Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



Do not go where the path may lead

01/27/2017  What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

01/25/2017  Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

Vital Control in Fab Materials Supply-Chains

01/25/2017  Expert panel discussion at Critical Materials Council (CMC) conference.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.06

01/25/2017  This combined with a significant increase in billings puts 2016 equipment sales of North American manufacturers well above 2015 levels and well positioned for 2017.

ISS Europe 2017: European innovation leadership

01/24/2017  Electronics manufacturing solutions for Automotive, Smart Manufacturing and Healthcare enabling the future of European technology.

STATS ChipPAC recognized for patent innovations for the seventh consecutive year by IEEE

01/23/2017  STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd. announced today that it has been ranked among the world's top 10 semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies in the 2016 Patent Power Scorecards published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

2015-2016 deals dominate semiconductor M&A ranking

01/20/2017  U.S. companies making acquisitions accounted for more than half of the value in announced transactions in the last two years, while Asia-Pacific represented 23%.

Analog Devices announces changes to membership of Board of Directors

01/19/2017  Richard Beyer and John Hodgson will retire from the Company's Board of Directors, effective as of the Company's 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Market for power semiconductors in automotive to rev up by $3B by 2022

01/19/2017  Demand to soar due to big electrification in vehicles.

New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

01/19/2017  Research helps to make the most of nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology.

Creating atomic scale nanoribbons

01/19/2017  Researchers have demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates.

Fire, rain, and M&A 

01/19/2017  The expert panel, "The Future of M&A in the Semiconductor Industry," was a hot topic at SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) conference on January 11.

SUNY Poly-managed research named a top ten physics breakthrough

01/18/2017  Research paves the way for more efficient 'on-off' switch that could someday replace transistors.

Mentor Graphics CEO Walden C. Rhines named IEEE Fellow

01/17/2017  Dr. Rhines is being recognized for leadership and technology innovation in integrated circuit design and automation.

Dressing a metal in various colors

01/17/2017  DGIST research developed a technology to coat metal with several nanometers of semiconducting materials.

Dow Corning expands LED packaging design options with launch of new silicone coatings

01/17/2017  Dow Corning significantly expanded the design flexibilities for LED packaging manufacturers today with the addition of three new highly reflective silicone coatings to its fast-growing portfolio of advanced LED solutions.

$24B semiconductor assembly and testing services market poised for steady growth

01/13/2017  This week, Future Market Insights (FMI) releases its latest report on the semiconductor assembly and testing services market.

IBM releases new all-flash storage for cognitive workloads

01/13/2017  IBM this week announced new, all-flash storage solutions designed for midrange and large enterprises, where high availability, continuous up-time, and performance are critical.

NUS researchers achieve major breakthrough in flexible electronics

01/13/2017  New classes of printable electrically conducting polymer materials make better electrodes for plastic electronics and advanced semiconductor devices.

Toshiba expands lineup of industrial-grade e-MMC embedded NAND flash memory products

01/12/2017  Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. this week announced the launch of its JEDEC e-MMCTM Version 5.1-compliant embedded NAND flash memory products that feature an enhanced operational temperature range of -40°C to +105°C.




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WEBCASTS



Internet of Things

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

The age of IoT is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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Fab Cost Reduction

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

One of the primary concerns of today’s fab managers is cost reduction. This webcast will examine how top fabs are tackling that challenge by embracing smart manufacturing, otherwise known as Industry 4.0 or IIoT. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs.

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Advanced Packaging

March 2017 - 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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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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EVENTS



ISS Europe 2017
Munich, Germany
http://www.semi.org/eu/iss-europe-2017
March 05, 2017 - March 07, 2017
SEMI-THERM 33rd Annual Symposium & Exhibit
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
http://cmcfabs.org
May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
http://www.theconfab.com
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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