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Mobility now driving the industry

Wed, 9 Sep 2013
It’s apparent that the world’s appetite for electronics has never been greater. That has increasingly taken the form of mobile electronics, including smartphones, tablets and tablets and the new “phablets.” People want to watch movies and live sports on their phones.

Stanford scientists publish theory, formula to improve 'plastic' semiconductors

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
A better understanding of the conductive properties of flexible semiconductors will aid in the development of bendable electronics.

Applied Materials to merge with Tokyo Electron

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
Applied Materials Inc. and Tokyo Electron Limited today announced Applied Materials agreed to merge with Tokyo Electron.

A new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors enabling submicron patterns

Thu, 9 Sep 2013
Fujifilm and imec have developed a new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors that enables the realization of submicron patterns.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2015 “Best of West” Award finalists

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
The award was established to recognize new products moving the industry forward with technological developments in the microelectronics supply chain.

PC outlook lowered again

Fri, 8 Aug 2013
Worldwide PC shipments are now expected to fall by -9.7 percent in 2013, further deepening what is already the longest market contraction on record.

New Intel CEO, president talk product plans and future of computing

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
From data centers to ultra-mobile devices such as tablets, phones and wearables, computing segments are undergoing exciting and even game-changing transitions, said new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during today’s opening session of the Intel Developer Forum.

AMOLED compensation circuit patent analysis

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
OLED, a self-light-emitting diode, has been touted as the next big thing in display technology for its exceptional properties including no need for a backlight, wide viewing angle, quick responding speed and low current consumption.

University of Pennsylvania develops computer model that will help design flexible touchscreens

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.

Flexible OLED market to rise to $100 million in 2014

Wed, 9 Sep 2013
Following Samsung’s introduction of the first flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products this year, demand for these elastic displays is expected to grow by more than a factor of four next year, with sales reaching nearly $100 million in 2014.
 


ASMC 2014 offers opportunity for presenters

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
SEMI announced today that the deadline for presenters to submit an abstract for the 25th annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) is extended to November 28.

AMOLED panel shipments surge in Q2

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Largely driven by demand from upscale Samsung smartphones, particularly the Galaxy S4, global shipments of high-end active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display panels posted impressive sequential growth of 16 percent in the second quarter.

Applied Materials launches new metal oxide display tech

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced new technology systems for manufacturing large size and ultra-high definition (UHD) LCD and OLED displays that meet the demand for greater screen performance, clarity, color and brightness.

Booming market for touch-screen notebook PC displays hits speed bump in second quarter

Thu, 10 Oct 2013
How bad were conditions in the notebook PC market during the second quarter?

Micron appoints Brian Angell as VP of Advanced Controller Development

Thu, 10 Oct 2013
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that the company has named Brian Angell, vice president, Advanced Controller Development.

Larger screen sizes and higher resolution are driving TV panel demand in a struggling market

Tue, 10 Oct 2013
The TV market has experienced a significant slowdown in growth over the past couple of years and, with OLEDs delayed, there have been no significant new premium features to drive consumer interest and spur replacement demand.

Will 2014 be the Next Golden Year?

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Some unexpected underdogs spur spending spree.

Non-ITO film to make up 34% of transparent conductive film market in 2017

Fri, 11 Nov 2013
This year is a significant year for the touch panel market as adoption of non-ITO films made of silver nanowire, copper mesh, silver mesh, silver halide, and silver nano particle has been examined and implemented in full scale

Flexible display market to reach $67.7 billion by 2023

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
The display industry has developed towards in realizing large-screen and high quality image so far. But in the future, the development directions would go toward the reasonably priced flexible displays.

Plastic Electronics Conference to rotate between Dresden and Grenoble beginning in 2014

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
SEMI, the global trade organization representing the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, today announced that next year’s Plastic Electronics Conference (PE2014) will be held in Grenoble, France and alternate with Dresden, Germany in future years to better address pan-European opportunities and challenges in Plastic Electronics.

Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance

Tue, 11 Nov 2013
University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron.

Lab school brings manufacturing technologies to middle-school classrooms

Tue, 12 Dec 2013
A partnership among the University of Virginia's (UVa) Schools of Education and Engineering and the Charlottesville Public Schools has led to the launch of Buford Engineering Design Academy, a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing.

Cellphones pass PCs as biggest systems market and IC user

Tue, 12 Dec 2013
Tablets and wireless networks are expected to show highest growth rates through 2017.

Growing interest in the physics of nanostructures to drive demand for thin films

Fri, 12 Dec 2013
GIA invites senior industry executives, domain experts, technologists and market strategists to participate in a comprehensive global research initiative studying the “Thin Films” markets.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research Technology orders EV Group automated production bonding system

Tue, 12 Dec 2013
SMART, which is a leading research center established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore, will utilize the EVG850LT system to support its advanced substrate development efforts.

SEMICON West “Call for Papers” for New Semiconductor Technology Symposium, Science Park and TechXPOTs

Tue, 12 Dec 2013
SEMI today announced a “Call for Papers” for the new Semiconductor Technology Symposium, the popular TechXPOT programs, and a new Science Park program featuring university research and advanced R&D subjects at SEMICON West, North America’s premier microelectronics event, to be held July 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

#3: TSMC’s Integrated 16nm FinFET Technology Platform

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#4: Monolithic 3D Chip

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#8: 300mm wafer-scale Ge FinFET

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#9: Record Silicon Nanowire MOSFETs

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#10: Visualizing CBRAM Filaments

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Slideshow: IEDM 2013 Highlights

Wed, 12 Dec 2013
This week, industry leaders and experts have gathered in Washington D.C. at the 59th annual IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) conference.

#1: Triangular MOSFETs with InGaAs Channels

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#5: Nanofluidic Channels for Lab-on-Chip

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#6: Novel Nanopore Sensor for DNA Sequencing

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#7: Hybrid Nanowire/CMOS Biosensor

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

#11: Fastest Ge p-MOSFET

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

Shipments of touch-screen panels for notebook PCs accelerate in Q4

Thu, 12 Dec 2013
After a decline in the second quarter of 2013 and a tepid expansion in the third, demand for touch-screen panels used in notebook PCs is set to rebound to double-digit growth during the last three months of the year.

Market for AMOLED materials set to surge in 2014

Mon, 12 Dec 2013
With a flood of new competitors set to initiate or increase the production of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels next year, demand for materials used to make AMOLEDs is forecast to rise by nearly 27 percent in 2014.

Samsung releases 8Gb mobile DRAM

Fri, 1 Jan 2014
Samsung announced today that it has developed the industry’s first eight gigabit, low power double data rate 4, mobile DRAM.

Cypress adds one hundredth capacitative touchscreen patent

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced the US Patent Office has issued Cypress its one hundredth patent related to its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers.

Slideshow: CES 2014 Highlights

Fri, 1 Jan 2014
This week in Las Vegas, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show focused on the Internet of Things, displaying many connected gadgets and services.

3) Invensas shows new xFD-based customer products with Etron Technology

Sun, 1 Jan 2010

5) Haier unveils full LED TV line

Sun, 1 Jan 2010

1) Samsung displays Smart Home service

Sun, 1 Jan 2010

4) Broadcom displays connected-home technology

Sun, 1 Jan 2010

CES signals reboot for AMOLED TV market

Tue, 1 Jan 2014
Despite a few false starts, television brands remain committed to the success of active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) sets, with the new impetus evident at CES expected to cause shipments to rise to more than 10 million units in 2018.

CPI presents ultra-flexible OTFT device array suitable for foldable AMOLED displays of the future

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
The work undertaken demonstrates progress towards optimum Organic Semiconductor (OSC)/OTFT processing and performance to enable their integration into ultra-flexible active matrix organic light emitting diode AMOLED backplanes.

Outlook for semiconductors and the value chain in 2014

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
We approach 2014 with a combination of positive policy, financial, and economic forces that will push world growth up to a +3% range.

Coming year promises increased capital spending and continued need for effective industry collaboration

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
For most of the past 15 years, the industry has displayed a fairly predictable pattern of fab equipment spending, characterized generally by two years of decline followed by two years of positive growth.

The shift to materials-enabled 3D

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
Innovations in mobile computing and communications will continue to be a driving factor for the semiconductor equipment industry.

Innovation and collaboration key in 2014

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
As far as the outlook goes for 2014-2015, investments coming from the semiconductor and microelectronics industries are going to be pretty robust.

Can we keep on benefiting from Moore’s Law?

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
For almost five decades, performance improvements and cost reduction of ICs have been cornerstones of the growth of the semiconductor industry.

Keys to success: Testing in the New Mobile World

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
The semiconductor industry is moving from a PC-centric, digital era to a communication and mobile world.

Cyclical upturn continues in 2014: Positive yet cautious expectations persist

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
In 2013, the IC industry emerged from a difficult 5-year period of minimal growth and started on its next cyclical upturn, a welcome piece of news.

Key market and technology trends in the sub-20nm era

Thu, 1 Jan 2013
Keeping up with Moore’s Law has always required significant investment and ingenuity, and this era brings additional challenges in device structures, materials and methodologies.

Executives debate innovation drivers and cost reduction in microelectronics supply chain

Thu, 2 Feb 2014
The closing Executive Panel discussion at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium on January 15 provoked diverse views on the drivers and future of innovation in the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain.

Dow Corning releases new terminal sealant for manufacturing TFT LCD displays

Tue, 2 Feb 2014
Dow Corning today introduced new Dow Corning EA-2000 Silicone Adhesive, a high-performance terminal sealant for faster, more cost-effective manufacturing of thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD displays.

New research could help make "roll-up" digital screens a reality for all

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
Researchers from the University of Surrey worked together with scientists from Philips to further develop the 'Source-Gated-Transistor' (SGT) - a simple circuit component invented jointly by the teams.

Fab equipment spending to increase 20-30% in 2014

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
The release today of the SEMI World Fab Forecast update reveals a 20 to 30 percent projected increase in semiconductor fab equipment spending in 2014.

Touch International unveils new highly advanced projected capacitive touch technology

Tue, 3 Mar 2014
Specialty touch screen and display enhancement manufacturer, Touch International confirmed today the release of a new touch sensing technology that overcomes the limitations of current projected capacitive (p-cap) offerings.

Advancing the Russian microelectronics industry — SEMICON Russia 2014

Wed, 3 Mar 2014
On May 13-15, the key industry players, science institutes and innovation business representatives will gather in Moscow at SEMICON Russia — the premier Russian semiconductor exhibition and conference.

