Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



SEMATECH announces leadership changes

03/31/2014  SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, announced today that Ronald Goldblatt, vice president of Technical Strategy and Operations, has been appointed by the board of directors as acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 degrees C

03/31/2014  Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer. The modified material can reliably operate at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius.

Silicon Valley specialty foundry Noel Technologies names Joe Medeiros Director of Reclaim

03/27/2014  Noel Technologies, a Silicon Valley specialty foundry offering process development and substrate fabrication, has added semiconductor industry veteran Joe Medeiros to its growing management staff.

Nanolab Technologies expands services with new analytical and surface measurement tools

03/26/2014  Nanolab Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based analytical services lab, has purchased and installed new tools and moved to a seven-day workweek.

Particle Measuring Systems joins SEMATECH

03/26/2014  This collaboration will address many of the profound changes taking place in the semiconductor industry that are impacting fundamental aspects of process and equipment design, including integration of new materials and process technology for sub-20nm node manufacturing, next-generation lithography requirements.

eInfochips opens new design services specializing in 16nm geometry

03/26/2014  eInfochips, a semiconductor and product engineering company, today launched design services for chips based on 16nm geometry.

IP interoperability in SoCs: Mix and match doesn’t always work

03/26/2014  More often than not, a design re-spin isn’t just a simple re-spin with a tweak here and a tweak there. The new design will probably have to comply with modified specifications that inevitably raise the bar for performance and power usage, and it will probably contain new IP that must be integrated.

Altera and Intel extend manufacturing partnership to include development of multi-die devices

03/26/2014  Collaboration will optimize integration of 14nm Tri-Gate Stratix 10 FPGAs with heterogeneous technologies into a single system-in-a-package.

Roll over flat panel displays

03/25/2014  Flexible displays is a technological field that has been in R&D and pre-commercial development for several years, but what needs to happen to make volume production a reality, in areas including substrates, materials and production processes? Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design discussed the issues with Mac McDaniel, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Display Business Group, Applied Materials, Michael Ciesinski, MD of the Flextech Alliance, and Keri Goodwin, Principal Scientist from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), in the UK.

Discovery of new semiconductor holds promise for 2D physics and electronics

03/21/2014  From super-lubricants, to solar cells, to the fledgling technology of valleytronics, there is much to be excited about with the discovery of a unique new two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, by researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry.

Mentor Graphics acquires Berkeley Design Automation

03/21/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced that it has acquired Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. BDA addresses nanometer circuit design challenges via its Analog FastSPICE unified verification platform and exceptional vertical-application expertise.

The Week in Review: March 21, 2014

03/21/2014  UC Berkley research in on-chip inductors; Equipment bookings and billings continue along a steady trend; SMIC CEO awarded SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award; EVG opens HQ in China; ChaoLogix offers security for semi chips; Applied Materials named a World's Most Ethical Company

ChaoLogix introduces ChaoSecure technology to boost semiconductor chip security

03/20/2014  ChaoLogix, Inc., a semiconductor technology provider focused on developing embedded security and low-power design intellectual property, today introduced ChaoSecure technology that deters side channel attacks on semiconductor chips and contributes a superior layer of security compared to existing solutions.

Enabling mobility for IoT with advanced semiconductor technology - at SEMICON Singapore 2014

03/20/2014  SEMICON Singapore will focus on the advanced technology developments to enable mobility for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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.




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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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

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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