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What chipmakers will need to address growing complexity, cost of IC design and yield ramps

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
As these early days of the Internet of Things show the network’s promise and reveal technological challenges that could threaten its ability to meet user expectations in the years ahead, technology providers will be charged with supplying the solutions that will meet those challenges.

HVM production and challenges of UHP PDMAT for ALD-TaN

Sun, 6 Jun 2014
For sub-22nm device generations, device manufacturers are likely to adopt PDMAT precursor for ALD-TaN barrier films for copper interconnect structures.

Avago Technologies to acquire PLX

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Avago Technologies and PLX Technology, Inc. announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire PLX, a developer of PCI Express silicon and software connectivity solutions.

Micron collaborates with Intel on on-package memory solution, leveraging 3D memory technology

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Micron Technology, Inc., a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to deliver an on-package memory solution for Intel's next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing.

SPTS and CEA-Leti/Nanoelec collaborate on 3D-TSV

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
SPTS Technologies, a manufacturer of etch, deposition and thermal processing equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, to develop 3D-TSV technologies.

Gopal Rao at The ConFab: Scaling isn’t enough anymore

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
The core element of the semiconductor industry’s roadmap has been scaling – but Gopal Rao believes that isn’t enough anymore.

Smart, sustainable manufacturing: new sensors for process monitoring

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Industries ranging from chemicals to agri-food to bio-tech and pharmaceuticals are looking at new sensor technologies to streamline processes and improve quality control.

IoT will transform transportation

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Cars that can get along without drivers are coming, down the road, but they are a small part of the changes that the global transportation industries will undertake as microelectronics and the Internet of Things prompt major changes in infrastructure and logistics, as well as all type of vehicles.

Monolithic 3DIC: Overcoming silicon defects

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
As dimensional scaling has reached the diminishing return era there is a buildup of interest in monolithic 3D as an alternative path forward.

Defying expectations, global LCD TV market rises in first half

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market.

CEA-Leti: Monolithic 3D is the solution for further scaling

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Hughes Metras, Leti’s VP of Strategic Partnerships North America, introduced the lead talk at their SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day about monolithic 3D technology as the "solution for scaling."

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2014 “Best of West” Award finalists

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Each year at SEMICON West, the largest and most influential microelectronics exposition in North America, the “Best of West” awards are presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI. The award was established to recognize contributors moving the industry forward with their technological developments in the microelectronics supply chain.

Process Watch: The 10 fundamental truths of process control for the semiconductor IC industry

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
This is the first in a series of 10 installments which will discuss fundamental truths about process control - inspection and metrology - for the semiconductor industry.

Capacitive touch controller IC market to grow at double-digit CAGR until 2017

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The capacitive touch controller IC market is predicted to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

Power supply market to grow by $3.5B in four years

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The global market outlook for AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies is set for healthy expansion starting this year until at least 2018, with revenue during these four years projected to grow by $3.5 billion.

Lighting accounted for one-quarter of all LED driver IC revenue in 2013

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
One out of every four dollars spent worldwide on light-emitting diode (LED) drivers in 2013 was used for lighting applications, illustrating the growing importance of illumination in the LED business.

First Chinese supplier breaks into Top 10 LED rankings in 2013

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
China’s massive investments in light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing capacity are paying off, with a Chinese company entering the top ranks of the global market for the first time ever

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners and capital efficiency

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

Cryogenic etching reduces plasma-induced damage of ultralow-k dielectrics

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Reducing plasma-induced damage is key to advancing the scaling limits.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices.

Seoul Semiconductor moves in to the Top 5 global LED manufacturers

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
This is a step up from the 2012 ranking of number five global LED manufacturer despite any internal captive revenue.

Riding the embedded software wave

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Software that controls and powers embedded devices is playing a key role in making possible the highly integrated, multi-functional ‘smart’ devices we take for granted in our daily lives – from the ubiquitous smart phones/tablet to ‘smart’ home appliances and wearable electronics.

The growing semiconductor market in India

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

Intel and Unity Technologies announce collaboration

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
Intel Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced a strategic collaboration to advance the development of Android-based applications on Intel architecture.

Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

New ClassOne electroplater a "sellout" at SEMICON West

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
When ClassOne Technology introduced its new Solstice electroplating systems at SEMICON West last month they didn’t expect to actually sell their first production unit off the show floor, but that’s what happened.

In rapidly changing display industry, metal oxide TFT backplanes are promising

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
MarketResearchReports.Biz released a new market research report this week entitled "Metal Oxide TFT Backplanes For Displays 2014-2024: Technologies, Forecasts, Players."

GaAs device market posts record revenues in 2013

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Ongoing growth in cellular and Wi-Fi applications will continue to drive GaAs device revenues higher.

Innovation in the shadow of volcanic change

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The semiconductor equipment and materials industry is currently enjoying a double-digit annual growth rate and good prospects looking forward to 2015.

Shinichi Machida named President and CEO of Fujitsu Semiconductor America

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) today announced that Shinichi "James" Machida, who led the company from late 2008 until spring of 2011, has been named as the new president and CEO of FSA.

Contour Semiconductor awarded three new U.S. patents

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Contour Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of non-volatile memory technologies, today announced it has been awarded three new patents to back its Diode Transistor Memory (DTM) technology, the world's lowest production-cost, non-volatile memory technology.

RFMD shareholders approve merger with TriQuint Semiconductor

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the preliminary results of its special meeting of shareholders held earlier this morning to approve its agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.

Rigorously tuned compact models: Extending predictive models to full-chip

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Fast and predictive 3D resist compact models are needed for OPC applications. A methodology to build such models is described, starting from a 3D bulk image, and including resist interface effects such as diffusion.

