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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.

Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom for $37B

05/29/2015  Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value.

Digital Specialty Chemicals receives investment from Intel Capital

05/26/2015  Digital Specialty Chemicals Limited (DSC), a dual bottom line corporation and leading provider of advanced materials to the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical markets, announced that it has received an equity investment from Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization.

Dow Corning introduces next-generation thermal interface material

05/26/2015  Dow Corning, a developer of silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, today unveiled new Dow Corning TC-3040 Thermally Conductive Gel, a next-generation thermal interface material.

SEMI April 2015 book-to-bill report shows continued improvements in bookings and billings

05/21/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Research institutes globally invest in Oxford Instruments' plasma systems for graphene and 2D materials development

05/21/2015  As developments in graphene and 2D materials technology continue to increase, research institutes globally are investing in Oxford Instruments’ plasma processing Nanofab equipment using CVD, PECVD and ICPCVD techniques to further their work in this important area.

Samtec joins IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program

05/21/2015  Samtec, Inc., a supplier of high-speed interconnects, microelectronics, and micro-optical solutions, is pleased to announce its entrance in the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Nanoelec.

SRC awarded NIST funding to develop Semiconductor Synthetic Biology Consortium

05/21/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation announced that it has received funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) program to create a Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) consortium whose mission is to develop a SemiSynBio roadmap.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

05/21/2015  SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

imec and Tokyo Electron demonstrate electrical advantages of direct Cu etch scheme for advanced interconnects

05/20/2015  Today, at the IEEE IITC conference, nano-electronics research center imec and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) presented a direct Cu etch scheme for patterning Cu interconnects.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES offers new low-power 28nm solution for high-performance mobile and IoT applications

05/20/2015  Technology is the first in the industry to provide design enablement support optimized to meet low power requirements of RF SoCs.

Computing at the speed of light

05/19/2015  University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines.

EV Group NILphotonics Competence Center sees strong demand For emerging photonic applications

05/19/2015  Newly launched center assisting customers in developing products and applications in photonics; leads to multiple system orders.

imec and Lam Research develop novel metallization method

05/19/2015  During the IEEE IITC conference in Grenoble, the nanoelectronics research center imec and Lam Research Corporation today presented a novel bottom-up prefill technique for vias and contacts.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

05/19/2015  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

05/15/2015  Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

SEMICON West 2015 focuses on the most critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing

05/15/2015  SEMI today announced the SEMICON West 2015 technical and business program agenda tackling the most important issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

05/14/2015  There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

Danaher to buy Pall in $13.8B deal

05/14/2015  Danaher Corporation announced that it will acquire Pall Corporation for $13.8 billion. Once the transaction is completed, the merged company plans to split into two publicly traded corporations.




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How Software Can Impact Your Processes and Maximize Profit

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

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.,

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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
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015