Silicon Innovation Forum to expand in 2014

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
Coordinated by SEMI, the Silicon Innovation Forum is organized by leading strategic investment groups in the global semiconductor industry including: Applied Ventures, Dow Ventures, Intel Capital, Micron Ventures, TEL Venture Capital, BASF Ventures, and Samsung Ventures.

Mega Fluid Systems and Entrepix join forces to offer complete CMP system

Mon, 3 Mar 2014
Mega Fluid Systems Inc., a supplier of chemical and slurry delivery equipment, and Entrepix Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced a partnership agreement.

Enabling mobility for IoT with advanced semiconductor technology - at SEMICON Singapore 2014

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
SEMICON Singapore will focus on the advanced technology developments to enable mobility for the Internet of Things (IoT).

2013: A year in review

Fri, 4 Apr 2014
2013 was a record year in terms of semiconductor device revenues; the industry finally exceeded the long elusive $300 billion mark, registering almost 5 percent growth according to the SIA.

The sustainable manufacturing imperative

Thu, 4 Apr 2014
While sometimes seen as a social, legal and regulatory obligation, sustainability is increasingly considered a differentiating factor in global competitiveness relative to the technologies and products being provided.

SEMI announces Innovation Village at SEMICON Europa 2014

Wed, 4 Apr 2014
After the successful premier of a program to connect early-stage companies with strategic investors and venture capitalists (VCs) in the U.S., SEMI is expanding the program to Europe as part of SEMICON Europa 2014 in Grenoble, France (October 7-9).

SEMI announces 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit

Fri, 4 Apr 2014
Following the successful inaugural event in 2013, the 2nd annual SEMI Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held September 16-17, 2014 at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

SEMICON Southeast Asia to be launched in 2015

Fri, 4 Apr 2014
Recognizing the changing dynamics of the microelectronics industry in Southeast Asia, SEMI today announced the expanded scope of its industry-leading SEMICON regional exposition which will now rotate between Singapore and other locations within Southeast Asia.

After a strong December, LCD panel moderates in Q1

Wed, 4 Apr 2014
The market for large-sized liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels is set for a moderate seasonal decline in the first quarter after a busy end-of-year in 2013 that saw record shipments for TV and tablet panels.

First quarter semiconductor trends and update

Thu, 5 May 2014
Given the slow economic growth in the U.S. during the first quarter, coupled with challenging geo-political developments around the world,uncertainty once again permeates the industry outlook for the year.

Applied Materials introduces the biggest materials change to interconnect technology in 15 years

Tue, 5 May 2014
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Volta CVD Cobalt system, the only tool capable of encapsulating copper interconnects in logic chips beyond the 28nm node by depositing precise, thin cobalt films.

New policy helps combat counterfeit semiconductors

Wed, 5 May 2014
A newly finalized Department of Defense (DoD) rule reduces the risk of counterfeit semiconductor products being used by our military by implementing needed safeguards in the procurement of semiconductors and other electronic parts.

Improving financial predictability – is it chasing a mirage?

Thu, 5 May 2014
There is continued evidence that despite spending several millions on IT transformations, improving internal planning processes, maturing supply chains, and streamlining product development processes- several companies still struggle with predicting their financial and operational performance.

Flat panel displays get flexible

Tue, 3 Mar 2014
Flexible displays is a technological field that has been in R&D and pre-commercial development for several years, but what needs to happen to make volume production a reality, in areas including substrates, materials and production processes?

Domestic outsourcing: A key component in successful reshoring

Fri, 5 May 2014
After nearly a quarter of a century, the off-shoring manufacturing trend that decimated the U.S. manufacturing sector and played a significant role in the slow pace of the current economic recovery seems to be ending.

MediaTek, SK Hynix, AMD, and Micron sales surge in first quarter

Mon, 5 May 2014
Top 20 ranking shows that semiconductor industry company consolidation continues to accelerate.

Increase in first quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

Tue, 5 May 2014
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2014 when compared to fourth quarter 2013 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Google Glass is far more than the sum of its parts, IHS Teardown reveals

Wed, 5 May 2014
Teardown analysis is a useful tool for understanding the component and manufacturing cost of electronics devices—but it doesn’t always tell the whole story of the value of a product.

Ultra-high-definition TV panels hit 1 million shipments for the first time

Wed, 5 May 2014
The market for ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV panels reached a significant new benchmark in March when global shipments exceeded 1 million units for the first time, driven by vastly increased deliveries from the industry’s three largest makers of the high-end panel.

Applied Materials enables cost-effective vertical integration of 3D chips

Wed, 5 May 2014
Applied Materials, Inc. today introduced the Endura Ventura PVD system that helps customers reduce the cost of fabricating smaller, lower power, high-performance integrated 3D chips.

Global semiconductor leaders develop plan to promote worldwide industry growth

Wed, 5 May 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that global semiconductor industry leaders reached an agreement at the 18th annual meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) last week on a series of policy proposals to strengthen the industry through international cooperation.

Osamu Nakamura named President of SEMI Japan

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
Nakamura will succeed Yoichi Nakagawa, who is retiring from SEMI.

Cima NanoTech showcases ultra responsive, large format 42” touch screen at Display Week 2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Cima NanoTech, a smart nanomaterials company specializing in high performance transparent conductors, showcased an ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based 42” large format touch screen at SID Display Week.

Strengthening recovery: Fab equipment spending - 24% increase in 2014, possible record in 2015

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
After two years of decline, fab equipment spending is expected to increase 24 percent in 2014 and about 11 percent (US$39.5 billion).

Samsung Display recognized for flexible display technology at Display Week 2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Samsung Display announced today that it won the Gold Display of the Year Award with the world's first 5.68-inch curved super AMOLED display panel at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week 2014 being held in the San Diego Convention Center June 3-5.

SID announces winners of 2014 Display Industry Awards

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Yesterday, the Society for Information Display (SID) unveiled the winners of its prestigious 19th annual Display Industry Awards.

Amdolla Group and Cima NanoTech announce industry's first non-ITO film-based 42" multi-touch module

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Cima NanoTech, a smart nanomaterials company specializing in high performance transparent conductive films, announced today the industry’s first ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based, 42-inch projected capacitive multi- touch module for large format touch applications.

3D Eye Tracking System enables realistic autostereoscopic display

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Tianma NLT America (TNAM) has announced the successful development of a new autostereoscopic display system by NLT Technologies (NLT) that optimizes parallax from an arbitrary viewpoint to reduce the influence of 3D-crosstalk and display motion parallax.

SABIC collaborates with Cima NanoTech on breakthrough display technology

Thu, 6 Jun 2014
As smart materials become one of the fastest growing areas of materials technology, SABIC and Cima NanoTech, a Singapore and US-based company, have announced the joint development of a plastics industry first: a transparent conductive polycarbonate film that has the potential to revolutionize the materials used in consumer electronics, household goods, automotive, architecture and healthcare.

Global flat-panel TV shipments enjoy sound growth in Q1

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions rose convincingly in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, a stronger-than-expected showing that puts the industry on firm footing for the year.

Industry sustainability efforts mount with III-Vs and other advanced technologies

Thu, 6 Jun 2014
The introduction of new materials, such as III-Vs, into high-volume manufacturing of semiconductors, likely will occur sometime around the 7nm and/or 5nm nodes.

200mm equipment market gaining new lease on life

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
In 2004/2005, shipments of 300mm wafer fab equipment (WFE) began to outpace that of 200mm platforms.

Subatmospheric gas storage and delivery: Past, present and future

Thu, 6 Jun 2014
Storing gas on a sorbent provides an innovative, yet simple and lasting solution.

Flexible glass firms branch into new applications

Sun, 6 Jun 2014
Ultrathin glass is well suited for use as interposers in semiconductor packaging applications.

GlobalFoundries presents first global Supplier Awards

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
JSR Corporation, Lam Research, Tokyo Electron Ltd. and SUMCO Corporation honored for outstanding collaboration, service and cost leadership.

Internet of Things: big numbers, many opportunities

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Whatever forecast one uses for the future of the Internet of Things in terms of connected objects or business opportunities, the IoT will be big.

At The ConFab 2014: Do we still need Moore’s Law?

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Many questions were in the air on the first day of the 10th annual ConFab 2014, and certainly chief among them was raised during Dr. Roawen Chen of Qualcomm’s keynote “What’s On Our Mind” on Monday morning when he asked, “Should we pursue Moore's Law unconditionally?"

A silicon replacement? USC Viterbi School of Engineering overcomes major issue in carbon nanotube tech

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering describe how they have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors.

ConFab panelists discuss optimizing R&D in the changing semi landscape

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
Overheard @The ConFab: “I feel the best I’ve felt about semi since 2009.” –Mike Noonen, Silicon Catalyst

Gopal Rao at The ConFab: Scaling isn’t enough anymore

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
The core element of the semiconductor industry’s roadmap has been scaling – but Gopal Rao believes that isn’t enough anymore.

A cool approach to flexible electronics

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.

IoT will transform transportation

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Cars that can get along without drivers are coming, down the road, but they are a small part of the changes that the global transportation industries will undertake as microelectronics and the Internet of Things prompt major changes in infrastructure and logistics, as well as all type of vehicles.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics: A growing opportunity

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
In wearable gadgets, flexible electronics may have met its dream application. And that’s no stretch of the imagination.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2014 “Best of West” Award finalists

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Each year at SEMICON West, the largest and most influential microelectronics exposition in North America, the “Best of West” awards are presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI. The award was established to recognize contributors moving the industry forward with their technological developments in the microelectronics supply chain.

Applied Materials unveils CVD and CMP systems

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
On Monday, Applied Materials announced two new systems, a Reflexion LK Prime CMP system and a Producer XP Precision CVD system, both aimed at complex devices with 3D architectures.

SEMI forecasts double-digit business growth in 2014, 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The worldwide semiconductor capital equipment market is forecast to increase 20.8 percent this year to $38.44 billion, compared with 2013’s $31.82 billion, and another 10.8 percent in 2015 to $42.6 billion, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.

Renasas Electronics announces development of new capacitive-touch sensing technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Renesas Electronics America Inc., a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced development of innovative new intellectual property (IP) that implements capacitive-touch sensing technology ideal for home appliances and healthcare equipment.

Capacitive touch controller IC market to grow at double-digit CAGR until 2017

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The capacitive touch controller IC market is predicted to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

SEMI announces new South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?

Fri, 7 Jul 2014
New approaches to start-ups can unlock mega-trend opportunities.

Harnessing big data

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Addressing the analytics challenges in supply chain management.

