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SMIC establishes the first 12 in CIS supply chain in China

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced that the first 12" color filter and micro lens array production line in mainland China has been completed and put into production by Toppan SMIC Electronics of Shanghai

The bright future of Si photonics

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Beyond all of the hype and tumult, market drivers and technological developments are converging to ensure a bright future for Si photonics.

Is silicon wafer pricing on its way up again?

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Silicon wafer volumes recover; revenues forecasted to improve. Techcet forecasts $8.7B on 9,500 MSI Si by 2015.

Nanolab Technologies acquires Microtech Laboratories, LLC

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Nanolab Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Microtech Laboratories, LLC a well-established Dallas, Texas, failure analysis laboratory founded in 1999.

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.

SMIC and Qualcomm collaborate on 28nm wafer production in China

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Qualcomm Incorporated, have announced that SMIC and Qualcomm Technologies are working together in connection with 28nm process technology and wafer manufacturing services in China to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Lam Research expands its portfolio for atomic-scale processing

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Lam Research Corp., a major global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced the addition of atomic layer etch (ALE) to its portfolio of atomic layer deposition (ALD) products.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNYIT launch CMP Center

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
The Center aims to accelerate the development of next generation CMP technology, and to drive improvement in the yield and cost of ownership of CMP processes.

SEMI forecasts double-digit business growth in 2014, 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The worldwide semiconductor capital equipment market is forecast to increase 20.8 percent this year to $38.44 billion, compared with 2013’s $31.82 billion, and another 10.8 percent in 2015 to $42.6 billion, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.

SEMI announces new South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America.

Micron 16nm NAND flash memory awarded Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Micron Technology, Inc. and TechInsights today announced that Micron has been honored with both the Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year awards for their 16nm NAND Flash memory technology in TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices settle outstanding litigation

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

Harnessing big data

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Addressing the analytics challenges in supply chain management.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Cavium to acquire switching and SDN specialist Xpliant

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Cavium, Inc., a provider of semiconductor products, announced an agreement to acquire Xpliant, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California.

Pfeiffer Vacuum joins the Facilities 450mm Consortium

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C), a partnership of leading nanoelectronics facility companies guiding the effort to design and build the next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities, today announced it has again increased in size, naming Pfeiffer Vacuum as the twelfth member company to join the consortium.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds Bill Davidson as Chief Administrative Officer

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, announced today the addition of William “Bill” Davidson, Jr. as senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO), strengthening the company’s leadership team.

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."

SmartPlay to offer design services for customers of Intel Custom Foundry

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require expertise, know-how and unique IP in critical embedded applications.

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.

SRC TECHCON 2014 Conference to feature speakers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, LinkedIn, High Point University

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
The TECHCON 2014 conference hosted by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, will feature immediate past GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha among the list of executive speakers at the Sept. 7-9 annual event.

Plastic electronics: Opportunity on the edge of commercialization

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
The Plastics Electronics Conference and Exposition will co-locate with SEMICON Europa. Plastic Electronics 2014 (PE 2014) is themed “Enabling Applications beyond Limits in Electronics” and will be held at Alpexpo in Grenoble on 7-9 October.

Lean strategies and decentralized value chains fuel RFID uptake in manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.29 billion in 2013 and estimates this to nearly quadruple to $4.99 billion in 2020.

Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit —keynotes and highlights announced

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
SEMI today announced the keynotes for the 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit(September 16-17), an executive conference focused on Vietnam’'s growing role in the global semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor and circuit manufacturing: one of the top export industries in the United States

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Although operators will continue to face strong international competition, new opportunities in next-generation semiconductors and electronic inputs will encourage operators to invest in product development.

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.

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.

GaN continues to move microwave RF power semiconductor markets to over $300M by 2019

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Spending on microwave RF power semiconductors continues to tick upward as the availability of new gallium nitride (GaN) devices for 4 to 18GHz becomes more pervasive.

Second quarter 2014 semi equipment billings 28% higher than 2013 second quarter

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 9.62 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

New Swedish manufacturer of advanced deposition equipment for wide band gap semiconductor materials

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
A new company, Epiluvac AB, has entered the scene with the ambition to supply the needed deposition equipment.

35 European start-ups showcased at SEMICON Europa’s Innovation Village

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
35 major European start-ups will participate in the Innovation Village and present their new technologies at SEMICON Europa.

David Bell joins Triad Semiconductor's Board of Directors

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Triad Semiconductor, Inc. today announced that David B. Bell former President & CEO of Intersil and former President of Linear Technology Corporation was appointed to the company's board of directors.

SEMI releases second quarter 2014 worldwide PV equipment market statistics report

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Worldwide billings increased to $319 million in Q2 2014, an increase of 33 percent from the prior quarter but 11 percent below the same quarter a year ago.

EMCORE Corporation announces CEO transition plan

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and space solar power industries, today announced a transition plan of its Chief Executive Officer position in connection with the announced sale of its Space Photovoltaics business.

Photonics community celebrates bipartisan passage of Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Photonics community leaders including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are celebrating bipartisan passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill designed to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies and promote growth of high-value jobs.

KYOCERA joins imec’s industrial affiliation program on advanced silicon solar cell technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec and Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera, the Japanese high-tech electronics company and manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules and systems, has joined imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to advance next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells.

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.

Silicon Motion elects Han-Ping Shieh to Board of Directors

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Mr. Shieh will replace Mr. Kenneth Kuan-Min Lin, who had chosen not to stand for reelection to the Board of Directors in order to focus more on his venture capital and other activities.

United States photomask market to reach around $475M by 2019

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
According to the recently published TechSci Research report, "United States Photomask Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019", the photomask market in the United States is forecast to reach $474.58 billion by 2019.

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.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10FinFET process technology

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology.

Silicon Cloud International launches semiconductor collaborative platform in Singapore

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Silicon Cloud International (SCI), a provider of secure and private cloud computing infrastructure, announced today successful pilot program launch of its semiconductor workflow platform in Singapore.

UMC announce joint venture for a 12" fab in China

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, today announced a joint venture company focused on 12" wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People's Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group.

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.

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.

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to streamline new CMOS-based infrared sensing modules

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
IRLYNX and CEA-Leti today announced they have launched a technology-development partnership for a new CMOS-based infrared technology that will allow a new type of smart and connected detectors in buildings and cities.

Canadian semiconductor manufacturing industry revenue expected to decline 8% in 2014

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Industry manufacturers, which are typically small- to mid-sized enterprises, will find it difficult to match the research and development (R&D) spending of multinational competitors.

Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill declines in September

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
While order activity moderated, equipment spending this year is expected to be robust and remain on pace for double-digit year-over-year growth.

Lam Research ships 100th Syndion etch module

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Lam Research Corp., a global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced it has shipped the 100th Syndion module for deep silicon etch applications.

Mentor Graphics appoints vice president for PCB Design

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced the appointment of A.J. Incorvaia to the role of vice president and general manager of the company's Board Systems Division.

KLA-Tencor reveals 'leveraged recapitalization' plan and an expanded stock repurchase program

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Yesterday, KLA-Tencor announced a plan to significantly accelerate its strategy to drive stockholder returns.

SMIC and ASML sign volume purchase agreement

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and ASML Holding N.V. announce the signing of a volume purchase agreement that will provide SMIC with lithography systems from ASML.

Intersil announces appointment of industry executives to board of directors

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Intersil Corporation, a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the appointment of two accomplished executives to its board of directors, bringing the total number of independent directors to nine.

