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Chemists make new silicon-based nanomaterials

03/27/2015  Chemists from Brown University have come up with a way to make new nanomaterials from a silicon-based compound.

Synopsys founder has plenty of work to do, isn't interested in politics

03/26/2015  Aart de Geus is not running for governor of California.

Dr. Terry Brewer receives the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the American Chemical Society

03/25/2015  Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science, was presented the Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the American Chemical Society’s 249th National Meeting.

Silicon Space Technology appoints Bernd Lienhard as New CEO

03/24/2015  Silicon Space Technology today announced that its Board of Directors appointed Bernd Lienhard as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, replacing David Patterson who has been interim CEO for the past three months.

'Goldilocks material' could change spintronics

03/24/2015  Attempting to develop a novel type of permanent magnet, a team of researchers at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has discovered a new class of magnetic materials based on Mn-Ga alloys.

UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet

03/24/2015  University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser -- using the thinnest semiconductor available today -- that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics.

NXP and GlobalFoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

03/24/2015  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, and NXP Semiconductor N.V, a semiconductor company for secure connection solutions, today announced that they have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.02

03/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

NC State researchers create 'nanofiber gusher'

03/19/2015  Engineers and researchers at North Carolina State University and one of its start-up companies have now reported a method that can produce unprecedented amounts of polymer nanofibers, which have potential applications in filtration, batteries and cell scaffolding.

GSA announces 2015 Board of Directors election results and appointment

03/19/2015  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the appointment of two key executives as well as the results of its 2015 Board of Directors’ election.

NXP-Freescale merger to result in world's eighth largest chip maker

03/18/2015  The recent acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor by NXP Semiconductors would catapult the merged entity into the world’s eighth-largest chipmaker, positioning the newly minted giant for an even more formidable presence in key industrial sectors, according to IHS.

Rice fine-tunes quantum dots from coal

03/18/2015  Rice University scientists gain control of electronic, fluorescent properties of coal-based graphene.

Process Watch: Know your enemy

03/18/2015  Anything that degrades the quality of the measurement also degrades the quality of the process because it introduces more variability into the Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts which are windows into the health of the process.

Notchless wafer standard approved

03/17/2015  450mm notchless wafer standardization has been under discussion for over a year.

Entrepix adds 300mm CMP capabilities to Phoenix foundry

03/17/2015  Entrepix, Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced that it has expanded its foundry operations in Phoenix, Arizona by installing 300mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processing.

EV Group releases new configurations to its high-vacuum wafer bonding technology

03/17/2015  EV Group introduced two new configurations to its EVG 580 ComBond series of automated high-vacuum covalent wafer bonding systems.

Imec to honor TSMC Chairman Dr. Morris Chang with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/17/2015  Nano-electronics research center imec has announced that it will award Dr. Morris Chang, founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry, with a lifetime of innovation award.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

03/17/2015  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $37.50 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

CEA-Leti announces launch of Silicon Impulse IC design competence center

03/10/2015  CEA-Leti today announced the launch of its Silicon Impulse IC design competence center, a comprehensive IC technology platform offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Dr. Zixue Zhou appointed as Chairman of SMIC

03/09/2015  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"), the largest pure-play foundry provider in China, has appointed Dr. Zixue Zhou as the new chairman and executive director of SMIC. Dr. Zhou's position as chairman will become effective as of today.




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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

June 2015 (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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ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
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May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
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San Diego, CA
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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
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San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
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