Global semiconductor industry on pace for record sales through first half of 2014

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Sales up across every region and nearly all product categories compared to last year; Americas region shows strongest growth.

Taking great ideas from the lab to the fab

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
NSF and Intel support the development of domain-specific hardware to address health care needs.

Defying expectations, global LCD TV market rises in first half

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market.

Quantum Materials achieves 95% quantum yield by automated quantum dot production

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Quantum Materials Corp today announced achieving a calculated 95% Quantum Yield (QY) for Green Tetrapod Quantum Dots (TQD) manufactured by QMC's proprietary automated mass-production system.

FlexTech Alliance announces 2015FLEX conference theme, Call for Papers and advisory committee

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
FlexTech Alliance announced the conference theme, Call for Papers, and the industry chairs for the 14th Annual Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition -- 2015FLEX -- set for February 23 – 26, 2015 at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

Intersil announces single-chip display power and LED driver for smartphones

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Intersil Corporation, a provider of power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones.

Himax Technologies and Lumus announce collaboration to develop next-generation smart glasses

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
Himax Technologies, Inc., a supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Lumus, a producer of Augmented Reality glasses, announced today another joint initiative to continue developing the next-generation of smart glasses that will set new technological standards in image quality and performance.

ESI appoints new board member

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced that Richard H. Wills, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tektronix, Inc., was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors.

In rapidly changing display industry, metal oxide TFT backplanes are promising

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
MarketResearchReports.Biz released a new market research report this week entitled "Metal Oxide TFT Backplanes For Displays 2014-2024: Technologies, Forecasts, Players."

Plastic electronics: Opportunity on the edge of commercialization

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
The Plastics Electronics Conference and Exposition will co-locate with SEMICON Europa. Plastic Electronics 2014 (PE 2014) is themed “Enabling Applications beyond Limits in Electronics” and will be held at Alpexpo in Grenoble on 7-9 October.

Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit —keynotes and highlights announced

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
SEMI today announced the keynotes for the 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit(September 16-17), an executive conference focused on Vietnam’'s growing role in the global semiconductor industry.

Copper shines as flexible conductor

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper.

NVIDIA files complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
NVIDIA today announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

10nm success depends on concurrent design and development

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
The Prophets of Doom greet every new process node with a chorus of dire warnings about the end of scaling, catastrophic thermal effects, parasitics run amok and . . . you know the rest.

Second quarter 2014 semi equipment billings 28% higher than 2013 second quarter

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 9.62 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

A fundamental truth of process control

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
You can’t fix what you can’t find. You can’t control what you can’t measure.

Equipment spending shows strong growth for 2014 and 2015

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Front End fab equipment spending is projected to increase up to another 20 percent in 2015 to US$ 42 billion.

Outlook: Healthy equipment spending into 2015

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
The general consensus for the semiconductor industry is for this year’s positive trend to continue into 2015 as both revenue growth and unit shipment growth are expected to be in the mid- to high- single digit range.

Sapphire display covers featured in Apple smart watches but not in iPhone 6

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
The long wait is finally over. From a sapphire industry standpoint, Apple killed the suspense within the first 10 minutes by announcing that its new 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will both feature a traditional ion-exchange strengthened glass display cover.

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

Thu, 9 Sep 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.

Toward optical chips

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies.

NVIDIA unveils Maxwell GPU architecture

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
In a major leap forward for gaming, NVIDIA today introduced the first high-end products based on its Maxwell chip architecture -- the new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 GPUs -- delivering unmatched performance, major new graphics capabilities and twice the energy efficiency of the previous generation.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

Flexible LEDs

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Flexible light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics will account for 18% of wearable athletics sensors in 2024

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Printed, flexible and organic electronic (PFOE) sensors can offer flexible form factors, larger area, lower cost, lower power, and better disposability compared to conventional sensors, key attributes for wearable applications.

United States photomask market to reach around $475M by 2019

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
According to the recently published TechSci Research report, "United States Photomask Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019", the photomask market in the United States is forecast to reach $474.58 billion by 2019.

SEMICON Japan features "World of IoT"

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Today, SEMI opens registration for the SEMICON Japan 2014 exposition and programs.

Quantum Materials scaling up photoactive quantum dot production for solar power generation

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Quantum Materials Corp today announced that it is scaling volume production of photoactive quantum dots for use in next-generation photovoltaic solar power technologies.

Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions within fuel cells.

Global semiconductor sales continue to climb in August

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.4 billion for the month of August 2014.

SEMI announces rising annual silicon wafer shipment forecast

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2014-–2016.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; Flexible displays are critical

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Wearable electronics are going from geek to chic, as new smartwatches from the likes of Apple and Samsung have set a new standard for technological bling.

AMD appoints Dr. Lisa Su as President and CEO

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
This week, AMD announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Lisa Su as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective immediately.

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
What if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home and which would be able to depict self-created symbols or even react to touch? Those only some of the options computer scientists in Saarbrücken can offer.

Intermolecular appoints Dr. Bruce McWilliams as President and CEO

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Intermolecular, Inc. announced this week that Dr. Bruce McWilliams has been appointed president and chief executive officer.

Growing momentum in semiconductor manufacturing in Vietnam

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
The 2nd annual SEMI Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit, co-organized with the Saigon Hi-Tech Park and with FabMax as the premier sponsor, was held September 16-17, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill declines in September

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
While order activity moderated, equipment spending this year is expected to be robust and remain on pace for double-digit year-over-year growth.

New 3D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
LCD technology developed in Hong Kong maintains the 3D images it displays without drawing power.

SEMI extends ASMC Call for Papers deadline to November 11

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
SEMI announced today that the deadline for presenters to submit an abstract for the 26th annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) is extended to November 10.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
Global sales for the month of September 2014 reached $29 billion, 8 percent higher than the September 2013 total of $26.9 billion and 1.9 percent more than last month's total of $28.5 billion.

Better bomb-sniffing technology

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs.

Trans-Lux introduces TL Vision court side LED displays

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Trans-Lux Corporation has released a new series of modular court side LED displays under its premier TL Vision brand.

Crocus MLU sensors aim to put more 'flex' into flexible displays

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Crocus Technology, a provider of magnetically enhanced semiconductor technologies and products, today announces a new Magnetic Logic Unit (MLU) based solution that can detect the position and shape of flexible two dimensional surfaces.

Clearing a path for electrons in polymers: Closing in on the speed limits

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a class of low-cost, easily-processed semiconducting polymers which, despite their seemingly disorganised internal structure, can transport electrons as efficiently as expensive crystalline inorganic semiconductors.

ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers.

Double-digit growth: Record sales to shake up Top 20 semi supplier ranking

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
TSMC, MediaTek, and SK Hynix’s sales are each expected to jump by >20% this year.

Slight increase in third quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2014 when compared to second quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Freescale wearable technology selected as 2015 CES Innovation Awards honoree

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Freescale Semiconductor has been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its Wearable Reference Platform (WaRP).

Bending -- but not breaking -- in search of new materials

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers at Drexel University and Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich elected chairman of Semiconductor Industry Association

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that the SIA board of directors has elected Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, as its 2015 chairman and Dr. Necip Sayiner, president, CEO and director of Intersil, as its 2015 vice chairman.

Display industry recognizes Plastic Logic's flexible AMOLED technology with Innovation Excellence Award

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Plastic Logic, experts in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, won the OLED Innovation Excellence award for its truly flexible AMOLED display technology.

New way to move atomically thin semiconductors for use in flexible devices

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to transfer thin semiconductor films, which are only one atom thick, onto arbitrary substrates, paving the way for flexible computing or photonic devices.

Notebook PC shipments rise year over year as tablet PCs decline

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Notebook PC growth was primarily driven by the developed regions of North America and Western Europe, which increased year-over-year shipments by more than 20 percent in the third quarter.

Canatu launches CNB in-mold film for transparent touch on 3D Surfaces

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Canatu today launched CNB In-Mold Film, a stretchable, formable, conductive film optimized for 3D formed capacitive touch displays and touch surfaces in automobile center consoles and dashboards, home appliance control panels, remote controls, smartwatches and portable electronic devices.

Holst Centre, imec and CARTAMUNDI join forces to create the near field communication chip of the future

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Holst Centre, set up by the Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec and the Dutch research institute TNO, and Cartamundi NV have announced a collaboration to develop ultra-thin flexible near field communication (NFC) tags.

SmartKem announces new TFT fabrication facility to meet market demand for flexible semiconductors

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
SmartKem, a supplier of high performance semiconductor materials for the manufacture of truly flexible displays and electronics, has announced the opening of a new thin-film-transistor (TFT) fabrication and testing facility at the company’s Manchester site – doubling the size of the company.

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.

Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments and revenues return to growth in 2014

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
TFT LCD panel suppliers are rejuvenating their large-area panel business plans this year as the market demand for key applications grows.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

Fri, 11 Nov 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks.

Slideshow: IEDM 2014 Preview

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Browse for an advance look at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers to be presented at the 60th annual meeting, to be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel from December 15-17, 2014.

8) Polysilicon Transistors on Arbitrary Substrates, Such As Paper

Tue, 11 Nov 2013

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $38B in 2014 to nearly $44B in 2015

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 19.3 percent to $38.0 billion in 2014, according to the SEMI Year-end Forecast, released today at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

Global TV shipments rebound, LCD growth significantly improves

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Third quarter (Q3) TV shipments improved 4 percent, compared to a year ago, and LCD TV shipments alone rose nearly 9 percent.

Cypress and Spansion to merge in $4B all-stock transaction

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. this week announced a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion.

Global semiconductor sales increase in October; Substantial growth projected for 2014

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of October 2014, an increase of 9.6 percent from the October 2013 total.

Holst Centre and imec develop thin-film hybrid oxide-organic microprocessor

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Holst Centre, imec and their partner Evonik have realized a general-purpose 8-bit microprocessor, manufactured using complementary thin-film transistors (TFTs) processed at temperatures compatible with plastic foil substrates (250°C).

Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

The desktop display market shows signs of life

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Global desktop monitor sell-in revenue rose 7 percent in the third quarter (Q3) of 2014, as average selling prices (ASPs) rose just over 10 percent.

Book-to-bill climbs above parity in November

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.22 billion in orders worldwide in November 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the November EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

From transistors to bumps: Preparing SEM cross-sections by combining site-specific cleaving and broad ion milling

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Cross section sample preparation is demonstrated using a workflow that combines High Accuracy Cleaving I(HAC) and Broad Ion Beam (BIB) milling.

The most expensive defect

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Defects that aren’t detected inline cost fabs the most.

