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Rising number of fabless semiconductor companies, test houses to augment chip handler market

07/07/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the semiconductor chip handler market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% until 2020.

Global semiconductor sales up slightly in May

07/05/2016  Sales increase 0.4 percent compared to April, decrease 7.7 percent year-to-year.

Plasma-Therm acquires Nano Etch Systems Inc.

07/05/2016  Plasma-Therm, a supplier of wafer process technology solutions to specialty semiconductor and nanotechnology markets, has acquired Nano Etch Systems Inc. of California, a developer of ion beam etch (IBE) and ion beam deposition (IBD) systems.

Record 10.4 BSI of silicon wafer shipped as revenues slip

07/01/2016  The 2015 market for semiconductor silicon wafers fell 5.3% to $7.2B on a record 10.4 BSI Si shipped, according to a new report, "Silicon Wafers Market & Supply Chain 2016, a TECHCET Critical Materials Report."

ASML president to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

06/30/2016  Van den Brink will accept the award at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose, an event that will commemorate the 25thanniversary of the Noyce Award.

FormFactor completes acquisition of Cascade Microtech

06/28/2016  FormFactor, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Beaverton, Oregon-based Cascade Microtech, Inc.

Synopsys and Lattice Semiconductor extend multi-year OEM agreement for FPGA design software

06/27/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a multi-year extension of its OEM agreement with Lattice Semiconductor Corporation for Synopsys' Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis tools.

Qualcomm files complaint against Meizu in China

06/24/2016  Qualcomm Incorporated announced that it has filed a complaint against Meizu in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

Process Watch: Process control and production cycle time

06/24/2016  In the early stages of development, having more process control can help reduce both the number and duration of cycles-of-learning (the iterations required to solve a particular problem).

Increased use of semiconductors in auto industry to boost global semiconductor capital equipment until 2020

06/23/2016  According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global semiconductor capital equipment market is expected to reach $47.34 billion mark by 2020.

Samco boosts shipment capacity with second production center

06/21/2016  Samco, a Japan-based semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, held a completion ceremony for its second production center on June 17.

FEI launches three new tools for next-generation semiconductor manufacturing

06/16/2016  FEI announced today the release of three new tools for process control and defect/failure analysis in advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

Leti Innovation Day in Lyon will explore new security challenges and responses for a safe connected world

06/15/2016  Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, is hosting a one-day conference covering "System Reliability & Security in a Connected World" in Lyon, France, on June 23.

Changing markets drive smarter manufacturing by IC sector

06/13/2016  The changing market for ICs means the end of business as usual for the greater semiconductor supply chain. Smarter use of data analytics looks like a key strategy to get new products more quickly into high yield production at improved margins.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

06/13/2016  The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

Solid State Watch: June 3-9, 2016

06/10/2016  Semiconductor Industry Association announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion; SEMI announced that 19 new fabs and lines are forecasted to begin construction in 2016 and 2017; Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors; IC Insights releases update to Market Drivers Report

Global semiconductor sales decrease in April; Annual sales projected to dip slightly in 2016

06/10/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.8 billion for the month of April 2016.

Countdown to Node 5: Moving beyond FinFETs

06/10/2016  A forum of industry experts at SEMICON West 2016 will discuss the challenges associated with getting from node 10 -- which seems set for HVM -- to nodes 7 and 5.

Equipment spending up: 19 new fabs and lines to start construction

06/10/2016  While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year. For 2016, 1.5 percent growth over 2015 is expected while 13 percent growth is forecast in 2017.

Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency

06/09/2016  EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals.




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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Flawless Execution at Fairchild: How Change to Modern MES Enables Agility, Quality and Productivity

August 9, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

In this high-pressure environment, leading semiconductor companies are swapping out older manufacturing executions systems (MES) for modern MES. Surprised? True, the perceived risk of changing out MES in a semiconductor facility is high. Yet companies have done it with great success and enormous business benefits. Fairchild Semiconductor’s positive experiences as it strives for quality, on-time delivery, new product introduction success, improved productivity and quality are indicative. In just one year, Fairchild switched out aging systems for a new MES at a plant in China – and the following month, they got it up at a second plant. Learn what they did to ensure the change happened quickly and without a hitch. In addition to this case study, you’ll hear from a leading industry analyst who has interviewed dozens of people from semiconductor companies that have succeeded with the move to modern MES.

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Interconnection Technologies

August 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

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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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
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Protecting Electronics with Parylene

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