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FormFactor announces breakthrough improvements in productivity for RF probe systems

06/15/2018  FormFactor, Inc., a electrical test and measurement supplier to the semiconductor industry, has extended its Contact Intelligence technology.

Cautious optimism

06/15/2018  The World Bank just updated its multiyear forecast for GDP growth both globally and by country.

Semiconductor equipment record spending streak to continue through 2019

06/12/2018  The semiconductor industry is nearing a third consecutive year of record equipment spending with projected growth of 14 percent (YOY) in 2018 and 9 percent in 2019, a mark that would extend the streak to a historic fourth consecutive growth year, according to the latest update of the World Fab Forecast report published by SEMI.

Sales increase 20% year-to-year in April; double-digit annual growth projected for 2018

06/06/2018  Industry forecast projects sales will increase 12.4 percent in 2018 and 4.4 percent in 2019.

Led by Texas Instruments, the industrial semiconductor market grew nearly 12% in 2017

06/06/2018  Analog Devices jumped to second in the market share ranking, after its acquisition of Linear Technology.

Worldwide semiconductor equipment billings in first quarter 2018 reach record $17B

06/04/2018  SEMI reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached a historic quarterly high of US$17.0 billion for the first quarter of 2018, surging 59 percent in March to end the quarter with an all-time monthly high of $7.8 billion.

BISTel announces intelligent chamber matching application to help semiconductor manufacturers guard against events impacting yield

06/01/2018  BISTel, a provider of intelligent, real-time data management, advanced analytics and predictive solutions for smart manufacturing announced today an innovative new Chamber Matching (CM) application that enables semiconductor manufacturers to better guard against events that negatively impact yield.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2018 billings 

05/23/2018  April 2018 monthly billings for North American equipment manufacturers surpassed the October 2000 record high of $2.6 billion.

SEMICON West adds WT | Wearable Technologies Conference co-location

05/22/2018  U.S. electronics manufacturing event expands with wearables program.

Semi capex forecast to exceed $100B for the first time in 2018

05/22/2018  IC Insights raises its full-year spending growth forecast for this year from 8% to 14%.

Market growth rate peaks after a strong 2017; IDC forecasts semiconductor revenue growth of 7.7%

05/21/2018  After strong year-over-year growth of 24% in 2017, worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to grow for the third consecutive year in 2018 to $450 billion, up 7.7% over 2017.

Global, U.S. electronics supply chains see healthy midyear business conditions

05/18/2018  The first quarter of this year was very strong globally, with growth across the entire electronics supply chain.

SEMI opposes trade tariffs against China, cites damaging impact to chip industry in U.S. government testimony

05/18/2018  Testifying before a U.S. interagency panel weighing trade tariffs against China, a representative from the semiconductor manufacturing industry yesterday called for the removal of more than 100 products from the list of proposed tariffs, stressing that an escalation of the U.S.-Sino dispute could trigger a full-blown trade war and hasten deep, unintended damage including higher consumer prices, an expanded U.S. trade deficit, and a slowdown in U.S. economic growth.

Thirteen Top-15 1Q18 semi suppliers register double-digit gains

05/16/2018  Samsung extends its number one ranking and sales lead over Intel to 23%.

First quarter 2018 silicon wafer shipments increase quarter-over-quarter to record level

05/14/2018  Reaching their highest recorded quarterly level ever, worldwide silicon wafer area shipments jumped to 3,084 million square inches during the first quarter 2018, a 3.6 percent increase over fourth quarter 2017 area shipments of 2,977 million square inches and a 7.9 percent rise over first quarter 2017 shipments.

Integration with global ecosystem key to growth of China's semiconductor industry

05/10/2018  The growth of China’s semiconductor industry outstripped sector expansion in many other regions in 2017 thanks in part to heavy government investments and supportive state policies.

UnitySC opens new Asia entity to support advanced packaging and power device markets

05/08/2018  UnitySC, a developer of advanced inspection and metrology solutions, today announced the opening of its Asia subsidiary, Unity Semiconductor Limited Company (UnitySC Asia).

Making automotive smart: Key takeaways from SEMI Taiwan Member Forum

05/03/2018  Emboldened by advances in self-driving and Internet of Vehicles (IoV) technologies, Taiwan’s microelectronics sector is investing heavily in manufacturing processes and equipment as engines of innovation and growth for autonomous driving, the world’s next market goldmine. But breaking into the self-driving vehicle industry can be an uphill struggle.

EV Group begins construction of new Manufacturing III building

05/02/2018  EV Group today announced that it has started construction work for the next expansion phase of its corporate headquarters.

TI expands lead among top analog suppliers in 2017

05/02/2018  Top 10 suppliers held 59% of analog market last year with ON Semi showing strongest growth.




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Advanced Packaging

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Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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Lithography

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EUV lithography has been under intense development for years and appears to be close to production. Yet its delay has the industry searching for alternatives, including double, triple and even quadruple patterning, directed self-assembly, multi-e-beam and nanoimprint. In this webcast, experts will detail various options, future scenarios and challenges that must still be overcome.

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Environment, Safety & Health

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The semiconductor industry is an acknowledged global leader in promoting environmental sustainability in the design, manufacture, and use of its products, as well as the health and safety of its operations and impacts on workers in semiconductor facilities (fabs). We will examine trends and concerns related to emissions, chemical use, energy consumption and worker safety and health.

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Maximize uptime and optimize maintenance with AMS

Yukinobu Hayashi, Senior Field Applications Engineer from CyberOptics, explains the application uses of the WaferSense® Auto Multi Sensor™ (AMS) for Leveling, Vibration, and Relative Humidity (RH) that facilitates maximizing uptime and optimizes maintenance. The combination of these attributes in a thin wafer shaped all-in-one wireless sensor, provides engineers the ability to acquire highly repeatable measurements of tilt, vibration, and humidity while under a vacuum and without venting a chamber. The quantitative numeric results give engineers an objective basis for comparisons, and analysis that can be reproducible across multiple users over extended periods of time. June 13, 2018
Sponsored by CyberOptics

Leveraging Baseline Checks for Robust Reliability Verification

As IP and IC designers and verification teams tackle increased complexity and expectations, reliability verification has become a necessary ingredient for success. Automotive, always-on mobile devices, IOT and other platforms require increasingly lower power envelopes and reduced device leakage while maintaining overall device performance. Foundries have also created new process nodes targeted for these applications. Having the ability to establish baseline checks for design and reliability requirements is critical to first pass success. January 08, 2018
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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

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