IoT's divergent needs will drive different types of technologies

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Given the current buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to lose sight of the challenges – both economic and technical.

Hands on: Crafting ultrathin color coatings

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
In Harvard's high-tech cleanroom, applied physicists produce vivid optical effects on paper.

Global semiconductor market set for strongest growth in four years in 2014

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Worldwide semiconductor market revenue is on track to achieve a 9.4 percent expansion this year, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010.

UCT announces new CEO

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. today announced that Mr. James Scholhamer has accepted an offer to become UCT's Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, January 19, 2015.

SEMICON West 2015: “Call for Papers” for Semiconductor Technology Symposium and TechXPOTs

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
SEMI today announced a “Call for Papers” for SEMICON West, North America’s premier microelectronics event, to be held July 14-16 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

Explosive growth forecast for quantum dot LCD TV technology

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
LCD TV makers are responding to the challenge of OLED, with quantum dot (QD) technology, curved screens and other innovations.

Global diagnostic display shipments are on the rise

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
Global shipments of diagnostic displays are forecast to grow at a 5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2014 and 2018.

Quantum Materials increasing quantum dot production capacity to meet 4K LCD TV and display demand

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp today announced it is increasing production capacity to 2000 kilograms (2 metric tons) of quantum dots and nanoparticles per annum in Q2 2015.

New secondary fab equipment market report available from SEMI

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
With new cost-sensitive semiconductor devices driving capacity demand, 200mm wafer size and currently existing (legacy) fabs are seeing a renaissance, SEMI completed a thorough study of the secondary fab equipment market to identify the market size and to capture key trends and issues impacting this industry segment.

IHS identifies technologies to transform the world over next five years

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3-D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology.

Further growth seen for semiconductor equipment and materials at SEMI ISS 2015

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Riding the Wave of Silicon Magic.”

Carbon nanotube finding could lead to flexible electronics with longer battery life

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have made a significant leap toward creating higher-performance electronics with improved battery life -- and the ability to flex and stretch.

2015 outlook: Tech trends and drivers

Tue, 1 Jan 2015
Leading industry experts provide their perspectives on what to expect in 2015. 3D devices and 3D integration, rising process complexity and “big data” are among the hot topics.

Will new policy in China trigger big changes?

Wed, 1 Jan 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.

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

Fri, 1 Jan 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.

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

Fri, 1 Jan 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.

New MES operations improvement software from critical manufacturing features integrated scheduling

Wed, 1 Jan 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.

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

Thu, 1 Jan 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.

Flat panel display area demand growing rapidly

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
Increasing sizes of display panels for TVs, smartphones, mobile PCs and automotive displays are driving increases in total flat-panel-display area demand growth.

Global semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2014

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that the global semiconductor industry posted record sales totaling $335.8 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.9 percent from the 2013 total of $305.6 billion.

Sapphire industry: What we could expect after Apple’s withdrawal last September

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
The announcement by GTAT and Apple in late 2013 of a more than $1 billion combined investment to set up the largest sapphire crystal growth facility in the world had raised hopes that adoption of sapphire in smartphones would rapidly reach a massive scale, with Apple setting up the pace and forcing its competitor to follow suit.

Quantum Materials begins shipping cadmium-free red and green quantum dots

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
Rapidly growing North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp today announced it has begun shipping Cadmium-free red and green quantum dots in evaluation and production quantities to select consumer electronics manufacturers.

First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year

Mon, 5 May 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $83.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

Improving the reliability of dry vacuum pumps in high-k ALD processes

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Design features that contributed most to the improved performance include increased rotational speed, integrated rotor sleeves, and increased purge injection temperature.

Applied's merger with TEL: Still a work in progress

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
Applied Materials on Wednesday reported that its proposed merger with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) is still under way, without giving a deadline or expected date of conclusion.

Silicon wafer shipments reach record levels in 2014

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 11 percent in 2014 when compared to 2013 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Security should not be hard to implement

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Data is ubiquitous today. It is generated, exchanged and consumed at unprecedented rates.

China's semiconductor investment plans focus of SEMICON China 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
China's new industry investment and government promotion policies outlined in the recent "National Guidelines for Development and Promotion of the IC Industry" represents major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies.

Call for Papers open for SEMICON Europa 2015 and Plastic Electronics 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
SEMI today announced the "Call for Papers" for technical sessions and presentations for SEMICON Europa 2015 which takes place October 6-8 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 1

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Pulsed measurements are defined in Part 1, and common pulsed measurement challenges are discussed in Part 2.

Smartphone display manufacturers facing pressure to further reduce prices in 2015

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Even as smartphone panel resolution continues to rise, and as display sizes continue to grow, panel manufacturers are facing pressure to reduce prices.

January 2015 book-to-bill supports positive outlook for semiconductor equipment industry

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

SmartKem collaborates with Centre for Process Innovation to support customer pre-production

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
SmartKem has announced an extensive collaboration programme with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) for the development of pre-production prototypes featuring the SmartKem unique range of semiconductor inks for the manufacture of ultra flexible thin-film transistors (TFT).

Technologists focus on semiconductor factory productivity and process solutions at ASMC 2015

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
The annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2015) will be held May 3-6 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends.

Cypress debuts reliable, secure fingerprint sensing solution for mobile devices

Mon, 3 Mar 2015
The flexible solution enables designers to create custom home buttons with specialized shapes and sizes or to integrate the sensor into any mobile device’s industrial design or home button.

Breakthrough in OLED technology

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are made from carbon-containing materials, have the potential to revolutionize future display technologies, making low-power displays so thin they'll wrap or fold around other structures, for instance.

Samsung, LGE and Sony to account for nearly half of all TV display panels shipping in 2015

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Leading global TV brands, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony, gained market share and increased their year-over-year shares of LCD TV shipments by an average of 11 percent in 2014, which is higher than the market average.

Stronger competition forecast for mobile phone display manufacturers this year

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Global mobile phone display module shipments in 2015 are expected to rise just 4 percent year-over-year to reach two billion units, leading to even stronger competition among mobile phone display manufacturers.

Increasing demand for larger TVs leads to growing large-area TFT LCD shipment revenue

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Large-area TFT LCD display panel suppliers enjoyed moderate growth in shipments, revenue and display area in 2014 as the market demand for key applications grew.

Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slowing but positive 2016

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
SEMI today announced an update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report which updates outlooks for 2015 and 2016.

Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force.

Cypress and Spansion complete $5 Billion merger

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. announced that they have closed the merger of the two companies in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $5 billion.

Roll up your screen and stow it away?

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Tel Aviv University researchers develop molecular backbone of super-slim, bendable digital displays.

Southeast Asia to spend $19B for semiconductor equipment and materials by 2016

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Programme information is now available on the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, which will run from 22–24 April at SPICE in Penang.

C3Nano Inc. and Kimoto Ltd. Japan partner in a strategic alliance

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
C3Nano, Inc., a developer and supplier of solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Kimoto, Ltd. Japan.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February compared to last year

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent from February 2014 when sales were $26.0 billion.

Web tension control in roll-to-roll web processing

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Achieving precise registration accuracy is a factor of two related variables: web tension and transport velocity.

Flexible facilities for 450mm wafer fabs

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
When the commercial semiconductor manufacturing industry decides to move to the next wafer size of 450mm, it will be time to re-consider equipment and facilities strategies.

2014: A year in review - Semiconductor equipment and materials market and outlook

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
2014 was the second record breaking year in a row in terms of semiconductor device revenues; the industry grew a robust 10 percent to total $336 billion, according to the WSTS.

Automotive touch panel revenues to hit $1.5B by 2018

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
The explosion of touch-enabled screens used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices, along with improvements in touch technology, are increasing demand for touch-screen automotive displays.

Fifty years of Moore's Law made possible by semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the business world’'s most profound drivers, now commonly referred to as Moore's Law.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Technology Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service.

Semiconductor CEOs urge congress to enact Trade Promotion Authority

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
The SIA board of directors, led by Intel CEO and SIA chairman Brian Krzanich, sent a letter today to congressional leaders expressing support for the legislation and urging its swift passage.

Applied Materials announces new photomask etch system

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Applied Materials today announced the Applied Centura Tetra Z Photomask Etch system for etching next-generation optical lithographic photomasks needed by the industry to continue multiple patterning scaling to the 10nm node and beyond.

Global semiconductor market achieves strong, broad-based growth in 2014

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Highest annual growth rate since 2010; strong growth expected again in 2015.

Global 4K display market to reach $52B in 2020

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Once a feature mainly found in next-gen TVs, 4K resolution displays now being adopted in smartphones, PC monitors, OLED displays and notebook PCs.

Brewer Science closer to zero-landfill status with "Big Blue" compactor that turns waste into electricity

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Brewer Science today announced its latest initiative to achieve and maintain zero-landfill status: a giant blue trash compactor that turns garbage into electricity.

C3nano seals acquisition of Asia's largest manufacturer of silver nanowire, Aiden Co. Ltd. Korea

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
C3nano, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the major supplier of silver nanowire (AgNW) in Asia, Aiden Co. Ltd. of Korea.

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger

Canatu launches high transmittance CNB transparent conductive film for touch sensors

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Canatu, a manufacturer of next generation transparent conductive films and touch sensors, announces a new generation of high optical transmittance CNB (Carbon NanoBud) transparent conductive films at Printed Electronics Europe.

Global LCD TV panel shipments reached monthly record high in March 2015

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20 percent month over month and 11 percent year over year.

Picture this: Graphene brings 3-D holograms clearer and closer

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
From mobile phones and computers to television, cinema and wearable devices, the display of full color, wide-angle, 3D holographic images is moving ever closer to fruition, thanks to international research featuring Griffith University.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

Mon, 5 May 2015
A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

Improving organic transistors that drive flexible and conformable electronics

Tue, 5 May 2015
A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending in these new thin-film electronic devices will affect their performance.

Quantum dots are finally ready for prime time

Tue, 5 May 2015
Quantum dots are finally ready for prime time and will exceed traditional phosphor revenue by 2020 by allowing LCD to compete with OLED in the race for the next display generation.

New approaches to small problems

Thu, 5 May 2015
The market expectations of modern electronics technology are changing the landscape in terms of performance and, in particular, power consumption, and new innovations are putting unprecedented demands on semiconductor devices.

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2015 Call for Papers

Tue, 5 May 2015
The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

Thu, 5 May 2015
There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

Fri, 5 May 2015
Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

Applied Materials' breakthrough patterning hard mask enables copper interconnect scaling

Tue, 5 May 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

Tue, 5 May 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

3D NAND, MRAM, RRAM: Emerging opportunities and challenges for the changing memory market

Thu, 5 May 2015
Ever growing volumes of data to be stored and accessed, and advancing process technologies for sophisticated control of deposition and etch in complex stacks of new materials, are creating a window of opportunity for an emerging variety of next-generation non-volatile memory technologies.

