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HVM production and challenges of UHP PDMAT for ALD-TaN

Sun, 6 Jun 2014
For sub-22nm device generations, device manufacturers are likely to adopt PDMAT precursor for ALD-TaN barrier films for copper interconnect structures.

Avago Technologies to acquire PLX

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Avago Technologies and PLX Technology, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire PLX, a developer of PCI Express silicon and software connectivity solutions.

Micron collaborates with Intel on on-package memory solution, leveraging 3D memory technology

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Micron Technology, Inc., a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to deliver an on-package memory solution for Intel's next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing.

SPTS and CEA-Leti/Nanoelec collaborate on 3D-TSV

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
SPTS Technologies, a manufacturer of etch, deposition and thermal processing equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, to develop 3D-TSV technologies.

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.

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.

Monolithic 3DIC: Overcoming silicon defects

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
As dimensional scaling has reached the diminishing return era there is a buildup of interest in monolithic 3D as an alternative path forward.

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.

CEA-Leti: Monolithic 3D is the solution for further scaling

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Hughes Metras, Leti’s VP of Strategic Partnerships North America, introduced the lead talk at their SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day about monolithic 3D technology as the "solution for scaling."

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.

Process Watch: The 10 fundamental truths of process control for the semiconductor IC industry

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
This is the first in a series of 10 installments which will discuss fundamental truths about process control - inspection and metrology - for the semiconductor industry.

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.

Power supply market to grow by $3.5B in four years

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The global market outlook for AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies is set for healthy expansion starting this year until at least 2018, with revenue during these four years projected to grow by $3.5 billion.

Lighting accounted for one-quarter of all LED driver IC revenue in 2013

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
One out of every four dollars spent worldwide on light-emitting diode (LED) drivers in 2013 was used for lighting applications, illustrating the growing importance of illumination in the LED business.

First Chinese supplier breaks into Top 10 LED rankings in 2013

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
China’s massive investments in light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing capacity are paying off, with a Chinese company entering the top ranks of the global market for the first time ever

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners and capital efficiency

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

Cryogenic etching reduces plasma-induced damage of ultralow-k dielectrics

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Reducing plasma-induced damage is key to advancing the scaling limits.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

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.

Seoul Semiconductor moves in to the Top 5 global LED manufacturers

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
This is a step up from the 2012 ranking of number five global LED manufacturer despite any internal captive revenue.

Riding the embedded software wave

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Software that controls and powers embedded devices is playing a key role in making possible the highly integrated, multi-functional ‘smart’ devices we take for granted in our daily lives – from the ubiquitous smart phones/tablet to ‘smart’ home appliances and wearable electronics.

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."

Intel and Unity Technologies announce collaboration

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
Intel Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced a strategic collaboration to advance the development of Android-based applications on Intel architecture.

Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

New ClassOne electroplater a "sellout" at SEMICON West

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
When ClassOne Technology introduced its new Solstice electroplating systems at SEMICON West last month they didn’t expect to actually sell their first production unit off the show floor, but that’s what happened.

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."

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.

Innovation in the shadow of volcanic change

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The semiconductor equipment and materials industry is currently enjoying a double-digit annual growth rate and good prospects looking forward to 2015.

Shinichi Machida named President and CEO of Fujitsu Semiconductor America

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) today announced that Shinichi "James" Machida, who led the company from late 2008 until spring of 2011, has been named as the new president and CEO of FSA.

Contour Semiconductor awarded three new U.S. patents

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Contour Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of non-volatile memory technologies, today announced it has been awarded three new patents to back its Diode Transistor Memory (DTM) technology, the world's lowest production-cost, non-volatile memory technology.

RFMD shareholders approve merger with TriQuint Semiconductor

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the preliminary results of its special meeting of shareholders held earlier this morning to approve its agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.

Rigorously tuned compact models: Extending predictive models to full-chip

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Fast and predictive 3D resist compact models are needed for OPC applications. A methodology to build such models is described, starting from a 3D bulk image, and including resist interface effects such as diffusion.

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.

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.

