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EUV lithography progress emphasized at SPIE Advanced Lithography

03/27/2017  New extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment unveiled by ASML, announcement by Intel of eight EUV programs ready to be rolled out, and introduction by IMEC of the industry’s first comprehensive solution for EUVL-enabled high-volume manufacturing systems were among highlights at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2017 in San Jose earlier this month.

​ATTOPSEMI Technology joins FDXcelerator Program

03/27/2017  ATTOPSEMI Technology, Ltd. today announced that it has joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES' FDXcelerator Partner Program, to provide a scalable, non-volatile one-time programmable (OTP) memory IP to be compatible with GF's 22FDX technology.

Transphorm announces first automotive-qualified GaN FETs

03/27/2017  Transphorm Inc. announced that its second generation, JEDEC-qualified high voltage gallium nitride (GaN) technology is now the industry's first GaN solution to earn automotive qualification -- having passed the Automotive Electronics Council’s AEC-Q101 stress tests for automotive-grade discrete semiconductors.

Imec to honor Samsung's Dr. Kinam Kim with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/27/2017  The selection recognizes Dr. Kim's leadership and strategic vision, as well as his undeniable impact in the semiconductor industries.

Micron to establish its site for DRAM in Taiwan

03/24/2017  Micron has now completed the title acquisition process for the new site.

Ultratech receives follow-on multiple orders from China foundries for laser spike annealing systems

03/24/2017  Ultratech, Inc. this week announced that two China foundries placed follow-on orders for laser spike anneal systems.

Intel elects two new members to Board of Directors

03/23/2017  Intel Corporation today announced that Omar Ishrak and Greg Smith have been elected to Intel’s board of directors.

Mentor Graphics Team Receives the Harvey Rosten Award for Thermal Heatsink Optimization Methodology

03/23/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that Dr. Robin Bornoff, Dr. John Parry and John Wilson, a team from Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division, received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in thermal modeling and analysis of electronics.

Microsemi to close China manufacturing facility

03/23/2017  Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions, today announced the planned closure of its manufacturing facility in China.

Researchers discover new type of memory effect in transition metal oxides

03/23/2017  Dr. Amos Sharoni of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics, and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has now uncovered a new kind of memory effect, unrelated to memory effects previously reported.

Scientists discover new 'boat' form of promising semiconductor GeSe

03/23/2017  Uncommon form attenuates semiconductor's band gap size.

Samsung and eSilicon taped-out 14nm network processor with Rambus 28G SerDes solution

03/22/2017  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.today announced a successful network processor tape-out based on Samsung’s 14LPP (Low-Power Plus) process technology in close collaboration with eSilicon and Rambus.

Linde Invests Over EUR 110M in China to Strengthen Position as Supplier of Choice for Electronics Manufacturers

03/22/2017  Gases and engineering company The Linde Group, through its electronics gases joint venture in China, Linde LienHwa, is expanding its commitment to China and the Asia Pacific region through investments of over EUR 110 million.

Imec scientist awarded ERC Advanced Grant to develop material stacks for video-rate holography

03/22/2017  Imec announces that Jan Genoe, one of its distinguished scientists, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Architecture innovation in the DRAM industry: How it affects firms’ sustainable competence

03/20/2017  The technology leader in the DRAM industry has a greater advantage in terms of market share and profit.

Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics

03/20/2017  For several years, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical properties might make them suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power next-generation electronic devices.

Peregrine Semiconductor acquires Arctic Sand Technologies

03/20/2017  Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., a Murata company and the founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), today announces the acquisition of Arctic Sand Technologies.

SEMI headquarters relocates

03/20/2017  SEMI today announced that it has moved its headquarters office to Milpitas, Calif.

Semiconductor Industry Association announces support of House tax reform blueprint

03/17/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, this week announced its support for the House "Better Way" corporate tax reform proposal as an appropriate starting point for reform.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2017 billings

03/17/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.97 billion in billings worldwide in February 2017 (three-month average basis), according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI.




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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
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June 18, 2017 - June 22, 2017

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