Smartwatch display shipments to reach record 34M units in 2015

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Smartwatch display unit shipments are expected to grow 250 percent year-over-year, reaching a record 34 million units in 2015, led by demand for the new Apple Watch.

Tablet shipments lose momentum; Total PC unit forecast downgraded

Fri, 5 May 2015
IC Insights has downgraded its forecast for the overall personal computing market, including much lower growth in tablets and continued weakness in standard PCs.

Leti demos new process to fabricate high-brightness micro-LED arrays for next-gen head-mounted and head-up displays

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
CEA-Leti today announced that it has demonstrated a path to fabricating high-density micro-LED arrays for the next generation of wearable and nomadic systems in a process that is scalable to the IC manufacturing process.

Fujifilm and imec demonstrate full-color OLEDs with photoresist technology for organic semiconductors

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
FUJIFILM Corporation and nano-electronics research institute, imec have demonstrated full-color organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) by using their jointly-developed photoresist technology for organic semiconductors.

Flat panel display equipment spending forecast to reach $9B in 2015

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Revenues for flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment are expected to grow for the third consecutive year to reach $9.1 billion.

Fab equipment growth continues into 2015

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Fab equipment spending is forecast to depart from the typical historic trend over the past 15 years of two years of spending growth followed by one of decline. For the first time, equipment spending could grow every year for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Reduced defectivity and cost of ownership copper CMP cleans

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
A new, low pH, BTA free, noble-bond chemistry produced equivalent yield at substantially lower costs.

The impact of consumer demand for cutting-edge display technology on the gases market

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
How gases are used in the manufacture of displays is being impacted by new technologies, consumer demand, and the burgeoning China market.

50 Years of Moore’s Law

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
For 50 years, Moore’s Law has served as a guide for technologists everywhere in the world, setting the pace for the semiconductor industry’s innovation cycle.

Going organic: The cost-down route to foldable display manufacture

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Organic semiconductors now offer the performance, cost and route to adoption, for foldable displays; from ultra-thin, conformal, wearables to truly foldable smartphones and tablets.

SEMI reports first quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $9.52B

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.52 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

Drive profitability through better forecasting

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
Different forecasting algorithms are highlighted and a framework is provided on how best to estimate product demand using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Industry 4.0, automotive, and emerging markets highlights at SEMICON Europa

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Today, SEMI announced that SEMICON Europa 2015, the region’s largest microelectronics manufacturing event, will offer new themes to support the semiconductor industry’'s development in Europe.

“Easy does it” ─ Fabs trim spending plans

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
Still capex and equipment spending expected to increase in 2015 and 2016.

World's thinnest lightbulb -- graphene gets bright

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
A team of scientists from Columbia, Seoul National University (SNU), and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) reported today that they have demonstrated -- for the first time -- an on-chip visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin and perfectly crystalline form of carbon, as a filament.

A KAIST research team develops the first flexible phase-change random access memory

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Phase change random access memory (PRAM) is one of the strongest candidates for next-generation nonvolatile memory for flexible and wearable electronics.

4K TV panel shipments reached a monthly record of 3M units in April 2015

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Of all TV panels expected to ship in 2016, one in five is forecast to be 4K TV.

Optimized printing process enables custom organic electronics

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
They are thin, light-weight, flexible and can be produced cost- and energy-efficiently: printed microelectronic components made of synthetics. Flexible displays and touch screens, glowing films, RFID tags and solar cells represent a future market.

Plasma-Therm presents workshop at China University

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Plasma-Therm recently presented an advanced plasma processing workshop at Xidian University in Xi’an, China that was attended by researchers, students and industry representatives and featured a day-long series of presentations about plasma processing.

Researchers create transparent, stretchable conductors using nano-accordion structure

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be used in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible electronics, stretchable displays or wearable sensors.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

IHS says Moore's Law led to trillions of dollars added to global economy

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
From connectivity to globalization and sustainability, the “Law” created by Gordon Moore’s prediction for the pace of semiconductor technology advances has set the stage for global technology innovation and contribution for 50 years.

“What’s next?” ─ Advances in technology at SEMICON West 2015

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
The latest manufacturing, materials and production developments in semiconductor and related technologies will be featured at SEMICON West 2015 on July 14-16 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

Taiwan tops fab spending - Driving anticipation for SEMICON Taiwan 2015

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
In 2015,Taiwan is projected to have the highest capex for semiconductor manufacturing worldwide.

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University and in Russia.

New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature.

Global semiconductor sales increase five percent in May 2015

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014, when sales were $26.8 billion.

Down to the quantum dot

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Using a single molecule as a sensor, scientists in Jülich have successfully imaged electric potential fields with unrivalled precision.

Surging phablets to shoot past stalled tablet market in 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Updated forecast shows large-screen smartphone shipments climbing 66% this year to 252 million units while the lack of replacement purchases stymies tablets.

Flexible display revenue to comprise 15 percent of total display market in 2024

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
Flexible displays are not only leading to sprawling applications and revolutionizing the display market, but they are also an increasingly important segment of overall display market revenues

Applied Materials introduces high-performance ALD technology for the 3D era

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. today unveiled the Applied Olympia ALD system, featuring a unique, modular architecture that delivers high-performance ALD technology to manufacturers of leading-edge 3D memory and logic chips.

SEMI announces results of board elections and leadership appointments

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
SEMI today announced that Stephen S. Schwartz, CEO of Brooks Automation, and Toshikazu Umatate, senior vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Lithography Business at Nikon Corporation, were elected as new directors to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws.

SEMI Standards leaders honored at SEMICON West 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
SEMI honored six industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing Standards for the microelectronics and related industries.

SEMI member delegation to visit Vietnamese Central Government and High-Tech Parks in Hanoi

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
After two Semiconductor Strategy Symposiums in Ho Chi Minh City in 2013 and 2014, SEMI announced today that a SEMI Member Delegation will visit the Vietnamese Central Government in Hanoi on September 21-24.

Smartphone and tablets still drive demand for cover glass, as industry looks to smart watches for growth

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
With screen sizes increasing, smartphones continue to lead total area demand in the cover glass market; however, as the markets for smartphones and tablets mature, cover glass industry revenue growth is declining from 39 percent year over year in 2013 to 11 percent in 2015.

Dr. Gary Patton joins The ConFab Advisory Board

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Solid State Technology today announced that Dr. Gary Patton has joined the Advisory Board for its annual conference and networking event, The ConFab.

SIA commends launch of Congressional Semiconductor Caucus

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
SIA recognized members of the caucus at a reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening and honored the caucus's co-chairs, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).

Flat panel display revenues forecast to fall in 2015

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Led by declining thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) revenues, global flat panel display (FPD) industry revenue is forecast to fall 2 percent, from $131.4 billion in 2014 to $129 billion in 2015.

Tsunami of M&A deals underway in the semiconductor industry in 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Marketshare expansion, Internet of Things opportunities, rising costs of R&D, and China’s aggressive new focus on the semiconductor industry all driving the recent M&A surge.

Apple is using 20% of worldwide sapphire capacity – and that may be just the beginning

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
In 2015, 20 percent of sapphire will be used in Apple’s iPhone, for the camera lens, fingerprint readers and heart rate monitors covers, and the Apple watch’s window.

Mid-year global semiconductor sales ahead of last year's pace by 4 percent

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $84.0 billion during the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter and 2.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014.

MagnaChip to host first Foundry Technology Symposium in Shanghai, China

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced today it is hosting its first Foundry Technology Symposium at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai, China, on September 22, 2015.

Intel to collaborate with Georgia Tech

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Intel Corporation announced it will invest $5 million over the next five years to deepen its engineering pipeline partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and deploy research-driven solutions to inspire and retain women and underrepresented minorities to start and complete computer science and engineering degrees.

Apple drives growth in high-resolution smartphone displays

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
While overall smartphone market growth continues to slow, global demand for low temperature polysilicon thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (LTPS TFT LCD) for smartphones is on the rise.

New research may enhance display & LED lighting technology

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have produced some promising results toward that goal, developing a new method to extract more efficient and polarized light from quantum dots (QDs) over a large-scale area.

Record shipments levels continue into the second quarter 2015

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2015 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Weak IT market drags down large-area display market

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Due to decreased information technology (IT) demand, and global currency issues that resulted in higher import prices in most regions, overall large-area TFT LCD unit shipments in the first half (H1) of 2015 fell 2 percent year over year to reach 340 million units.

Traditional notebook display shipments drop as Chromebooks rise

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Global consumers have lately become less interested in acquiring conventional notebooks with 15-inch displays, and they are instead shifting their spending to smaller product segments.

Demand for novel display materials set to surge in second half of 2015

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
Starting in the second half of 2015, the overall consumption of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) materials will surge, as LG Display increases the production of white organic light-emitting diode (WOLED) TV panels

SUSS MicroTec announces new competence-center for nanoimprint in North America

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
SUSS MicroTec, a global supplier of equipment and process solutions for the semiconductor industry and related markets, and the Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) are announcing a cooperation agreement in the field of nanoimprint technologies.

Inventory levels at LCD TV panel makers are forecast to surge in the second half of 2015

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
LCD TV panel makers’ inventory levels will be greater than normal in the second half of 2015, due to softening demand and increased output from new LCD panel manufacturing lines (fabs).

Book-to-bill ratio reports indicate a solid year for the industry

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Status of flexible encapsulation to enable flexible electronics

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
In 2020, flexible barrier manufacturing for flexible electronic devices such as displays will be a market worth more than US$184 million, according to IDTechEx Research.

Cima NanoTech announces joint venture with Foxconn

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Cima NanoTech, a developer and manufacturer of transparent conductive film solutions, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with Foxconn, the world’s largest ICT technology provider and vertically integrated device manufacturer, to deliver the industry’s first cost-competitive, projected capacitive (pro-cap) solution for large format touch screens.

FlexTech Alliance receives $75M Department of Defense Award

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today awarded FlexTech Alliance a Cooperative Agreement to establish and manage a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE MII).

A partnership to secure and protect the emerging Internet of Things

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel Corporation, one of the world's leading technology companies, today announced two new grants totaling $6 million to research teams that will study solutions to address the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems.

Flexible 7 inch touch panel with integrated OLED display developed

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Together with ITRI, Taiwan, Heraeus, demonstrated the integration of Clevios conductive polymer based touch panel with AM OLED technology in a highly flexible device.

