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Fifty years of Moore's Law made possible by semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide

04/14/2015  April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the business world’'s most profound drivers, now commonly referred to as Moore's Law.

SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.2B

04/14/2015  SEMI reports that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was $3.2 billion in 2014 and is forecasted to reach $3.4 billion in 2016.

Duke University research advances testing of 3D integrated circuits for cost-effective development of electronics

04/14/2015  Duke University researchers are working to advance the tools and methodologies used to test 3D integrated circuits (ICs), which promise to help ensure the ongoing development of higher performance, lower power semiconductor chips.

IDT appoints semiconductor veteran Robert A. Rango to Board of Directors

04/10/2015  Integrated Device Technology, Inc. today announced that Robert A. Rango, a former Broadcom Corp. executive with extensive leadership skills in the global semiconductor market, has been appointed to IDT’s Board of Directors, effective April 6, 2015.

New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'

04/10/2015  A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas - the so-called 'last frontier' of semiconductor design - would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications.

Graphene looking promising for future spintronic devices

04/10/2015  Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known.

2014: A year in review - Semiconductor equipment and materials market and outlook

04/09/2015  2014 was the second record breaking year in a row in terms of semiconductor device revenues; the industry grew a robust 10 percent to total $336 billion, according to the WSTS.

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 2

04/08/2015  Common pulsed measurement challenges are defined.

Flexible facilities for 450mm wafer fabs

04/07/2015  When the commercial semiconductor manufacturing industry decides to move to the next wafer size of 450mm, it will be time to re-consider equipment and facilities strategies.

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes

04/07/2015  The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

04/07/2015  The global semiconductor materials market increased 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10 percent.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February compared to last year

04/06/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent from February 2014 when sales were $26.0 billion.

TSMC certifies Synopsys design tools for 16nm finFET plus production and for 10nm early design starts

04/06/2015  This certification enables mutual customers to deploy tools in Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform for 16nm production designs and 10nm early engagements.

AWSC purchases ClassOne’s Solstice S8 electroplater

04/03/2015  Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced the sale and delivery of its Solstice S8 Plating System to Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) of Taiwan.

U.S.-headquartered companies capture bulk of IDM, fabless IC sales

04/03/2015  Recent acquisitions expeted to boost Europe's share in coming years.

Southeast Asia to spend $19B for semiconductor equipment and materials by 2016

04/02/2015  Programme information is now available on the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, which will run from 22–24 April at SPICE in Penang.

Imaging tomorrow’s components, acoustically

04/02/2015  Packages are changing. Acoustic methods provide a way to image and analyze them.

Advanced analytics for yield improvement and zero defect in semiconductors

04/02/2015  Machine learning based advanced analytics for anomaly detection offers powerful techniques that can be used to achieve breakthroughs in yield and field defect rates.

Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry

04/02/2015  Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry.

Pibond introduces a new product line for logic, memory, power and MEMS devices

04/01/2015  Targeting 10nm node semiconductor processing, 3D NAND, power ICs as well as MEMS applications, this technology enables advanced device manufacturing through reduced cost of ownership (COO) and simplified processing.




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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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

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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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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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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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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
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015