Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



A 1,000x improvement in computer systems using current fabs and process

10/12/2017  Next week, as part of the IEEE S3S 2017 program, MonolithIC 3D Inc. will present a paper (18.3) titled “A 1,000x Improvement in Computer Systems by Bridging the Processor Memory Gap”.

A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy

10/12/2017  Novel two-dimensional, metal organic hybrids efficiently move charge, eventually storing renewable energy.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES introduces new automotive platform to fuel tomorrow's connected car

10/12/2017  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled AutoPro, a new platform designed to provide automotive customers a broad set of technology solutions and manufacturing services that minimize certification efforts and speed time-to-market.

Intel delivers 17-qubit superconducting chip with advanced packaging to QuTech

10/12/2017  The new chip was fabricated by Intel and features a unique design to achieve improved yield and performance.

Semiconductor IP market worth $6.22B by 2023

10/11/2017  The semiconductor IP market is expected to be valued at USD 6.22 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.87% between 2017 and 2023.

Seeing the next dimension of computer chips

10/11/2017  Researchers image perfectly smooth side-surfaces of 3-D silicon crystals with a scanning tunneling microscope, paving the way for smaller and faster computing devices.

Injecting electrons jolts 2-D structure into new atomic pattern

10/11/2017  Berkeley Lab study is first to show potential of energy-efficient next-gen electronic memory.

A massive adoption of laser technologies for semiconductor manufacturing

10/11/2017  According to Yole Développement (Yole), the laser equipment market will grow at a 15% CAGR between 2016 and 2022 and should reach more than US$4 billion by 2022.

HEIDENHAIN announces new Service Operations Manager for North America

10/10/2017  HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION announces the new appointment of David Fuson, Service Operations Manager for North America.

Fujitsu Semiconductor and ON Semiconductor announce increased strategic partnership

10/10/2017  ON Semiconductor agrees to purchase 30 percent incremental share of Fujitsu’s 8-inch wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, resulting in 40 percent ownership with plans to increase to 60 percent by the second half of 2018 and full ownership in the first half of 2020.

Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene

10/10/2017  A team led by Cory Dean, assistant professor of physics at Columbia University, and James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, has definitively observed an intensely studied anomaly in condensed matter physics -- the even-denominator fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state -- via transport measurement in bilayer graphene.

EVG and SwissLitho to develop joint nanoimprint lithography solution for 3D optical structures with single-nanometer accuracy

10/09/2017  EV Group (EVG) and SwissLitho AG today announced a joint solution to enable the production of 3D structures down to the single-nanometer scale.

Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018

10/06/2017  Gartner, Inc. this week highlighted the top strategic technology trends that will impact most organizations in 2018.

NXP awarded Excellence in Quality for 2017 by Cisco

10/06/2017  This prestigious award recognizes NXP for Excellence in Quality for displaying the highest quality standards, practices, and methodologies in their products and processes, and differentiating through their quality management systems and alignment to Cisco’s strategies and values.

Columbia engineers invent breakthrough millimeter-wave circulator IC

10/06/2017  Researchers are first to demonstrate a circulator on a silicon chip at mm-wave frequencies that enables nonreciprocal transmission of waves: device could enable two-way radios and transform 5g networks, self-driving cars, and virtual reality.

Power semiconductor sales rebounded in 2016 and will continue to grow through 2021

10/05/2017  Global power semiconductor revenues grew year-over-year by 3.9 percent in 2016, reversing a 4.8 percent decline in 2015.

Pure-play foundries boosting their presence in China

10/05/2017  With fabless companies in China on the rise, the country is expected to account for 13% share of pure-play foundry sales in 2017.

Industry first precision p-channel zero threshold MOSFET array enables sub-threshold circuits for ultra-low power applications

10/04/2017  The MOSFET currently has the industry’s lowest operating voltage of 0.2 Volt (V) and current of less than one nano amp (nA).

Monthly semiconductor sales reach $35B globally for first time in August

10/04/2017  Worldwide sales up 24 percent year-to-year and 4 percent month-to-month; Americas market leads the way with growth of 39 percent year-to-year and 9 percent month-to month.

Team builds flexible new platform for high-performance electronics

10/04/2017  A team of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world -- and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level.




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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

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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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
Sponsored by InnerSense

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ITPC2017
Big Island, Hawaii
http://www.semi.org/en/itpc
November 05, 2017 - November 08, 2017
SEMICON Europa
Munich, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org/
November 14, 2017 - November 17, 2017
IEDM 2017
San Francisco, CA
http://ieee-iedm.org
December 02, 2017 - December 06, 2017
ISS 2018
Half Moon Bay, CA
http://www.semi.org/en/ISS
January 15, 2018 - January 18, 2018

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