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Cypress CEO to step down

04/28/2016  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its CEO, T.J. Rodgers, will step down this week and that a search—both internal and external—would be launched to replace him.

Hybrid nanoantennas -- next-generation platform for ultradense data recording

04/28/2016  A group of scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg has put forward a new approach to effective manipulation of light at the nanoscale based on hybrid metal-dielectric nanoantennas.

Cypress to acquire Broadcom's Wireless of Internet of Things business

04/28/2016  Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) and Broadcom Limited (Nasdaq: AVGO) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets in an all-cash transaction valued at $550 million.

Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre win "Best Product" award at Printed Electronics Europe

04/27/2016  Cartamundi, imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) are proud to announce to have just won the "Best Product" - Award at Printed Electronics Europe for their ultra-thin plastic RFID technology integrated into Cartamundi's playing cards.

NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems

04/27/2016  Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy.

Leti's CoolCube 3D Transistor Stacking Improves with Qualcomm Help

04/27/2016  Collaborating to build out design to fabrication ecosystem.

NREL theory establishes a path to high-performance 2-D semiconductor devices

04/26/2016  Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncovered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in using two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Apple drove entire foundry sales increase at TSMC in 2015

04/26/2016  Without Apple, TSMC’s 2015 foundry sales would have dropped by 2% as compared to a 6% increase.

Spintronic majority gates: A new paradigm for scaling

04/26/2016  Spintronic majority gates could revolutionize circuit design. They will completely change the paradigm – both at device and circuit level – in how to approach scaling.

ams AG announces $77M intellectual property judgment against Intersil Corporation

04/26/2016  Court upholds ruling on trade secret and patent infringement suit.

Cadence CFO Geoff Ribar to retire in March 2017

04/25/2016  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that, Geoff Ribar, senior vice president and chief financial officer, who joined the company in 2010, has decided to retire from Cadence effective March 31, 2017.

IoT: Powering small devices

04/22/2016  Are the power solutions the IoT needs arriving quickly enough?

Gigaphoton unveils "GIGANEX"

04/22/2016  Gigaphoton Inc., a major semiconductor lithography light source manufacturer, announced its new excimer laser brand “GIGANEX” on April 1, 2016.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.15

04/22/2016  Order activity remains steady and is on par with both the previous quarter and one year ago.

Astronics announces orders for its test systems semiconductor product line

04/21/2016  Astronics Test Systems ("ATS") has been awarded a number of follow-on orders from its largest customer valued at approximately $20 million.

Park Systems' global expansion in AFM market includes appointment of new executives

04/20/2016  Park Systems announced today the appointments of Charlie Park as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, and Jong-Pil Park as Vice President of Production.

EU regulation update: What could impact the industry next?

04/20/2016  In a global industry, monitoring regulatory developments across different regions can be a challenge.

ams breaks ground on NY wafer fab

04/20/2016  ams AG (SIX: AMS) today took a step forward in its long-term strategy of increasing manufacturing capacity for its high-performance sensors and sensor solution integrated circuits (ICs), holding a groundbreaking event at the site of its new wafer fabrication plant in Utica, New York.

Energy harvesting to drive semiconductor sales to $3B by 2020

04/20/2016  The new Semico Research report "Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion Dollar Market for Semiconductors" projects semiconductor sales for this market will reach $3 billion by 2020.

NRL reveals novel uniform coating process of p-ALD

04/20/2016  Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have devised a clever combination of materials to reveal that particle atomic layer deposition deposits a uniform nanometer-thick shell on core particles regardless of core size.




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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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Interconnection Technologies

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/Sponsored by Air Products

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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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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