Tech, academic leaders call for robust research investments to bolster U.S. tech leadership, advance IoT

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
A coalition of leaders from the tech industry and academia, led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today released a report highlighting the urgent need for robust investments in research to advance the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) and develop other cutting-edge innovations that will sustain and strengthen America’s global technology leadership into the future.

Turning clothing into information displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
Researchers from Holst Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec’s associated lab at Ghent University, have demonstrated the world’s first stretchable and conformable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles.

Global semiconductor sales down slightly in July

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Softening demand, currency devaluation lead to slower sales.

Key industry leaders join The ConFab Advisory Board

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Solid State Technology is thrilled to announce that several key industry leaders have joined the Advisory Board for its annual conference and networking event, The ConFab.

Overlooked resistance may inflate estimates of organic-semiconductor performance

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
If unaccounted for, 'non-ideal' behaviors can inflate estimates of charge-carrier mobility.

Rising Flexible Display Technology Patents Herald Future Market Growth

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
With a recent sharp rise in the number of patent applications for flexible display technologies, the market for various types of flexible displays is expected to broaden.

Radiant introduces the ProMetric (R) I29 ultra high-resolution imaging colorimeter

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
Radiant Vision Systems announced the release of the ProMetric (R) I29, an ultra high-resolution imaging colorimeter developed for high-volume display and consumer electronics manufacturers.

FlexEnable Atmel launches self/mutual capacitance automotive-qualified touchscreen controllers for up to 10" touchscreens

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
Atmel Corporation today announced the company has expanded its portfolio of automotive-qualified maXTouch (R) touchscreen controllers with the mXT641T family.

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Dialog Semiconductor and Atmel Corporation announced today that Dialog has agreed to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of approximately $4.6 billion.

Edwards' abatement solutions meet international emissions standards

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Edwards Ltd and its subsidiaries (Edwards) reassures customers that all of its exhaust management abatement system products are designed to meet industry emission standards.

Samsung Electronics opens new headquarters for U.S. semiconductor operations

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Samsung Electronics formally opened the doors to its new Device Solutions America headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

Display technologies and electronic circuits to fuel organic electronics market globally through 2018

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Transparency Market Research (TMR) projects the global organic electronics market to grow at a CAGR of 32.6% from 2012 to 2018.

Functionalized graphene ink opens door to innovative screen-printing applications

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
A screen-printable functionalized graphene ink supplied by Goodfellow performs better than normal carbon-based ink.

DuPont Displays opens OLED materials scale-up facility for next generation TVs

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
DuPont Displays announced the opening of a state-of-the-art, scale-up manufacturing facility designed to deliver production scale quantities of advanced materials that enable large-format, solution-based printed Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays.

Applied Materials advances OLED display manufacturing for flexible mobile products and curved TVs

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. unveiled two new systems that enable the volume production of high-resolution, thin and lightweight flexible OLED displays for mobile products and TVs.

UK collaboration seeks to develop new ultra-barrier materials based on Graphene interlayers

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
The Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it is part of a UK based collaboration to develop the next generation of ultra-barrier materials using graphene for the production of flexible transparent plastic electronic based displays.

VeriSilicon to acquire Vivante Corporation

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. and Vivante Corporation announced a definitive merger agreement.

FlexEnable spearheads breakthrough in flexible electronics

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
FlexEnable has successfully validated a new class of high performance organic semiconductors in a million pound project funded by Innovate UK.

Quantum dots making inroads in displays

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
As part of a new market report, IDTechEx Research has looked at quantum dots' impact on the display industry. Is this the technology that will enable LCD to rival OLED?

LED driver and chipset market to reach US$11.99 billion globally by 2021, Transparency Market Research

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
The global LED Driver and Chipset market was valued at US$2.80 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach US$11.99 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 23.2% from 2015 to 2021.

China to dominate flat panel display manufacturing by 2018, IHS

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
China is quickly adding capacity in all flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing segments.

Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
New research suggests wrapping silver nanowires with an ultrathin layer of graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

Xaar and Lawter collaborate to deliver nanoink printing

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Xaar plc and Lawter announced a collaboration to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks in the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet printhead.

Pixelligent launches new PixClear Dispersions for display and printed electronics

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
Pixelligent launched a new family of PixClear materials for display and optical components and films.

A new slant on semiconductor characterization

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
Method analyzes non-uniform conductors with a magnetic field.

Security by design

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
The advent of Internet-connected devices, the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), offers myriad opportunities and significant risks. It is our collective responsibility, as an industry, to secure the transport and storage of the data. Failing to properly secure the data risks turning the digital threat into a physical threat.

Printing & vacuum deposition: Competing for market share in the flexible electronics sector

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Flexible electronic devices are starting to experience significant proliferation, with more and more devices with innovative form factors being brought to market, from small components such as disposable sensors that have been in the market for quite some time now, all the way to new flexible smart phones currently being demonstrated by consumer electronics giants like Samsung and LG.

The use of sapphire in mobile device and LED industries

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Sapphire is hard, strong, optically transparent and chemically inert.

Cut costs: Improve competitive advantage

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Systematic – and predictive – cost reduction in semiconductor equipment manufacturing

China to dominate flat panel display manufacturing by 2018, says IHS

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
While conventional thin film transistor liquid crystal (TFT LCD) displays are rapidly trending towards commoditization and currently suffering from declining prices and margins, China is quickly adding capacity in all flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing segments.

SEMICON Korea 2016: Connect to the future

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
The theme for the January 27 through 29 exhibition at Seoul’s COEX is “Connect to the Future – Markets, Technology, and People.”

IoT surveys indicate optimism, confusion

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Solid State Technology recently conducted a survey of our readers on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving the demand for semiconductor technology. A total of 303 people responded to the survey. A majority of the respondents were in management roles.

Europe’s secondary industry in the spotlight

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
The dramatic shift from the trend for increasingly advanced technology to a vast array and volume of application-based devices presents Europe with a huge opportunity.

TSMC forum emphasizes industry collaboration

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing kicked off its Open Innovation Platform (OIP) Ecosystem Forum with thanks – not for another beautiful day in Silicon Valley, but for the collaborative work it does with its customers, suppliers, and other industry partners.

SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium: Integrating market, technology and ecosystem growth

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
Today, SEMI announced details about the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) on January 10-13 where semiconductor executives will discuss “Integrating for Growth: Markets, Technology, and Ecosystem” in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Highlights from Day 1 of IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015, held in Santa Clara, CA Nov 18-19, is one mega conference with eight co-located tracks ranging from sensor technology & wearables to IoT, energy harvesting & storage to electric vehicles, 3D printing and graphene.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES receives quality award from INOVA Semiconductors GmbH

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has been presented with an Award of Excellence from INOVA Semiconductors GmbH, a specialist in the development of products for Gigabit/s serial data communication for in-vehicle Display- and Driver Assistance Systems.

Highlights from Day 2 of IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015

Mon, 11 Nov 2015
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2015, held in Santa Clara, CA Nov 18-19, is one mega conference with 8 co-located tracks ranging from sensor technology & wearables to IoT, energy harvesting & storage to electric vehicles, 3D printing and graphene.

2015 large area display shipment unit decline offset by increase in shipment area

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
While unit shipments are forecast to fall 5 percent this year, total shipment area is expected to rise 5 percent.

Led by Apple and Chinese brands, high tech smartphone panel shipments rising

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Demand for LTPS TFT LCD shipments rose 30 percent in September 2015 to reach 51.6 million units, due to strong demand from Apple and Chinese brands.

SEMI Foundation appoints Leslie Tugman as Executive Director

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI Foundation, created by global industry association SEMI to support education and career awareness in the field of high-tech, has announced the appointment of Leslie Tugman as its executive director.

Photonic 'sintering' may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental breakthrough in understanding the physics of photonic "sintering," which could lead to many new advances in solar cells, flexible electronics, various types of sensors and other high-tech products printed onto something as simple as a sheet of paper or plastic.

Penn researchers make thinnest plates that can be picked up by hand

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
Despite being thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper and hundreds of times thinner than household cling wrap or aluminum foil, their corrugated plates of aluminum oxide spring back to their original shape after being bent and twisted.

Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
A new method for building "drawbridges" between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass.

Fab equipment spending: Look for upward swing into 2016

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Worldwide semiconductor fab equipment capital expenditure growth (new and used) for 2015 is expected to be 0.5 percent (total capex of US$35.8 billion), increasing another 2.6 percent (to a total of $36.7 billion) in 2016, according to the latest update of the quarterly SEMI World Fab Forecast report.

Leti to demonstrate three consumer technology breakthroughs at CES 2016

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
CEA-Leti, an applied-research institute for microelectronics, will demonstrate at CES 2016 three disruptive innovations, ranging from ultra-high-brightness, augmented-reality glasses to extremely high-speed wireless data transmission between mobile devices, and the world’s first TV white-space modem limiting interference in adjacent spectrum bands.

SEMICON Japan 2015 opens tomorrow at Tokyo Big Sight

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
SEMICON Japan 2015, an exhibition in Asia for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, opens tomorrow at Tokyo Big Sight.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $37B in 2015 and $38B in 2016

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will decrease 0.6 percent to $37.3 billion in 2015.

Apple products spur growth in force sensing display technologies

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Apple’s use of Force Touch technology in the Apple Watch and 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S line is leading to growth in force sensing and other touch-panel enhancements in mobile devices.

With AMOLED on the rise, full high definition screens proliferate further in third quarter 2015

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Full high-definition (FHD) panels reached a record 21 percent of the smartphone display market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, due in large part to increases in active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel adoption by Samsung and others.

A Year in Review: A look back at the top stories from 2015

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
2015 was a year of unprecedented consolidation in the semiconductor industry, as well as a technological crossroads in Moore’s Law. Below is a round-up, based on reader popularity, of the most read stories on Solid State Technology from 2015.

Automotive display systems to grow to $18.6B by 2021

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11 percent to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021.

Belle Wei appointed to SEMI Foundation board of trustees

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The SEMI Foundation today announced that Belle W. Y. Wei, Ph.D., was elected as a new director to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees in accordance with the association's by-laws.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in November

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.9 billion for the month of November 2015.

LG shows off 18 inch rollable OLED display at CES 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
LG is showcasing a handful of futuristic concepts at CES 2016 this week, including an 18 inch prototype of an OLED display that can roll up like a newspaper.

Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Whether showing off family photos on smartphones or watching TV shows on laptops, many people look at liquid crystal displays (LCDs) every day.

