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QuickLogic collaborates with Mentor to provide seamless design environment for eFPGA technology

12/14/2017  QuickLogic Corporation, a developer of ultra-low power multi-core voice-enabled SoCs, embedded FPGA IP, display bridge and programmable logic solutions, announced that it has collaborated with Mentor, a Siemens business, to provide a seamless design and development environment for its embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology.

Industry enters the age of WOW

12/13/2017  The semiconductor industry has been there before, with large increases in investments followed by dramatic downturns. While the most dramatic downturns, 2001 and 2009, were due to, in a large part, acro-economic factors, the industry has typically observed one to two years of increased investment spending followed by a down period. This time around, the industry will achieve a “WOW” with three consecutive years of fab investment growth, a pattern not observed since the mid-1990s.

ProPlus and MPI Corporation establish strategic partnership

12/12/2017  ProPlus Design Solutions Inc. and MPI Corporation today announced a strategic partnership agreement and immediate availability of a characterization and modeling solution that integrates ProPlus' SPICE modeling and noise characterization solution with MPI's advanced probing technologies.

National Academy of Inventors announces SUNY Poly professor Dr. Bin Yu selected as 2017 NAI Fellow

12/12/2017  Dr. Yu selected for significant contributions to semiconductor-based devices, nanotechnology research after being awarded more than 300 U.S. patents.

$55.9B semiconductor equipment forecast: New record with Korea at top

12/12/2017  Today, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, released its Year-end Forecast at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

CVD completes purchase of 180,000 sq. ft. facility

12/08/2017  This new facility will be the primary manufacturing center for the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, CVD Materials Corporation.

Leti integrates hybrid III-V silicon lasers on 200mm wafers using standard CMOS process

12/06/2017  Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, has integrated hybrid III-V silicon lasers on 200mm wafers using standard CMOS process flow.

The quantum waltz of electrons hints at the next generation of chips

12/06/2017  EPFL researchers have successfully measured some of the quantum properties of electrons in two-dimensional semiconductors. This work in the field of spintronics could one day lead to chips that are not only smaller but that also generate less heat.

Surface preparation technology provides pristine and stable hydrogen passivated semiconductor surfaces

12/06/2017  A new technology enables dramatically lower thermal budget capability that is enabling to thermal processes like epitaxy, CVD and diffusion, without any semiconductor material consumption.

SEMI reports record quarterly billings of $14.3B

12/05/2017  Quarterly billings of US$14.3 billion set an all-time record for quarterly billings, exceeding the record level set in the second quarter of this year.

Broad 3Q 2017 growth - Both globally and in Europe

12/04/2017  The third quarter of this year has seen broad growth both globally and also for the European electronic supply chain.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs establish strategic collaboration to speed up data center applications 

12/04/2017  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Ayar Labs, a startup bringing optical input/output (I/O) to silicon chips, today announced a strategic collaboration to co-develop and commercialize differentiated silicon photonic technology solutions.

'Magnetoelectric' material shows promise as memory for electronics

12/01/2017  Smartphones and computers wouldn't be nearly as useful without room for lots of apps, music and videos. Devices tend to store that information in two ways: through electric fields (think of a flash drive) or through magnetic fields (like a computer's spinning hard disk). Each method has advantages and disadvantages. However, in the future, our electronics could benefit from the best of each.

Semiconductor industry continues upward trend toward record year

11/30/2017  The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017, notching 12 percent sequential growth with strength across all application markets, according to IHS Markit.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts October 2017 billings

11/28/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.02 billion in billings worldwide in October 2017 (three-month average basis).

Orbotech's SPTS Technologies chosen by Chengdu HiWafer Semiconductor Company for its new 6-Inch GaN on SiC manufacturing line

11/28/2017  China's first pure-wafer foundry selects SPTS's high productivity Omega plasma etch solution for production of GaN on SiC high power RF devices.

Emmanuel Sabonnadiere named Leti CEO

11/28/2017  Leti, a technology research institute of CEA Tech, announced that Emmanuel Sabonnadiere has been named CEO, succeeding Marie-Noelle Semeria.

Cadence appoints Anirudh Devgan as President

11/17/2017  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that Anirudh Devgan, executive vice president and general manager of the Digital & Signoff Group and the System & Verification Group, has been appointed president of Cadence, effective immediately.

A new window into electron behavior

11/17/2017  Scientists invent technique to map energy and momentum of electrons beneath a material's surface.

TEL NEXX modernizes shop floor data collection and quality control with InfinityQS ProFicient

11/16/2017  Quality Intelligence solution enables chip metallization provider to improve accuracy and timeliness of data capture, rapidly respond to issues, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.




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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

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This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

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January 30, 2018 - February 01, 2018
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