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Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS Markit teardown reveals

04/25/2017  The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Orbotech's SPTS Technologies honored with Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2017

04/25/2017  SPTS Technologies announced today that it has been awarded the coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2017.

Model for multivalley polaritons

04/25/2017  IBS scientists model the formation of multivalleys in semiconductor microcavities, bringing new ideas to the emerging valleytronics field

SEMICON Southeast Asia attendance surges on disruptive technology

04/25/2017  Today, SEMI announced that SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017 (SEMICON SEA 2017) is reporting an increase of up to 30 percent in attendees this year.

Former CEO files lawsuit against Cypress Semiconductor Board of Directors

04/24/2017  T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY) and the Company's largest individual stockholder, today filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery seeking to compel the Cypress Board of Directors to make supplemental and corrective disclosures to address numerous material omissions and misstatements of fact in the Cypress Board's proxy materials.

Chroma releases the newest semiconductor test solution

04/24/2017  Chroma ATE Inc. has recently released the newest semiconductor test solution for the IoT IC market.

Conax Technologies announces the acquisition of Arizona-based Quartz Engineering

04/24/2017  Conax Technologies announced the acquisition of Quartz Engineering, a manufacturer of quartz sheaths for temperature sensors headquartered in Tempe, AZ.

March billings reached levels not seen since March 2001, reports SEMI

04/21/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.03 billion in billings worldwide in March 2017, according to the March Equipment Market Data Subscription Billings Report published today by SEMI.

Will I see you at The ConFab?

04/20/2017  The ConFab — an executive conference now in its 13th year — brings together influential executives from all parts of the semiconductor supply chain for three days of thought-provoking talks and panel discussions, networking events and select, pre-arranged breakout business meetings.

Process Watch: Having confidence in your confidence level

04/20/2017  This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

New ClassOne chamber cuts copper plating costs 95%

04/20/2017  ClassOne Technology announced it's new CopperMax chamber -- a design that is demonstrating major copper plating cost reductions for users of ≤200mm wafers.

Global semiconductor wafer-level equipment revenue to grow 11% in 2016

04/20/2017  Worldwide semiconductor wafer-level manufacturing equipment (WFE) revenue totaled $37.4 billion in 2016, an 11.3 percent increase from 2015, according to final results by Gartner, Inc.

Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments declined 2.4% in first quarter of 2017

04/19/2017  Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.2 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 2.4 percent decline from the first quarter of 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Brewer Science earns GreenCircle Certification for zero waste to landfill for second consecutive year

04/19/2017  Brewer Science announced the achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for the second consecutive year.

Samsung completes qualification of its 2nd gen 10nm process technology

04/19/2017  Samsung expands 10nm capacity, to be ready for production by the fourth quarter of this year.

Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

04/19/2017  Engineers use graphene as a 'copy machine' to produce cheaper semiconductor wafers.

3D-Micromac receives large volume orders from solar industry for its microCELL TLS system

04/18/2017  3D-Micromac AG today announced that the total received order volume for its microCELL TLS high-throughput half-cell cutting tools tops 1.5 GW for tool deliveries in 2017 to date.

NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels

04/18/2017  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

Columbia engineers invent method to control light propagation in waveguides

04/17/2017  New technique using nano-antennas to make photonic integrated devices smaller with a broader working wavelength range could transform optical communications.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017: Disruption and the value of digital transformation in manufacturing

04/17/2017  At SEMICON Southeast Asia 2017, Dr. Chen Fusen, CEO of Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd, Singapore, will give a keynote on digital transformation in the manufacturing sector.




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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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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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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

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

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