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.

TSI Semiconductors and Silvaco extend collaboration to accelerate launch of 0.25um BCDMOS process

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Silvaco, Inc. (Silvaco) and TSI Semiconductors, LLC (TSI) today announced that they have extended their collaboration to accelerate the development and production launch of TSI's 0.25um BCDMOS process technology.

SEMICON Japan 2014: New venue and new ideas for rebounding industry

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of speakers for SEMICON Japan’s Opening Day — Accenture, Applied Materials, ARM, IBM Japan, Intel K.K., NIICT, Scripps, Toshiba, and Toyota.

Solar glass price plunge to cease as trade sanctions take effect

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
After falling by about 50 percent from 2009 through 2014, pricing for solar glass is set to commence a rebound starting next year, as anti-dumping duties levied by the European Union go into effect on Chinese suppliers.

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.

2014 Global Semiconductor Alliance Award nominees announced

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the 2014 award nominees for the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration taking place on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

Reno Sub-Systems closes first venture round with Intel Capital, Innovacorp and other investors

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Reno Sub-Systems (Reno) today announced that it has closed its first venture funding round with Intel Capital, early stage Canadian venture capital organization Innovacorp and other investors.

Tetsuro Higashi to receive the SEMI Sales and Marketing Excellence Award

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
SEMI today announced that Tetsuro (Terry) Higashi, chairman, president and CEO of Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the SEMI Sales and Marketing Excellence Award, inspired by the late Bob Graham.

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

SEMATECH names Ronald Goldblatt permanent CEO

Fri, 11 Nov 2014
SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, today announced that Dr. Ronald Goldblatt has been named President and Chief Executive Officer by the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Goldblatt has served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014.

Graphene Frontiers secures patent for commercial-scale material production

Fri, 11 Nov 2014
Graphene Frontiers LLC, a developer of graphene materials and device technology, announces the issuance of a key industry patent.

$1,000,000 "Challenge Grant" goal achieved for SEMI high tech industry workforce development

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
With generous “Morgan Challenge Matchmaker” contributions, the SEMI Foundation recently reached its goal of $1 million for workforce development.

Qualcomm joins SRC’s Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems Initiative

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has joined SRC’s Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S) program.

AKHAN Semiconductor announces licensing agreement with Argonne National Laboratory

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have reached an exclusive licensing agreement on a patent portfolio that will provide AKHAN with the intellectual property to become a fully-integrated semiconductor designer, developer and manufacturer.

SPTS Technologies awarded 'Supplier of the Year - Front End Equipment' by Infineon

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company, and a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced it was awarded ‘Supplier of the Year – Front End Equipment’ at this year’s Infineon Supplier Day held in Munich.

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.

SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions and imec sign collaboration agreement for joint R&D on advanced nodes

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
Today, nanoelectronics research center imec announced that SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of advanced systems for the semiconductor industry, has joined imec’s suppliers hub for joint R&D in cleaning, wet etch and advanced lithography coat/develop processing.

Carbonics aims for improved power consumption and performance with new carbon nanomaterials

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Startup is backed by $5.5M investment, leveraging carbon research conducted at UCLA and USC.

GSA announces 2015 Board of Directors election results and appointment

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the appointment of two key executives as well as the results of its 2015 Board of Directors’ election.

Paul A. Mascarena joins ON Semiconductor's board of directors

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
ON Semiconductor Corporation today announced that Paul A. Mascarenas has joined its Board of Directors. The Board also appointed Mr. Mascarenas to its Science and Technology Committee.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

Fri, 11 Nov 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

SEMICON Korea focuses on breaking through the limitations of semiconductor technology

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
Over 500 exhibiting companies from 20 countries and more than 40,000 attendees are expected to attend SEMICON Korea 2015, to be held February 4-6 at COEX in Seoul.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $38B in 2014 to nearly $44B in 2015

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 19.3 percent to $38.0 billion in 2014, according to the SEMI Year-end Forecast, released today at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium to focus on changing supply chain ecosystem and directions for growth

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Microelectronics industry executives will convene at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) on January 11-14 to discuss “Riding the Wave of Silicon Magic.”

ON Semiconductor adds new distribution partners to expand business in Japan and Asia-Pacific

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
ON Semiconductor has announced new distribution channel partner agreements with two multi-national electronics trading franchises based in Japan. Ryosan Co., Ltd. and Macnica Inc. join the roster of ON Semiconductor channel sales partners to help expand domestic sales within Japan and work to drive sales growth in China and other Asia-Pacific geographies.

Veeco completes acquisition of Solid State Equipment Holdings LLC

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
Veeco Instruments Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Solid State Equipment Holdings LLC (“SSEC”), based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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.

TSMC recognizes outstanding suppliers at Supply Chain Management Forum

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
TSMC held its 14th annual Supply Chain Management forum on December 4, 2014 to show appreciation for the support and contributions of its suppliers in 2014, and to recognize nine outstanding equipment and materials suppliers.

Linde appoints new Executive Board members

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The Linde AG Supervisory Board has appointed Dr. Christian Bruch and Bernd Eulitz as new members of its Executive Board with effect from January 1, 2015.

Lattice Semiconductor announces appointment of Jeff Richardson to Board of Directors

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jeff Richardson to the company’s Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

John Neuffer named president and CEO of SIA

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that John Neuffer has been named president & CEO of the association.

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.

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.

Synopsys and imec expand TCAD collaboration to 5nm and beyond

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Synopsys, Inc. today announced the expansion of its collaboration with imec (nanoelectronics research center imec) to nanowire and other devices (FinFETs, Tunnel-FETs) targeting the 5-nanometer (nm) technology node and beyond.

Book-to-bill climbs above parity in November

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.22 billion in orders worldwide in November 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the November EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

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.

The ConFab 2015: Time for collaboration

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The future of the semiconductor industry continues to shine brightly.

Global semiconductor sales in November outpace 2013 totals

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of November 2014.

UCT announces new CEO

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. today announced that Mr. James Scholhamer has accepted an offer to become UCT's Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, January 19, 2015.

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.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Linear Dimensions to offer joint analog solution for wearables and MEMs sensors markets

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Linear Dimensions Semiconductor Inc. today announced that they are working together to manufacture a 14-channel programmable reference from Linear Dimensions for multiple markets including IoT (Internet of Things) sensor and wearable device applications.

New secondary fab equipment market report available from SEMI

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
With new cost-sensitive semiconductor devices driving capacity demand, 200mm wafer size and currently existing (legacy) fabs are seeing a renaissance, SEMI completed a thorough study of the secondary fab equipment market to identify the market size and to capture key trends and issues impacting this industry segment.

Mentor Graphics acquires Flexras Technologies

Tue, 1 Jan 2015
The Flexras timing-driven partitioning technology will expand and strengthen the portfolio of tools available from Mentor to help engineers overcome the challenges of increasingly complex design prototyping.

JEOL and UC Irvine partner to develop electron microscopy and materials research center

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
JEOL USA and the University of California's Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) have entered into a strategic partnership to create a premier electron microscopy and materials science research facility.

Two companies honored with SEMI Award

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
SEMI today announced that two companies, Brewer Science and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE), are recipients of the 2014 SEMI Award for North America.

Orbotech announces collaboration between SPTS and Fraunhofer on process development of wafer level packaging

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
Orbotech Ltd. today announced that SPTS Technologies is collaborating with Fraunhofer IZM, an international institute specializing in applied and industrial contract research, on next generation wafer level packaging of microelectronic devices.