A fundamental truth of process control

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
You can’t fix what you can’t find. You can’t control what you can’t measure.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts August 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.04

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
A book-to-bill of 1.04 means that $104 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Pixelligent Technologies announces $1.25M solid-state lighting award from the Department of Energy

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Pixelligent Technologies announced today that it has been selected for a Department of Energy (DOE) solid-state-lighting award to support the continued development of its OLED lighting application.

SEMI forms new Tablet Working Group

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
When you say the word sapphire most people think of a brilliant blue gemstone. The members that have formed the Tablet Working Group think of sapphire as a key enabler of future growth for their respective businesses.

Gigaphoton introduces "eGrycos" for ArF immersion lasers

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, announced today that it has completed development of an electricity-reduction technology for its flagship “GT Series” of argon fluoride (ArF) immersion lasers used for semiconductor lithography processing.

Kurita, SEMATECH partner on wafer surface contamination and cleaning technology in semiconductor processing

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMATECH, the global consortium of chipmakers, announced today that Kurita Water Industries Limited has partnered with SEMATECH to develop innovative technologies for low defectivity ultrapure water (UPW) applications used in semiconductor manufacturing.

LED Nobel Prize invention leads to $17.7B market and 250,000+ jobs

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded today to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for the creation of white light—a cleaner, more energy-efficient and longer-lasting source of illumination that also has generated a multibillion-dollar market and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Advanced packaging technologies are changing the LED manufacturing supply chain

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
At the LED packaging equipment level, growth will return for the next three years.

Europe: Strong growth in chip equipment spending in 2015

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
Global capital spending on semiconductor equipment is projected to grow 21.1 percent in 2014 and 21.0 percent in 2015.

Global semiconductor sales continue to climb in August

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.4 billion for the month of August 2014.

SEMI announces rising annual silicon wafer shipment forecast

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2014-–2016.

Altera CEO John Daane to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association announced that John P. Daane, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Altera, has been named the 2014 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.

Mentor Graphics wins $36M in patent infringement suit

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A Portland, Oregon jury today delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement trial against Synopsys, Inc., awarding Mentor Graphics $35 million in damages and royalties.

New 'lab-on-a-chip' could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
University of Kansas Medical Center and KU Cancer Center have just published a breakthrough paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal describing their invention of a miniaturized biomedical testing device for exosomes.

Threshold voltage tuning for 10nm and beyond CMOS integration

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A novel metal gate integration scheme to achieve precise threshold voltage (VT) control for multiple VTs is described.

Managing oxide growth on in-process storage wafers for cost and yield impact

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A system is described that mitigates unintended oxide growth for bare wafers while in-process storage and potentially post process at tools using nitrogen purge.

Imec, Coventor partner to advance CMOS process development

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Imec researchers using Coventor’s SEMulator3D platform to model and optimize 7nm manufacturing technology.

Gigaphoton achieves 3-hour continuous operation of EUV light source

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Gigaphoton Inc. announced today that it has succeeded in achieving 3-hour continuous operation of its prototype LPP EUV light source at 50 percent duty cycle and 42-W output, equivalent to usage in a high-volume-manufacturing (HVM) environment.

EUV light source developer Adlyte achieves key performance milestone for high-volume manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Adlyte Inc., a developer of high-brightness extreme light sources for advanced semiconductor inspection and metrology applications, today announced it has reached a key performance benchmark for its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source for high-volume manufacturing (HVM)-readiness.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
Global sales for the month of September 2014 reached $29 billion, 8 percent higher than the September 2013 total of $26.9 billion and 1.9 percent more than last month's total of $28.5 billion.

TI to open 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Chengdu assembly/test facility now in production; site celebrates grand opening

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and INVECAS introduce new dedicated design service partner for leading-edge technologies

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing, design and technology solutions, today announced a partnership with INVECAS Inc.

Slight increase in third quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2014 when compared to second quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Professors from UC Berkeley and UT Dallas honored for excellence in semiconductor research

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today presented its University Research Award to professors from University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas at Dallas in recognition of their outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich elected chairman of Semiconductor Industry Association

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that the SIA board of directors has elected Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, as its 2015 chairman and Dr. Necip Sayiner, president, CEO and director of Intersil, as its 2015 vice chairman.

Notebook PC shipments rise year over year as tablet PCs decline

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Notebook PC growth was primarily driven by the developed regions of North America and Western Europe, which increased year-over-year shipments by more than 20 percent in the third quarter.

STMicroelectronics, AKM, InvenSense and Bosch share 75% of the consume inertial combo market

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Combo sensors continue their growth in a market expected to reach US$ 1.4 billion in 2019 overcoming discrete sensors.

How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
In this 50th year anniversary of Moore’s Law, the steady scaling of silicon chips’ cost and performance that has so changed our world over the last half century is now poised to change it even further through the Internet of Things.

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.

Global semiconductor sales in November outpace 2013 totals

Mon, 1 Jan 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of November 2014.

TSV based memory going to volume production: the era of 3DIC finally begins

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
With the recent Samsung announcement of mass production of 64 GB DDR4 DIMMs that use TSV technology for enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, all three of the major DRAM memory manufactures, Samsung, Hynix and Micron, have now announced the commercialization of TSV based memory architectures.

SEMATECH reports significant progress in EUV resist outgas testing

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
​SEMATECH announced today that promising progress has been made in qualifying outgassing specifications for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

Global semiconductor sales increase in October; Substantial growth projected for 2014

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of October 2014, an increase of 9.6 percent from the October 2013 total.

SEMI reports third quarter 2014 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 8.82 billion in the third quarter of 2014.

Intel announces IoT platform

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Intel Corporation today announced the Intel IoT Platform, an end-to-end reference model designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Global Semiconductor Alliance announces 2014 Award recipients

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
GSA members identified the Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company Award winners by casting ballots for the industry’s most respected companies for its products, vision and future opportunities.

Murata completes acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Murata Electronics North America, Inc. and Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF silicon on insulator (SOI) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, today announce that Murata has acquired all outstanding shares of Peregrine.