Pixelligent Technologies announces $1.25M solid-state lighting award from the Department of Energy

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Pixelligent Technologies announced today that it has been selected for a Department of Energy (DOE) solid-state-lighting award to support the continued development of its OLED lighting application.

SEMI forms new Tablet Working Group

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
When you say the word sapphire most people think of a brilliant blue gemstone. The members that have formed the Tablet Working Group think of sapphire as a key enabler of future growth for their respective businesses.

Gigaphoton introduces "eGrycos" for ArF immersion lasers

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, announced today that it has completed development of an electricity-reduction technology for its flagship “GT Series” of argon fluoride (ArF) immersion lasers used for semiconductor lithography processing.

Kurita, SEMATECH partner on wafer surface contamination and cleaning technology in semiconductor processing

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMATECH, the global consortium of chipmakers, announced today that Kurita Water Industries Limited has partnered with SEMATECH to develop innovative technologies for low defectivity ultrapure water (UPW) applications used in semiconductor manufacturing.

LED Nobel Prize invention leads to $17.7B market and 250,000+ jobs

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded today to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for the creation of white light—a cleaner, more energy-efficient and longer-lasting source of illumination that also has generated a multibillion-dollar market and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Advanced packaging technologies are changing the LED manufacturing supply chain

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
At the LED packaging equipment level, growth will return for the next three years.

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.

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.

Altera CEO John Daane to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association announced that John P. Daane, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Altera, has been named the 2014 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

Mentor Graphics wins $36M in patent infringement suit

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A Portland, Oregon jury today delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement trial against Synopsys, Inc., awarding Mentor Graphics $35 million in damages and royalties.

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.

Threshold voltage tuning for 10nm and beyond CMOS integration

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A novel metal gate integration scheme to achieve precise threshold voltage (VT) control for multiple VTs is described.

Managing oxide growth on in-process storage wafers for cost and yield impact

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A system is described that mitigates unintended oxide growth for bare wafers while in-process storage and potentially post process at tools using nitrogen purge.

Imec, Coventor partner to advance CMOS process development

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Imec researchers using Coventor’s SEMulator3D platform to model and optimize 7nm manufacturing technology.

Gigaphoton achieves 3-hour continuous operation of EUV light source

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Gigaphoton Inc. announced today that it has succeeded in achieving 3-hour continuous operation of its prototype LPP EUV light source at 50 percent duty cycle and 42-W output, equivalent to usage in a high-volume-manufacturing (HVM) environment.

EUV light source developer Adlyte achieves key performance milestone for high-volume manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Adlyte Inc., a developer of high-brightness extreme light sources for advanced semiconductor inspection and metrology applications, today announced it has reached a key performance benchmark for its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source for high-volume manufacturing (HVM)-readiness.

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.

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.

TI to open 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Chengdu assembly/test facility now in production; site celebrates grand opening

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and INVECAS introduce new dedicated design service partner for leading-edge technologies

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing, design and technology solutions, today announced a partnership with INVECAS Inc.

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.

Professors from UC Berkeley and UT Dallas honored for excellence in semiconductor research

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today presented its University Research Award to professors from University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas at Dallas in recognition of their outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.

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.

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.

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.

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.

TSV based memory going to volume production: the era of 3DIC finally begins

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
With the recent Samsung announcement of mass production of 64 GB DDR4 DIMMs that use TSV technology for enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, all three of the major DRAM memory manufactures, Samsung, Hynix and Micron, have now announced the commercialization of TSV based memory architectures.

SEMATECH reports significant progress in EUV resist outgas testing

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
​SEMATECH announced today that promising progress has been made in qualifying outgassing specifications for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

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.

SEMI reports third quarter 2014 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 8.82 billion in the third quarter of 2014.

Intel announces IoT platform

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Intel Corporation today announced the Intel IoT Platform, an end-to-end reference model designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Global Semiconductor Alliance announces 2014 Award recipients

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
GSA members identified the Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Award winners by casting ballots for the industry’s most respected companies for its products, vision and future opportunities.

Murata completes acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Murata Electronics North America, Inc. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, today announce that Murata has acquired all outstanding shares of Peregrine.

Process Watch: Fab managers don’t like surprises

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Nobody likes surprises - especially the managers of $10 billion factories.

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.