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Exagan raises €5.7M to produce high-efficiency GaN-on-Silicon power-switching devices on 200mm wafers

06/23/2015  Exagan, a start-up innovator of gallium-nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology that enables smaller and more efficient electrical converters, today announced it has raised €5.7 million in first-round financing that will be used to produce high-speed power switching devices on 200mm wafers.

Breaking Down Power Management Verification

06/22/2015  During system-level verification, it is imperative to verify that the software power control applications properly initialize power states and power domains.

Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization

06/22/2015  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program to optimize the chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) process through silicon characterization and modeling for advanced-node designs at 14 nanometer (nm) and below.

Silicon Valley's specialty foundry Noel Technologies promotes Brenda Hill to VP

06/22/2015  Noel Technologies, a specialty foundry in Silicon Valley providing process development and substrate fabrication for a variety of high-technology industries, has promoted Brenda Hill to vice president of business development, marketing and sales.

3DIC Technology Drivers and Roadmaps

06/22/2015  Circuit performance and silicon area improvements seen in new die stacks.

First solar cell made of highly ordered molecular frameworks

06/19/2015  "We have opened the door to a new room," says Professor Christof Wöll, Director of KIT Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG).

Sondrel announces further investment in graduate training for the semiconductor sector

06/19/2015  Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO, has announced his commitment to further investment in the training of graduate engineers looking to develop a career in the IC design sector, by providing a teaching fellow, and nine scholarship awards to students engaged on the Sondrel University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC) School of VLSI Design.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

06/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

A new look at surface chemistry

06/18/2015  For the first time in the long and vaunted history of scanning electron microscopy, the unique atomic structure at the surface of a material has been resolved.

Researchers create transparent, stretchable conductors using nano-accordion structure

06/18/2015  Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The conductors could be used in a wide variety of applications, such as flexible electronics, stretchable displays or wearable sensors.

Entegris reaches milestones at its i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science

06/18/2015  Entegris, Inc., a developer of yield-enhancing materials and solutions for highly advanced manufacturing environments, announced the first shipments of production quantities of UPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) membrane from its i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science in Bedford, Massachusetts.

IC manufacturers close or repurpose 83 wafer fabs from 2009-2014

06/17/2015  150mm and 200mm wafer fabs account for two-thirds of total closures.

DCG Systems acquires MultiProbe

06/15/2015  DCG Systems announced today that it has acquired the assets of MultiProbe, a provider of atomic force-based nanoprobing solutions for the semiconductor industry.

Startups find strategic investors at SEMICON West 2015

06/15/2015  SEMI today announced that SEMICON West 2015 will feature the Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF), a unique forum for strategic investors and key decision makers to meet new and emerging early-stage companies developing the future of microelectronics.

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).




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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
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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.,

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The Path to Future Interconnects

August 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Jon Candelaria, Semiconductor Research Corp.’s director of interconnect and packaging sciences, will summarize a SEMICON West Semiconductor Technology Symposium Session focused on interconnects. He’ll describe the challenges for interconnect technology up to the end of the CMOS roadmap, and a few of the alternatives to address them. Next, he’ll discuss possible directions beyond the roadmap, as well as interconnectivity requirements and solution paths for emerging applications.

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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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Advanced Packaging

August 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
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August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
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September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
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September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
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October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
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December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015
2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
Milan, Italy
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December 14, 2015 - December 16, 2015