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WAFER PROCESSING ARTICLES



How to solve the BEOL RC delay problem?

11/07/2017  The RC delay issues started a few nodes ago, and the problems are becoming worse.

Broadcom proposes to acquire Qualcomm

11/06/2017  The Broadcom proposal stands whether Qualcomm's pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction is terminated.

Opening the Van der Waals' sandwich

11/02/2017  Researchers in Japan create world's first system to measure the force needed to separate a crystal's microscopic layers, a boon for semiconductor development.

Dialog Semiconductor announces completion of its acquisition of Silego Technology

11/02/2017  Dialog Semiconductor plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held Silego Technology Inc., a provider of Configurable Mixed-signal ICs (CMICs).

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales

11/01/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $107.9 billion for the third quarter of 2017, marking the industry’s highest-ever quarterly sales and an increase of 10.2 percent compared to the previous quarter.

Metal-silicone microstructures could enable new flexible optical and electrical devices

11/01/2017  Laser-based method creates force-sensitive, flexible microstructures that conduct electricity.

Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs

10/26/2017  An international team of researchers has created a proof of concept that uses the deep-depletion regime in bulk-boron-doped diamond MOSFETs to increase hole channel carrier mobility.

SiFive selects Synopsys Verification Continuum Platform for advanced RISC-V processor designs

10/24/2017  Synopsys, Inc. today announced that SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, has selected the Synopsys Verification Continuum platform as its verification solution.

GlobalFoundries' momentum in China

10/23/2017  Company shares details of technology roadmap and customer adoption in the world’s fastest-growing market for semiconductors.

Taming 'wild' electrons in graphene

10/23/2017  Discovery could lead to novel electronic devices.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts September 2017 billings 

10/20/2017  Global semiconductor equipment billings of North American headquartered suppliers for September were $2.0 billion, down 12 percent from the peak level set in June of this year.

Microsemi launches Mi-V ecosystem to accelerate adoption of RISC-V

10/19/2017  The announcement comes as the company also introduces Mi-V RV32IMA and additional field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based soft CPU solutions ideally suited for designs utilizing RISC-V open instruction set architectures (ISAs).

IBM Technology influencer to deliver keynote address at The ConFab 2018

10/19/2017  The ConFab, to be held May 20-23 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is excited to announce IBM's Dr. Rama Divakaruni will be the opening keynote for the 2018 conference.

Praxair signs long-term agreement to supply nitrogen to GLOBALFOUNDRIES

10/18/2017  Praxair will build, own and operate a plant to support GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ advanced manufacturing processes at its Malta fabrication facility.

2017 IEDM features rich technical program, focus sessions

10/17/2017  Each year at the IEDM, the world's best technologists in micro/nano/bioelectronics converge to participate in a technical program consisting of more than 220 presentations, along with other events.

Wafer shipments forecast to increase in 2017, 2018 and 2019

10/17/2017  Total wafer shipments this year are expected to exceed the market high set in 2016 and are forecast to continue shipping at record levels in 2018 and 2019.

China IC industry outlook

10/17/2017  With an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, the market opportunities in China are expanding dramatically.

Dr. Haijun Zhao, Dr. Liang Mong Song appointed as SMIC co-CEO and Executive Director

10/16/2017  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation today announced the appointment of Dr. Haijun Zhao and Dr. Liang Mong Song as SMIC Co-CEO and Executive Director.

sureCore joins GLOBALFOUNDRIES FDXcelerator Partner Program

10/16/2017  sureCore to make its Low Power SRAMs available in 22FDX.

Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

10/13/2017  A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics.




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Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
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