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Global semiconductor sales increase 1.5 percent in third quarter

11/03/2015  SIA announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $85.2 billion during the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the previous quarter.

DCG Systems addresses localization of electrical shorts with EBIRCH technology

11/03/2015  DCG Systems announced the release of EBIRCH, a technology for localizing shorts and other low-resistance faults that may reside in the interconnect structures or the polysilicon base layer of integrated circuits.

China's Tsinghua Unigroup invests in Taiwan's Powertech

11/03/2015  Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a Chinese government-owned chipmaker will make a $600 million investment in Powertech Technology of Taiwan, according to multiple reports.

X-FAB announces investments to further expand X-FAB Sarawak capacity

11/02/2015  X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced it will expand the capacity and capabilities of its Kuching-based foundry operation, X-FAB Sarawak Sdn. Bhd., to meet accelerating demand for its core technologies.

Practical Limits for Metallization Scaling in Fabs

11/02/2015  On-chip interconnects for ICs have evolved to meet different exacting needs, and the most advanced chips require multiple levels of copper (Cu) metal lines and via connections between transistors.

Meeting the IoT Design Challenge

11/02/2015  Mentor Graphics acquired Tanner EDA in March of 2015, in an effort to better address the design, layout and verification of analog/mixed-signal and MEMS ICs, key building blocks in the IoT. Since then, the Tanner team has moved offices and successfully been integrated into Mentor’s corporate structure.

Ziptronix and Fraunhofer collaborate on low-cost 3D integration solutions

10/30/2015  Ziptronix, Inc. announced it has entered into a development agreement with Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID.

Reports: TI, STMicro to add to semiconductor acquisitions spree

10/30/2015  Texas Instruments (Maxim Integrated) and STMicro (Fairchild) may be considering large acquisitions.

Toshiba announces sale of image sensor business to Sony

10/29/2015  Toshiba Corp. will retreat from the CMOS image sensor business, by selling the production line at its Oita plant to Sony Corp.

ETEL launches research center with focus on semiconductor industry

10/28/2015  ETEL S.A. announces the opening of a new research and development division.

Manipulating wrinkles could lead to graphene semiconductors

10/26/2015  RIKEN scientists have discovered that wrinkles in graphene can restrict the motion of electrons to one dimension, forming a junction-like structure that changes from zero-gap conductor to semiconductor back to zero-gap conductor.

Light goes infinitely fast with new on-chip material

10/23/2015  Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have designed the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of zero.

Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate atomically thin excitonic laser

10/23/2015  An important step towards next-generation ultra-compact photonic and optoelectronic devices has been taken with the realization of a two-dimensional excitonic laser.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.07

10/23/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.60 billion in orders worldwide in September 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07.

SEMI announces continued annual growth for silicon shipment volumes

10/22/2015  Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2014 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2016 and 2017.

IC Insights lowers its worldwide 2015 IC market forecast

10/22/2015  IC Insights recently released its October Update to The McClean Report, which examined the effects of slowing worldwide GDP growth and a stronger U.S. dollar on the 2015 IC market forecast.

New NSF-SRC report on energy efficient computing

10/22/2015  A report that resulted from a workshop funded by Semiconductor Research Corporation and National Science Foundation outlines key factors limiting progress in computing and novel device and architecture research that can overcome these barriers.

Lam Research, KLA-Tencor to Combine in $10.6 Billion Deal

10/21/2015  Lam Research has agreed to acquire KLA-Tencor for $10.6 billion in cash and stock. The two giant suppliers of semiconductor capital equipment expect to close the transaction in mid-2016, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.

Slideshow: 2015 IEDM Preview

10/20/2015  An advance look at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers that will be presented at this year's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.

Historic era of consolidation for chip makers

10/19/2015  We are in a historic era for consolidation among semiconductor manufacturers, and the reasons are surprising.




Parylene & Sensors

Learn about how parylene, as an enabling technology, can significantly increase the performance of sensors as they become increasingly integrated into our daily lives. You will learn: 1) Parylene specifications and properties 2) How parylene can improve the performance of sensors 3) Different uses for parylene on different sensor applicationsNovember 17, 2015
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

Potting Compounds Protect Electronic Circuits

Potting and encapsulation compounds are designed to completely enclose a component, module or PCB. This effectively shields the unit from its surroundings while providing structural support and imparting the highest protection from external conditions. There are a variety of potting formulations on the market today that suit the needs of diverse applications. However, a balance must be developed when deciding on the best material. October 15, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Success in the Electronic and High Tech Industry

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

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3D NAND Challenges and Opportunities

December 16, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Flash memory has revolutionized the world of solid-state data storage, mainly because of the advent of NAND technology. However, from the technical point of view, this requires a major change in how these memories are being fabricated. This presentation will discuss this (r)evolution as well as its major scaling limitations.

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IoT Device Trends and Challenges

January 2016 (Date and time TBD)

The age of the Internet of Things is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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Trends in MEMS

February 2016 (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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International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015
SEMICON Japan 2015
Tokyo, Japan
December 16, 2015 - December 18, 2015