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.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 0.98

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.37 billion in orders worldwide in December 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the December EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

GIGAPHOTON honored with 2015 "Toshiba Partnership Award"

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2015 Partnership Award from Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Company’s Yokkaichi Operations, a world production base of NAND flash memory devices.

2014 was bumper year for automotive semiconductors

Tue, 1 Jan 2015
The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS.

Gov. Baker announces $4M grant to UMass Lowell to fuel emerging printed electronics cluster

Thu, 1 Jan 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) to UMass Lowell to support development of a printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field that has the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade.

EUV, Internet of Things, 3D integration among hot topics at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Fri, 1 Jan 2015
Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), 3D integration, and the Internet of Things will be among critical technologies featured at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2015 22 to 26 February in San Jose, California.

ClassOne acquires Microprocess Technologies product lines

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
ClassOne Technology, the wet-chemistry semiconductor equipment manufacturer, has announced the acquisition of two complete product lines from Microprocess Technologies.

SEMICON Korea opens tomorrow: Korea IC manufacturing fueled by memory and mobility

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
SEMICON Korea 2015 at COEX in Seoul opens tomorrow with more than 500 exhibiting companies and an expected 40,000 attendees.

Spansion and XMC expand partnership to jointly develop 3D NAND

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
Spansion Inc. and XMC, China's fastest growing 300mm semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies will work together to develop and manufacture 3D NAND technology.

Qualcomm and China's National Development and Reform Commission reach resolution

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law.

Mentor Graphics launches broadest embedded systems solution for industrial automation

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the embedded systems industry's broadest portfolio for industrial automation.

Strategy is key differentiator as more efficient GaN, SiC power electronics enter market

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap (WBG) materials claim market share from silicon-based semiconductors, according to Lux Research.

SEMI wins semiconductor etch equipment export control ruling

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
This week, after a four-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce declared the export controls on certain etch equipment and technology ineffective, thereby removing a cumbersome and onerous impediment to efficient trade.

Silicon wafer shipments reach record levels in 2014

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 11 percent in 2014 when compared to 2013 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Giga-scale challenges will dominate 2015

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
It wasn’t all that long ago when nano-scale was the term the semiconductor industry used to describe small transistor sizes to indicate technological advancement.

eBeam Initiative announces education and collaboration focus on reactivating density benefits of Moore's Law

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
The eBeam Initiative, a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of new semiconductor manufacturing approaches based on electron beam (eBeam) technologies, today announced that its top theme for 2015 will be the reactivation of the density benefits of Moore's Law through eBeam technology.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES joins imec to develop innovative RF solutions for Internet of Things applications

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced a partnership with imec, a nanoelectronics research center, for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.

China's semiconductor investment plans focus of SEMICON China 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
China's new industry investment and government promotion policies outlined in the recent "National Guidelines for Development and Promotion of the IC Industry" represents major opportunities for China and global semiconductor companies.

Call for Papers open for SEMICON Europa 2015 and Plastic Electronics 2015

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
SEMI today announced the "Call for Papers" for technical sessions and presentations for SEMICON Europa 2015 which takes place October 6-8 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.

Micron appoints Robert Peglar as Vice President of Advanced Storage Solutions

Thu, 2 Feb 2015
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that Robert Peglar has been named as vice president of Advanced Storage Solutions.

January 2015 book-to-bill supports positive outlook for semiconductor equipment industry

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

AG Semiconductor Services and JA Mitsui Leasing join forces

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
AG Semiconductor Services, LLC (AGSS), one of the largest suppliers of used electronics manufacturing equipment, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic relationship with JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. (JAML).

Freescale pushes for a secure Internet of Things

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum, Freescale Semiconductor and its partners are tackling the most dire challenge the young movement has faced to date – the alarming lack of unified guidelines for ensuring the security of IoT applications.

Penang to host inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia

Wed, 2 Feb 2015
The inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, will run from 22–24 April at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, Malaysia.

SEMICON Russia 2015 presents Microelectronics Market Conference and new TechARENA sessions

Mon, 3 Mar 2015
SEMICON Russia, a meeting place of the entire micro- and nanoelectronics industry in Russia, will take place from 16 to 18 June in Moscow.

Yole reports growth recovery in power electronics industry

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Yole Développement (Yole) announces the return to the power electronics market growth, after two years of stagnancy.

Comparing market sizes and forecasted growth rates for systems, ICs

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Cellphones expand as largest system market; IoT growing fastest through 2018.

TowerJazz begins mass production of advanced IR sensor

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
TowerJazz, a specialty foundry, announced today it has begun mass production of an IR sensor used by Intel in one of its new 3D sensing solutions.

Intel honors 21 companies with Preferred Quality Supplier and Achievement Awards

Wed, 3 Mar 2015
Intel Corporation today announced that 19 companies will receive the 2014 Intel Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award that recognizes commitment to performance excellence and continuous improvement.

Mentor Graphics joins the Center for Power Electronics Systems

Wed, 3 Mar 2015
Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that it has joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech, the industry consortium dedicated to improving electrical power processing and distribution across various systems.

Boston Semi Equipment completes relocation of headquarters and Aetrium test handler business

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
The new facility houses corporate functions as well as the Aetrium test handler business acquired in 2014 and relocated from Minnesota to Massachusetts.

Dr. Zixue Zhou appointed as Chairman of SMIC

Mon, 3 Mar 2015
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"), the largest pure-play foundry provider in China, has appointed Dr. Zixue Zhou as the new chairman and executive director of SMIC. Dr. Zhou's position as chairman will become effective as of today.

Applied Materials honored as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it has been recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $37.50 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

Imec to honor TSMC Chairman Dr. Morris Chang with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Nano-electronics research center imec has announced that it will award Dr. Morris Chang, founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry, with a lifetime of innovation award.

High tech start-ups to connect with investors at SEMICON Europa 2015

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015 (October 6-8) will prominently feature second edition of this very successful program connecting early-stage companies with strategic investors, venture capitalists and other relevant stakeholders.

Entrepix adds 300mm CMP capabilities to Phoenix foundry

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Entrepix, Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced that it has expanded its foundry operations in Phoenix, Arizona by installing 300mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processing.

AKM Semiconductor signs global distribution agreement with Digi-Key

Wed, 3 Mar 2015
Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, a provider of electronic component selection, availability and delivery, has partnered with AKM Semiconductor Inc., to facilitate the global distribution of AKM’s products.

Small powerful systems give rise to medical semiconductor sales

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
Market for medical semiconductors seen rising to $8.2 billion in 2018.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.02

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

NXP and GlobalFoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, and NXP Semiconductor N.V, a semiconductor company for secure connection solutions, today announced that they have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory.

Stephen G. Daly joins MACOM's Board of Directors

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., a supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, today announced the appointment of Stephen G. Daly as an independent director.

Dr. Terry Brewer receives the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the American Chemical Society

Wed, 3 Mar 2015
Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science, was presented the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the American Chemical Society’s 249th National Meeting.

NXP-Freescale fusion creates automotive semiconductor powerhouse, IHS Says

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
The merged company would become the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive market, with at least $1 billion more revenue than the next-largest supplier, Renesas.

Southeast Asia to spend $19B for semiconductor equipment and materials by 2016

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Programme information is now available on the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, which will run from 22–24 April at SPICE in Penang.

U.S.-headquartered companies capture bulk of IDM, fabless IC sales

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
Recent acquisitions expeted to boost Europe's share in coming years.

