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Applied Materials introduces high-performance ALD technology for the 3D era

07/13/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today unveiled the Applied Olympia ALD system, featuring a unique, modular architecture that delivers high-performance ALD technology to manufacturers of leading-edge 3D memory and logic chips.

Graphene gets competition

07/09/2015  Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous.

IBM Research alliance produces industry's first 7nm node test chips

07/09/2015  IBM Research today announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.

SEMI updates key safety guidelines for semiconductor manufacturing equipment

07/08/2015  SEMI today announced the cornerstone safety Standard S2 (Environmental, Health, and Safety Guideline for Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment) will be updated this month.

Could black phosphorus be the next silicon?

07/07/2015  New material could make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, research suggests.

Down to the quantum dot

07/07/2015  Using a single molecule as a sensor, scientists in Jülich have successfully imaged electric potential fields with unrivalled precision.

The big picture: More than 850 volume fabs in 2017

07/06/2015  We, in the semiconductor supply chain, are constantly immersed in detailed numbers. It’s important to pull back and look at the major trends that have profoundly changed and are reshaping our industry.

Process Watch: Increasing process steps and the tyranny of numbers

07/06/2015  Moving to the next design rule can be stressful for the inspection and metrology engineer. Like everything else in the fab, process control generally doesn’t get any easier as design rules shrink and new processes are introduced.

Tackling advanced litho challenges on the path to node 5

07/02/2015  If you attended just about any mask making conference in the last five to seven years, you would have heard the lament about exploding data volumes and their impact on mask writing time and, by extension, mask costs.

New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

07/01/2015  EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics business

07/01/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business.

EMC2015 - New Devices, Old Tricks

06/30/2015  The 57th annual Electronic Materials Conference, held June 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio, showcased research and development (R&D) of new device structures, as well as new insights into the process-structure-properties relationships of electronic devices now running in high-volume manufacturing (HVM) lines globally.

Opening a new route to photonics

06/29/2015  A new route to ultrahigh density, ultracompact integrated photonic circuitry has been discovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Making new materials with micro-explosions

06/29/2015  Scientists have made exotic new materials by creating laser-induced micro-explosions in silicon, the common computer chip material.

The peaks and valleys of silicon

06/29/2015  When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent -- but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available sooner than you think, based on the work of USC Viterbi engineers.

Building a better semiconductor

06/29/2015  Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.

What chipmakers will need to address growing complexity, cost of IC design and yield ramps

06/29/2015  As these early days of the Internet of Things show the network’s promise and reveal technological challenges that could threaten its ability to meet user expectations in the years ahead, technology providers will be charged with supplying the solutions that will meet those challenges.

Solid State Watch: June 19-25, 2015

06/26/2015  IHS says Moore’s Law led to trillions added in global economy; Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization; Power transistors seen stabilizing and setting record sales in 2015; Nanowires could be the LEDs of the future

Stanford researchers stretch a thin crystal to get better solar cells

06/25/2015  Crystalline semiconductors like silicon can catch photons and convert their energy into electron flows. New research shows a little stretching could give one of silicon's lesser-known cousins its own place in the sun.

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

06/25/2015  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.




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How Software Can Impact Your Processes and Maximize Profit

View this paper to learn how Epicor ERP specifically aligns to the business needs of the electronics and high-tech industry, and hear how one electronics organization achieved improved operational controls, better inventory accuracy, and world class tools to meet supply chain requirements with Epicor ERP.July 01, 2015
Sponsored by Epicor

Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.June 01, 2015
Sponsored by Fit-LINE, Inc.

Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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The Path to Future Interconnects

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Jon Candelaria, Semiconductor Research Corp.’s director of interconnect and packaging sciences, will summarize a SEMICON West Semiconductor Technology Symposium Session focused on interconnects. He’ll describe the challenges for interconnect technology up to the end of the CMOS roadmap, and a few of the alternatives to address them. Next, he’ll discuss possible directions beyond the roadmap, as well as interconnectivity requirements and solution paths for emerging applications.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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Advanced Packaging

August 2015 (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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SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
http://sites.ieee.org/wf-iot/
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015