Wafer Processing

WAFER PROCESSING ARTICLES



Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity

02/23/2017  South Korea narrows gap with Taiwan; China shows biggest increase, accounts for nearly 11%.

ClassOne initiative aims to reduce CoO in ≤200mm copper plating

02/22/2017  ClassOne Technology announced a new company-wide initiative to reduce costs of operation (CoO) in copper plating processes.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts January 2017 billings

02/22/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.86 billion in billings worldwide in January 2017 (three-month average basis).

SEMI appoints Ajit Manocha as president and CEO

02/21/2017  SEMI today announced the appointment of Ajit Manocha as its president and CEO.

Brooks Instrument names Mohamed Saleem as new Chief Technology Officer

02/21/2017  Mohamed Saleem has joined Brooks Instrument as the company's new chief technology officer (CTO), where he will oversee its California-based technology development center.

Huge growth in cloud memory changes semiconductor supply chain

02/17/2017  The explosive growth in demand for internet bandwidth and cloud computing capacity brings a new set of technology challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor supply chain.

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending

02/16/2017  Among Top-10 R&D spenders, Intel accounted for 36% of R&D outlays.

GlobalFoundries 12-inch wafer production line in Chengdu commences operation

02/13/2017  The company will continue investing in its wafer plants in the United States and Germany, expand its capacity in Singapore, and construct a facility to produce 12-inch wafers in Chengdu, China in order to satisfy Chinese and global demands for the company's 22FDX technology.

Applied Materials CTO Dr. Om Nalamasu elected to National Academy of Engineering

02/10/2017  Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that Dr. Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors for engineers.

GlobalFoundries reveals expansion plans

02/10/2017  The company is investing in its existing leading-edge fabs in the United States and Germany, expanding its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and adding capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

Grant Pierce named Chairman of the ESD Alliance Board of Directors

02/09/2017  Grant A. Pierce, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sonics, Inc. was elected by the Board of Directors of the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance) to serve as its chairman.

Toshiba starts construction of Fab 6 and memory R&D center at Yokkaichi, Japan

02/09/2017  Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has started construction of a new semiconductor fabrication facility, Fab 6, and a new R&D center, the Memory R&D Center, at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie prefecture, Japan, the company’s main memory production base.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

02/09/2017  The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

IC market growth limited by narrow window of global GDP expansion

02/09/2017  Significant and noticeable IC market growth closely tied to significant worldwide GDP growth.

SEMICON Korea huge 30th year anniversary event opens today

02/08/2017  SEMICON Korea 2017, opening today at COEX in Seoul, celebrates its 30th anniversary with its largest-ever exhibition.

Entegris announces higher-purity gas purification system platform with expanded manufacturing in Asia

02/07/2017  New media provides yield improvements in systems for advanced semiconductor and LED applications.

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

02/07/2017  Revenues continue to be under pressure.

Kinetics Holding acquires U.S. semiconductor equipment company Wafab International

02/06/2017  Kinetics Holding GmbH announced today the acquisition of Wafab International Inc., a global supplier of wet processing stations and components.

ISS Europe 2017: European innovation leadership

02/06/2017  Electronics manufacturing solutions for Automotive, Smart Manufacturing and Healthcare enabling the future of European technology.

Global semiconductor sales reach $339B in 2016

02/03/2017  Worldwide industry posts highest-ever annual sales; year-to-year sales increase 12 percent in December.




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Internet of Things

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

The age of IoT is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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Fab Cost Reduction

February 2017 - Date and time TBD / Sponsored by Epicor

One of the primary concerns of today’s fab managers is cost reduction. This webcast will examine how top fabs are tackling that challenge by embracing smart manufacturing, otherwise known as Industry 4.0 or IIoT. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs.

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Advanced Packaging

March 2017 - Date and time TBD

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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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

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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LithoVision 2017
San Jose, CA
http://www.lithovision.com
February 26, 2017 - February 26, 2017
ISS Europe 2017
Munich, Germany
http://www.semi.org/eu/iss-europe-2017
March 05, 2017 - March 07, 2017
SEMI-THERM 33rd Annual Symposium & Exhibit
San Jose, CA
http://semi-therm.org
March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017
CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
http://cmcfabs.org
May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
http://www.theconfab.com
May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017
ASMC 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2017
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017

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