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United States photomask market to reach around $475M by 2019

09/29/2014  According to the recently published TechSci Research report, "United States Photomask Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019", the photomask market in the United States is forecast to reach $474.58 billion by 2019.

TSMC delivers first fully functional 16 finFET networking processor

09/29/2014  TSMC today announced that its has successfully produced the foundry segment's first fully functional ARM-based networking processor with FinFET technology, through its collaboration with HiSilicon Technologies Co, Ltd.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics will account for 18% of wearable athletics sensors in 2024

09/26/2014  Printed, flexible and organic electronic (PFOE) sensors can offer flexible form factors, larger area, lower cost, lower power, and better disposability compared to conventional sensors, key attributes for wearable applications.

Silicon Motion elects Han-Ping Shieh to Board of Directors

09/26/2014  Mr. Shieh will replace Mr. Kenneth Kuan-Min Lin, who had chosen not to stand for reelection to the Board of Directors in order to focus more on his venture capital and other activities.

New discovery could pave the way for spin-based computing

09/26/2014  A University of Pittsburgh research team has discovered a way to fuse these two distinct properties in a single material, paving the way for new ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures.

Honeywell advanced materials help mobile devices dissipate heat

09/25/2014  Honeywell Electronic Materials announced today that its advanced materials are being integrated into the production of tablets and smartphones, helping them stay cool and perform better.

Southampton scientists grow a new challenger to graphene

09/24/2014  A team of researchers from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has developed a new way to fabricate a potential challenger to graphene.

Flexible LEDs

09/24/2014  Flexible light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

09/24/2014  Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

SEMI forms new Tablet Working Group

09/24/2014  When you say the word sapphire most people think of a brilliant blue gemstone. The members that have formed the Tablet Working Group think of sapphire as a key enabler of future growth for their respective businesses.

KYOCERA joins imec’s industrial affiliation program on advanced silicon solar cell technology

09/23/2014  Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec and Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera, the Japanese high-tech electronics company and manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules and systems, has joined imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to advance next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells.

NSF and SRC announce research awards to 10 universities

09/23/2014  The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million under a joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS).

NANIUM launches the industry’s largest WLCSP in volume production

09/23/2014  NANIUM today announced it has successfully launched the industry’s largest Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) in volume.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples

09/22/2014  An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene.

NVIDIA unveils Maxwell GPU architecture

09/19/2014  In a major leap forward for gaming, NVIDIA today introduced the first high-end products based on its Maxwell chip architecture -- the new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 GPUs -- delivering unmatched performance, major new graphics capabilities and twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation.

Northeastern University researchers develop novel method for working with nanotubes

09/19/2014  Northeastern University researchers have developed a novel method for controllably constructing precise inter-nanotube junctions and a variety of nanocarbon structures in carbon nanotube arrays.

Photonics community celebrates bipartisan passage of Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

09/19/2014  Photonics community leaders including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are celebrating bipartisan passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill designed to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies and promote growth of high-value jobs.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.04

09/18/2014  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.




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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Oct. 2014 (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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. 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 will play in the future.

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