Semiconductors

SEMICONDUCTORS ARTICLES



EUV, Internet of Things, 3D integration among hot topics at SPIE Advanced Lithography

01/30/2015  Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), 3D integration, and the Internet of Things will be among critical technologies featured at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015 22 to 26 February in San Jose, California.

New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability

01/30/2015  If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one.

Demystifying nanocrystal solar cells

01/30/2015  Scientists are focusing on nanometer-sized crystals for the next generation of solar cells. These nanocrystals have excellent optical properties. Compared with silicon in today's solar cells, nanocrystals can be designed to absorb a larger fraction of the solar light spectrum. However, the development of nanocrystal-based solar cells is challenging.

Gov. Baker announces $4M grant to UMass Lowell to fuel emerging printed electronics cluster

01/29/2015  Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) to UMass Lowell to support development of a printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field that has the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade.

New MES operations improvement software from critical manufacturing features integrated scheduling

01/28/2015  Critical Manufacturing, a supplier of integrated manufacturing execution systems (MES), introduces cmNavigo 4.0, the industry’s first comprehensive MES software with embedded finite scheduling.

"The Electrical Arts" and the First Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable

01/28/2015  Before there were electrical engineers and standard definitions for the ampere, ohm and volt, entrepreneurs and scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States worked on the issue of improving communications between the Old World and the New World.

2014 was bumper year for automotive semiconductors

01/27/2015  The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS.

New pathway to valleytronics

01/27/2015  A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors.

Researchers at Penn, UC Berkeley and Illinois use oxides to flip graphene conductivity

01/27/2015  Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain.

New Soitec eSI90 RF-SOI wafer improves RF performance of high-end smart phone components

01/26/2015  Soitec (Euronext) has introduced its eSI90 substrate, the newest high-end wafer in its radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) product family.

Emerging non volatile memory technological choices are about to be made: STTMRAM or MRAM?

01/26/2015  “The technological choice between STTMRAM/MRAM and RRAM will be made in the next two years,” announces the “More Than Moore” market research, technology and strategy consulting company, Yole Développement (Yole).

GIGAPHOTON honored with 2015 "Toshiba Partnership Award"

01/26/2015  Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2015 Partnership Award from Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Company’s Yokkaichi Operations, a world production base of NAND flash memory devices.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 0.98

01/26/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.37 billion in orders worldwide in December 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the December EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Rambus appoints Tom Fisher to its Board of Directors

01/23/2015  Rambus Inc. today announced the appointment of Mr. Ellis Thomas Fisher as a director to its Board, effective immediately.

EMCORE Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt as Chief Technology Officer

01/23/2015  EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components, subsystems and systems for the broadband and specialty fiber optics market, announced today the appointment of Dr. Hank Blauvelt to Chief Technology Officer for EMCORE Corporation, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Rittichier.

Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

01/23/2015  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory show that etching a nanoscale texture onto the silicon material itself creates an antireflective surface that works as well as state-of-the-art thin-film multilayer coatings.

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters

01/23/2015  Scientists from ICFO, MIT, CNRS, CNISM and Graphenea have now demonstrated active, in-situ electrical control of the energy flow from erbium ions into photons and plasmons.

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

01/23/2015  With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for other alternatives.

Will new policy in China trigger big changes?

01/21/2015  In June 2014, the State Council of China issued the "National Guideline for the Development and Promotion of the IC Industry,” to support the domestic semiconductor industry. The document addresses development targets, approaches, and measures.

One of the largest semiconductor companies in Europe signs agreement with Oxford Instruments

01/20/2015  An agreement has been signed between one of the largest semiconductor companies in Europe and Oxford Instruments for the supply of multiple Failure Analysis (FA) systems, to be installed in its manufacturing sites globally over a period of two years.




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How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.,

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3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

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Materials

April 2015 (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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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast 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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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015