Process Watch: Fab managers don’t like surprises

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Nobody likes surprises - especially the managers of $10 billion factories.

IoT's divergent needs will drive different types of technologies

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Given the current buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to lose sight of the challenges – both economic and technical.

Delivering new liquid metalorganic precursors to epi and CVD

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
The case is made for delivering liquid precursors from a central delivery system to the epi/dep tool as a vapor of precisely-controlled composition.

Explosive growth forecast for quantum dot LCD TV technology

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
LCD TV makers are responding to the challenge of OLED, with quantum dot (QD) technology, curved screens and other innovations.

Global diagnostic display shipments are on the rise

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
Global shipments of diagnostic displays are forecast to grow at a 5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2014 and 2018.

SUNY Board appoints Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as founding president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) yesterday announced the SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as the founding President of SUNY Poly.

Further growth seen for semiconductor equipment and materials at SEMI ISS 2015

Wed, 1 Jan 2015
The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with the theme “Riding the Wave of Silicon Magic.”

Underdog DRAM

Tue, 1 Jan 2015
DRAM shifts out of a slump, but sector still faces obstacles.

Global semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2014

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that the global semiconductor industry posted record sales totaling $335.8 billion in 2014, an increase of 9.9 percent from the 2013 total of $305.6 billion.

Strategy is key differentiator as more efficient GaN, SiC power electronics enter market

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap (WBG) materials claim market share from silicon-based semiconductors, according to Lux Research.

Processing of graphene on 300mm Si wafers in a state-of-the-art CMOS fabrication facility

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
The building blocks are described that can be used to fabricate other novel device architectures that can take advantage of the unique properties of graphene or other interesting single-layer (i.e., 2D) materials.

Improving the reliability of dry vacuum pumps in high-k ALD processes

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Design features that contributed most to the improved performance include increased rotational speed, integrated rotor sleeves, and increased purge injection temperature.

Security should not be hard to implement

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Data is ubiquitous today. It is generated, exchanged and consumed at unprecedented rates.

Gigaphoton achieves continuous 140W EUV light source output at 50% duty cycle

Tue, 2 Feb 2015
Further contributing to the realization of a mass production-quality LPP light source for EUV scanners

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 1

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Pulsed measurements are defined in Part 1, and common pulsed measurement challenges are discussed in Part 2.

Smartphone display manufacturers facing pressure to further reduce prices in 2015

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
Even as smartphone panel resolution continues to rise, and as display sizes continue to grow, panel manufacturers are facing pressure to reduce prices.

January 2015 book-to-bill supports positive outlook for semiconductor equipment industry

Fri, 2 Feb 2015
A book-to-bill of 1.03 means that $103 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Cymer announces shipment of its first XLR 700ix DUV light source and introduces DynaPulse

Mon, 2 Feb 2015
Cymer, an ASML company, a developer of lithography light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source.

Freescale and NXP agree to $40 Billion merger

Tue, 3 Mar 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.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever January sales

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1 billion, reflecting normal seasonal trends.

Samsung, LGE and Sony to account for nearly half of all TV display panels shipping in 2015

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Leading global TV brands, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Sony, gained market share and increased their year-over-year shares of LCD TV shipments by an average of 11 percent in 2014, which is higher than the market average.

Stronger competition forecast for mobile phone display manufacturers this year

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Global mobile phone display module shipments in 2015 are expected to rise just 4 percent year-over-year to reach two billion units, leading to even stronger competition among mobile phone display manufacturers.

Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slowing but positive 2016

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
SEMI today announced an update of the SEMI World Fab Forecast report which updates outlooks for 2015 and 2016.

Cypress and Spansion complete $5 Billion merger

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion, Inc. announced that they have closed the merger of the two companies in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $5 billion.

Light sensors market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016

Fri, 3 Mar 2015
Samsung, Apple and Chinese OEMs will drive revenue in the light sensor market to grow 16 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to a new report released today from IHS Inc.

Recovering economies driving growth in the industrial semiconductor market

Mon, 3 Mar 2015
The industrial semiconductor market will post a 9.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years as revenue rises from $34.8 billion in 2013 to $55.2 billion in 2018.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor equipment sales of $37.5B

Tue, 3 Mar 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.

Poised for more growth

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
Strong fab equipment spending expected in 2015; Slower but positive 2016.

Process Watch: Know your enemy

Wed, 3 Mar 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.

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

Wed, 3 Mar 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.

Small powerful systems give rise to medical semiconductor sales

Thu, 3 Mar 2015
Market for medical semiconductors seen rising to $8.2 billion in 2018.

NXP and GlobalFoundries announce production of 40nm embedded non-volatile memory technology

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, and NXP Semiconductor N.V, a semiconductor company for secure connection solutions, today announced that they have jointly developed a next-generation embedded non-volatile memory.

2014 top MEMS players ranking: Rising of the first MEMS titan

Tue, 3 Mar 2015
With an impressive 20 percent growth in MEMS revenue compared to 2013, and sales revenues of more than $1.2B, Robert Bosch GmbH is the clear #1.

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

Fri, 3 Mar 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.

Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry.

Advanced analytics for yield improvement and zero defect in semiconductors

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Machine learning based advanced analytics for anomaly detection offers powerful techniques that can be used to achieve breakthroughs in yield and field defect rates.

Imaging tomorrow’s components, acoustically

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Packages are changing. Acoustic methods provide a way to image and analyze them.

Global semiconductor sales increase in February compared to last year

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent from February 2014 when sales were $26.0 billion.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
The global semiconductor materials market increased 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10 percent.

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 2

Wed, 4 Apr 2015
Common pulsed measurement challenges are defined.

Top 10 2015 semiconductor sales leaders forecast to include NXP/Freescale

Fri, 4 Apr 2015
Total top 10 marketshare of semiconductor industry now back over 50 percent.