AWSC purchases ClassOne’s Solstice S8 electroplater

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced the sale and delivery of its Solstice S8 Plating System to Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) of Taiwan.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February compared to last year

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent from February 2014 when sales were $26.0 billion.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
The global semiconductor materials market increased 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10 percent.

First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year

Mon, 5 May 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $83.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

2014: A year in review - Semiconductor equipment and materials market and outlook

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
2014 was the second record breaking year in a row in terms of semiconductor device revenues; the industry grew a robust 10 percent to total $336 billion, according to the WSTS.

SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.2B

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
SEMI reports that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was $3.2 billion in 2014 and is forecasted to reach $3.4 billion in 2016.

GaN Systems seals distribution deal in Japan and Asia

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
GaN Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced it has signed an agreement with Japanese semiconductor and electronic component distributor, Value Integrated Technology (Vitec).

Semiconductor CEOs urge congress to enact Trade Promotion Authority

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
The SIA board of directors, led by Intel CEO and SIA chairman Brian Krzanich, sent a letter today to congressional leaders expressing support for the legislation and urging its swift passage.

SiVance, LLC opens R&D lab to drive innovations in specialty silane and silicone technologies

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, today announced the opening of a new, 11,000 sq.ft. research and development (R&D) laboratory.

Synopsys to acquire software security company Codenomicon

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Synopsys, Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenomicon.

SPTS Technologies receives Supplier Excellence Award from Analog Devices

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Orbotech LTD. today announced that SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, was presented with a Supplier Excellence Award in the ‘Special Achievement’ category at the Analog Devices annual award ceremony held in Hong Kong.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

Wed, 4 Apr 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe.

Brewer Science and Nissan Chemical Industries formalize agreement expanding support for the semiconductor industry

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
Brewer Science, Inc., and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd., announced they have formally extended their business relationship through 2028.

Entegris elects James P. Lederer to Board of Directors

Fri, 5 May 2015
Entegris, Inc., a provider of yield-enhancing materials and solutions for advanced manufacturing processes, announced the election of James P. Lederer as an independent director at the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today.

Intel and the Department of Science and Technology launch the "Innovate for Digital India Challenge"

Fri, 5 May 2015
Intel in India reinforced its commitment to the Government of India's Digital India vision with the announcement of the Intel and DST "Innovate for Digital India Challenge", which will focus on the creation of products to increase technology adoption in India that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem.

SEMATECH and Exogenesis form strategic alliance to commercialize accelerated neutral atom beam tech

Mon, 5 May 2015
SEMATECH and Exogenesis Corp. have agreed to a strategic alliance to commercialize Exogenesis' Accelerated Neutral Atom Beam (ANAB) technology and their nAcceltm accelerated particle beam equipment platform.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

Mon, 5 May 2015
A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

New approaches to small problems

Thu, 5 May 2015
The market expectations of modern electronics technology are changing the landscape in terms of performance and, in particular, power consumption, and new innovations are putting unprecedented demands on semiconductor devices.

ASE and TDK announce plans for joint venture agreement

Fri, 5 May 2015
Driving towards market leadership in setting the industry standard for semiconductor miniaturization in portable and wearable consumer devices.

JSR and imec partner to enable next generation EUV lithography resist solutions

Tue, 5 May 2015
JSR Corporation, a materials company and imec, a nanoelectronics R&D center, today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner in enabling manufacturing and quality control of EUV lithography materials for the semiconductor industry.

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2015 Call for Papers

Tue, 5 May 2015
The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Micron Technology names Ernie Maddock as Chief Financial Officer

Tue, 5 May 2015
Micron Technology, Inc. this week announced that the company has appointed Ernie Maddock as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, effective June 1, 2015.

Intel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the cloud

Tue, 5 May 2015
Intel Corporation today announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the "cloud."

SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

Thu, 5 May 2015
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.

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.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

Tue, 5 May 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

EV Group NILphotonics Competence Center sees strong demand For emerging photonic applications

Tue, 5 May 2015
Newly launched center assisting customers in developing products and applications in photonics; leads to multiple system orders.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

Thu, 5 May 2015
SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

Samtec joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program

Thu, 5 May 2015
Samtec, Inc., a supplier of high-speed interconnects, microelectronics, and micro-optical solutions, is pleased to announce its entrance in the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Nanoelec.

Research institutes globally invest in Oxford Instruments' plasma systems for graphene and 2D materials development

Thu, 5 May 2015
As developments in graphene and 2D materials technology continue to increase, research institutes globally are investing in Oxford Instruments’ plasma processing Nanofab equipment using CVD, PECVD and ICPCVD techniques to further their work in this important area.

SEMI April 2015 book-to-bill report shows continued improvements in bookings and billings

Thu, 5 May 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Digital Specialty Chemicals receives investment from Intel Capital

Tue, 5 May 2015
Digital Specialty Chemicals Limited (DSC), a dual bottom line corporation and leading provider of advanced materials to the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical markets, announced that it has received an equity investment from Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization.

Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom for $37B

Fri, 5 May 2015
Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value.

NXP Semiconductors announces agreement to sell RF power business

Fri, 5 May 2015
NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced an agreement that will facilitate the sale of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.

Tablet shipments lose momentum; Total PC unit forecast downgraded

Fri, 5 May 2015
IC Insights has downgraded its forecast for the overall personal computing market, including much lower growth in tablets and continued weakness in standard PCs.

Eulitha delivers PHABLE Photolithography System to MESA+ NanoLab

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
EULITHA, a Swiss startup company offering innovative lithography equipment and services for the nanotechnology, photonics and optoelectronic markets announced today the delivery of its unique PhableR 100 photolithography tool to the MESA + NanoLab of the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES solidifies 14nm finFET design infrastructure for next-generation chip design

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced it has reached a critical milestone in providing a design infrastructure for its 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.

Avago Technologies acquisition of Broadcom creates new semiconductor powerhouse

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Merger activity in the semiconductor industry moved to a new level with the announcement of the agreement for Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month's total of $27.7 billion.

SEMI reports first quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures; billings $9.52B

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.52 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

Leti launches new Silicon Impulse FD-SOI Development Program

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
CEA-Leti announced today during the Design Automation Conference that seven partners have joined its new FD-SOI IC development program, Silicon Impulse.

Imagination and TSMC collaborate on advanced IoT IP platforms

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and TSMC announce a collaboration to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process.

ISSI agrees to merger terms with Cypress Semiconductor

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. today announced that it has finalized a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cypress Semiconductor Corporation for $20.25 per share in cash.

SPTS Technologies named among the 2015 10 Best Suppliers of chip making equipment by VLSIresearch

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
SPTS also ranked as a 2015 Best Supplier in the Fab Equipment Category.

ASCENT project offers unparalleled access to European nanoelectronics infrastructure

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Europe’s leading nanoelectronics institutes, Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, have entered a €4.7 million collaborative open-access project called ASCENT (Access to European Nanoelectronics Network).

Industry 4.0, automotive, and emerging markets highlights at SEMICON Europa

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Today, SEMI announced that SEMICON Europa 2015, the region’s largest microelectronics manufacturing event, will offer new themes to support the semiconductor industry’'s development in Europe.

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.

DCG Systems acquires MultiProbe

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
DCG Systems announced today that it has acquired the assets of MultiProbe, a provider of atomic force-based nanoprobing solutions for the semiconductor industry.