A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

Flexible hybrid electronics market heating up in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Flexible and printed electronics applications are becoming real. Forecasters are predicting a nearly $30 billion market for internet-connected devices in a combined industry and consumer sector.

Viewpoints: 2016 outlook

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2016.

Growth and a changing ecosystem at SEMI ISS 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Integrating for Growth: Markets, Technology, Ecosystem.” The packed conference of C-level executives gave the year’s first strategic outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry.

Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments declined 8.3% in fourth quarter of 2015

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 8.3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc

Higher definition on the rise in notebook PC displays

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
With demand for notebook PCs stagnating due to the economic downturn and the rise of tablet PCs, notebook brands and panel makers are increasingly turning to higher display resolutions to increase consumer enthusiasm.

2016 Critical Materials Council (CMC) Seminar – Call for Papers

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
The Critical Materials Council (CMC) and TECHCET have issued a call for papers to be presented at the “Critical Materials for Device Driven Scaling” Seminar to be held May 5-6, 2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

SEMICON Korea opening: Memory and mobility drive IC manufacturing

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
SEMICON Korea 2016 at COEX in Seoul opens tomorrow with more than 540 exhibiting companies and an expected 40,000 attendees.

China semiconductor acquisitions surge; SEMICON China brings the new market into focus

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
During SEMICON China 2016 on March 15-17 in Shanghai, key government decision makers, IC fund managers, and global industry analysts will share their insights on China's IC manufacturing policy.

Oversupply to overshadow LCD market in 2016

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The ongoing issue of liquid crystal display (LCD) oversupply -- exacerbated by China’s aggressive investment in production capacity as well as high fab utilization -- will continue well into 2016.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that $99 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Foundries takeover 200mm fab capacity by 2018

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
IoT drives worldwide 200mm fab capacity in 2018 back to 2006 levels.

Global semiconductor sales top $335B in 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2 percent compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total.

Researchers discover new phase of boron nitride and a new way to create pure c-BN

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride (Q-BN), which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays.

58% of pure-play foundry capacity under high risk for seismic activity

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
As of December 2015, roughly half of the world’s total IC wafer production capacity was located in seismically active areas.

Another record year for silicon wafer shipment volumes in 2015

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices.

Orbotech collaborates with Nippon Mektron on digital flexible printed circuit board manufacturing

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Orbotech Ltd. today announced that, Nippon Mektron Mektec, a maker of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs), is deploying Orbotech direct imaging (DI) and automated optical inspection (AOI) systems in multiple factories.

2016FLEX to gather over 600 experts in flexible hybrid electronics

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Over 600 electronics professionals are expected to attend the 15th annual Flexible and Printed Electronics Conference and Exhibition (2016FLEX) at the Monterey Marriott February 29-March 3.

Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists have developed a simple and powerful method for creating resilient, customized, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common glass.

Veeco launches new K475i As/P MOCVD system

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Veeco Instruments Inc. announced today the launch of the new TurboDisc K475i Arsenic Phosphide MOCVD System for the production of red, orange, yellow light emitting diodes.

Organic light-emitting materials used to produce OLED panels grew 12% in 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Shipments of organic light-emitting materials used to produce organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays grew 12 percent year over year in 2015, reaching 26,000 tons, according to IHS.

Seeing the future in flexible AMOLED displays, manufacturers expand production capacity in 2016

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
With the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Edge series and the Apple Watch, display manufacturers are expanding their production capacity of flexible AMOLED displays.

Neon shortage coming

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Semiconductor lithographic use of Neon is increasing more rapidly than expected for several reasons including the delay of EUVL while demand for finer line width patterning is increasing.

Gartner says worldwide smartphone sales grew 9.7% in fourth quarter of 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Global smartphone sales exhibited slowest growth since 2008; iPhone sales declined for the first time.

Applied Materials' Robert Visser honored by Society of Information Display

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that Dr. Robert Visser has received a 2016 Special Recognition Award from the Society of Information Display.

Call for Papers open for SEMICON Europa 2016 and 2016FLEX Europe

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
SEMI today announced the "Call for Papers" for technical sessions and presentations for SEMICON Europa 2016 which takes place 25-27 October in Grenoble, France.

New molecular property may mean more efficient solar and opto-electronic devices

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst identified an unexpected property in an organic semiconductor molecule that could lead to more efficient and cost-effective materials for use in displays.

Wearable device display unit shipments to hit $39M by 2016

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
The growing popularity of wearable applications is driving up shipments of the displays used in these devices.

Microchip announces kit for integrated 2D projected capacitive touch, 3D gestures on displays

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Microchip Technology Inc. today announced the industry's first development kit for integrated 2D projective capacitive touch and 3D gesture recognition on displays.

Lifetime breakthrough promising for low-cost and efficient OLED displays and lights

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers increased the device lifetime of OLEDs that use a recently developed class of molecules to convert electricity into light.

Mentor Graphics expands Mentor Embedded Linux support

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the availability of new expanded processor support.

Inventory adjustments causing TV and IT display shipments to decline in Q1 2016

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
LCD manufacturer inventory adjustments and continued slowing demand are causing TV and IT display prices to fall, further eroding panel makers’ profitability.

Declining flat panel display revenue to reach lowest level since 2012

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Global flat panel display (FPD) market revenue is expected to shrink by 6 percent year over year in 2016 to $120 billion.

IoT Planet to co-locate with SEMICON Europa in 2016

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
IoT Planet, a new European event dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), will co-locate this year with SEMICON Europa (25-27 October) in Grenoble, France.

Thailand's semiconductor sector on-track to tap $280B global automotive electronics industry

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
SEMICON SEA 2016 to feature Thailand specific forums and discussions.

SEMICON China 2016 opens in Shanghai

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Over 50,000 attendees are expected at SEMICON China 2016 which opens tomorrow at Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

World's thinnest lens to revolutionize cameras

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Scientists have created the world's thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, opening the door to flexible computer displays and a revolution in miniature cameras.

EV Group scales up nanoimprint lithography for display manufacturing

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today introduced the EVG 7200 LA SmartNIL system for display manufacturing and other applications that require large-area substrates.

Replacement for silicon devices looms big with ORNL discovery

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

New research shows how nanowires can be formed

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers learning to control the properties of materials this way can lead the way to more efficient electronic devices.

MagnaChip surpasses 6M display driver ICs shipped

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation ("MagnaChip") (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced that its cumulative shipment of display driver ICs for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs has surpassed the 6 million cumulative unit mark since initial shipments began in 2013.

Pivotal Critical Materials Conference for semiconductor fabs to take place May 5-6, 2016

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The Critical Materials Conference, a pivotal, 2-day event organized by TECHCET with the support of the Critical Materials Council, will be held this year in Hillsboro, Oregon on May 5th and 6th, directly following the Council Meeting.

LCD glass area demand to rise 13% from 2015 to 2018

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Unit demand for display glass used for liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, desktop monitors, mobile PCs and other major large panel applications is forecast to fall in 2016.

Growth returns to India's LCD TV market, as other emerging nations falter

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Positive growth returned to India’s liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015, after the industry posted declines in the second quarter (Q2) and no growth in the third quarter (Q3).

Effective graphene doping depends on substrate material

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Juelich physicists have discovered unexpected effects in doped graphene - i.e. graphene that is mixed with foreign atoms.

Update on neon shortage 2016 highlighted at the Critical Materials Conference

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Communication with suppliers in the Ukraine and China have continued to verify expected shortages occurring toward the end of 2016. Although supply appears stable now, inventories purchased during the second half of 2015 will deplete inventories on the supplier side toward the end of this year.

SIA's VP of Global Policy to address China's new role in the semiconductor industry at The ConFab 2016

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Solid State Technology is pleased to announced that Jimmy Goodrich of the Semiconductor Industry Association is the latest distinguished guest confirmed to speak at The ConFab 2016.

The future is here: Interactive screens on your packages

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Instead of reading a label, consumers could be interacting with an electronic screen on packaging in the future, thanks to a revolutionary new development by scientists at the University of Sheffield.

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2016 Call for Papers

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
The 62nd annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), to be held at the San Francisco Union Square Hilton hotel December 3 - 7, 2016, has issued a Call for Papers seeking the world's best original work in all areas of microelectronics research and development.

Extended supply chain presents exhibitors with new opportunities at SEMICON West

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Leading innovators in today's integrated electronics supply chain are preparing to showcase their products and services at SEMICON West 2016 on July 12-14 in San Francisco, Calif.

What screens are made of: New twists (and bends) in LCD research

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Using a pioneering X-ray technique developed at Berkeley Lab, a research team has recorded the first direct measurements confirming a tightly wound spiral molecular arrangement that could help unravel the mysteries of its formation and possibly improve LCD performance.

Researchers develop new semiconducting polymer for forthcoming flexible electronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A joint research team has developed a new n-type semiconducting polymer with superior electron mobility and oxidative stability.

EU regulation update: What could impact the industry next?

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
In a global industry, monitoring regulatory developments across different regions can be a challenge.

Slowing notebook PC replacement cycle leading to higher resolution displays

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
The global notebook PC display market fell 23 percent year over year in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.

As mobile phone market matures, display makers turn to in-cell and on-cell touch technologies for growth

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
As the mobile phone market slows, display manufacturers are looking to new in-cell and on-cell touch-screen solutions that offer consumers thinner and brighter displays, while shortening the supply chain for smartphone manufacturers.

With AMOLED shipments rising, Samsung Display led the small-medium display market in 2015

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Year-over-year unit-shipment growth in the small and medium display market was flat in 2015, reaching 2.8 billion units; revenue rose 4 percent over the previous year, to reach $43.9 billion.

Gigaphoton unveils "GIGANEX"

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Gigaphoton Inc., a major semiconductor lithography light source manufacturer, announced its new excimer laser brand “GIGANEX” on April 1, 2016.

The human-machine interface: Automotive touch screens on the rise

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too.

AMOLED growth is a bright spot for the display industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are rising fast, thanks to lowering costs, wider use in end-market consumer electronics devices and the ramp-up of new manufacturing capacities.

Global smartphone shipments decline for first time

Mon, 5 May 2016
Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually to reach 335 million units in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has shrunk on an annualized basis.

Maturing smartphone market signals falling growth for wireless semiconductors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Revenue associated with the wireless competitive landscape continued to serve as a bright spot in the larger semiconductor market in 2015, growing almost 4 percent to over $56 billion, year over year, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion during the same period.

