Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



Equipment bookings and billings continue along a steady trend

03/20/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.29 billion in orders worldwide in February 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.00.

Applied Materials honored as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company

03/20/2014  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that it was named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

MediaTek to deploy Synopsys IC Compiler for hierarchical design implementation

03/19/2014  Synopsys, Inc. today announced that MediaTek Inc., a fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, has initiated deployment of Synopsys' IC Compiler place and route solution for hierarchical design implementation.

SMIC CEO is awarded SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award

03/19/2014  Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of SMIC presented the SEMICON China 2014 opening keynote yesterday and was given a SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award.

SRC, UC Berkeley research promises to revolutionize electronic circuit design

03/19/2014  Research from University of California, Berkeley scientists sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) promises to revolutionize portable radio frequency (RF) electronics and communication systems via advancements in on-chip inductors by leveraging embedded nanomagnets.

First methodology to analyze nanometer line pattern images

03/18/2014  To meet the increasing demand for smaller, faster, and more powerful devices, a continued decrease in the dimensions of active parts of devices is required. The new methodology is a unique tool developed to address the gap existent in the metrology of sub-10nm line patterns.

MKS to acquire Granville-Phillips division of Brooks Automation

03/18/2014  MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced it has agreed to purchase the assets of Granville-Phillips, a division of Brooks Automation, Inc., for $87 million in cash.

EV Group establishes China headquarters in Shanghai

03/18/2014  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that it has opened a new, wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, called EV Group China Ltd.

GaN Systems appoints Jim Witham as CEO

03/17/2014  GaN Systems, a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced the appointment of Jim Witham as CEO of the corporation.

Mega Fluid Systems and Entrepix join forces to offer complete CMP system

03/17/2014  Mega Fluid Systems Inc., a supplier of chemical and slurry delivery equipment, and Entrepix Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced a partnership agreement.

Creating a graphene-metal sandwich to improve electronics

03/14/2014  Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” strongly enhances the heat conducting properties of copper, a discovery that could further help in the downscaling of electronics.

Surface characteristics influence cellular growth on semiconductor material

03/14/2014  Changing the texture and surface characteristics of a semiconductor material at the nanoscale can influence the way that neural cells grow on the material.

Toshiba brings civil suit against SK Hynix

03/14/2014  Toshiba Corporation announced that it has brought a civil suit against Korea’s SK Hynix Inc. at the Tokyo District Court, under Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act.

3D EDA brings together proven 2D solutions

03/14/2014  Design methodologies and technologies for 2D multi-chip systems are extended into 3D using proprietary tools based on industry standards.

Silicon Innovation Forum to expand in 2014

03/13/2014  Coordinated by SEMI, the Silicon Innovation Forum is organized by leading strategic investment groups in the global semiconductor industry including: Applied Ventures, Dow Ventures, Intel Capital, Micron Ventures, TEL Venture Capital, BASF Ventures, and Samsung Ventures.

SanDisk files lawsuit against SK Hynix for theft of trade secrets

03/13/2014  These actions relate to the theft of trade secrets related to NAND flash technology by a former engineer of SanDisk who left the company in 2008 to work for SK Hynix.

Imec achieves record 8.4 percent conversion efficiency in fullerene-free organic solar cell

03/12/2014  In this week’s Nature Communications, imec presents the development of fullerene-free organic photovoltaic (OPV) multilayer stacks achieving a record conversion efficiency of 8.4 percent.

Fab productivity and process technologies addressed at upcoming semiconductor manufacturing conference

03/12/2014  The 25th Annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2014) will be held May 19-21 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Advancing the Russian microelectronics industry — SEMICON Russia 2014

03/12/2014  On May 13-15, the key industry players, science institutes and innovation business representatives will gather in Moscow at SEMICON Russia — the premier Russian semiconductor exhibition and conference.

EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D IC/TSV performance with new NanoSpray application

03/12/2014  EV Group today announced that its patented NanoSpray conformal coating technology is now available on its newly introduced EVG150XT resist coating and developing system for high-volume manufacturing (HVM) semiconductor applications.




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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



UV LED Curing for the Electronics Industry

This paper provides an introduction to UV LED curing and the many benefits UV LED curing provides for bonding and coating applications in the electronics industry. Product manufacturers, machine builders, and chemistry formulators will gain an understanding of the benefits and how to apply UV LED curing in manufacturing processes. Included are specific examples of how manufacturers are using UV LED to make touch screens, mobile phones, micro speakers, and hard disk drives.April 03, 2014
Sponsored by Phoseon Technology

Versatile Epoxy Compounds for Electronic Applications

Electronic systems have revolutionized our lives. We use them in nearly all of our daily activities, for communication, computing, navigation, entertainment, payment processing, and more. They are the workhorses in many medical, transportation, aerospace, and military systems, performing functions such as automated control, data analysis, and pattern recognition.February 10, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Performance of Electronic Applications with Versatile Epoxy Compounds

Learn about the different functions epoxies perform in the manufacture and assembly of today’s electronic systems. From nanotechnology to enormous space systems, these versatile compounds meet a wide variety of conditions, lending to the reliability and longevity of the devices we use in our everyday lives.January 06, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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WEBCASTS



Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS Devices

April 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), such as actuators, sensors and resonators, rely on the interactions between multiple physical effects. In this webinar, we will show how a multiphysics simulation approach allows you to combine electrical, thermal and structural effects accurately in order to design reliable and high-performance MEMS devices.

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MEMS

May 2014 (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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Packaging Materials

May 2014 (date and time TBD) Advanced packages rely on high-performance materials – die-attach film, solder bumps, conductive adhesive, underfill, TIM – to ensure reliability, fine-pitch interconnect, thermal management, and chip performance are optimized. Learn about the latest assembly materials and how they can improve the package, speed packaging throughput, and even lower packaging costs in the webcast.

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EVENTS



The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
June 22, 2014 - June 25, 2014
2014 International Workshop on EUV Lithography
Maui, Hawaii, USA
http://www.euvlitho.com
June 23, 2014 - June 27, 2014
SEMICON West 2014
San Francisco, California
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 08, 2014 - July 10, 2014
SPIE Photomask Technology 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 18, 2014
Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 17, 2014