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North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.02

03/20/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.02 means that $102 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

NC State researchers create 'nanofiber gusher'

03/19/2015  Engineers and researchers at North Carolina State University and one of its start-up companies have now reported a method that can produce unprecedented amounts of polymer nanofibers, which have potential applications in filtration, batteries and cell scaffolding.

GSA announces 2015 Board of Directors election results and appointment

03/19/2015  The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced the appointment of two key executives as well as the results of its 2015 Board of Directors’ election.

NXP-Freescale merger to result in world's eighth largest chip maker

03/18/2015  The recent acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor by NXP Semiconductors would catapult the merged entity into the world’s eighth-largest chipmaker, positioning the newly minted giant for an even more formidable presence in key industrial sectors, according to IHS.

Rice fine-tunes quantum dots from coal

03/18/2015  Rice University scientists gain control of electronic, fluorescent properties of coal-based graphene.

Process Watch: Know your enemy

03/18/2015  Anything that degrades the quality of the measurement also degrades the quality of the process because it introduces more variability into the Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts which are windows into the health of the process.

Notchless wafer standard approved

03/17/2015  450mm notchless wafer standardization has been under discussion for over a year.

Entrepix adds 300mm CMP capabilities to Phoenix foundry

03/17/2015  Entrepix, Inc., a provider of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) equipment and process services, today announced that it has expanded its foundry operations in Phoenix, Arizona by installing 300mm chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processing.

EV Group releases new configurations to its high-vacuum wafer bonding technology

03/17/2015  EV Group introduced two new configurations to its EVG 580 ComBond series of automated high-vacuum covalent wafer bonding systems.

Imec to honor TSMC Chairman Dr. Morris Chang with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

03/17/2015  Nano-electronics research center imec has announced that it will award Dr. Morris Chang, founding chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's first and largest semiconductor foundry, with a lifetime of innovation award.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

03/17/2015  SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $37.50 billion in 2014, representing a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

CEA-Leti announces launch of Silicon Impulse IC design competence center

03/10/2015  CEA-Leti today announced the launch of its Silicon Impulse IC design competence center, a comprehensive IC technology platform offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Dr. Zixue Zhou appointed as Chairman of SMIC

03/09/2015  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"), the largest pure-play foundry provider in China, has appointed Dr. Zixue Zhou as the new chairman and executive director of SMIC. Dr. Zhou's position as chairman will become effective as of today.

Graphene meets heat waves

03/06/2015  In the race to miniaturize electronic components, researchers are challenged with a major problem: the smaller or the faster your device, the more challenging it is to cool it down.

IRT Nanoelec and CMP team up to offer world’s first service for post-process 3D technologies on multi-project-wafer

03/05/2015  IRT Nanoelec, an R&D consortium focused on ICT using micro- and nanoelectronics, and CMP, which provides prototyping and low-volume production of ICs and MEMS, are launching a platform for multi-project-wafer, post-process 3D integration (3D-MPW).

MicroWatt Chips shown at ISSCC

03/05/2015  With much of future demand for silicon ICs forecasted to be for mobile devices that must conserve battery power, it was natural for much of the focus at the just concluded 2015 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco to be on ultra-low-power circuits that run on mere microWatts (µW).

Mentor Graphics joins the Center for Power Electronics Systems

03/04/2015  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that it has joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech, the industry consortium dedicated to improving electrical power processing and distribution across various systems.

Intel honors 21 companies with Preferred Quality Supplier and Achievement Awards

03/04/2015  Intel Corporation today announced that 19 companies will receive the 2014 Intel Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award that recognizes commitment to performance excellence and continuous improvement.

Time to “shift left” in chip design and verification, Synopsys founder says

03/04/2015  Taking “Smart Design from Silicon to Software” as his official theme, Aart de Geus urged attendees to “shift left” – in other words, “squeezing the schedule” to design, verify, debug, and manufacture semiconductors.

Freescale and NXP agree to $40 Billion merger

03/03/2015  Chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Freescale Semiconductor Ltd for $11.8 billion and merge business operations.




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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.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

June 2015 (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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
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July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
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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
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Monterey, CA
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September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015