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Fairchild Semiconductor to close two facilities, cutting 15% of workforce

08/25/2014  Fairchild Semiconductor, a supplier of high performance power and mobile products, today announced it will eliminate its internal five-inch and significantly reduce six-inch wafer fabrication lines.

SRC TECHCON 2014 Conference to feature speakers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, LinkedIn, High Point University

08/25/2014  The TECHCON 2014 conference hosted by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, will feature immediate past GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha among the list of executive speakers at the Sept. 7-9 annual event.

The Week in Review: August 22, 2014

08/22/2014  Collaboration for next-generation smart glasses; Book-to-bill ratio holds steady in July; Intel and Unity to collaborate; MediaTek launches new R&D facility; Amkor appoints new member to board of directors; STATS ChipPAC achieves shipping milestone

Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

08/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations

08/19/2014  Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics—remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information, outperforming the magnets inside most popular data-driven technology.

ON Semiconductor completes acquisition of Aptina Imaging

08/18/2014  ON Semiconductor today announced the completion of its acquisition of Aptina Imaging.

The Week in Review: August 15, 2014

08/15/2014  The growing semiconductor market in India; MEMSIC's monolithic, wafer-level packaged accelerometer; Si2 adds new director of 3DIC Programs; Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014; LightFair announces Call for Speakers

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

08/15/2014  An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen.

The growing semiconductor market in India

08/14/2014  The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

New test reveals purity of graphene

08/13/2014  Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and Osaka universities who have come up with a simple way to spot contaminants.

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

08/12/2014  UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semiconducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

08/12/2014  A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic "hybrid" perovskites.

SRC, UC Davis explore new materials and device structures to develop next-generation “Race Track Memory” technologies

08/12/2014  University of California, Davis researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, are exploring new materials and device structures to develop next-generation memory technologies.

Strong growth in second quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

08/12/2014  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNY launch new patterning center

08/07/2014  SEMATECH and the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) announced today they have launched their joint Patterning Center of Excellence.

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 to capitalize on growing market opportunities in Taiwan

08/06/2014  Taiwan is forecast to have the largest regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures in both 2014 and 2015.

Pfeiffer Vacuum joins the Facilities 450mm Consortium

08/06/2014  The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C), a partnership of leading nanoelectronics facility companies guiding the effort to design and build the next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities, today announced it has again increased in size, naming Pfeiffer Vacuum as the twelfth member company to join the consortium.

New material allows for ultra-thin solar cells

08/04/2014  Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality.

Atomic Layer Etch now in Fab Evaluations

08/04/2014  Lam’s CTO talks about the future of etch in beta-site tests.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

07/28/2014  Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.




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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Metrology and Failure Analysis

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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Interconnects

Nov. 2014 (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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Materials

Nov. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials will play in the future.

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