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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.

Advanced semiconductor packaging drives materials consumption through 2019

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The $18 billion semiconductor packaging materials will undergo steady single-digit unit volume growth for many material segments through 2019, including laminate substrates, IC leadframes, underfill, and copper wire.

Silicon shipment levels decline in third quarter 2015

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments decreased during the third quarter 2015 when compared to second quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

The Critical Materials Council to be managed by TECHCET in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
The Critical Materials Council for Semiconductor Fabricators, originally established by ISMI/SEMATECH in the early 1990’s, will be managed by TECHCET CA LLC starting January 01, 2016.

AKHAN Semiconductor deploys 200mm manufacturing process in new diamond-based chip production facility

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
AKHAN Semiconductor, Inc. this week announced that it is deploying 200mm manufacturing equipment and process in its new production facility in Gurnee, Illinois, continuing its preparation for delivering AKHAN diamond semiconductor based-technology products to the company’s first commercial customer this quarter.

Semiconductor capital spending market in the US to reach over $31B by 2019

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Technavio's market research analysts estimate the semiconductor capital spending market in the US, to grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2015 and 2019.

SEMI Awards honor process and technology integration achievements

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
SEMI announced the recipients of the 2015 SEMI Awards for the Americas.

Fujifilm to build a new plant for advanced semiconductor materials in Taiwan

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Fujifilm Corporation recently announced that its semiconductor business subsidiary, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Co.,Ltd. will build a new plant for manufacturing advanced semiconductor materials in the city of Tainan, to expand its production in Taiwan.

Carbon nanotubes market to rise exponentially

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The global carbon nanotubes market was valued at $1.13 billion USD in 2014 and is anticipated to reach $6.81 billion USD in 2023, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.1% between 2015 and 2023.

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.

SunEdison Semiconductor solidifies polysilicon supply

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
SunEdison Semiconductor today provided additional details of its strategy for the procurement of electronic-grade polysilicon, one of the key raw materials used in producing semiconductor wafers.

Global semiconductor sales off to sluggish start in 2016

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.9 billion for the month of January 2016, 2.7 percent lower than the previous month's total of $27.6 billion and 5.8 percent down from the January 2015 total of $28.5 billion.

Market for GaN and SiC power semiconductors to top $1B in 2020

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The emerging market for silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is forecast to pass the $1 billion mark in five years, energized by demand from hybrid and electric vehicles, power supplies and photovoltaic (PV) inverters.

Slow but positive 2016 followed by double digits in 2017

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Front-end fab equipment spending (including new, used, and in-house) is projected to increase 3.7 percent in 2016 (to US$ 37.2 billion) and another 13 percent in 2017 (to $42.1 billion) according to most recent edition of the SEMI World Fab Forecast.

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials receives Intel's Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials has been recognized as one of eight companies receiving Intel Corporation's prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for their performance in 2015.

3D NAND and 10nm investments drive equipment spending, book-to-bill data indicates

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Global solar-PV polysilicon prices rise, as China-US trade dispute continues

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
The ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States continues to affect the manufacture of polysilicon used for solar-photovoltaic (PV) modules in both countries, but not equally.

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.

TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, today announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age.

Technavio updates on the global piezoelectric smart materials market

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
According to their latest report, Technavio analysts expect the global piezoelectric smart materials market for 2016-2020 to exceed USD 42 billion by 2020 growing at a CAGR of almost 13 percent.

SEMI reports 2015 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.4B

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
The global semiconductor materials market decreased 1.5 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 while worldwide semiconductor revenues decreased 0.2 percent.

Samco increases local sales staff for North American, European and Asian locations

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Samco, a Japan-based semiconductor process equipment developer and manufacturer, is employing around 20 more people at its locations in North America, China, Taiwan and Singapore, as well as its subsidiary Samco-UCP in Liechtenstein.

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.

Indium Corporation announces Andreas Karch as Regional Technical Manager

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Indium Corporation has hired Andreas Karch as Regional Technical Manager, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

IQE joins imec's GaN-on-Si Industrial Affiliation Program

Tue, 5 May 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec today announced a strategic partnership on GaN-on-Si (Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon) technology with IQE, a designer and manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services.

Exagan signs partnership agreement to establish GaN's reliability for use in power electronics

Wed, 5 May 2016
Exagan announced a strategic partnership to develop and commercialize GaN-on-silicon products with HIREX Engineering.

SEMICON West 2016 expands technical programming by nearly 50%

Thu, 5 May 2016
As the opening day of SEMICON West (July 12-14) approaches, the electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing disruptive changes, making “business as usual” a thing of the past. To help technical and business professionals navigate this fast-changing landscape, SEMICON West programming has been upgraded extensively.

