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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.

Strategic investors to connect with startups at SEMICON West event; Bob Metcalfe to keynote

Wed, 5 May 2014
SEMI today announced that SEMICON West 2014 will feature Bob Metcalfe, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as the Silicon Innovation Forum’s keynote speaker.

Chad Industries will demonstrate world-class flexible automated wafer handling for 450mm wafers at SEMICON West 2014

Thu, 6 Jun 2014
Chad Industries, owned by Jabil Circuit, Inc., announced today that it will demonstrate flexible automated wafer handling for 450mm wafers during SEMICON West 2014 in San Francisco.

How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
In this 50th year anniversary of Moore’s Law, the steady scaling of silicon chips’ cost and performance that has so changed our world over the last half century is now poised to change it even further through the Internet of Things.

More change for the chip industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
As if scaling to 7nm geometries and going vertical with FinFETs, TSVs and other emerging technologies wasn’t challenge enough, the emerging market for connected smart devices will bring more changes to the semiconductor sector. And then there’s 3D printing looming in the wings.

Startups find strategic investors at SEMICON West 2015

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
SEMI today announced that SEMICON West 2015 will feature the Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF), a unique forum for strategic investors and key decision makers to meet new and emerging early-stage companies developing the future of microelectronics.

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.

North America: A critical player in the advanced semiconductor market

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
As the fabless business model has transformed the semiconductor manufacturing landscape, Taiwan and South Korea have undeniably grown into key semiconductor producing regions. However, it should be noted that North America is home to Intel, Texas Instruments, Micron, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Freescale, Fairchild, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, significant operations of Samsung, and other manufacturers.

Diverse packaging and test issues up for debate at SEMICON West 2015

Fri, 5 May 2015
SEMI this week announced the SEMICON West 2015 test and packaging program agendas.

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.

SEMICON West 2015 focuses on the most critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing

Fri, 5 May 2015
SEMI today announced the SEMICON West 2015 technical and business program agenda tackling the most important issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing.

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.

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.

What’s next for MEMS?

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The proliferation of sensors into high volume consumer markets, and into the emerging Internet of Things, is driving the MEMS market to maturity, with a developed ecosystem to ease use and grow applications. But it is also bringing plenty of demands for new technologies, and changes in how companies will compete.

“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.

Tackling advanced litho challenges on the path to node 5

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
If you attended just about any mask making conference in the last five to seven years, you would have heard the lament about exploding data volumes and their impact on mask writing time and, by extension, mask costs.

The big picture: More than 850 volume fabs in 2017

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
We, in the semiconductor supply chain, are constantly immersed in detailed numbers. It’s important to pull back and look at the major trends that have profoundly changed and are reshaping our industry.

The latest in CMP tech will be on offer at SEMICON West

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technology has been around for a long time. In addition to the semiconductor industry, CMP has applications in data storage, polishing the rigid disks and magnetic heads of hard-disk drives.

Deposition equipment market witnesses a year of significant changes

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
There are four main segments in the thin-layer deposition equipment market – atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition, epitaxy, and physical vapor deposition, also known as sputtering.

Etching: A crucial step in semiconductor manufacturing

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Plasma etching is a key step in wafer fabrication, from deposition to the patterning of photolithography to dry or wet etch. As such, it is a crucial and hotly-contested area for vendors of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Genmark Automation launches CODEX Stocker

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Genmark Automation, a developer of tool and factory automation solutions for the semiconductor and related industries, today announced the launch of its new CODEX Stocker.

SEMI updates key safety guidelines for semiconductor manufacturing equipment

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
SEMI today announced the cornerstone safety Standard S2 (Environmental, Health, and Safety Guideline for Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment) will be updated this month.

Immersion lithography remains the industry’s workhorse technology

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
While the lithography equipment market sometimes seems like A Tale of Two Cities, it’s more complicated than that. The basic fact is that the semiconductor industry is soldiering on with 193-nanometer immersion lithography technology and multiple-patterning exposures while extreme-ultraviolet lithography continues its long-aborning development.

Keynote panel: Challenges abound for sub-14nm

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
SEMICON West 2015 kicked off Tuesday morning with a keynote panel session that addressed the challenges of "Scaling the Walls of Sub-14nm Manufacturing."

Fan-out wafer level packaging set to expand

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The expansion of fan-out is finally coming, says Rich Rogoff, Vice President and General Manager, Lithography Systems Group at Rudolph Technologies.

Leti reports FinFET feasibility and circuit design with CoolCube tech

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
CEA-Leti today announced its first results towards the demonstration of CoolCube’s feasibility in FinFET technology on its 300mm production line, and new CoolCube circuit designs that improve the trade off between area, speed and power.

Advanced packaging, 3DICs to figure in SEMICON West discussions

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
The era of three-dimensional chips is upon us.

Strong dollar to create economic uncertainties in global market

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Presentations at the SEMI/Gartner Market Symposium on Monday afternoon could be summed up in two words: Uncertainties Ahead.

