications.

AKM Semiconductor signs global distribution agreement with Digi-Key

03/18/2015  Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, a provider of electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has partnered with AKM Semiconductor Inc., to facilitate the global distribution of AKM’s products.

Process Watch: Know your enemy

03/18/2015  Anything that degrades the quality of the measurement also degrades the quality of the process because it introduces more variability into the Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts which are windows into the health of the process.

Notchless wafer standard approved

03/17/2015  450mm notchless wafer standardization has been under discussion for over a year.

Entrepix adds 300mm CMP capabilities to Phoenix foundry

03/17/2015  Entrepix, Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced that it has expanded its foundry operations in Phoenix, Arizona by installing 300mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processing.

Poised for more growth

03/17/2015  Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slower but positive 2016.

EV Group releases new configurations to its high-vacuum wafer bonding technology

03/17/2015  EV Group introduced two new configurations to its EVG 580 ComBond series of automated high-vacuum covalent wafer bonding systems.

High tech start-ups to connect with investors at SEMICON Europa 2015

03/17/2015  SEMICON Europa 2015 (October 6-8) will prominently feature second edition of this very successful program connecting early-stage companies with strategic investors, venture capitalists and other relevant stakeholders.

Imec to honor TSMC Chairman Dr. Morris Chang with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/17/2015  Nano-electronics research center imec has announced that it will award Dr. Morris Chang, founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry, with a lifetime of innovation award.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

03/17/2015  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $37.50 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

Recovering economies driving growth in the industrial semiconductor market

03/16/2015  The industrial semiconductor market will post a 9.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years as revenue rises from $34.8 billion in 2013 to $55.2 billion in 2018.

Cypress and Spansion complete $5 Billion merger

03/13/2015  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. announced that they have closed the merger of the two companies in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $5 billion.

XMC ships over 100 million units of backside illumination CMOS image sensors

03/12/2015  XMC, a 300mm semiconductor manufacturing company, today announces it has shipped over 100 million Backside Illumination (BSI) CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) units.

11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015

03/12/2015  IC Insights’ March Update to the 2015 McClean Report (being released later this month) refreshes the forecasts for 33 major IC product categories through 2019.

Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slowing but positive 2016

03/10/2015  SEMI today announced an update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report which updates outlooks for 2015 and 2016.

Mid-IR frequency combs enable high resolution spectroscopy for sensitive gas sensing

03/10/2015  The results are an important step towards a small-footprint chip scale mid-infrared frequency comb source.

Applied Materials honored as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company

03/10/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it has been recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.

CEA-Leti announces launch of Silicon Impulse IC design competence center

03/10/2015  CEA-Leti today announced the launch of its Silicon Impulse IC design competence center, a comprehensive IC technology platform offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Squeezing out new science from material interfaces

03/09/2015  With more than five times the thermal conductivity of copper, diamond is the ultimate heat spreader. But the slow rate of heat flow into diamond from other materials limits its use in practice.




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High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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.,

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3D Integration

April 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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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast 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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SEMICON Southeast Asia 2015
Penang, Malaysia
http://www.semiconsea.org
April 22, 2015 - April 24, 2015
ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015