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SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Ralph Weir as CEO

07/31/2014  Cambridge Nanotherm, a producer of semiconductor heatsink technology, today announced that it has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Weir as its CEO.

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

07/31/2014  Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

07/28/2014  Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Harnessing big data

07/28/2014  Addressing the analytics challenges in supply chain management.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

07/28/2014  Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

Cryogenic etching reduces plasma-induced damage of ultralow-k dielectrics

07/28/2014  Reducing plasma-induced damage is key to advancing the scaling limits.

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?

07/25/2014  New approaches to start-ups can unlock mega-trend opportunities.

A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs

07/24/2014  Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners and capital efficiency

07/24/2014  Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices settle outstanding litigation

07/23/2014  Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

Micron 16nm NAND flash memory awarded Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year

07/23/2014  Micron Technology, Inc. and TechInsights today announced that Micron has been honored with both the Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year awards for their 16nm NAND Flash memory technology in TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

07/23/2014  Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density.

Understanding graphene’s electrical properties on an atomic level

07/23/2014  Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore’s Law

07/23/2014  A Berkeley Lab-Intel collaboration outlines the chemistry of photoresist, enabling smaller features for future generations of microprocessors.

Compact vibration harvester power supply with highest efficiency opens door to “Fix-and-Forget” sensor nodes

07/23/2014  OMRON and Holst Centre/imec have unveiled a prototype of an extremely compact vibrational energy harvesting DC power supply with worlds’ highest efficiency.

SEMI announces new South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

07/22/2014  SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America.

SEMI: June 2014 equipment bookings at the highest level since May 2012

07/22/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.47 billion in orders worldwide in June 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Process Watch: The 10 fundamental truths of process control for the semiconductor IC industry

07/22/2014  This is the first in a series of 10 installments which will discuss fundamental truths about process control - inspection and metrology - for the semiconductor industry.

Dongbu HiTek unveils low-voltage BCDMOS process for efficient power management

07/22/2014  Dongbu HiTek today announced the immediate availability of a Low Voltage BCDMOS Process (BD130LV) at the 0.13-micron node that is ideally suited for implementing the main Power Management IC (PMIC) for smart phones and tablet computers.

Allegro MicroSystems announces new silicon carbide Schottky barrier diode FMCA series

07/22/2014  Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces the release of the next generation series of silicon carbide Schottky barrier diodes.




FINANCIALS



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

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

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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WEBCASTS



Metrology

September 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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Advanced Packaging

Sept. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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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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EVENTS



SEMICON Taiwan 2014
Taiwan
http://www.semicontaiwan.org/en/
September 03, 2014 - September 05, 2014
Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
http://www.semi.org/en/node/46001
September 16, 2014 - September 17, 2014
APC (Advanced Process Control) Conference XXVI 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.apcconference.com/
September 29, 2014 - October 01, 2014