SK Hynix ramps production of high bandwidth memory

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
SK Hynix Inc. announced today that it is shipping mass production volumes of 1st generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM1) based on SK hynix’s advanced 20nm-class DRAM process technology.

Entegris reaches milestones at its i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Entegris, Inc., a developer of yield-enhancing materials and solutions for highly advanced manufacturing environments, announced the first shipments of production quantities of UPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) membrane from its i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science in Bedford, Massachusetts.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

Sondrel announces further investment in graduate training for the semiconductor sector

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO, has announced his commitment to further investment in the training of graduate engineers looking to develop a career in the IC design sector, by providing a teaching fellow, and nine scholarship awards to students engaged on the Sondrel University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design.

Bosch selects Rudolph for semiconductor inspection solutions

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced today that the MEMS company, Robert Bosch GmbH, has selected Rudolph to supply several different configurations of its F30 Inspection System for various steps in the front- and back-end fabrication processes of micro electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program to optimize the chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) process through silicon characterization and modeling for advanced-node designs at 14 nanometer (nm) and below.

Exagan raises €5.7M to produce high-efficiency GaN-on-Silicon power-switching devices on 200mm wafers

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Exagan, a start-up innovator of gallium-nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology that enables smaller and more efficient electrical converters, today announced it has raised €5.7 million in first-round financing that will be used to produce high-speed power switching devices on 200mm wafers.

SMIC, Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm in joint investment on SMIC's new R&D company

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
The joint venture company will focus on R&D towards next generation CMOS logic technology and build China's most advanced integrated circuit (IC) development R&D platform.

SMIC receives "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from Qualcomm

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced its receipt of the "2014 Foundry Supplier of the Year" award from customer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Taiwan tops fab spending - Driving anticipation for SEMICON Taiwan 2015

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
In 2015,Taiwan is projected to have the highest capex for semiconductor manufacturing worldwide.

SPP Technologies to acquire SPTS Technologies' Thermal Products business

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
ORBOTECH LTD. today announced that SPTS Technologies Group Ltd. (SPTS), an Orbotech company and supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions, has sold its Thermal Products business to SPP Technologies Co, Ltd.

Ambiq Micro appoints Mike Noonen as interim CEO

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Ambiq Micro, a developer of ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, today announced the appointment Mike Noonen as interim Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Global semiconductor sales increase five percent in May 2015

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014, when sales were $26.8 billion.

Micron Technology names Trevor Schulze as Chief Information Officer

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced it has appointed Trevor Schulze as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Blood and tears at DAC

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
At this year’s Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco, Brian Otis, a Director at Google, talked about how hundreds of millions of people are at risk of diabetes – and how a smart contact lens that continuously monitors blood glucose levels and transmits the data to a smartphone might just be the ideal solution.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Analog Devices joins SRC's Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems Initiative

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that Analog Devices, Inc. has joined SRC’s hardware cybersecurity research program called Trustworthy and Secure Semiconductors and Systems (T3S).

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2015 book-to-bill ratio

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.51 billion in orders worldwide in June 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI

“Above and beyond TSV for advanced ICs” - SEMI European 3D Summit 2016

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
SEMI today announced the fourth annual European 3D Summit. Entitled “European 3D Summit 2016: Above and Beyond TSV,” the advanced semiconductor Summit will take place on January 18-20, 2016 in Minatec in Grenoble, France.

SIA commends launch of Congressional Semiconductor Caucus

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
SIA recognized members of the caucus at a reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening and honored the caucus's co-chairs, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).

ROHM Semiconductor acquires Powervation

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
ROHM Co., Ltd., a developer of analog power IC solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Powervation Ltd., a privately held digital power IC company that develops Digital Power Management system-on-chip (SoC) solutions.

Qualcomm appoints Sunil Lalvani as vice president and president of Qualcomm India

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Qualcomm Incorporated today announced the appointment of Sunil Lalvani as vice president and president of Qualcomm India, and the departure of Avneesh Agrawal, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm India and South Asia.

Semiconductor market worth $332B in 2015

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
ReportsnReports.com added 2015 semiconductor market research reports that forecast a 2.9 percent CAGR to 2020 for semiconductor industry and a 6.7 percent rise from 2014 in the semiconductor equipment market size during 2015 across the world.

Chinese automotive semiconductor revenues to hit $6.2B in 2015

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The growth rate for vehicle shipments in China is slowing, but more and better performing semiconductors will still be required in automotive applications in the coming years.

Advanced materials enable a smart and interconnected world - SEMI Strategic Materials Conference 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
The SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), taking place September 22–-23 in Mountain View, Calif., will uncover the drivers for new materials and how material suppliers are impacted by the value chain they serve.

The confidence of the Wide Band Gap industry

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
WBG companies are slowly but surely reshaping the industry and accelerate the market adoption with numerous strategic mergers and acquisitions and the development of disruptive solutions.

SPTS Technologies receives a $16M multiple system order from WIN Semiconductors Corp.

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
ORBOTECH LTD. today announced that SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, has received an order, worth approximately US$16M, for multiple etch and deposition systems from WIN Semiconductors Corp.

Microchip Technology completes acquisition of Micrel

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
Microchip Technology Incorporated, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Micrel, Incorporated today announced that Microchip has completed its previously announced acquisition of Micrel.

Intel to collaborate with Georgia Tech

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Intel Corporation announced it will invest $5 million over the next five years to deepen its engineering pipeline partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and deploy research-driven solutions to inspire and retain women and underrepresented minorities to start and complete computer science and engineering degrees.

SunEdison Semiconductor announces manufacturing consolidation

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
The consolidation will consist of closing its Ipoh, Malaysia wafering plant by the end of 2016, and relocating the associated capacity to other plant sites. The company does not expect its total capacity to change.

SEMI Taiwan PV Committee elects new vice chairs

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
SEMI Taiwan PV Committee announced the newly-elected vice chairs: Cafer Huang, general manager at Giga Solar Materials Corp., and Swean Lin, president at Green Energy Technology Inc.

Qualcomm to acquire Ikanos

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
Qualcomm Incorporated subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., today announced it entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Ikanos Communications, Inc., a high performance broadband networking semiconductor and software provider enabling both central office and home gateway solutions.

ON Semiconductor appoints Alan Campbell to Board of Directors

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
ON Semiconductor Corporation today announced that Alan Campbell has joined its Board of Directors.

MagnaChip to host first Foundry Technology Symposium in Shanghai, China

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced today it is hosting its first Foundry Technology Symposium at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai, China, on September 22, 2015.

Low Power Conference at SEMICON Europa 2015

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Trends and innovations for low and ultra-low power integrated circuits are the focus of the Low Power Conference at the SEMICON Europa 2015 in Dresden, October 6-8.

Leon Panetta to deliver keynote address at annual SIA Award Dinner

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming SIA Award Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 3 in San Jose, Calif.

ISSI provides update on closing of acquisition by Uphill

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., a global fabless semiconductor company, today provided an update on the closing of its pending acquisition by Uphill Investment Co. for $23.00 per share in cash.

Update for exporters: Trade wins and delays

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
With trade policy dominating headlines in recent weeks, all eyes were on Maui in the waning days of August as trade ministers from twelve nations convened for perhaps the final time to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

ON Semiconductor names former Texas Instruments VP to Board of Directors

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
ON Semiconductor Corporation this week announced that Gilles Delfassy has joined its Board of Directors.

MagnaChip appoints Gary Tanner to Board of Directors

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced the appointment of Gary Tanner to its Board of Directors.