Global semiconductor market achieves strong, broad-based growth in 2014

Mon, 4 Apr 2015
Highest annual growth rate since 2010; strong growth expected again in 2015.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe.

Global LCD TV panel shipments reached monthly record high in March 2015

Tue, 4 Apr 2015
LCD TV panel shipments from global panel makers reached 23.9 million in March 2015, growing 20 percent month over month and 11 percent year over year.

Sensor competition, actuator recovery impact supplier ranking

Thu, 4 Apr 2015
Sensor leader Bosch grabs 20 percent of worldwide sales in 2014 while ST falls from second to fourth place with a 19 percent drop in dollar volume last year, says new O-S-D Report.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

Mon, 5 May 2015
A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year

Mon, 5 May 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $83.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

ITRS 2.0: Heterogeneous integration

Wed, 5 May 2015
Interconnecting transistors and other components in the IC, in the package, on the printed circuit board and at the system and global network level, are where the future limitations in performance, power, latency and cost reside.

Enhanced thermal management solutions for RF power amplifiers

Wed, 5 May 2015
Synthetic diamond heat spreaders and GaN-on-Diamond wafers have emerged as a leading thermal- management technology for RF Power Amplifiers.

Understanding the structural and optical properties of silicon nitride

Thu, 5 May 2015
Using first-principles calculations, the electronic structures and optical properties that arise on doping-atom-containing silicon nitride systems are reported as a function of dielectric constant, reflectivity, absorption and loss spectra.

TI strengthens analog marketshare; Skyworks gains from Apple's favor

Mon, 5 May 2015
Top 10 suppliers accounted for 57% of analog sales in 2014; 9 of 10 top suppliers with analog sales greater than $1.0 billion.

Moore's Law to keep on 28nm

Wed, 5 May 2015
Scaling is now bifurcating - some scaling on with 28/22nm, while other push below 14nm.

SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

Thu, 5 May 2015
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

Thu, 5 May 2015
There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

Applied Materials' breakthrough patterning hard mask enables copper interconnect scaling

Tue, 5 May 2015
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond.

Growing in maturity, the MEMS industry is getting its second wind

Tue, 5 May 2015
In 2014, the MEMS sector represented an $11.1B business for Si-based devices. According to Yole Développement (Yole) latest MEMS report “Status of the MEMS Industry”, the MEMS industry is preparing to exceed $20B by 2020.

3D NAND, MRAM, RRAM: Emerging opportunities and challenges for the changing memory market

Thu, 5 May 2015
Ever growing volumes of data to be stored and accessed, and advancing process technologies for sophisticated control of deposition and etch in complex stacks of new materials, are creating a window of opportunity for an emerging variety of next-generation non-volatile memory technologies.

Six top 20 semiconductor suppliers show >20% growth

Thu, 5 May 2015
SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking.

Tablet shipments lose momentum; Total PC unit forecast downgraded

Fri, 5 May 2015
IC Insights has downgraded its forecast for the overall personal computing market, including much lower growth in tablets and continued weakness in standard PCs.

North America: A critical player in the advanced semiconductor market

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
As the fabless business model has transformed the semiconductor manufacturing landscape, Taiwan and South Korea have undeniably grown into key semiconductor producing regions. However, it should be noted that North America is home to Intel, Texas Instruments, Micron, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Freescale, Fairchild, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, significant operations of Samsung, and other manufacturers.

Global semiconductor sales increase in April; Steady growth projected

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.6 billion for the month of April 2015, 4.8 percent higher than the April 2014 total of $26.3 billion and 0.4 percent lower than last month's total of $27.7 billion.

Fab equipment growth continues into 2015

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Fab equipment spending is forecast to depart from the typical historic trend over the past 15 years of two years of spending growth followed by one of decline. For the first time, equipment spending could grow every year for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Reduced defectivity and cost of ownership copper CMP cleans

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
A new, low pH, BTA free, noble-bond chemistry produced equivalent yield at substantially lower costs.

Leti launches new Silicon Impulse FD-SOI Development Program

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
CEA-Leti announced today during the Design Automation Conference that seven partners have joined its new FD-SOI IC development program, Silicon Impulse.

Move over, 16nm – here comes 10nm chips

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing wants you to know that they’re ready, willing, and able to help you design chips with 10-nanometer features.

MEMS suppliers ride automotive safety wave

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Suppliers of MEMS-based devices rode a safety sensing wave in 2014 to reach record turnover in automotive applications, according to analysis from IHS.

Three trends driving optoelectronics market growth through 2019

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Laser transmitters, CMOS image sensors, and high-brightness LEDs will be key to expansion.

ASCENT project offers unparalleled access to European nanoelectronics infrastructure

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
Europe’s leading nanoelectronics institutes, Tyndall National Institute in Ireland, CEA-Leti in France and imec in Belgium, have entered a €4.7 million collaborative open-access project called ASCENT (Access to European Nanoelectronics Network).

More change for the chip industry

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
As if scaling to 7nm geometries and going vertical with FinFETs, TSVs and other emerging technologies wasn’t challenge enough, the emerging market for connected smart devices will bring more changes to the semiconductor sector. And then there’s 3D printing looming in the wings.

“Easy does it” ─ Fabs trim spending plans

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
Still capex and equipment spending expected to increase in 2015 and 2016.

Fairchild launches MEMS product line

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
Fairchild, a supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, today launched the FIS1100 6-axis MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the company’s first MEMS product stemming from its strategic investments in MEMS and motion tracking.

IC manufacturers close or repurpose 83 wafer fabs from 2009-2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2015
150mm and 200mm wafer fabs account for two-thirds of total closures.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.56 billion in orders worldwide in May 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.99.

IHS says Moore's Law led to trillions of dollars added to global economy

Fri, 6 Jun 2015
From connectivity to globalization and sustainability, the “Law” created by Gordon Moore’s prediction for the pace of semiconductor technology advances has set the stage for global technology innovation and contribution for 50 years.

Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program to optimize the chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) process through silicon characterization and modeling for advanced-node designs at 14 nanometer (nm) and below.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics business

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business.

Power transistors seen stabilizing and setting record sales in 2015

Thu, 6 Jun 2015
After six years of gyrating between strong increases and sales declines, the power transistor business is returning to more normal growth patterns.

SMIC, Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm in joint investment on SMIC's new R&D company

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
The joint venture company will focus on R&D towards next generation CMOS logic technology and build China's most advanced integrated circuit (IC) development R&D platform.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2015 “Best of West” Award finalists

Tue, 6 Jun 2015
The award was established to recognize new products moving the industry forward with technological developments in the microelectronics supply chain.

Building a better semiconductor

Mon, 6 Jun 2015
Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors.

Process Watch: The most expensive defect - Part 2

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
The December 2014 edition of Process Watch suggested that the most expensive defect is the one that goes undetected until the end of line. Indeed, undetected excursions typically result in the scrap of millions of dollars per year of defective semiconductor chips.

Tackling advanced litho challenges on the path to node 5

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
If you attended just about any mask making conference in the last five to seven years, you would have heard the lament about exploding data volumes and their impact on mask writing time and, by extension, mask costs.

Smartphone sales remain an important IC market driver in 2015

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Smartphones forecast to represent 80% of total cellphone shipments in 4Q15.

Process Watch: Increasing process steps and the tyranny of numbers

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Moving to the next design rule can be stressful for the inspection and metrology engineer. Like everything else in the fab, process control generally doesn’t get any easier as design rules shrink and new processes are introduced.

The big picture: More than 850 volume fabs in 2017

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
We, in the semiconductor supply chain, are constantly immersed in detailed numbers. It’s important to pull back and look at the major trends that have profoundly changed and are reshaping our industry.

Small electronics companies spent $78.3B on semiconductors in 2014

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Startups and small electronics companies spent $78.3 billion on semiconductors in 2014, representing 23 percent of the total market, compelling semiconductor companies to revisit their sales strategy to focus on the large number of smaller organizations than relying on big deals from large customers, research firm Gartner said.

Global semiconductor sales increase five percent in May 2015

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014, when sales were $26.8 billion.

Surging phablets to shoot past stalled tablet market in 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Updated forecast shows large-screen smartphone shipments climbing 66% this year to 252 million units while the lack of replacement purchases stymies tablets.

IBM Research alliance produces industry's first 7nm node test chips

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
IBM Research today announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functional transistors.

IoT platform, Silicon Impulse, energy efficiency and consumer applications focus of LetiDays discussion

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Smart devices for the Internet of Things are among the top three growth drivers for the semiconductor industry, but the IoT is a highly fragmented market where multiple applications have varying energy requirements.

Substrate innovation for extending Moore and more than Moore

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
Engineered SOI substrates are now a mainstream option for the semiconductor industry.

ECAE improves sputtering target performance

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Because it can achieve extreme deformation, Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) can deliver submicron, high strength and uniform microstructures. The resulting improvements in strength allow for monolithic targets with a longer target life of 20-100%.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES launches industry's first 22nm FD-SOI technology platform

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today launched a new semiconductor technology developed specifically to meet the ultra-low-power requirements of the next generation of connected devices.

Leti reports FinFET feasibility and circuit design with CoolCube tech

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
CEA-Leti today announced its first results towards the demonstration of CoolCube’s feasibility in FinFET technology on its 300mm production line, and new CoolCube circuit designs that improve the trade off between area, speed and power.

Controlling measurements of WLP on high mix, high volume manufacturing

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
The demand for 4-mask layer Cu-plated wafer-level chip scale packaging (WLCSP) is increasing rapidly, and the current capability for in-line Cu height measurements is not suitable for high volume manufacturing (HVM).

Chinese chipmaker Tsinghua prepares $23B bid for Micron Technology

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
China’s state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. is preparing a $23 billion bid for chipmaker Micron Technology, in what analysts say would be the biggest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company.

EUV: Unlike anything else in the fab

Thu, 7 Jul 2015
Imagine EUV lithography in high volume production. ASML has been working for years to make it happen.

ClassOne Technology’s Solstice S4 wins Best of West

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
The ClassOne Technology Solstice S4 won the Best of West award, presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2015 book-to-bill ratio

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.51 billion in orders worldwide in June 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.98, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI

ORNL researchers make scalable arrays of 'building blocks' for ultrathin electronics

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined a novel synthesis process with commercial electron-beam lithography techniques to produce arrays of semiconductor junctions in arbitrary patterns within a single, nanometer-thick semiconductor crystal.

Opportunities in packaging are driving photolithography equipment demand

Mon, 7 Jul 2015
Within the photolithography equipment market reaching $150M in 2014, advanced packaging applications experienced the strongest growth.

Semiconductor market worth $332B in 2015

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
ReportsnReports.com added 2015 semiconductor market research reports that forecast a 2.9 percent CAGR to 2020 for semiconductor industry and a 6.7 percent rise from 2014 in the semiconductor equipment market size during 2015 across the world.

Intel and Micron produce breakthrough memory technology

Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Intel and Micron begin production on new class of non-volatile memory, creating the first new memory category in more than 25 years.

Tsunami of M&A deals underway in the semiconductor industry in 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2015
Marketshare expansion, Internet of Things opportunities, rising costs of R&D, and China’s aggressive new focus on the semiconductor industry all driving the recent M&A surge.

Samsung 3D TSV stacked DDR4 DRAM: the first analyzed memory product with via- middle TSV

Fri, 7 Jul 2015
According to Yole, 3D TSV technology is expected to reach $4.8B billion in revenues by 2019.

Mid-year global semiconductor sales ahead of last year's pace by 4 percent

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $84.0 billion during the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter and 2.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014.