MACOM launches new GaN power transistors

Thu, 5 May 2016
MACOM Technology Solutions reported the newest entries in its MAGb series of GaN on Silicon power transistors for use in macro wireless basestations.

The sapphire industry: What’s next?

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Almost two years after GTAT’s bankruptcy, the sapphire industry is still there. Its decor and characters have, of course, changed but the story is still unfolding.

Semiconductor Industry Association applauds passage of chemicals legislation

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) commended congressional approval of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

SiC power business is a reality

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Today, SiC benefits are not a secret anymore and progressively lot of industries are considering the development of new products including SiC technologies.

TECHCET 2016 forecast: $1.39B in photoresists, $680M in extensions

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Photoresist manufacturers had reason to smile as fiscal 2015 closed, with sales growing nicely to $1.37B, a 6.2% increase over 2014.

GaN substrate market is estimated to be worth over $4B by 2020

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
The gallium nitride (GaN) substrates market is set to cross $4 billion USD by 2020, according to the market research report from IndustryARC.

Global semiconductor sales increase in second quarter

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $79.1 billion during the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter and a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2015.

Fujitsu Semiconductor licenses Nantero's NRAM, begins developing memory products

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Agreement covers joint development and licensing of ultrafast, ultrahigh-density NRAM, non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes.

The sapphire industry: Back to the future

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
“The sapphire industry is still plagued by overcapacity and rapid price declines,” asserts Yole Développement (Yole) in its latest report Sapphire Applications & Market 2016: LED & Consumer Electronics.

China's semiconductor industry worth $157.66B by 2020

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
The China semiconductor industry is expected to reach $157.66 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 12.8% between 2016 and 2020.

Brewer Science celebrates 35 years

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Founded in 1981 by Dr. Terry Brewer, the company is a manufacturer of leading-edge materials and processes used in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry.

Gigaphoton achieves a 10,000 kiloliter annual reduction of helium gas consumption

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Gigaphoton Inc. has announced that its helium-free technology has made it possible to achieve a 10,000 kiloliter annual reduction of helium gas consumed by high-output ArF immersion excimer lasers.

Process Watch: Salami slicing your yield

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
The Process Watch series explores key concepts about process control -- defect inspection and metrology -- for the semiconductor industry. This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

NuMat Technologies and Linde form global partnership

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
NuMat Technologies and The Linde Group have announced a collaborative partnership focused on the development of next generation separation and storage technologies that critically depend on material performance.

Sapphire industry: More than just LEDs

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
LED remains the dominant sapphire application in 2016. Overall, rates of usage in smartwatches have been disappointing and have decreased below 2015 levels.

Semiconductor equipment bookings continue to outpace equipment billings in new book-to-bill report

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Power electronics powered by Picosun's batch aluminum nitride

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Picosun Oy, a supplier of advanced industrial ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) technology, now provides its customers production-scale aluminum nitride batch process with superior film thickness uniformity and fast speed.

Edwards and GlobalFoundries recognized by Singapore's National Environmental Agency

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Edwards and GlobalFoundries Singapore were recognized by Singapore’s National Environment Agency in the Best Practices category at the 2016 Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards.

Third quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments set a new record

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2016 when compared to second quarter 2016 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Global carbon nanotubes market to grow at 17.9% CAGR through 2025

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
The global market for nanotubes was valued at $1,250.00 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.9% during the forecast period 2016-2025.

Five suppliers to hold 41% of global semiconductor marketshare in 2016

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Two years of busy M&A activity boost marketshare among top suppliers.

Chinese panel makers top over 1M units in quarterly shipments for AMOLED smartphone displays

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Significant improvement in Chinese panel manufacturing technology offers domestic smartphone brands an alternative AMOLED supplier.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

New fab facilities: China dominates, followed by Americas and Taiwan

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
The 62 facilities and lines range from R&D to high-volume fabs. Most of the newly operating facilities will be volume fabs; only seven are R&Ds or Pilot facilities.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $40 Billion

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 8.7 percent to $39.7 billion in 2016.

Atomera selects TSI Semiconductors to accelerate semiconductor materials advancements

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Foundry to provide manufacturing, electrical test and characterization services to shorten Atomera's time to market.

Air Products to expand nitrogen capacity in Pyeongtaek City to support demand of semiconductor industry

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Air Products today announced it will increase nitrogen production to serve the growing demand of its existing customer in Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

Technavio releases market research report and forecast on gallium arsenide components

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
The global gallium arsenide (GaAs) components market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.

