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Photonics community celebrates bipartisan passage of Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

09/19/2014  Photonics community leaders including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are celebrating bipartisan passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill designed to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies and promote growth of high-value jobs.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.04

09/18/2014  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

ProPlus Design Solutions expands sales operations to Europe

09/18/2014  ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc. announced today it expanded its sales operations to Europe.

EMCORE Corporation announces CEO transition plan

09/18/2014  EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and space solar power industries, today announced a transition plan of its Chief Executive Officer position in connection with the announced sale of its Space Photovoltaics business.

For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

09/18/2014  Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact devices; physical limitations like energy consumption and heat dissipation are too significant.

Making quantum dots glow brighter

09/18/2014  Ultrathin layers of metal oxides can change the way quantum dots behave, in some cases turning them into more efficient light emitters.

Samsung now mass producing industry’s first 20nm 6Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM

09/18/2014  The new mobile memory chip will enable longer battery run-time and faster application loading on large screen mobile devices with higher resolution.

Mentor Graphics appoints Vice President for Embedded Technologies

09/18/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced the appointment of Glenn Perry to the role of vice president of the company's Embedded Systems Division.

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

09/18/2014  Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

SEMI releases second quarter 2014 worldwide PV equipment market statistics report

09/18/2014  Worldwide billings increased to $319 million in Q2 2014, an increase of 33 percent from the prior quarter but 11 percent below the same quarter a year ago.

David Bell joins Triad Semiconductor's Board of Directors

09/17/2014  Triad Semiconductor, Inc. today announced that David B. Bell former President & CEO of Intersil and former President of Linear Technology Corporation was appointed to the company's board of directors.

Veeco Ion Beam Deposition technology reaches significant milestone to support EUV commercialization roadmap

09/17/2014  Veeco Instruments Inc. announced today that its new Odyssey Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) Upgrade for the NEXUS IBD-LDD System has repeatedly produced photomask blanks with zero deposition defects larger than 70nm.

ASML on EUV: Available at 10nm

09/17/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems will be available to pattern critical layers of semiconductors at the 10-nanometer process node, and EUV will completely take over from 193nm immersion lithography equipment at 7nm, according to Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer of ASML Holding.

Element Six selected by European Consortium as a partner to develop ultrafast pulse disk lasers

09/16/2014  Element Six today announced it has been selected by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development to help develop a new ultrafast pulse disk laser.

eBeam Initiative Survey indicates new eBeam expectations for photomask production

09/16/2014  Continued semiconductor scaling drives new mask design requirements; use of complex mask shapes predicted to increase

Design and Manufacturing Technology Development in Future IC Foundries

09/16/2014  Virtual Roundtable provides perspective on the need for greater integration within the “fabless-foundry” ecosystem.

Monolithic 3D breakthrough at IEEE S3S 2014

09/15/2014  In the upcoming 2014 IEEE S3S conference (October 6-9), MonolithIC 3D will unveil a breakthrough flow that is game-changing for 3D IC. For the first time ever monolithic 3D (“M3DI”) could be built using the existing fab and the existing transistor flow.

Process Watch: Sampling matters

09/15/2014  Determining an optimum sampling strategy comes down to weighing the cost of process control against the benefit of capturing the defect or other excursion in a timely manner.

Foundry, EDA partnership eases move to advanced process nodes

09/15/2014  A leading semiconductor foundry and an EDA vendor with design-for-yield (DFY) solutions have enjoyed a long-term partnership. Recently, they worked together to leverage DFY technologies for process technology development and design flow enhancement.




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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.,

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

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 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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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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (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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