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Imec and Holst Centre unveil fully-organic imager

Wed, 6 Jun 2013

At this week’s International Image Sensor Workshop, imec and Holst Centre presented a large-area fully-organic photodetector array fabricated on a flexible substrate.


Silicon Labs launches the world’s most energy-friendly MCUs

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Silicon Labs, a developer of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today introduced the industry’s most energy-friendly 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor.

Micron ships first samples of Hybrid Memory Cube

Wed, 9 Sep 2013
Micron Technology, Inc. announced today that it is shipping 2GB Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) engineering samples.

Tablet IC sales to rise 37% in 2013

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

New market update shows integrated circuit revenues for tablets hitting $27 billion in 2016.


New magnetic graphene may revolutionize electronics

Fri, 5 May 2013

Researchers from IMDEA-Nanociencia Institute and from Autonoma and Complutense Universities of Madrid have managed to give graphene magnetic properties.


Flexible substrate market to top $500 million in 2020

Wed, 8 Aug 2013

Whereas the current display industry has developed its technology and products centered on scaling-up to large sizes and realizing high-resolution images, the future industry development direction is expected to focus on flexible displays.


Lone Japanese semiconductor supplier ranked among top 10 in 1H13

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

Competitive pressures, collapse of vertically integrated business model, increasing "asset-lite" strategies lead to Japan mergers, spinoffs

 


Americas region remains largest market for pure-play foundry sales

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Emphasis on fabless and fab-lite models in U.S. contributes to 62% marketshare.

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.

Will 2014 be the next Golden Year?

Thu, 9 Sep 2013
Some unexpected underdogs spur spending spree.

Saws made of carbon

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
More material could be saved when manufacturing wafers in future. Ultra-thin saws made of carbon nanotubes and diamond would be able to cut through silicon wafers with minimum kerf loss. A new method makes it possible to manufacture the saw wires.

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.
 


Worldwide total semiconductor market to grow 3% in 2013; consolidation still rife

Fri, 9 Sep 2013
The worldwide semiconductor market is expected to grow three percent from 2012 to 2013. There has been sequential market growth from 1Q13 to 2Q13 and the vast majority of the top 20 vendors are expecting 3Q13 to grow revenues again.

Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending to decline 8.5 percent in 2013

Thu, 9 Sep 2013
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment spending is projected to total $34.6 billion in 2013, an 8.5 percent decline from 2012 spending of $37.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Power management, industrial analog units post strong gains

Fri, 10 Oct 2013
Total shipments of analog devices forecast to jump 14% in 2013.

SRC launches synthetic biology research for novel semiconductor applications

Wed, 10 Oct 2013
Research at six universities including MIT, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yale, Georgia Tech, Brigham Young and Washington

LED applications to be key drivers for bulk GaN market

Thu, 10 Oct 2013
In either a cautious or a more aggressive scenario, LED applications will certainly be the key drivers for the bulk GaN market, according to Yole Développement.

Expect big changes to 2013 Top 20 Semi Supplier ranking

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
SK Hynix, MediaTek, Micron, and Qualcomm each forecast to show ≥30% year-over-year growth.

Update on 450mm SEMI Standards

Wed, 11 Nov 2013
SEMI Standards task forces are working on encouraging the industry to collaborate on key issues like the technical parameters for 450mm silicon wafers, physical interfaces, carriers, assembly and packaging. To date, SEMI has 13 task forces working on 450mm and has published nineteen (19) 450mm standards with 14 more in the pipeline.

Will MEMS applications be the driver for future growth of thin film PZT?

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
In September 2013, EPSON announced its next generation inkjet technology, PrecisionCore, introducing for the first time MEMS inkjet heads manufactured with thin film PZT technology. This announcement has been highly publicized: first, thin film PZT MEMS applications are now on the market, proving the reliability and maturity of this technology. Second, more inkjet head players will soon follow.

2013 semiconductor equipment sales forecast $32B; strong growth forecast for 2014

Tue, 12 Dec 2013
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will contract 13.3 percent to $32.0 billion in 2013.

Industry on track for highest-ever annual sales in 2013

Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Worldwide sales increase for eighth straight month and top $27 billion for first time ever in October; WSTS forecast projects growth of 4.4 percent in 2013 and 4.1 percent in 2014.

Low-power tunneling transistor for high-performance devices at low voltage

Thu, 12 Dec 2013
A new type of transistor that could make possible fast and low-power computing devices for energy-constrained applications such as smart sensor networks, implantable medical electronics and ultra-mobile computing is feasible, according to Penn State researchers.

Micron revenue surges after Elpida deal officially closes

Mon, 12 Dec 2013
Micron Technology surged 130 percent in revenue during the third quarter as it finally closed its acquisition of bankrupt Elpida Memory of Japan, a vigorous ascent that also propelled the total market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to its best performance yet in 11 quarters.

