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Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

08/21/2014  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.

Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations

08/19/2014  Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics—remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information, outperforming the magnets inside most popular data-driven technology.

ON Semiconductor completes acquisition of Aptina Imaging

08/18/2014  ON Semiconductor today announced the completion of its acquisition of Aptina Imaging.

The Week in Review: August 15, 2014

08/15/2014  The growing semiconductor market in India; MEMSIC's monolithic, wafer-level packaged accelerometer; Si2 adds new director of 3DIC Programs; Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014; LightFair announces Call for Speakers

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

08/15/2014  An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen.

The growing semiconductor market in India

08/14/2014  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."

New test reveals purity of graphene

08/13/2014  Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and Osaka universities who have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants.

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

08/12/2014  UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semiconducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

08/12/2014  A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic "hybrid" perovskites.

SRC, UC Davis explore new materials and device structures to develop next-generation “Race Track Memory” technologies

08/12/2014  University of California, Davis researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, are exploring new materials and device structures to develop next-generation memory technologies.

Strong growth in second quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

08/12/2014  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNY launch new patterning center

08/07/2014  SEMATECH and the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) announced today they have launched their joint Patterning Center of Excellence.

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 to capitalize on growing market opportunities in Taiwan

08/06/2014  Taiwan is forecast to have the largest regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures in both 2014 and 2015.

Pfeiffer Vacuum joins the Facilities 450mm Consortium

08/06/2014  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.

New material allows for ultra-thin solar cells

08/04/2014  Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality.

Atomic Layer Etch now in Fab Evaluations

08/04/2014  Lam’s CTO talks about the future of etch in beta-site tests.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

07/28/2014  Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

07/28/2014  Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

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

07/28/2014  Reducing plasma-induced damage is key to advancing the scaling limits.

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

07/24/2014  Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors




FINANCIALS



TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

UV LED Curing for the Electronics Industry

This paper provides an introduction to UV LED curing and the many benefits UV LED curing provides for bonding and coating applications in the electronics industry. Product manufacturers, machine builders, and chemistry formulators will gain an understanding of the benefits and how to apply UV LED curing in manufacturing processes. Included are specific examples of how manufacturers are using UV LED to make touch screens, mobile phones, micro speakers, and hard disk drives.April 03, 2014
Sponsored by Phoseon Technology

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WEBCASTS



Metrology

September 2014 (date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

Sponsored By:
Advanced Packaging

Sept. 2014 (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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Interconnects

Oct. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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VIDEOS



EVENTS



APC (Advanced Process Control) Conference XXVI 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.apcconference.com/
September 29, 2014 - October 01, 2014
Strategic Materials Conference
Santa Clara, CA
http://www.semi.org/node/41386
September 30, 2014 - October 01, 2014
SEMICON Europa
Grenoble, France
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 07, 2014 - October 09, 2014
MEMS Executive Congress US 2014
Scottsdale, AZ
http://us2014.memscongress.com
November 05, 2014 - November 07, 2014