Microcontroller unit shipments surge but falling prices sap sales growth

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Explosion of smartcards, embedded sensors, and new Internet of Things applications are driving up unit volumes of low-cost 32-bit MCU solutions, says Mid-Year Update.

Samsung cuts Intel's semiconductor sales lead to 16% in second quarter

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
Samsung’s excellent growth rate in 2Q15 put the company closer to catching Intel and becoming the world’s leading semiconductor supplier.

Apple drives growth in high-resolution smartphone displays

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
While overall smartphone market growth continues to slow, global demand for low temperature polysilicon thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (LTPS TFT LCD) for smartphones is on the rise.

Toshiba develops world's first 16-die stacked NAND flash memory with TSV tech

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
Toshiba Corporation today announced the development of the world’s first 16-die (max.) stacked NAND flash memory utilizing Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology.

Record shipments levels continue into the second quarter 2015

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2015 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

CMOS image sensors see higher growth from diversity of uses

Wed, 8 Aug 2015
Dependency on camera phones lessens as imaging technology moves into a wider range of systems -- from automotive and machine vision to surveillance and sensors for Internet of Things.

Traditional notebook display shipments drop as Chromebooks rise

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Global consumers have lately become less interested in acquiring conventional notebooks with 15-inch displays, and they are instead shifting their spending to smaller product segments.

Demand for novel display materials set to surge in second half of 2015

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
Starting in the second half of 2015, the overall consumption of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) materials will surge, as LG Display increases the production of white organic light-emitting diode (WOLED) TV panels

Comparison 1Y nanometer NAND architecture and beyond

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
Do we still think the 2D NAND Flash technologies have hit the scaling wall?

Semiconductor Research Corporation expands benchmarking research program

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
Marking an industry first for emerging electronics devices, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced a significant expansion of its benchmarking research.

As utilities get smarter, smart meter semiconductors rise

Tue, 8 Aug 2015
The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters that provide two-way communications between meters and utilities will continue to expand in the coming years, providing significant growth opportunities semiconductor manufacturers.

Book-to-bill ratio reports indicate a solid year for the industry

Thu, 8 Aug 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.

Status of flexible encapsulation to enable flexible electronics

Mon, 8 Aug 2015
In 2020, flexible barrier manufacturing for flexible electronic devices such as displays will be a market worth more than US$184 million, according to IDTechEx Research.

New AMS fab going to Marcy, NY

Thu, 8 Aug 2015
Austria-based ams AG, formerly known as Austriamicrosystem, announced plans to locate a new 360,000 ft2 fab in upstate New York at the Nano Utica site in Marcy, NY.

Pure-play foundry sales forecast to surpass $12B in fourth quarter 2015

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
Atypical 2015 sales pattern, but stronger growth forecast to resume in second half of this year.

A partnership to secure and protect the emerging Internet of Things

Fri, 8 Aug 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel Corporation, one of the world's leading technology companies, today announced two new grants totaling $6 million to research teams that will study solutions to address the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems.

Tech, academic leaders call for robust research investments to bolster U.S. tech leadership, advance IoT

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
A coalition of leaders from the tech industry and academia, led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today released a report highlighting the urgent need for robust investments in research to advance the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) and develop other cutting-edge innovations that will sustain and strengthen America’s global technology leadership into the future.

Knowm first to deliver memristors capable of bi-directional learning

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
Milestone confirmed by groundbreaking new data; bi-directional incremental capability allows startup to leapfrog IBM and other established competitors in emerging computing fields.

Intel's Bill Holt awarded Robert N. Noyce Award

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
Holt will accept the award at SIA's Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The future of MEMS in the IoT

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
SEMI’s European MEMS Summit will be held on 17-18 September 2015 in Milan, Italy. Over the course of the two-day event, more than 20 keynote and invited speakers from the entire supply chain will share their perspectives and latest updates, including participation by European MEMS leaders. In addition, a focused industry exhibition will complement the conferences offering with additional networking opportunities.

Asia-Pacific to dominate IC sales across system categories in 2015

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Europe to remain largest regional market for auto ICs, but Asia-Pacific gaining fast.

Global semiconductor sales down slightly in July

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Softening demand, currency devaluation lead to slower sales.

Patent analysis: GaN power devices

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
The GaN devices market for power electronics application will explode in 2016, reaching US$300 million in 2020.

Graphene as an alternative transparent electrode for OLEDs

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Until now transparent electrode materials for OLEDs have mainly consisted of indium tin oxide (ITO), which is expected to become economically challenging for the industry due to the shrinking abundance of indium. One promising candidate is graphene.

Soitec and Simgui announce first 200-MM SOI wafers produced in China

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Soitec and Simgui jointly announced today that the first 200-mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers have been produced at Simgui's manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

OMRON to Acquire U.S. based Adept Technology

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
OMRON Corporation and Adept Technology, Inc. today announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement whereby OMRON will acquire Adept.

$81 million to support new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

S3S - the conference for IoT technologies

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
The upcoming IEEE S3S Conference 2015 in Sonoma, CA, on October 5-8, will focus on key technologies for the IoT era.

Process Watch: Risky business

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
This is the ninth in a series of 10 installments that explore certain fundamental truths about process control--defect inspection and metrology--for the semiconductor industry.

Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Dialog Semiconductor and Atmel Corporation announced today that Dialog has agreed to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of approximately $4.6 billion.

Can the development of the electronic sector help plan the future of the photovoltaic industry?

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
The current photovoltaic industry seems to have a lot of similarities with development of the electronic sector. This analysis investigates some lessons the industry can learn.

Permanent data storage with light

Thu, 9 Sep 2015
The first all-optical permanent on-chip memory has been developed by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the universities of Münster, Oxford, and Exeter.