"Crisis? What Crisis?": New paradigm adjustments for capacity and equipment spending

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
Worldwide, the semiconductor industry growth rate back in 1973 was about 30 percent and slipped into 1975 with negative sales growth rates.

Imec, AlixPartners to develop model for lowering costs of advanced semiconductor tech

Mon, 1 Jan 2014
Patterning options for N10/N7 nodes, advanced packaging solutions and 3D NAND memory to be targeted.

3DIC market to reach $7.52B by 2019

Thu, 1 Jan 2014
The market for 3DICs globally is forecast to reach USD 7.52 billion by 2019, according to a new market report published by transparency market research.

2014 Outlook: An era of unprecedented change

Fri, 1 Jan 2014
We asked leading industry experts and analysts to give us their perspectives on what we can expect in 2014.

Entegris to acquire ATMI

Tue, 2 Feb 2014
Entegris, Inc. and ATMI today announced Entegris will acquire ATMI for approximately $1.15 billion, or approximately $850 million net of cash acquired, including the net cash proceeds from the sale of ATMI’s LifeSciences business of $170 million.

IBM continues to evolve: Semiconductor business up for sale; moving into the cloud

Fri, 2 Feb 2014
The Financial Times (FT) is reporting that IBM Corp is exploring the sale of its semiconductor business and has hired Goldman Sachs to find potential buyers.

Silicon-germanium chip sets new speed record

Tue, 2 Feb 2014
A research collaboration consisting of IHP-Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date.

SRC and MIT extend high resolution lithography capabilities

Wed, 2 Feb 2014
MIT researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation have introduced new directed self-assembly (DSA) techniques that promise to help semiconductor manufacturers develop more advanced and less expensive components.

University of Minnesota professor recognized for excellence in semiconductor research

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association this week presented its University Research Award – in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) – to University of Minnesota professor Sachin Sapatnekar in recognition of his outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Mon, 3 Mar 2014
As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient.

SanDisk files lawsuit against SK Hynix for theft of trade secrets

Thu, 3 Mar 2014
These actions relate to the theft of trade secrets related to NAND flash technology by a former engineer of SanDisk who left the company in 2008 to work for SK Hynix.

GaN-on-Si enables GaN power electronics, will LED transition as well?

Wed, 3 Mar 2014
Today, GaN on Sapphire is the main stream technology for LED manufacturing. GaN-on-Si technology appeared naturally as an alternative to sapphire to reduce cost.

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.

SEMI reports 2013 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.5B USD

Mon, 4 Apr 2014
The global semiconductor materials market decreased 3 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 5 percent.

Scalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide

Thu, 4 Apr 2014
Nanoengineering researchers at Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a potentially scalable method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide — a highly sought semiconductor that is similar to graphene but has better properties for making certain electronic devices like switchable transistors and light-emitting diodes.

Dow Corning moves to defend Chinese patent for LED optical silicone encapsulants

Thu, 4 Apr 2014
Dow Corning filed a complaint through its Chinese subsidiary and licensee with the Shanghai First Intermediate Court.

Samsung begins mass production of 3-bit NAND solid state drive

Mon, 4 Apr 2014
Samsung Electronics said today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first high-performance, three-bit-NAND-based SSD for servers and data centers.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever first quarter sales

Mon, 5 May 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry's highest-ever first quarter sales.

Entropic to close and consolidate several global facilities

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Entropic announced plans today to close and consolidate several global facilities, a move that would impact approximately 23 percent of Entropic's headcount.

Slideshow: What to look for at IITC 2014

Tue, 5 May 2014
The 17th annual IITC will be held May 21 – 23, 2014 in conjunction with the 31st AMC at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California.

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).

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?"

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.

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron unveil new company name

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Applied Materials, Inc. and Tokyo Electron Limited today unveiled the new name and logo of their combined company which will be used once the merger closes.

IBM announces $3B research initiative

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
IBM announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices.

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.

The growing semiconductor market in India

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

Fairchild Semiconductor to close two facilities, cutting 15% of workforce

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of high performance power and mobile products, today announced it will eliminate its internal five-inch and significantly reduce six-inch wafer fabrication lines.

Intel releases new packaging, test technologies for 14nm foundries

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
Intel Corporation today announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies.

GaAs device market posts record revenues in 2013

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Ongoing growth in cellular and Wi-Fi applications will continue to drive GaAs device revenues higher.

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.

NANIUM launches the industry’s largest WLCSP in volume production

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
NANIUM today announced it has successfully launched the industry’s largest Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) in volume.

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.

China's wafer foundry market: 15% growth in 2014

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
The wafer foundry market experienced a wavy development, jumping by 39.4 percent in 2010 following a 7.9 percent decline in 2009.

IBM to pay GlobalFoundries $1.5B to take over chip fabs

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES will acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business.