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KLA-Tencor Evolves Inspection and Review Portfolio for 3D Future

07/10/2014  Systems detect and categorize defects that limit yield in advanced IC manufacturing.

How to Drive and Motivate Modern-Day Innovation

07/10/2014  Technology innovation isn’t slowing down. But its steady acceleration isn’t happening spontaneously, and Tuesday’s Silicon Innovation Forum keynote from Professor of Innovation Dr. Bob Metcalfe outline how he believes to effectively drive the complex cycle that is modern-day innovation.

Vacuum Technologies Needed for 3D Device Processing

07/10/2014  Complex effluent management of ALD and CVD processes using novel precursors

Development of Silicon Photonics Devices Discussed in Forum

07/09/2014  Six speakers discussed developments in designing and manufacturing silicon photonics devices in a TechXPOT North session on Wednesday morning.

The Connected Experience: A Manufacturer’s Dream?

07/09/2014  Imagine being able to not only track and address equipment degradation in real time, but also analyze patterns in your factories’ equipment and address potential issues before they even present a problem. It may sound too good to be true, but Microsoft’s Sanjay Ravi explained in Wednesday morning’s keynote that this innovation is becoming available now to manufacturers.

Trends in Next-Generation MEMS Discussed in TechXPOT Forum

07/09/2014  The microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device market is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent over the next five years, reaching $24 billion in 2019, according to Jean-Christophe Eloy, president and CEO of Yole Développement.

The End of Scaling?

07/09/2014  Are we reaching the end of scaling? Yes and no. Let me explain.

New Materials Provide Innovation Yet Add Complexity

07/09/2014  If semiconductor materials had a personal Facebook page, its status would be: It’s Complicated.

Standards Industry Leaders Honored at SEMICON West 2014

07/09/2014  SEMI honored eight industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the microelectronics and related industries. The annual SEMI Standards awards were announced at the SEMI Standards reception held during SEMICON West 2014.

The Future Looks Incredible, But Not If We Stay The Same

07/09/2014  Micron President Mark Adams’ keynote on Tuesday morning at SEMICON West 2014 was both optimistic and challenging, perhaps even unsettling for companies unused to evolving with the times.

FinFETs and FDSOI Provide Options

07/08/2014  Everybody loves FinFETs! Well, not everybody, really, is behind double-gate or multiple-gate field-effect transistors.

EUV: Coming but Not Here Yet

07/08/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography is making progress! Well, check that. EUV technology is progressing, yet it remains uncertain when its insertion into volume production of semiconductors will occur.

3DICs Have Finally Arrived

07/08/2014  Intel, Samsung Electronics, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing have made their moves into three-dimensional semiconductors. Now it remains to be seen how the rest of the semiconductor industry will make the transition to 3DICs.

First 450mm Wafers Patterned with Immersion Lithography Displayed

07/08/2014  A collection of the first fully patterned 450mm wafers are on display at SEMICON West this week at the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT exhibit, booth 517, located in the Moscone Center’s South Hall. The wafers will be on display throughout the exhibition and showcased in the 450 mm Technology Development Session on Thursday July 10th.

Sunny prospects await photovoltaics in 2014

07/08/2014  The long night in solar energy may be coming to an end.

What's next for semiconductor packaging?

07/08/2014  With mobile devices continuing to shrink in size and wearable electronics emerging as a new market for semiconductors, advanced packaging technologies are taking on increasing importance in the global supply chain. Aside from the 3DIC package/system-in-package area, what is going on in semiconductor packaging these days?

FinScale’s Quantum FinFET Aims to Revive Moore’s Law

07/07/2014  FinScale Incorporated, the semiconductor device and process innovation company, today announced immediate availability of its qFinFETTM technology, a next generation 3D MOSFET architecture and manufacturable process readily transferable to foundries and integrated device manufacturers

SEMI Announces Results of Board Elections and Leadership Appointments

07/07/2014  SEMI today announced that Martin Anstice, president and CEO, Lam Research Corporation; Kevin Crofton, president and COO, SPTS Technologies; Tien Wu, COO, ASE Group; and Guoming Zhang, executive vice president, Sevenstar Electronics, were elected as new directors to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws.

SEMI Forecasts Back-to-Back Years of Double-Digit Growth in Chip Equipment Spending

07/07/2014  SEMI projects back-to-back years of double-digit growth in worldwide semiconductor equipment sales according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, released here today at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

Making dreams come true : Making graphene from plastic?

07/03/2014  Recently, a domestic research team developed a carbon material without artificial defects commonly found during the production process of graphene while maintaining its original characteristics.




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Parylene 101: Learn about the best protection for MEMS

This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment. May 22, 2014
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Advances in Wet Processing and Wafer Cleaning

August 14th at 1:00 p.m. ET Wet Processing, including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions, including a new concept of tailoring chemistries to dissolve very small particles rather than physically removing them.

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450 Update

July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.

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Metrology

August 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.

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