North America vital to advanced semiconductor manufacturing

Thu, 5 May 2016
North America has a long and rich history of semiconductor manufacturing and innovation.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous month's total of $26.0 billion.

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

Wed, 5 May 2016
Research published in the journals Materials Today Communications and Scientific Reports has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.

FlexTech completes flexible hybrid electronics projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC

Wed, 5 May 2016
FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement.

After three months of declines, monthly LCD TV unit shipments resumed growth in March

Thu, 5 May 2016
Chinese brands have had a significant impact on the global TV market recently, due to their aggressive pursuit of export growth. In large part because of these efforts, monthly liquid crystal display (LCD) TV unit shipments returned to positive year-over-year growth in March 2016 after three months of declines.

John Caldwell appointed as chairman of AMD Board of Directors

Fri, 5 May 2016
AMD today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Board member John Caldwell as Chairman.

The CEA announces expanded collaboration with Intel

Wed, 5 May 2016
The CEA (Atomic Energy Commission) and Intel are boosting their collaboration through a new R&D agreement signed in Paris on Thursday 12 May.

$88M in Series E financing for OLED production equipment maker, Kateeva

Thu, 5 May 2016
Kateeva today announced that it has closed its Series E funding round with $88 million in new financing.

ORNL demonstrates large-scale technique to produce quantum dots

Fri, 5 May 2016
A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

As large display unit shipments decline, shipment area rises with aggressive size migration for TVs

Fri, 5 May 2016
Despite unit-shipment declines, large thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) shipment area is expected to grow 5 percent year over year, to reach 168 million square meters in 2016.

AGC develops amorphous thin film using unique sputtering target material

Thu, 5 May 2016
GC Asahi Glass (AGC) today announced it has developed a uniform amorphous thin film using a unique sputtering target material, and has started industrialization and commercial production of the material.

High Tech U in Taiwan for first time

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
The SEMI High Tech U learning program commenced April 20-22 in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Wide color gamut displays to comprise 17% of display shipment area in 2018

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Shipment area of wide color gamut (WCG) displays is expected to reach 32 million square meters in 2018, which represents 17 percent of total display shipment area.

Gartner says worldwide smartphone sales to slow in 2016

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Gartner, Inc. said global smartphone sales will continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits.

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

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Quantum Clean, and Edwards.

WPG Americas Inc. awarded Fastest Growing Revenue award from Micron

Thu, 6 Jun 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.

Gigaphoton first to introduce new excimer laser to flat panel display industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Gigaphoton Inc., a major semiconductor lithography light source manufacturer, announced the successful development of a new series of excimer lasers, the GIGANEX series.

Gartner reports India PC shipments declined 7.4% in first quarter of 2016

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 7.4 percent decrease over the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

Kateeva: Enabling OLED success

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Kateeva is out to change the way displays are being made, and during Tuesday’s Silicon Innovation Forum keynote, Kateeva President and COO Conor Madigan, PhD, laid out how their YIELDJet inkjet system is making that happen.

Flexible medical device manufacturing developments

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
The SEMICON West 2016 Flexible Electronics Forum provided two days of excellent presentations by industry experts on these topics, and the second day focused on the medical applications of flexible circuits.

Wearable and mobile devices leading to rise in flexible displays

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Flexible displays for tablet PCs, near-eye virtual reality devices, automotive monitors and OLED TVs expected by 2022.

Registration open with new exhibition features at SEMICON Europa

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Today SEMI announced registration opened for Europe's largest electronics manufacturing exhibition, SEMICON Europa (25-26 October) in Grenoble.

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is set to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020.

TouchSystems announces new multi-touch display

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
TouchSystems, a provider of professional-grade touch display and digital signage solutions, announced today the latest generation of its P-Series large format touch displays.

Challenging the 'rigidity' for smart soft electronics

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Soft electronic devices, such as a smartphone on your wrist and a folding screen in your pocket, are looking to much improve your lifestyle in the not-too-distant future. That is, if we could find ways to make electronic devices out of soft organic materials instead of the existing rigid inorganic materials.

Oversupply in global display market corrected, IHS Markit reports

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Because of seasonally very weak demand and the ramping of new capacity in China, flat-panel display (FPD) supply exceeded demand by 20 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the largest glut since early 2012.

Towards a better screen

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
New molecules promise cheaper, more efficient OLED displays.

Quantum dots with an impermeable shell

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Scientists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw and the Faculty of Chemistry of the Warsaw University of Technology (FC WUT) have shown that zinc oxide (ZnO) quantum dots prepared by an original method developed by them, after modification by the click reaction with the participation of copper ions, fully retain their ability to emit light.

Advanced materials manufacturer Pixelligent closes $10.4M in funding

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Pixelligent Technologies, a developer of high-index advanced materials for solid state lighting and display applications and producer of PixClear products, announced today that it closed $10.4 million in new funding.

Ensuring safety in the sub-fab

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Problems frequently arise as a result of an incomplete or absent formal risk assessment when processes are modified or new materials introduced.

McMaster researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers at McMaster University have cleared that obstacle by developing a new way to purify carbon nanotubes -- the smaller, nimbler semiconductors that are expected to replace silicon within computer chips and a wide array of electronics.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts July 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.05

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.79 billion in orders worldwide in July 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05.

Continuous roll-process technology for transferring and packaging flexible LSI

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and by Dr. Jae-Hyun Kim from the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has jointly developed a continuous roll-processing technology that transfers and packages flexible large-scale integrated circuits.

Super cement's secret

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Electron anions impart unconventional properties in a unique cement semiconductor for potentials uses in industrial catalysts and flat panel displays.

Fab equipment spending ascending

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Expect 4% growth (YoY) for 2016 and 11% for 2017

Silicon nanoparticles instead of expensive semiconductors

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
Within an international collaboration, physicists of the Moscow State University replace expensive semiconductors with affordable silicon nanoparticles for display production.

SEMI’s new interactive mobile fab forecast: SEMI FabView

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI, a supplier of independent semiconductor market research, today announced SEMI FabView, a mobile-friendly, interactive version of its popular World Fab Forecast quarterly report for electronic supply chain players and analysts.

Imec scientist awarded ERC Starting Grant to develop breakthrough flexible electronics

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

The future of Europe pitch their startups at SEMICON Europa's Innovation Village

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
SEMI today announced that twenty-one start-ups have been selected to pitch to investors and exhibit their products at SEMICON Europa's INNOVATION VILLAGE in Grenoble, France at the Alpexpo from 25-27 October, 2016.

Moore's Law did indeed stop at 28nm

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
As we have predicted two and a half years back, the industry is bifurcating, and just a few products pursue scaling to 7nm while the majority of designs stay on 28nm or older nodes.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

Applied Materials brings its e-beam review technology to the display industry

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Applied Materials, Inc. today introduced the display industry's first high-resolution inline e-beam review (EBR) system, increasing the speed at which manufacturers of OLED and UHD LCD screens can achieve optimum yields and bring new display concepts to market.

Kateeva's YIELDjet FLEX inkjet printing system takes commanding lead in OLED TFE market

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Since the novel inkjet printing solution debuted in manufacturing in 2014, the company has secured the vast majority of available TFE orders.

SID announces new award for outstanding contributions for active matrix addressed information displays

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
The Peter Brody Prize will be awarded to a young researcher under age 40 who has made outstanding contributions in innovating the design and enhancing the performance of active matrix addressed information displays.

Dr. Jin Jang joins Silvaco's Technical Advisory Board

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Silvaco, Inc., a provider of electronic design automation software and semiconductor IP, today announced that Dr. Jin Jang of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, has joined the Technical Advisory Board (TAB).

South Korean IT display manufacturers replacing LCD with OLED

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Due to increasing capacity from China, South Korean LCD panel makers are quickly realizing that LCD displays profitability may eventually erode, due to growing capacity and price competition from China, so they are betting their future on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Thinfilm secures fabrication facility in Silicon Valley to house new roll-to-roll manufacturing line

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
The company announced today that it has leased a former Qualcomm-owned manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley and will relocate its current US headquarters and NFC Innovation Center in the first quarter of 2017.

Flat panel display capital equipment spending surging

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Flat-panel display (FPD) equipment sales are expected to attain their highest sustained three-year level in the history of the industry.

The future of electronics at SEMICON Europa 2016

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
SEMICON Europa 2016, opening in less than two weeks in Grenoble, will explore the issues facing Europe's semiconductor and electronics industries, including processes, materials, equipment and supply chain.

Bendable electronic paper displays whole color range

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Less than a micrometre thin, bendable and giving all the colours that a regular LED display does, it still needs ten times less energy than a Kindle tablet. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed the basis for a new electronic "paper".

Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have demonstrated graphene coating protects glass from corrosion.

SEMI Korea Members Day provides industry insights and networking

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
SEMI Korea has hosted a SEMI member event every year for its members since 2008 to provide networking opportunities and insight on the ever-changing issues in the industry.

Kateeva appoints Mark R. Shaw, Ph.D. as Senior VP of Human Resources

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Previously, Shaw worked at Lam Research and Applied Materials.

Fueling the industry with innovation at SEMICON Japan 2016

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Today, SEMI announced that Innovation Village at SEMICON Japan 2016 has been expanded with participation by 31 start-up companies.

Five Top-20 semiconductor suppliers to show double-digit gains in 2016

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Nvidia and MediaTek forecast to register the fastest 2016 growth rates of 35% and 29%, respectively.

Kateeva takes home award for YIELDjetT FLEX System

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Last night at the Printed Electronics USA conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Kateeva’s YIELDjet FLEX inkjet printing system was named the winner of the prestigious Technical Development Manufacturing Award.

Display panel makers increase fab utilization rate to 90% in Q4 2016

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
The overall utilization rate at fabrication plants (fabs) used for display panel production is expected to reach 90 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 7 percentage points from the same period in the previous year, and up 1 percentage point from the previous quarter.

LCD TV panel makers set lower shipment target for 2017

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Restructuring of older display fabs, migration to larger-sized LCD TV panels and business strategy adjustments are some of the factors prompting LCD TV panel manufacturers to set a conservative shipment goal of 258.4 million units in 2017, a 1.2 percent decline from 2016.

ChipMOS and Tsinghua Unigroup agree to form joint-venture

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. and Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. today announced an agreement to form a joint-venture and to mutually terminate Tsinghua Unigroup's earlier private placement plan.

Kateeva President & COO named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Kateeva, the OLED production equipment leader, today announced that President and COO, Conor Madigan, Ph.D., was named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA).

Making graphene using laser-induced phase separation

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
IBS & KAIST researchers clarify how laser annealing technology can lead to production of ultra thin nanomaterials.