Great future ahead, says Applied Materials' Dickerson

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Major inflection points at logic, memory, foundry and display customers are create a great future for Applied Materials, said CEO Gary Dickerson, speaking at an analyst meeting on Monday.

Don't Miss at SEMICON West

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Don't miss the big events today at SEMICON West!

SEMI forecasts three years of growth in chip equipment spending

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
SEMI projects three consecutive years of growth in worldwide semiconductor equipment sales according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, released today at the SEMICON West exposition.

Is silicon’s heyday over? New materials challenge the industry workhorse

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The short answer to that headline’s question is “no.” Longer term, in going beyond the 5-nanometer process node, silicon may finally reach the end of its usefulness to the semiconductor industry.

Buying used equipment? Be careful; know your seller

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The used and refurbished semiconductor equipment market can be a hazardous business for buyers. The watchword always is: Caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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.

Mark Durcan, Micron CEO, recognized for outstanding EHS leadership

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Durcan accepted his award for leadership at the Global Care Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Lunch today at SEMICON West 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.

Imec introduces self-assembled monomolecular organic films to seal ultra-porous low- k materials

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Nano-electronics research center imec announced today at SEMICON West that it has demonstrated concept and feasibility for pore-sealing low-k dielectrics in advanced interconnects.

Rudolph Technologies and DISCO Corporation partner to improve wafer saw process

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Dicing and laser saw systems, together with inspection systems and yield-enhancing software provide revolutionary control and accuracy.

SEMI press conference highlights market forecast, economic conditions

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
When Gordon Moore of Fairchild Semiconductor published his famous article on chip scaling and costs in 1965, gasoline in the U.S. was 31 cents per gallon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was under 1,000, and a house could be purchased for $13,000 or so, noted Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI, at Tuesday morning’s press conference opening the SEMICON West 2015 conference and exhibition.

SEMICON West Day 2: Don't Miss

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Gear up for Day 2 of SEMICON West with this list of must-see conference events.

Leti and EVG launch INSPIRE

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
CEA-Leti and EV Group launched a new program in nano-imprint lithography (NIL) called INSPIRE to demonstrate the benefits of the nano-patterning technology and spread its use for applications beyond semiconductors.

Save costs by conserving energy in the sub-fab

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Opportunities for cost savings abound in the “sub-fab” of semiconductor operations where the vacuum pumps and gas abatement systems reside.

A new sensor from Golden Valley-based CyberOptics will advance digital gadgets

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
CyberOptics’ latest product ultimately will make digital gadgets better, cheaper.

TÜV Rheinland showcases services & abilities for semi industry focus is on OSHA and EMC testing certification

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
TÜV Rheinland, a full-service testing, inspection and certification company, exhibiting at the annual SEMICON West expo, announced the expansion of services to include Environmental, Health & Safety testing and certification of Group III-V compounds in semiconductor manufacturing environments.

Managing hazardous process exhaust in high volume manufacturing

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
“Let no element on the periodic table go un-used!” That may well be the rallying cry of the semiconductor industry moving forward.

New materials require new approaches

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Continued advances in the semiconductor will increasingly be enabled by materials technology, versus the scaling that has been commonplace over the last 50 years as defined by Moore’s Law.

Keynote: The Internet of Things and the next 50 years of Moore's Law

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Fifty years of technological developments following Moore’s Law has changed our world in some phenomenal ways, but Intel’s Doug Davis believes the time has come to change the way we think about developing new solutions.

ClassOne Technology’s Solstice S4 wins Best of West

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
The ClassOne Technology Solstice S4 won the Best of West award, presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI.

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.

SEMICON West Day 3: Don't Miss

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Check out these events on Day 3 of SEMICON West 2015.

EUV: Unlike anything else in the fab

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Imagine EUV lithography in high volume production. ASML has been working for years to make it happen.

Inspection smooths a bumpy road

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Wafer bumping has several advantages over traditional wire bonding. Bumps can be placed almost anywhere on the die, where wire bonding is limited to the periphery of the devices. And bumps give you the ability to put many more I/O points on an individual die.

Business is good for vendors of test and inspection/metrology equipment

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Semiconductor test equipment and inspection/metrology equipment are unglamorous yet critical segments of the equipment field.

CH2M Hill: How being green benefits the bottom line

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
CH2M has seen many changes and trends in the semiconductor industry since the company was involved designing many of the industry’s first wafer fabs back in the 1980s.

SEMICON West: The road forward is 3DIC

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
SEMICON West 2015 had a strong and rich undercurrent – the roadmap forward is most certainly 3DIC.

Challenges for MEMS, sensors, and semiconductors

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
Leading industry experts participated in the joint SEMI-MEMS Industry Group (MIG) workshop during SEMICON West 2015 to discuss industry challenges – and potential solutions and collaborative approaches – in the MEMS, sensors and semiconductor industries.

Great future ahead, says Applied Materials' Dickerson

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Major inflection points at logic, memory, foundry and display customers are create a great future for Applied Materials, said CEO Gary Dickerson, speaking at an analyst meeting on Monday.