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Total fab equipment spending reverses course, growth outlook revised downward
12/17/2018Total fab equipment spending in 2019 is projected to drop 8 percent, a sharp reversal from the previously forecast increase...
Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $62B in 2018 a new record
12/12/2018The equipment market is expected to contract 4.0 percent in 2019 but grow 20.7 percent to reach $71.9 billion, an all-time high....
General industry slowing coupled with geopolitical strife
12/12/2018Now that most companies in our sector analyses have reported their calendar third quarter 2018 financial results, we have final or 3Q'18/2Q'17 ...
Global semiconductor sales increase 12.7% year-to-year in October
12/06/2018The global semiconductor industry posted solid year-to-year growth in October and is on pace for its highest-ever annual sales in 2018,...

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GIGAPHOTON announces seven major semiconductor chipmakers implement FABSCAPE data products

12/18/2018  Contributing to improved user productivity and yield through operational monitoring and analysis for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Graphene's magic is in the defects

12/18/2018  NYU researchers offer major new insights for precise engineering of ultra-small, ultra-sensitive electrochemical sensors.

Technique allows integration of single-crystal hybrid perovskites into electronics

12/18/2018  An international team of researchers has developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics.

Assessing the promise of gallium oxide as an ultrawide bandgap semiconductor

12/18/2018  Researchers at the University of Florida, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Korea University provide a detailed perspective on the properties, capabilities, current limitations and future developments for one of the most promising UWB compounds, gallium oxide.

JEDEC updates groundbreaking high bandwidth memory standard

12/17/2018  JEDEC Solid State Technology Association announced the publication of an update to JESD235 High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM standard.

New property revealed in graphene could lead to better performing solar panels

12/17/2018  International research team, co-led by UC Riverside physicist, shows how pure graphene efficiently converts light into electricity.

Pressure tuned magnetism paves the way for novel electronic devices

12/17/2018  Using ultrasensitive magnetic probes, researchers unveil a surprising link between emergent magnetism and mechanical pressure in artificially engineered non-magnetic oxide heterostructures.

SiFive recognized as Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company

12/14/2018  RISC-V leader honored for its products, growth and performance by Global Semiconductor Alliance.

MIT team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

12/14/2018  MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA.

DRAM growth tops industry ranking in 2018; Outlook dims for 2019

12/14/2018  DRAM fastest growing market in four of past six years, demonstrating very cyclical market.

SST and SK hynix system ic partner to expand availability of embedded SuperFlash technology

12/13/2018  Leading 200 mm foundry selects SST's SuperFlash technology for 110 nm CMOS process platform.

FO-WLP panel production becomes a reality

12/13/2018  Panel FO-WLP is in production at Powertech Technology, Inc. (PTI) for MediaTek’s power management integrated circuit (PMIC) for smartphone applications.

Ferdinand-Braun-Institut chooses ClassOne for three additional wet processing tools

12/13/2018  ClassOne Technology, global supplier of wet processing equipment for <200mm semiconductor manufacturing, announced the sale of three more tools to the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) in Berlin, Germany.

Micron delivers industry's highest-capacity monolithic mobile memory for MediaTek's newest Helio smartphone platform

12/13/2018  Micron Technology, Inc., a developer of memory and storage solutions, today announced that its monolithic 12Gb low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) DRAM has been validated for use in MediaTek's new Helio P90 smartphone platform reference design.

Seoul Semiconductor wins patent litigation against Everlight in Germany

12/12/2018  Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. announced that it won a patent litigation against Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. in Germany.

New Intel architectures and technologies target expanded market opportunities

12/12/2018  At Intel “Architecture Day,” top executives, architects and fellows revealed next-generation technologies and discussed progress on a strategy to power an expanding universe of data-intensive workloads for PCs and other smart consumer devices, high-speed networks, ubiquitous artificial intelligence (AI), specialized cloud data centers and autonomous vehicles.

Lattice Semiconductor appoints Glenn O'Rourke as Corporate VP, Global Operations

12/11/2018  Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the appointment of Glenn O’Rourke as the Company’s Corporate Vice President, Global Operations, effective immediately.

HEIDENHAIN opens new office on west coast

12/11/2018  As the Silicon Valley in California and the West Coast continue to be the hub of the semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S., HEIDENHAIN has expanded its motion systems support by establishing an ETEL facility in Fremont, CA.

Rudolph’s NovusEdge selected by wafer manufacturers for bare wafer edge and backside inspection

12/11/2018  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. today announced the receipt of over $12M in new orders for its recently-released NovusEdge system for edge and backside inspection on bare silicon wafers.

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03/30/2018  According to the details of the agreement, Mega Fluid Systems will operate as a Kinetics company, but will maintain its brand and product line.



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