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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.

memsstar relocates; Increases manufacturing capacity by 40%

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
memsstar Limited, a provider of etch and deposition equipment and technology solutions to manufacturers of semiconductors and micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS), today announced that it has relocated to a new, larger facility.

MEMSIC introduces world's highest performance three-axis magnetic sensor

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
MEMSIC Inc., a sensing solution provider, today announced the availability of its MMC3524xPJ Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor.

InvenSense unveils gyroscope for high speed motion and wearable applications

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
InvenSense, Inc., the provider of MotionTracking system on chip (SoC) and sound devices, announced the world’s widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications.

Smart, sustainable manufacturing: new sensors for process monitoring

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Industries ranging from chemicals to agri-food to bio-tech and pharmaceuticals are looking at new sensor technologies to streamline processes and improve quality control.

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.

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.

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.

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?

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

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.

Global pressure sensors market is expected to reach $9.36B in 2020

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
The global pressure sensors market was valued at $6.53 billion USD in 2013, growing at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2014 to 2020 to account for $9.36 billion USD in 2020.

MEMSIC introduces the world's first monolithic and wafer level packaged 3D-axis accelerometer

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
MEMSIC, Inc., a MEMS sensing solution provider, announced today the availability of its MXC400xXC, the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer, and also the first 3D accelerometer to utilize WLP technology.

UMC joins Fujitsu's new foundry company

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
United Microelectronics Corporation and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited today announced an agreement for UMC to become a minority shareholder of a newly formed subsidiary of Fujitsu Semiconductor that will include its 300mm wafer manufacturing facility located in Kuwana, Mie, Japan.

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.

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.

Europe: Strong growth in chip equipment spending in 2015

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
Global capital spending on semiconductor equipment is projected to grow 21.1 percent in 2014 and 21.0 percent in 2015.

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.

New 'lab-on-a-chip' could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
University of Kansas Medical Center and KU Cancer Center have just published a breakthrough paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal describing their invention of a miniaturized biomedical testing device for exosomes.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in five years

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019

Apple and Samsung drive adoption of next-generation sensors

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology.

Mergers, acquisitions reshape the automotive semi supplier landscape

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market.

STMicroelectronics tops five billion MEMS sensors shipped

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Beyond gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, and other widely adopted applications, ST’s sensors have also been used in thousands of other useful, fun, and valuable applications.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

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.

STMicroelectronics, AKM, InvenSense and Bosch share 75% of the consume inertial combo market

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Combo sensors continue their growth in a market expected to reach US$ 1.4 billion in 2019 overcoming discrete sensors.

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.

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.

3D TSV begins

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
“Engineering samples have already started to ship and preparation is on-going for entering volume manufacturing,” announces Yole.

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.

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.

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.

Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation.

SUNY Board appoints Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as founding president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) yesterday announced the SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as the founding President of SUNY Poly.

Temporary tattoo offers needle-free way to monitor glucose levels

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have tested a temporary tattoo that both extracts and measures the level of glucose in the fluid in between skin cells. This first-ever example of the flexible, easy-to-wear device could be a promising step forward in noninvasive glucose testing for patients with diabetes.

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.

Security should not be hard to implement

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

MIG announces finalists for MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
Selected from a pool of applicants, finalist companies will demo their MEMS/sensors-based applications as they vie for attendees’ votes.

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.

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.

Light sensors market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Samsung, Apple and Chinese OEMs will drive revenue in the light sensor market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a new report released today from IHS Inc.

2014 top MEMS players ranking: Rising of the first MEMS titan

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
With an impressive 20 percent growth in MEMS revenue compared to 2013, and sales revenues of more than $1.2B, Robert Bosch GmbH is the clear #1.

MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018, says Semico Research

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
The market for MEMS has been growing at a fast rate. But growth will come as a result of a wide variety of emerging MEMS and will be driven by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), where MEMS devices will replace conventional sensors, and by the introduction of new sensor technologies.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, but sales growth is being pulled down significantly by price erosion in this once high-flying semiconductor marketplace.

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.

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.

Sensor competition, actuator recovery impact supplier ranking

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Sensor leader Bosch grabs 20 percent of worldwide sales in 2014 while ST falls from second to fourth place with a 19 percent drop in dollar volume last year, says new O-S-D Report.

Moore's Law to keep on 28nm

Wed, 5 May 2015
Scaling is now bifurcating - some scaling on with 28/22nm, while other push below 14nm.

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.

Growing in maturity, the MEMS industry is getting its second wind

Tue, 5 May 2015
In 2014, the MEMS sector represented an $11.1B business for Si-based devices. According to Yole Développement (Yole) latest MEMS report “Status of the MEMS Industry”, the MEMS industry is preparing to exceed $20B by 2020.

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.

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.

MEMS suppliers ride automotive safety wave

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Suppliers of MEMS-based devices rode a safety sensing wave in 2014 to reach record turnover in automotive applications, according to analysis from IHS.

Fairchild launches MEMS product line

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Fairchild, a supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, today launched the FIS1100 6-axis MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the company’s first MEMS product stemming from its strategic investments in MEMS and motion tracking.

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.

IoT platform, Silicon Impulse, energy efficiency and consumer applications focus of LetiDays discussion

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Smart devices for the Internet of Things are among the top three growth drivers for the semiconductor industry, but the IoT is a highly fragmented market where multiple applications have varying energy requirements.

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.

imec and Holst Centre present a gas sensing platform for intuitive IoT applications

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Imec and Holst Centre have developed a small NO2 sensor featuring a low power consumption in the mW range.

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.

MEMS Industry Group Conference Asia explores MEMS and sensors opportunities in global IoT

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will gather the world’s leading providers of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors technology for its second annual MEMS Industry Group Conference Asia in Shanghai, China on September 8-11, 2015.

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.

Small electronics companies spent $78.3B on semiconductors in 2014

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Startups and small electronics companies spent $78.3 billion on semiconductors in 2014, representing 23 percent of the total market, compelling semiconductor companies to revisit their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations than relying on big deals from large customers, research firm Gartner said.

Three markets will drive the wearable industry

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Yole’s analysts explain wearable is, without doubts, a promising industry. But, who will take benefit of this attracting market, growing from US$22 billion in 2015 to more than US$ 90 billion by 2020?