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Semiconductor industry icons to gather at SIA Award Dinner Nov. 10 in San Jose

09/02/2016  The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced more than a dozen semiconductor industry icons, leaders, and founders will come together at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry's highest honor.

Enabling industry collaboration to address critical ATE challenges

09/01/2016  For many years, the ATE industry has been challenged with controlling the cost of both production and development test by implementing innovative approaches and employing clever strategies (e.g., multi-site test implementation, DFT, etc.) to make “ends” meet, so to speak.

ASMC 2017 "Call for Papers" deadline is October 17

09/01/2016  SEMI announced today that the deadline for presenters to submit an abstract for the annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) is October 17.

NXP Semiconductors joins Semiconductor Research Corporation

08/31/2016  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that NXP Semiconductors has signed an agreement to participate in multiple SRC research initiatives.

Industry veteran Lung Chu named president of SEMI China

08/30/2016  SEMI today announced the appointment of Lung Chu as president of SEMI China effective September 1, 2016.

Solid State Watch: August 19-25, 2016

08/30/2016  TowerJazz and SMIC’s sales forecast to surge in 2016; Intel to produce 10nm ARM chip designs; GlobalWafers to acquire SunEdison Semiconductor; SEMI posts July 2016 book-to-bill report

TowerJazz and SMIC’s sales forecast to surge in 2016

08/23/2016  Total pure-play foundry market expected to jump 9% this year, up from 6% growth in 2015.

Peregrine Semiconductor and Aemulus collaborate to advance high frequency testing

08/23/2016  Aemulus, a developer of automated test equipment (ATE) solutions, and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), announce their strategic partnership in the development of a new microwave frequency tester.

China's semiconductor industry worth $157.66B by 2020

08/22/2016  The China semiconductor industry is expected to reach $157.66 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 12.8% between 2016 and 2020.

Lori Knowlton joins Silicon Labs as Chief People Officer

08/22/2016  Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a provider of silicon, software and solutions for a smarter, more connected world, today named Lori Knowlton as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer (CPO).

Intel to produce 10nm ARM chip designs

08/19/2016  ARM and Intel Custom Foundry this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco an agreement to accelerate the development and implementation of ARM SoCs on Intel’s 10nm process.

GlobalWafers to acquire SunEdison Semiconductor

08/18/2016  GlobalWafers Co., Ltd. and SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:SEMI) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition by GlobalWafers of all of the outstanding ordinary shares of SunEdison Semiconductor in a transaction valued at US$683 million, including SunEdison Semiconductor outstanding net indebtedness.

Global silicon photonics market to grow at a CAGR of over 48% through 2020

08/18/2016  Technavio analysts forecast the global silicon photonics market to grow at an impressive CAGR of over 48% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

Advancements in RH measurement in wafer and reticle environments

08/18/2016  These RH control requirements create a need for a wireless wafer-like humidity sensor which simultaneously measures RH at several points across the wafer as well as throughout the entire IC manufacturing environment.

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals

08/16/2016  Texas Tech University researchers demonstrate hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors as a cost-effective alternative for inspecting overseas cargo containers entering US ports.

Time to uncover the process mystery for IC designs

08/15/2016  Semiconductor processes have long been a mystery for many circuit designers. They didn’t need to worry about how chips were fabricated most of the time, thanks to the many EDA innovations that make their jobs easier and complex designs possible.

Seven Top-20 semiconductor suppliers show double-digit gains in 2Q16

08/15/2016  MediaTek and AMD register the fastest 2Q16/1Q16 growth rates of 32% and 23%, respectively.

Evolution of across-wafer uniformity control in plasma etch

08/12/2016  A look at control of process uniformity across the wafer during plasma etch processes.

As Japan seizes lead in growing semiconductor segments, industry leaders exhibit at SEMICON Japan

08/11/2016  SEMI today announced that SEMICON Japan 2016, at Tokyo Big Sight on December 14-16, has increased exhibition and programming to keep pace with high-growth semiconductor segments in Japan.

Power semiconductor market revenues decline

08/11/2016  Overall revenue for the power semiconductors market globally dropped slightly in 2015, due primarily to macroeconomic factors and application-specific issues.



Heterogeneous Integration: An Emerging Trend for Next Generation Microelectronic Devices and a Tremendous Opportunity for Advanced Packaging

October 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Air Products

With the change in the traditional IC scaling cadence, the expansive growth of “Big data,” and the pervasive nature of computing, rises a paradigm shift in integrated circuit scaling and microelectronic devices. The pervasive nature of computing drives a need for connecting billions of people and tens of billions of devices/things via cloud computing. Such connectivity effect will generate tremendous amount of data and would require a revolutionary change in the technology infrastructures being used to transmit, store and analyze data. Heterogeneous integration through package with technologies such as system in package (SIP), on package integration (OPI) and fan-out (WLFO and PLFO) are poised to change the packaging industry and play a disruptive role in enabling next generation devices.

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Enabling The Future Of Information Technology Without Moore’s Law Scaling

November 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET / Sponsored by Astronics

Moore’s Law scaling can no longer maintain the pace of progress just when we need it most. Data, logic and applications are migrating to the cloud, consumerization of data and the rise of the Internet of Things are placing new demands and they are all occurring at the same time. Difficult challenges in power, performance, latency, bandwidth density, security and cost threaten our ability to maintain the progress that has enabled the growth of information technology. Meeting these challenges will require reduction in power and cost per function by a factor of 104 over the next 15 years while improving performance and decreasing latency. Only a revolution in packaging through Complex 3D-SiP can provide a solution. This will require new tools for design and simulation, new packaging architectures, production processes, materials, and equipment. The difficult challenges and potential solutions will be discussed.

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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
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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
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NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
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