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Extra sulphur improves electronic structure of quantum dots

10/02/2017  Quantum dots are nanometre-sized semiconductor particles with potential applications in solar cells and electronics. Scientists from the University of Groningen and their colleagues from ETH Zürich have now discovered how to increase the efficiency of charge conductivity in lead-sulphur quantum dots.

Semiconductor Industry Association announces support of corporate tax reform framework

09/29/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) released the following statement today from SIA president & CEO John Neuffer in support of the corporate tax reform framework released today by leaders in the Trump Administration and Congress.

Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent

09/29/2017  EPFL scientists have now greatly improved the operational stability of PSCs, retaining more than 95% of their initial efficiencies of over 20 % under full sunlight illumination at 60oC for more than 1000 hours.

OEM Group announces post-dice clean solutions for plasma and laser dicing methods

09/28/2017  OEM Group announced today a post-dice clean solution on the proven Cintillio Batch Spray platform following plasma and laser dicing methods.

SK Hynix Inc.'s Board approved a plan to invest in Toshiba Memory Corp

09/28/2017  SK Hynix Inc. announced its board of directors yesterday approved its plan to participate in a Bain Capital-led consortium that plans to purchase Toshiba Corporation's memory chip unit, Toshiba Memory Corporation

Solar-Tectic LLC receives patent for III-V thin-film tandem high-performance solar cell and LED technology

09/28/2017  The patent, the first ever for a thin III-V layer on crystalline silicon thin-film, covers group III-V elements such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Indium Gallium Phosphide (InGaP), for the top layer, as well as all inorganic materials, including, silicon, germanium, etc., for the bottom layer.

Silicon Mobility to open office in Silicon Valley

09/28/2017  Silicon Mobility announced today the opening of an office in Burlingame, CA. The office is located close to San Francisco international airport at the gate entry of the Silicon Valley.

Band gaps, made to order

09/28/2017  UCSB engineers create atomically thin superlattice materials with precision.

Intel, Samsung, Hitachi and Lam invest $11.2M in Reno Sub-Systems

09/27/2017  Reno Sub-Systems today announced it has closed its Series C funding.

Power transistor growth returns after volatile period

09/27/2017  Inventory corrections, economic uncertainty, and price erosion derailed the power transistor market in the last five years, but the 2017 O-S-D Report sees steady modest growth ahead.

SiFive joins TSMC IP Alliance Program

09/26/2017  SiFive today announced it has joined the TSMC IP Alliance Program, part of the TSMC Open Innovation Platform, which accelerates innovation in the semiconductor design community.

Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes

09/26/2017  Researchers from Finland and Taiwan have discovered how graphene, a single-atom-thin layer of carbon, can be forged into three-dimensional objects by using laser light. A striking illustration was provided when the researchers fabricated a pyramid with a height of 60nm, which is about 200 times larger than the thickness of a graphene sheet.

Understanding the impact of valve flow coefficient (Cv) in fluid systems

09/26/2017  Understanding the impact of valve flow coefficient (Cv) in fluid systems for microelectronics manufacturing.

It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shiny day

09/26/2017  Last year was a great year for photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Cypress appoints Jeff Owens to Board of Directors

09/25/2017  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced the appointment of Jeffrey J. Owens to its board of directors.

Measuring metals, dielectrics, resists and CDs in advanced packaging

09/25/2017  A new system combines acoustic, optical and reflectometric techniques to enable measurement of metals, dielectrics, resists and critical dimensions on a single platform.

Samsung certifies Synopsys Design Platform for 28nm FD-SOI process technology

09/25/2017  Synopsys, Inc. today announced that the Synopsys Design Platform has been fully certified for use on Samsung Foundry's 28FDS (FD-SOI) process technology.

Advancements in spintronics

09/25/2017  Applications now include nanoscale Spintronics sensors that further enhance the areal density of hard disk drives, through MRAMs that are seriously being considered to replace embedded flash, static random access memories (SRAM) and at a later stage dynamic random access memories (DRAM).

DSA and EUV: Complementary technologies to enable fine- pitch lithography

09/22/2017  DSA and EUV should be envisioned as complementary, not competing, techniques that will eventually become mainstream for fine-pitch lithography.

Laser marking meets diverse challenges in fab and packaging

09/22/2017  The basics of laser marking are reviewed, as well as current and emerging laser technologies.




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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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