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Researchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbons

06/15/2015  A simple way to turn carbon nanotubes into valuable graphene nanoribbons may be to grind them, according to research led by Rice University.

More change for the chip industry

06/11/2015  As if scaling to 7nm geometries and going vertical with FinFETs, TSVs and other emerging technologies wasn’t challenge enough, the emerging market for connected smart devices will bring more changes to the semiconductor sector. And then there’s 3D printing looming in the wings.

ASCENT project offers unparalleled access to European nanoelectronics infrastructure

06/11/2015  Europe’s leading nanoelectronics institutes, Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, have entered a €4.7 million collaborative open-access project called ASCENT (Access to European Nanoelectronics Network).

SPTS Technologies named among the 2015 10 Best Suppliers of chip making equipment by VLSIresearch

06/10/2015  SPTS also ranked as a 2015 Best Supplier in the Fab Equipment Category.

Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination

06/10/2015  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of "superlubricity."

imec presents large area industrial crystalline silicon n-PERT solar cell with record 22.5% efficiency

06/10/2015  Nano-electronics research center imec announced today at Intersolar Europe, a new efficiency record for its large area n-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) crystalline silicon (Cz-Si) solar cell, now reaching 22.5 percent (calibrated at ISE CalLab).

The impact of consumer demand for cutting-edge display technology on the gases market

06/09/2015  How gases are used in the manufacture of displays is being impacted by new technologies, consumer demand, and the burgeoning China market.

Futuristic components on silicon chips, fabricated successfully

06/08/2015  IBM researchers develop a technique for integrating 'III-V' materials onto silicon wafers, a breakthrough that may allow an extension to Moore's Law.

Imagination and TSMC collaborate on advanced IoT IP platforms

06/08/2015  Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) and TSMC announce a collaboration to develop a series of advanced IP subsystems for the Internet of Things (IoT) to accelerate time to market and simplify the design process.

Tackling Parameter Extraction for 16nm and Below

06/08/2015  There are four reasons why parasitic parameter extraction is getting a lot harder for 16nm and below technology nodes: 1) 3D device geometries, such as the finFET, which result in more complex electrical fields around the device 2) multi-patterning, which causes increased variability; 3) a demand for 10X tighter levels of accuracy, and 4) increased levels of secrecy from foundries and designers.

Reduced defectivity and cost of ownership copper CMP cleans

06/05/2015  A new, low pH, BTA free, noble-bond chemistry produced equivalent yield at substantially lower costs.

A major advance in mastering the extraordinary properties of an emerging semiconductor

06/05/2015  Black phosphorus reveals its secrets thanks to a scientific breakthrough made by a team from Universite de Montreal, Polytechnique Montreal and CNRS in France.

Fab equipment growth continues into 2015

06/04/2015  Fab equipment spending is forecast to depart from the typical historic trend over the past 15 years of two years of spending growth followed by one of decline. For the first time, equipment spending could grow every year for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Is it time to switch to OASIS.MASK?

06/04/2015  A summary of OASIS standard advantages and weaknesses is presented, based on six years of experience with customer databases.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

06/03/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month's total of $27.7 billion.

Avago Technologies acquisition of Broadcom creates new semiconductor powerhouse

06/02/2015  Merger activity in the semiconductor industry moved to a new level with the announcement of the agreement for Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom.

Eulitha delivers PHABLE Photolithography System to MESA+ NanoLab

06/02/2015  EULITHA, a Swiss startup company offering innovative lithography equipment and services for the nanotechnology, photonics and optoelectronic markets announced today the delivery of its unique PhableR 100 photolithography tool to the MESA + NanoLab of the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Intel CEO looks to 3D tech at display conference

06/02/2015  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich touted the capabilities of his company’s RealSense technology in a keynote address at the Society for Information Display conference in San Jose, California.

North America: A critical player in the advanced semiconductor market

06/01/2015  As the fabless business model has transformed the semiconductor manufacturing landscape, Taiwan and South Korea have undeniably grown into key semiconductor producing regions. However, it should be noted that North America is home to Intel, Texas Instruments, Micron, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Freescale, Fairchild, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, significant operations of Samsung, and other manufacturers.

Silicon Technology Extensions shown at MRS Spring 2015

06/01/2015  New ultra-fast crystallization using lasers or plasma-jets.




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Three Key Factors to Create Leak-Free Fitting Assemblies for Fluid Processing Applications

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.June 01, 2015
Sponsored by Fit-LINE, Inc.

Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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

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Isolating Electrical Faults in Advanced IC Devices

July 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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Interconnects

July 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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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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SEMICON West 2015
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July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
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August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
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Dresden, Germany
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