Book-to-bill ratio reports indicate a solid year for the industry

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Opportunities in South America for semiconductor manufacturing

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
SEMI today announced the second annual SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit (SA SSS) at the Sheraton Rio on November 10-12 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

ROHM adopts latest model of Lasertec's SiC wafer inspection and review system

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
Lasertec Corporation announced today that ROHM Co., Ltd. selected the latest model of Lasertec’s SICA, SiC wafer inspection and review system.

A partnership to secure and protect the emerging Internet of Things

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel Corporation, one of the world's leading technology companies, today announced two new grants totaling $6 million to research teams that will study solutions to address the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems.

Advanced packaging and 3D-IC markets drive growth for EVG's automated 300mm polymer adhesive wafer bonding

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that the company is experiencing strong demand for its automated 300mm polymer adhesive wafer bonding systems.

Laith Altimime joins SEMI as President of SEMI Europe

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
SEMI, the global association serving the electronics supply chain, today announced the appointment of Laith Altimime as president of SEMI Europe, effective October 1, 2015.

20th annual SEMICON Taiwan 2015 opens today

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
SEMICON Taiwan 2015 opened today starting a three-day event drawing over 43,000 attendees from electronics manufacturing.

Automotive industry now the third largest end market for power semiconductors

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
In 2014, the automotive sector significantly outperformed the overall market average for semiconductors.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Catena partner to provide next-generation RF connectivity solutions for wireless markets

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced it has partnered with Catena, a developer of Radio Frequency (RF) Communication IPs for connectivity, to offer complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions for System-on-Chip (SoC) designers targeting mobile, Internet-of-Things (IoT), RF connectivity markets.

Key industry leaders join The ConFab Advisory Board

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Solid State Technology is thrilled to announce that several key industry leaders have joined the Advisory Board for its annual conference and networking event, The ConFab.

ASE Chairman Jason Chang receives SEMI award for advancements of copper wire bonding technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
The SEMI award recognizes Jason’s significant achievements in the development and commercialization of copper wire in the IC assembly process.

Patent analysis: GaN power devices

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
The GaN devices market for power electronics application will explode in 2016, reaching US$300 million in 2020.

Intersil acquires Great Wall Semiconductor

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
Intersil Corporation, a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the acquisition of Great Wall Semiconductor.

ClassOne Technology names Kevin Witt Chief Technology Officer

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology has today announced the appointment of Kevin Witt to the position of Chief Technology Officer.

ARM joins Semiconductor Research Corporation

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced that ARM has joined SRC’s Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program.

2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits announces call for papers

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
The official Call for Papers has been issued for the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, to be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village June 13-16, 2016 (Technology) and June 15-17, 2016 (Circuits).

Advantest and D2S partner to tackle CD uniformity errors for advanced photomasks

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
D2S announced that it has partnered with Advantest to integrate D2S' Wafer Plane Analysis engine into Advantest's Mask MVM-SEM (Multi Vision Metrology Scanning Electron Microscope) systems.

Rudolph acquires inspection technology of Stella Alliance, LLC

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Acquired patents to enhance Rudolph’s inspection capabilities in advanced packaging and extend inspection into new applications

eBeam Initiative survey shows rising optimism in EUV lithography, multi-beam technology for photomask production

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
The eBeam Initiative announced the completion of its fourth annual eBeam Initiative members' perceptions survey.

Flip chip technology supported by wider adoption of Cu pillar tech

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Flip Chip technology is expected to reach $25 billion market value and wafer demand of 32 million (12” eq. wafers) in 2020, supported by the wider adoption of Cu pillar technology.

Dielectric precursors market outlook Is $230M in 2015

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
The 2015 market for dielectric precursors is expected to total $230M, of which over $45M is attributed to low-k dielectrics.

Imec and Cadence complete tapeout of first 5nm test chip

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
Nano-electronics research center imec and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that the companies completed the first tapeout of a 5nm test chip using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and 193 immersion (193i) lithography.

Chemical mechanical planarization market worth $4.94 Billion by 2020

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.83% between 2015 and 2020, and reach $4.94 Billion by 2020.

VeriSilicon to acquire Vivante Corporation

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd. and Vivante Corporation announced a definitive merger agreement.

SEMICON Japan 2015: Lineup of speakers

Fri, 10 Oct 2015
SEMI announced the lineup of speakers for SEMICON Japan's keynote stage, which focuses on key market and technology challenges and developments, and their impact on the semiconductor supply chain.

Applied Materials and A*STAR announce new R&D joint lab in Singapore for advanced semiconductor technology

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. announced it plans to establish a new R&D laboratory in Singapore in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

IC Insights lowers its worldwide 2015 IC market forecast

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
IC Insights recently released its October Update to The McClean Report, which examined the effects of slowing worldwide GDP growth and a stronger U.S. dollar on the 2015 IC market forecast.

SEMI announces continued annual growth for silicon shipment volumes

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2014 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2016 and 2017.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.07

Fri, 10 Oct 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders worldwide in September 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07.

ETEL launches research center with focus on semiconductor industry

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
ETEL S.A. announces the opening of a new research and development division.

Toshiba announces sale of image sensor business to Sony

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Toshiba Corp. will retreat from the CMOS image sensor business, by selling the production line at its Oita plant to Sony Corp.

Ziptronix and Fraunhofer collaborate on low-cost 3D integration solutions

Fri, 10 Oct 2015
Ziptronix, Inc. announced it has entered into a development agreement with Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID.

X-FAB announces investments to further expand X-FAB Sarawak capacity

Mon, 11 Nov 2015
X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced it will expand the capacity and capabilities of its Kuching-based foundry operation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., to meet accelerating demand for its core technologies.

Global semiconductor sales increase 1.5 percent in third quarter

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
SIA announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $85.2 billion during the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the previous quarter.

FEI announces agreement to acquire DCG Systems

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
FEI Company and DCG Systems, Inc. announced an agreement where FEI willacquire DCG for $160 million in an all cash transaction.

Analog market to reach $56.5B in 2020

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
The world electronics market will consume over 121 billion analog ICs in 2015 and grow to over $56 billion by 2020.

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.

Cut costs: Improve competitive advantage

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
Systematic – and predictive – cost reduction in semiconductor equipment manufacturing

SEMICON Korea 2016: Connect to the future

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
The theme for the January 27 through 29 exhibition at Seoul’s COEX is “Connect to the Future – Markets, Technology, and People.”

Europe’s secondary industry in the spotlight

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
The dramatic shift from the trend for increasingly advanced technology to a vast array and volume of application-based devices presents Europe with a huge opportunity.

Novel spherical sub-micron silver materials from Ames Goldsmith enable advanced technologies

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
Novel, chemically precipitated sub-micron silver materials from Ames Goldsmith Corporation will be introduced Nov. 18 at Printed Electronics 2015 in Hall C, Booth R20.

TowerJazz to acquire Maxim Integrated's Texas wafer manufacturing plant

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
TowerJazz announced today it has signed an agreement with Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. to purchase Maxim's 8-inch fabrication facility in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES receives quality award from INOVA Semiconductors GmbH

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has been presented with an Award of Excellence from INOVA Semiconductors GmbH, a specialist in the development of products for Gigabit/s serial data communication for in-vehicle Display- and Driver Assistance Systems.

Inotera appoints new president

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
Inotera's Board of Directors announced this week that they have approved the appointment of Mr. Rod Morgan as president, succeeding Dr. Scott Meikle. The change is effective January 1, 2016.