Samsung Electronics opens new headquarters for U.S. semiconductor operations

Fri, 9 Sep 2015
Samsung Electronics formally opened the doors to its new Device Solutions America headquarters in San Jose, Calif.

First optical rectenna converts light to DC current

Mon, 9 Sep 2015
Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.

A different type of 2D semiconductor

Tue, 9 Sep 2015
Berkeley Lab Researchers produce the first ultrathin sheets of perovskite hybrids.

2015 IEEE International Electron Devices meeting to showcase the latest technology developments in micro/nanoelectronics

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
At the 61st annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) subjects under discussion will encompass a range of topics critical to the continuing progress of the industry.

ASML ships new TWINSCAN NXT immersion lithography platform

Wed, 9 Sep 2015
ASML announced the first shipment of its new TWINSCAN (TM) NXT:1980Di immersion lithography system to support increasingly demanding multiple-patterning performance requirements.

IBM research eyes post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
IBM Research announced an engineering breakthrough that could accelerate carbon nanotubes replacing silicon transistors to power future computing technologies.

Monolithic 3D - Game-Changing 2.0 at IEEE S3S

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
The path to alternative scaling is now open.

JSAP research highlights - Power electronics: Silicon carbide gains traction

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
Research reported in the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics by researchers at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation describes the development of a new power module made from a SiC metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor and a SiC Schottky barrier diode.

UK collaboration seeks to develop new ultra-barrier materials based on Graphene interlayers

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
The Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it is part of a UK based collaboration to develop the next generation of ultra-barrier materials using graphene for the production of flexible transparent plastic electronic based displays.

New approach for "nanohoops" could energize future devices

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
A new paper from the University of Oregon shows that nanohoops can be made using a variety of atoms, not just those from carbon.

Microsemi announces proposal to acquire PMC-Sierra, Inc.

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
Microsemi Corporation announced that it submitted an offer to acquire PMC-Sierra, Inc in a cash and stock transaction.

Historic era of consolidation for chip makers

Mon, 10 Oct 2015
We are in a historic era for consolidation among semiconductor manufacturers, and the reasons are surprising.

Stanford engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
Stanford engineers have created a plastic "skin" that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell.

Slideshow: 2015 IEDM Preview

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
An advance look at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers that will be presented at this year's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.

Western Digital announces acquisition of SanDisk

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
Western Digital Corporation and SanDisk Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement where Western Digital will purchase SanDisk.

Lam Research to acquire KLA-Tencor

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) and KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Lam Research to acquire all outstanding KLA-Tencor shares in a cash and stock transaction.

New NSF-SRC report on energy efficient computing

Thu, 10 Oct 2015
A report that resulted from a workshop funded by Semiconductor Research Corporation and National Science Foundation outlines key factors limiting progress in computing and novel device and architecture research that can overcome these barriers.

IDT to Acquire ZMDI for $310 Million

Tue, 10 Oct 2015
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire privately held ZMDI for total consideration of $310M in cash.

Sally L. Bixby joins Extension Media as Senior Events Director

Wed, 10 Oct 2015
Extension Media announced today the addition of Sally L. Bixby as Senior Events Director for Extension Media's fast-growing conference division.

Reports: TI, STMicro to add to semiconductor acquisitions spree

Fri, 10 Oct 2015
Texas Instruments (Maxim Integrated) and STMicro (Fairchild) may be considering large acquisitions.

China's Tsinghua Unigroup invests in Taiwan's Powertech

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a Chinese government-owned chipmaker will make a $600 million investment in Powertech Technology of Taiwan, according to multiple reports.

It's all about packaging - in this material world, who is your partner?

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
With the emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), advanced packaging is clearly the enabling technology providing solutions for mobile applications and for semiconductor devices fabricated at 16 nm and below process nodes.

Gartner: 6.4B connected "Things" in use in 2016

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.

Transistor-level challenges get squeaky wheel results

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, or so it seems in the semiconductor industry, as the high level of the design process seems to get the most attention. Meanwhile, the transistor level appears to have been largely forgotten.

Lithography alternatives: Why are they essential?

Fri, 11 Nov 2015
The availability of patterning alternatives in the lithography landscape represents a big opportunity to properly address the coming needs generated by the IoT.

Wafer bonding for high performance MEMS, power devices, and RF components

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Recent trends and future directions for wafer bonding are reviewed, with a focus on MEMS.

What lies beneath? 50 years of enabling Moore’s Law

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Vacuum technology trends can be seen over the period of innovation defined by Moore’s Law, particularly in the areas of increasing shaft speed, management of pumping power, and the use computer modeling.

Leti and partners announce developments on three mature platforms

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
CEA-Leti and its partners in the European FP7 project PLAT4M today announced they have built three silicon photonics platforms.

ON Semiconductor to acquire Fairchild for $2.4B

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
The acquisition creates a leader in the power semiconductor market with combined revenue of approximately $5 billion, diversified across multiple markets with a strategic focus on automotive, industrial and smartphone end markets.

Inotera appoints new president

Thu, 11 Nov 2015
Inotera's Board of Directors announced this week that they have approved the appointment of Mr. Rod Morgan as president, succeeding Dr. Scott Meikle. The change is effective January 1, 2016.

Led by Apple and Chinese brands, high tech smartphone panel shipments rising

Tue, 11 Nov 2015
Demand for LTPS TFT LCD shipments rose 30 percent in September 2015 to reach 51.6 million units, due to strong demand from Apple and Chinese brands.

Mergers: Commission clears Avago's acquisition of Broadcom

Wed, 11 Nov 2015
The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.

GaN Systems announces 10x production increase at TSMC

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
GaN Systems, a manufacturer of gallium nitride power transistors, announces that its foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TMSC), has expanded the high volume production of products based on GaN System’s proprietary Island Technology by 10X in response to surging global demand from consumer and enterprise customers.

Researchers find new phase of carbon, create diamond at room temp

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond.

