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SMIC begins mass production of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor in Beijing

06/23/2016  The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents an important step for SMIC's 28nm technology.

MagnaChip selects Mentor Graphics Analog FastSPICE platform

06/23/2016  The AFS Platform provides the world's fastest circuit verification for nanometer analog, RF, mixed-signal, memory, and custom digital circuits.

WPG Americas Inc. awarded Fastest Growing Revenue award from Micron

06/23/2016  WPG Americas, Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia's number one electronics distributor, was recently awarded the Fastest Growing Revenue Recognition Award by Micron Technology, Inc.

POET Technologies announces closing of acquisition of BB Photonics

06/23/2016  POET completes the transaction owning 100% of BB Photonics and its assets, including intellectual property and technologies.

Power transistors to see less volatility in second half of this decade

06/22/2016  Greater demand for energy efficiency in systems, cars, portable electronics, and new connections to the Internet of Things will steadily drive power transistor sales to new record-high levels in the next three years.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift

06/22/2016  Despite slower growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2 percent year over year, reaching $29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

Ultratech receives follow-on order from major Asian foundry for laser spike annealing system

06/21/2016  The LSA101 tool will be used to support the foundry's 28nm and 40nm production efforts, and Ultratech expects to ship the system in the third quarter of 2016.

EV Group scores fourth consecutive triple crown win in annual VLSIresearch customer satisfaction survey

06/21/2016  EV Group (EVG) today announced that, for the fourth successive year, it has earned all three awards resulting from VLSIresearch Inc.'s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Solar cells for greener and safer energies

06/21/2016  ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with Earth-abundant materials capable of operating with a power conversion of 6.3 percent.

Samco boosts shipment capacity with second production center

06/21/2016  Samco, a Japan-based semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, held a completion ceremony for its second production center on June 17.

Dialog Semiconductor announces director appointment

06/17/2016  Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth low energy technology, today announced the appointment of Nick Jeffery to the company's Board of Directors.

Circuit technology that resolves issues with high-frequency piezoelectric resonators

06/17/2016  Realizing compact, low-cost, high-speed radio communication systems for the IoT age.

Let there be light

06/17/2016  Utah engineer discovers light can stamp out defects in semiconductors for better solar panels and LED bulbs.

Leti extends CMOS platforms' lifespan and explores new computing paradigms

06/17/2016  Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, said today its teams have demonstrated how Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator (FDSOI) technology can be scaled downwards and how the experience in thin-film engineering built on FDSOI development can be harnessed for innovative architectures and computing paradigms.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.09

06/17/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.75 billion in orders worldwide in May 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09.

Imec demonstrates gate-all-around MOSFETs with lateral silicon nanowires at scaled dimensions

06/16/2016  Today, at the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits, nano-electronics research center imec presented gate-all-around (GAA) n- and p-MOSFET devices made of vertically stacked horizontal silicon (Si) nanowires (NWs) with a diameter of only 8nm.

FEI launches three new tools for next-generation semiconductor manufacturing

06/16/2016  FEI announced today the release of three new tools for process control and defect/failure analysis in advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

Imec demonstrates junction-less gate-all-around lateral and vertical nanowire FET devices

06/16/2016  The new GAA-NWFET is a promising candidate for advanced logic & analog/RF applications, and scaled SRAM cells.

Leti Innovation Day in Lyon will explore new security challenges and responses for a safe connected world

06/15/2016  Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, is hosting a one-day conference covering "System Reliability & Security in a Connected World" in Lyon, France, on June 23.

Day 2 at The ConFab 2016: Success in semiconductor growth and fab management

06/14/2016  During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Quantum Clean, and Edwards.




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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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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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

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

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