Bookings and billings in semiconductor equipment industry weaken for second consecutive month

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.33 billion in orders worldwide in October 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98.

AKHAN Semiconductor opens facility to produce diamond-based semiconductor technology

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
The AKHAN facility is slated to begin production in Q1 2016 and will produce and deliver more than 1,000 diamond-based technology windows.

Vistec Electron Beam established US show room facility with Variable Shaped Beam Lithography system

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Vistec Electron Beam GmbH, a supplier of electron-beam lithography systems, announced that it has established a show room facility in Schaumburg, IL to promote and demonstrate their Variable Shaped Beam systems specifically for the US and North America market.

Lattice Semiconductor appoints new COO

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a manufacturer of programmable logic devices, has appointed Glen Hawk as COO.

GaN Systems announces 10x production increase at TSMC

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
GaN Systems, a manufacturer of gallium nitride power transistors, announces that its foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TMSC), has expanded the high volume production of products based on GaN System’s proprietary Island Technology by 10X in response to surging global demand from consumer and enterprise customers.

Global discrete semiconductors market expected to surpass $24B by 2019

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The new industry research report from Technavio discusses in detail the key drivers and trends responsible for the growth of this market and its sub-segments.

Renesas Electronics to consolidate the Kochi factory

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Under this consolidation policy, the factory is to be closed within the next two to three years, and production of the products currently being manufactured there will be transferred to other facilities within the Renesas Group or, in the case of some products, phased out.

SEMI Foundation appoints Leslie Tugman as Executive Director

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI Foundation, created by global industry association SEMI to support education and career awareness in the field of high-tech, has announced the appointment of Leslie Tugman as its executive director.

Intersil CEO Necip Sayiner elected chair of Semiconductor Industry Association

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the SIA Board of Directors has elected Dr. Necip Sayiner, President, CEO and Director of Intersil, as its 2016 Chair and Tunç Doluca, President and CEO of Maxim Integrated, as its 2016 Vice Chair.

imec, Coventor expand project on 7nm semiconductor manufacturing process

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
Kicking off IEDM, imec and Coventor are expanding their existing joint development project to explore process variation issues in 7nm chip technology.

Semiconductor sales: slight growth projected for next three years

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
Market projected to grow by 0.2 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016, and 3.1 percent in 2017.

NXP and Freescale announce completion of merger

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The merger has created a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of over $10 billion.

SEMI reports third quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI this week reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015.

TSMC applies for 12-inch wafer fab and design service center in China

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
TSMC this week submitted an application to the Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs for an investment project to build a wholly-owned 12-inch wafer manufacturing facility and a design service center in Nanjing, China.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $37B in 2015 and $38B in 2016

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will decrease 0.6 percent to $37.3 billion in 2015.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts November 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.96

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders worldwide in November 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96.

SEMI applauds congressional action to make R&D tax credit permanent; extend solar tax credit

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI has been working to make the popular tax incentive a permanent part of the tax code since the R&D credit was first established in 1981.

Strong semiconductor growth forecast for electric vehicle DC fast-charging stations

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
The global market for semiconductors used in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for plug-in hybrid (PH) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) will continue to expand in the coming years, providing significant growth opportunities to semiconductor manufacturers.

TowerJazz signs agreement with Semiconductor Laboratory

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Semiconductor Laboratory, an Asian Governmental Agency.

Apple products spur growth in force sensing display technologies

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Apple’s use of Force Touch technology in the Apple Watch and 3D Touch in the iPhone 6S line is leading to growth in force sensing and other touch-panel enhancements in mobile devices.

Belle Wei appointed to SEMI Foundation board of trustees

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The SEMI Foundation today announced that Belle W. Y. Wei, Ph.D., was elected as a new director to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees in accordance with the association's by-laws.

EUV, multiple patterning, integrated circuits among topics for SPIE Advanced Lithography 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
EUV lithography is on the threshold of becoming a mainstream patterning technology for sub-10nm chips, featured speaker Anthony Yen of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) will tell fellow attendees at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2016.

Fairchild expects revised unsolicited proposal to result in "superior proposal"

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
On December 28, Fairchild received an unsolicited offer from China Resources Microelectronics Limited and Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd. to acquire the company for $21.70 per share in cash.

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.

Semiconductor capital spending to decline 4.7% in 2016, according to Gartner

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 4.7 percent in 2016, to $59.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Ferrotec receives multi-system endorsement of e-beam evaporator systems from WIN Semiconductors

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Ferrotec Corporation this week announced that the largest pure-play GaAs foundry company, WIN Semiconductors Corp., has selected Temescal systems from Ferrotec Corporation for its next stage of expansion by ordering multiple e-beam evaporators for metal deposition

GLOBALFOUNDRIES engineers receive international recognition

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Two GLOBALFOUNDRIES engineers, one in New York and one in Vermont, have been designated as IEEE Fellows by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

SEMI Awards honor process and technology integration achievements

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

Microchip's proposal to acquire Atmel deemed a "superior proposal" by Atmel's Board of Directors

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Microchip Technology Incorporated, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions today announced that it was informed last night that the Board of Directors of Atmel Corporation had determined that Microchip's proposal to acquire Atmel for $8.15 per share in a cash and stock transaction constitutes a "Superior Proposal" under the terms of Atmel's merger agreement with Dialog Semiconductor PLC.

Qualcomm and TDK announce joint venture

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Qualcomm and TDK to expand their collaboration across multiple technologies.

Microchip Technology to acquire Atmel

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Microchip Technology Incorporated, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Atmel Corporation) today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atmel for $8.15 per share in a combination of cash and Microchip common stock.

Gartner analysts reveal unexpected implications arising from the Internet of Things

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
More than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, according to Gartner, Inc.

Semiconductor veteran Tom Werthan to lead finance operations as Chief Financial Officer of Phononic

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Tom Werthan, a veteran semiconductor and finance executive experienced in leading financial operations at public and privately-held technology companies, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at Phononic.

2016 Critical Materials Council (CMC) Seminar – Call for Papers

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
The Critical Materials Council (CMC) and TECHCET have issued a call for papers to be presented at the “Critical Materials for Device Driven Scaling” Seminar to be held May 5-6, 2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that $99 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Thin wafer market worth $9.17B by 2022

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
According to a new marketsandmarkets report, the market was valued $6.76 Billion in 2015 and estimated to reach $9.17 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.7% between 2016 and 2022.

Samsung, Apple continue to lead as top global semiconductor customers

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7 percent of the market, according to Gartner, Inc.

Entegris expands R&D operations for semiconductor process liquid filtration in South Korea

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Entegris, Inc. announced today the expansion of its liquid filtration/purification analytical science and research and development facility in Suwon, South Korea.

Epiluvac and SAMCO collaborate to offer processing equipment for WBG materials in Nordic countries

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Sweden-based SiC CVD developer and manufacturer Epiluvac AB has entered into a collaboration with SAMCO, a semiconductor process equipment developer and manufacturer based in Japan, in which Epiluvac will introduce new clients to SAMCO in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

TSMC approved to build 12-in wafer fab in China

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Taiwan's Investment Commission on Wednesday gave Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) approval to build its first 12-inch wafer fab in mainland China.

TSMC assessing February 6 earthquakes and planning recovery

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
TSMC this weekend announced that the earthquake of 6.4 magnitude which struck southern Taiwan at 3:57 am on February 6, 2016 did not cause any serious personnel injuries nor any structural or facility damage to the Company’s Fab 14 and Fab 6 manufacturing sites in the Tainan Science Park.

