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Electronic Fluorocarbons begins construction of manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania

06/01/2016  Electronic Fluorocarbons, LLC (EFC) announces that construction is well underway on their manufacturing and purification facility on a 15 acre greenfield site in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Solid State Watch: May 20-26, 2016

05/31/2016  SEMI releases new book-to-bill ratio report; Infineon and imec share details of their CMOS-based 79 GHz sensor chip; Synopsys introduces pre-wafer simulation solution; Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond

GLOBALFOUNDRIES to expand presence in China with 300mm fab in Chongqing

05/31/2016  Company plans new manufacturing facility and additional design capabilities to serve customers in China.

SEMICON West 2016 expands technical programming by nearly 50%

05/26/2016  As the opening day of SEMICON West (July 12-14) approaches, the electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing disruptive changes, making “business as usual” a thing of the past. To help technical and business professionals navigate this fast-changing landscape, SEMICON West programming has been upgraded extensively.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

05/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.59 billion in orders worldwide in April 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

Synopsys launches pre-wafer simulation solution to reduce semiconductor process development time

05/24/2016  Synopsys, Inc. today announced a pre-wafer simulation solution to help semiconductor manufacturers reduce process node development time.

Diamonds closer to becoming ideal semiconductors

05/24/2016  Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond.

First Strategic Materials Conference in Korea: A success

05/23/2016  SEMI announced today that the first SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) was held in Korea COEX in Seoul on May 18.

Solid State Watch: May 13-19, 2016

05/23/2016  IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough; Kateeva closes its Series E funding round with $88 million in new financing; Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2016 when compared to fourth quarter 2015 area shipments; New type of graphene-based transistor will increase the clock speed of processors

Fujitsu boosts efficiency of manufacturing processes at Shimane Fujitsu through IoT collaboration with Intel

05/19/2016  Fujitsu Limited today announced that it has with Intel Corporation carried out a field trial to visualize manufacturing processes at Shimane Fujitsu Limited.

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

05/18/2016  For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).

IQE joins imec's GaN-on-Si Industrial Affiliation Program

05/17/2016  Nanoelectronics research center imec today announced a strategic partnership on GaN-on-Si (Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon) technology with IQE, a designer and manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafer products and services.

POET Technologies to acquire BB Photonics

05/17/2016  POET Technologies Inc., a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the shares of BB Photonics Inc.

First quarter 2016 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter

05/17/2016  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2016 when compared to fourth quarter 2015 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Seven Top-20 semiconductor suppliers show double-digit declines

05/12/2016  Qualcomm, Micron, and SK Hynix registered ≥25% drops, with total top-20 sales off by 6%.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016: Connecting in Penang

05/12/2016  Nearly 5,000 visitors and exhibitor personnel assembled in Penang last month for SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016, the largest trade show for the electronics manufacturing supply chain in the region.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 2 percent in 2016

05/11/2016  Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 2 percent in 2016, to $62.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This is up from the estimated 4.7 percent decline in Gartner's previous quarterly forecast.

SEMICON West expands to take on the Extended Supply Chain Forum

05/10/2016  To meet the changing needs of today’s increasingly interconnected supply chain, SEMICON West has added eight vertically integrated forums to its 2016 lineup.

Rudolph Technologies announces new VP

05/10/2016  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbora Ahlgren as vice president of global customer operations, leading the company’s sales and service organization.

GSA announces appointment of Dr. Leo Li as chairman of the GSA Board of Directors

05/09/2016  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leo Li as the chairman of the GSA Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017.




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Airborne Molecular Contamination Monitoring – Efficient Troubleshooting Techniques

July 28, 2016 at 10 AM MT / Sponsored by Particle Measuring Systems, Inc.

Decreasing the time to detect, contain and mitigate very low levels of Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is critical for high tech manufacturers. Costs associated with AMC-related quality issues and yield losses are well understood, and adequate reduction of AMC is critical for clean manufacturers to stay competitive. Technical personnel need the flexibility to efficiently collect AMC data with good temporal-spatial resolution anywhere in the clean environment for both sustaining sample plans, as well as to collect site-specific data to converge on AMC sources during troubleshooting events. A brief overview of AMC will be presented along with the latest technology for efficiently identifying AMC sources in the cleanroom.

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Interconnection Technologies

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Air Products

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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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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New In-Line & Non-Destructive Hybrid Technology for Semiconductor Metrology

XwinSys recently launched the ONYX - a novel in-line and non-destructive hybrid metrology system, uniquely integrating advanced XRF, 2D and 3D optical technologies, designed to meet the current and future metrological challenges of the semiconductor industry. The unique hybrid configuration of the ONYX enables a solution to challenging applications through various analytical approaches and effective SW algorithms.July 06, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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