FlexTech announces contract for battery development with ITN Energy Systems

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, today announced a contract with ITN Energy Systems of Littleton, CO to develop and produce a flexible, solid-state lithium battery reducing packaging bulk by integrating a thin, flexible ceramic substrate.

Versum Materials names Edward Shober as senior VP of Materials

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Versum Materials, Inc., a materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced today that Edward “Ed” Shober has been appointed to the position of senior vice president of its Materials segment.

Materion Corporation completes Heraeus target materials acquisition

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Materion Corporation announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the target materials business of the Heraeus Group.

Versum Materials expands manufacturing capacity

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today that it would expand its manufacturing capacity at its Delivery Systems and Service (DS&S) headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts January 2017 billings

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.86 billion in billings worldwide in January 2017 (three-month average basis).

Entegris partners with China's Spectrum Materials to manufacture Entegris specialty chemicals in China

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Entegris Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with Spectrum Materials Co., Ltd. to expand its presence in China.

Versum Materials receives TSMC "Excellent Performance Award"

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Versum Materials, Inc. announced today it received the "Excellent Performance Award" by the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, TSMC.

Intermolecular announces restructuring initiative and changes in its leadership team

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Intermolecular, Inc. today announced a restructuring initiative to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of their materials innovation services.

Brewer Science earns GreenCircle Certification for zero waste to landfill for second consecutive year

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Brewer Science announced the achievement of Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for the second consecutive year.

Avantor acquires Puritan Products

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Avantor Performance Materials, LLC, announced today the acquisition of Puritan Products, Inc., a supplier of cGMP buffers and solutions for Biopharma customers, and high-purity chemistries for Research and Electronic Materials customers.

Soitec names new VP of Strategic Business Development in China

Thu, 5 May 2017
Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, has appointed Stephen Lin to the newly created position of vice president of strategic business development in China, a key region for the company's future growth plans.

Air Products invests in six industrial gas plants to support electronics manufacturing industry in China

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
Air Products announced it has recently received multiple, long-term supply awards from semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturers in China as the country's electronics manufacturing industry continues to boom.

Materials accelerating innovation at SEMI Strategic Materials Conference

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
Today SEMI announced that the two-day Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) is slated for September 19-20 at San Jose's Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

Umicore inaugurates new production facility in Germany

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Umicore’s business unit Precious Metals Chemistry today inaugurated its production unit for advanced metal organic precursor technologies used in the semiconductor and LED markets.

Taiwan largest semiconductor materials market, as SEMICON Taiwan approaches

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Taiwan is the world's largest consumer of semiconductor materials for the seventh consecutive year, bringing new opportunities in this increasingly critical sector.

Dow Corning receives Global Supplier Award from Bosch

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Issued every two years, Bosch’s coveted awards recognize companies that have demonstrated outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services to Bosch.

Rinchem announces expansion of infrastructure in South Korea

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Rinchem recently announced the expansion of its chemical distribution center in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Stay ahead of the curve with SMC 2017 - Materials accelerating innovation

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Slated for September 18-20 in San Jose, Calif., the 18th annual SMC “offers a unique chance to network and discover opportunities in and around the industry in a year where dramatic growth has returned to the semiconductor market,” observes SMC 2017 co-chair Mark Thirsk of Linx Consulting, who will provide opening remarks at the conference.

Entegris expands its Taiwan tech center to add new microcontamination analysis and tech development capacity

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Entegris Inc., a specialty materials provider, today announced the expansion of its Taiwan Technology Center for Research and Development (TTC) in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

SEMICON Europa moves to Munich: Empowering innovation and shaping the value chain

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
New programs on Materials, Automotive, and Flexible Electronics expand SEMICON Europa's impact.

Monthly semiconductor sales reach $35B globally for first time in August

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
Worldwide sales up 24 percent year-to-year and 4 percent month-to-month; Americas market leads the way with growth of 39 percent year-to-year and 9 percent month-to month.

Power GaN: Everything is in place for volume production

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
Yole projects the explosion of the market with 84% CAGR between 2017 and 2022. The market value will so reach US$ 450 million at the end of the period.

Global AMOLED panel production capacity set to more than quadruple over next five years

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
Samsung Display and LG Display to remain as market leaders.

Growth slows, but RF GaAs device revenue inches higher

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
Strategy Analytics reports revenue for RF GaAs devices increased by slightly less than 1 percent in 2016.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2017 billings 

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
Global semiconductor equipment billings of North American headquartered suppliers for September were $2.0 billion, down 12 percent from the peak level set in June of this year.