58% of pure-play foundry capacity under high risk for seismic activity

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
As of December 2015, roughly half of the world’s total IC wafer production capacity was located in seismically active areas.

Demand for semiconductor ICs fueling global wafer-level manufacturing equipment market through 2020

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global wafer-level manufacturing equipment market is set to post a CAGR of over 4 percent by 2020.

WIKA Group adopts HERCULES lithography track system from EV Group

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
EV Group (EVG) today announced that WIKA Group has placed an EVG HERCULES lithography track system into production for manufacturing pressure sensor devices.

New 2016 McClean Report examines worldwide GDP growth and its impact on 2016 IC market growth

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Slow-growth regional GDPs weigh heavy on potential global IC growth.

Fairchild rejects proposal from China Resources, Hua Capital

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Fairchild Semiconductor's board of directors has determined that the unsolicited proposal received from China Resources Microelectronics Ltd and Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd. does not constitute a “Superior Proposal” as defined in the company’s agreement with ON Semiconductor.

SMIC announces collaboration with Leadcore

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Leadcore Technology Co. have announced a collaboration to launch SMIC's 28nm High-K Metal Gate, or HKMG, process.

New industry realities and opportunities at semiconductor manufacturing conference

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
The annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2016) will be held May 16-19 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts January 2016 book-to-bill Ratio of 1.08

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
A book-to-bill of 1.08 means that $108 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Toppan Printing develops EUV photomask for semiconductors

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. announced it has developed a next-generation EUV photomask for semiconductors.

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.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds Alain Mutricy as head of Product Management Group

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Mutricy succeeds Mike Cadigan, who will transition to a newly created role as senior vice president of global sales and business development.

Semiconductor unit shipments to exceed one trillion devices in 2018

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Total yearly semiconductor unit shipments are forecast to continue their upward march and are now expected to top one trillion units for the first time in 2018.

2015 European SEMI Award honors Paul Lindner

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Paul Lindner, executive technology director at EV Group, is the recipient of the 2015 European SEMI Award.

SMIC and Crossbar announce strategic partnership agreement

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Crossbar, Inc. jointly announced today that they had signed a strategic partnership agreement on non-volatile RRAM development and production.

Imec opens new 300mm cleanroom for 7nm and beyond chip scaling

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec has today announced the opening of its new 300mm cleanroom.

SEMI reports 2015 global semiconductor equipment sales of $36.5B

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $36.53 billion in 2015, representing a year-over-year decrease of 3 percent.

Semiconductor IP market worth $7.01B by 2022

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The semiconductor IP market is expected to reach $7.01 billion USD by 2022 from USD 3.09 Billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 10.55% between 2016 and 2022, according to the newly released report from MarketsandMarkets.

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.

Pivotal Critical Materials Conference for semiconductor fabs to take place May 5-6, 2016

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The Critical Materials Conference, a pivotal, 2-day event organized by TECHCET with the support of the Critical Materials Council, will be held this year in Hillsboro, Oregon on May 5th and 6th, directly following the Council Meeting.

The GaN RF market enjoyed a healthy increase in 2015

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
GaN RF devices market will double over the next five years, led by GaN’s adoption across various market segments.

How finFETs ended the service contract of silicide process

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A look into how the silicide process has evolved over the years, trying to cope with the progress in scaling technology and why it could no longer be of service to finFET devices.

TSMC and Nanjing sign 12-inch fab investment agreement

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
TSMC today announced that the Company and the municipal government of Nanjing, China have signed an investment agreement.

China's semiconductor strategy

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
China has become the largest and the fastest growing market in the world. 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments go to China and that’s expected to increase to almost 42% in 2019.

ON Semiconductor extends offer to acquire Fairchild Semiconductor - again

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
The offer will now expire one minute following 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on April 14, 2016, unless further extended as required or permitted by the merger agreement.

U.S. companies continue to capture bulk of IDM and fabless IC sales

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
IC Insights recently released its March Update to the 2016 McClean Report. The Update includes a review of IC company sales by headquarters location.

Worldwide semiconductor wafer-level manufacturing equipment market declined 1% in 2015

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Worldwide semiconductor wafer-level manufacturing equipment revenue totaled $33.6 billion in 2015, a 1 percent decline from 2014, according to final results by Gartner, Inc.

Semiconductor market in Vietnam up by 14.3% by 2019

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, will include programs pertinent to Vietnam’s semiconductor industry at the upcoming SEMICON SEA 2016, the region’s premier showcase for microelectronics innovation.

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.

Extended supply chain presents exhibitors with new opportunities at SEMICON West

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Leading innovators in today's integrated electronics supply chain are preparing to showcase their products and services at SEMICON West 2016 on July 12-14 in San Francisco, Calif.

Energy harvesting to drive semiconductor sales to $3B by 2020

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
The new Semico Research report "Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion Dollar Market for Semiconductors" projects semiconductor sales for this market will reach $3 billion by 2020.

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.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.15

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Order activity remains steady and is on par with both the previous quarter and one year ago.

ams AG announces $77M intellectual property judgment against Intersil Corporation

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Court upholds ruling on trade secret and patent infringement suit.

Apple drove entire foundry sales increase at TSMC in 2015

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Without Apple, TSMC’s 2015 foundry sales would have dropped by 2% as compared to a 6% increase.

From catching up to forging ahead: China’s new role in the semiconductor industry

Mon, 5 May 2016
China has become the largest and fastest growing semiconductor market in the world, absorbing 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments. For US semiconductor firms, nothing compares to the China market.

Imec honors Dr. Gordon Moore with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

Tue, 5 May 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec has announced that Dr. Gordon E. Moore, creator of the famous Moore’s law theory and co-founder of Intel, is the recipient of its lifetime of innovation award.

Maturing smartphone market signals falling growth for wireless semiconductors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Revenue associated with the wireless competitive landscape continued to serve as a bright spot in the larger semiconductor market in 2015, growing almost 4 percent to over $56 billion, year over year, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion during the same period.

GSA announces appointment of Dr. Leo Li as chairman of the GSA Board of Directors

Mon, 5 May 2016
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leo Li as the chairman of the GSA Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017.

SEMI reports 2015 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.3B

Mon, 5 May 2016
SEMI reports that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was $3.3 billion in 2015 and is forecasted to reach $3.4 billion in 2017.

First quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter

Tue, 5 May 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2016 when compared to fourth quarter 2015 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

POET Technologies to acquire BB Photonics

Tue, 5 May 2016
POET Technologies Inc., a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the shares of BB Photonics Inc.

IBM keynoter outlines disruptive "Economy of Things" at SEMI’s ASMC 2016

Wed, 5 May 2016
The 27th annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2016), opened today (May 17) in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Soitec announces with withdrawal of Silicon Genesis' patent lawsuit

Mon, 5 May 2016
Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) filed a motion to terminate the investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its entirety on the basis of the withdrawal of its complaint directed to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers sold and imported into the United States by Soitec.

Synopsys launches pre-wafer simulation solution to reduce semiconductor process development time

Tue, 5 May 2016
Synopsys, Inc. today announced a pre-wafer simulation solution to help semiconductor manufacturers reduce process node development time.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

Tue, 5 May 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

Imec, Holst Centre and Barco Silex collaborate on data security for wearables and IoT networks

Wed, 5 May 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and micro-electronic design house Barco Silex, belonging to the Barco group, today announced that they will collaborate to implement data security into sensors for wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks.

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.