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Cadence unveils expanded Virtuoso Advanced-Node Platform for 7nm processes

04/05/2017  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the new Virtuoso Advanced-Node Platform supporting advanced 7nm designs.

Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors

04/05/2017  University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

Ultratech receives multiple commitments for laser melt anneal system evaluation

04/05/2017  Ultratech, Inc. today announced that it has received multiple commitments for its LM7 laser melt anneal system.

Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage

04/04/2017  Nanowire ink enables flexible, programmable electronics on materials like paper, plastic or fabric.

Global semiconductor sales up 16.5% year-to-year

04/04/2017  Year-to-year sales increased by double digits across most regional markets, with the China and Americas markets showing particularly strong growth.

To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon

04/04/2017  Discovery of semiconducting properties of Si-III might lead to unpredictable technological advancement.

Telit celebrates its 100th connected 300mm semiconductor fab

04/03/2017  Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it is celebrating the 100th installation of its secureWISE software platform in a 300mm semiconductor fabrication plant.

Tiny black holes enable a new type of photodetector for high speed data

04/03/2017  Tiny "black holes" on a silicon wafer make for a new type of photodetector that could move more data at lower cost around the world or across a datacenter.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

04/03/2017  SEMI today announced that the global semiconductor materials market increased 2.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 1.1 percent.

Picosun and Hitachi MECRALD process

04/03/2017  ALD fab films at lower temperatures.

New approaches to scaling needed

04/03/2017  Applied Materials hosted a panel session in December in San Francisco during the International Electron Devices Meeting, titled: “Rethinking Scaling: New Paragdigms, New Approaches.”

IEEE unveils next lifecycle phase of the IRDS to drive computing industry beyond Moore’s Law

03/31/2017  Series of nine white papers mark milestone effort for strategic initiative that identifies challenges and solutions to help guide future roadmaps.

Global MRAM market to grow at an impressive CAGR of 94% through 2021, says Technavio

03/31/2017  Technavio market research analysts forecast the global MRAM market to grow at a CAGR of close to 94% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

Intermolecular announces restructuring initiative and changes in its leadership team

03/31/2017  Intermolecular, Inc. today announced a restructuring initiative to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of their materials innovation services.

New ultrafast flexible and transparent memory devices could herald new era of electronics

03/31/2017  An innovative new technique to produce the quickest, smallest, highest-capacity memories for flexible and transparent applications could pave the way for a future golden age of electronics.

Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene

03/31/2017  A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material from achieving its full potential in electronic applications.

Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible

03/30/2017  Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique for converting positively charged (p-type) reduced graphene oxide (rGO) into negatively charged (n-type) rGO, creating a layered material that can be used to develop rGO-based transistors for use in electronic devices.

Semiconductor industry sets out research needed to advance emerging technologies

03/30/2017  New SIA-SRC report calls for robust research investments throughout the semiconductor industry and value chain.

IC Insights more than doubles its 2017 IC market growth forecast

03/30/2017  Huge spike in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs prompts market forecast revision to 11% increase.

Intel appoints Chief Strategy Officer

03/29/2017  Intel Corporation today announced the appointment of Aicha S. Evans as chief strategy officer, effective immediately.




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Metrology Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET

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 and new compositional analysis solutions. Experts will describe new approaches for next generation metrology and inspection, including measurements of CDs, stress, film thickness and non-visual defects.

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Advanced Packaging

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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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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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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

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
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May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
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May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017
ASMC 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2017
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017
Design Automation Conference 2017 (DAC)
Austin, TX
https://dac.com
June 18, 2017 - June 22, 2017

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