IDMs could top fabless semiconductor company growth for only the second time in history

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
Sales of top 10 IDMs forecast to be flat; top 10 fabless companies expected to slip into negative growth this year.

Mobile sector continues to dominate the advanced packaging market; IoT looms on the horizon

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
Advanced packaging will reach 44% of packaging services and a revenue of US$ 30 billion by 2020.

Semiconductor sales: slight growth projected for next three years

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
Market projected to grow by 0.2 percent in 2015, 1.4 percent in 2016, and 3.1 percent in 2017.

NXP and Freescale announce completion of merger

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
The merger has created a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of over $10 billion.

Advanced lithography and electroplating approach to form high-aspect ratio copper pillars

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
It is possible to fabricate copper pillars more than 100μm in height, with aspect ratios up to 6:1, using advanced packaging stepper lithography in conjunction with electroplating.

Practical limits for metallization scaling in fabs

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Beyond economic limits due to litho limitations, the inherent need for a physical barrier puts an electrical limit on the ability to scale.

Fab equipment spending: Look for upward swing into 2016

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Worldwide semiconductor fab equipment capital expenditure growth (new and used) for 2015 is expected to be 0.5 percent (total capex of US$35.8 billion), increasing another 2.6 percent (to a total of $36.7 billion) in 2016, according to the latest update of the quarterly SEMI World Fab Forecast report.

Feed-forward overlay control in lithography processes using CGS

Wed, 12 Dec 2015
Feed-forward can be applied for controlling overlay error by using Coherent Gradient Sensing (CGS) data to reveal correlations between displacement variation and overlay variation.

Semiconductor R&D growth slows in 2015

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Industry-wide R&D expenditures grew 0.5% to a record-high $56.4 billion in 2015. Top 10 R&D spenders collectively increased expenditures by nearly 2% in the year.

Cellphones remain the largest driver of IC sales, but growth stalls

Fri, 12 Dec 2015
The total production value of electronic systems is forecast to decrease 2% in 2015 to an estimated $1,423 billion, marking only the fourth time in history that the systems market registers a decline.

2016 bounce to modest gains

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
After deflated 2015, 3D leads the way.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $37B in 2015 and $38B in 2016

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will decrease 0.6 percent to $37.3 billion in 2015.

Internet of Things market to nearly double by 2019

Thu, 12 Dec 2015
Between 2015 and 2019, worldwide systems revenues for applications connecting to the Internet of Things will nearly double, reaching $124.5 billion in the final year of this decade, according to IC Insights’ new 2016 edition of its IC Market Drivers report. During that same timeframe, new connections to the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow from about 1.7 billion in 2015 to nearly 3.1 billion in 2019 (Figure 1), based on the forecast in the new 450-page report, which examines emerging and major end-use applications fueling demand for ICs.

Koyanagi and Ramm win 3DIC Pioneering Award

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
At the 12th annual 3D ASIP [Architectures for Semiconductor Interconnect and Packaging] Conference, sponsored by RTI Int, in Redwood City CA last week, Professor Mitsumasa Koyanagi of Tohoku University and Dr. Peter Ramm of Fraunhofer EMFT were the conference's first recipients of the “3DIC Pioneer Award”.

Micron announces resignation of President Mark Adams

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that President Mark Adams will resign for personal health reasons.

A Year in Review: A look back at the top stories from 2015

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
2015 was a year of unprecedented consolidation in the semiconductor industry, as well as a technological crossroads in Moore’s Law. Below is a round-up, based on reader popularity, of the most read stories on Solid State Technology from 2015.

LG shows off 18 inch rollable OLED display at CES 2016

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
LG is showcasing a handful of futuristic concepts at CES 2016 this week, including an 18 inch prototype of an OLED display that can roll up like a newspaper.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in November

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.9 billion for the month of November 2015.

A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

Samsung, TSMC remain tops in available wafer fab capacity

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
GlobalFoundries, TSMC, SK Hynix show greatest gains in wafer capacity in 2015.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 1.9% in 2015, Gartner reports

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $333.7 billion in 2015, a 1.9 percent decrease from 2014 revenue of $340.3 billion, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Viewpoints: 2016 outlook

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2016.

Semiconductor capital spending to decline 4.7% in 2016, according to Gartner

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to decline 4.7 percent in 2016, to $59.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Advanced packaging industry: What's new on the market?

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
The mobile sector is driving production and market growth; however a new market driver, IoT is on the horizon and is expected to have a significant impact on the advanced packaging industry.

SEMI Awards honor process and technology integration achievements

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
SEMI announced the recipients of the 2015 SEMI Awards for the Americas.

Dialog Semiconductor declines to revise bid for Atmel

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
UK-based chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor plc's board of directors has determined not to revise its proposal to acquire US-based microcontroller and touch solutions specialist Atmel Corp., the company said.

Gartner says worldwide IT spending is forecast to grow 0.6% in 2016

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.54 trillion dollars in 2016, just a 0.6 percent increase over 2015 spending of $3.52 trillion dollars, according to Gartner, Inc.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.99

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
A book-to-bill of 0.99 means that $99 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Samsung, Apple continue to lead as top global semiconductor customers

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top semiconductor buyers in 2015, representing 17.7 percent of the market, according to Gartner, Inc.

Foundries takeover 200mm fab capacity by 2018

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
IoT drives worldwide 200mm fab capacity in 2018 back to 2006 levels.

Global semiconductor sales top $335B in 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced the global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $335.2 billion in 2015, a slight decrease of 0.2 percent compared to the 2014 total, which was the industry's highest-ever sales total.

Apple products are driving market growth for MEMS microphones

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
The popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6S and other products is boosting the microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones market to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent from 2015 to 2019.

Cautious expectations amid a slow-growth global economy

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
The health of the IC industry is increasingly tied to the health of the worldwide economy. Rarely can there be strong IC market growth without at least a “good” worldwide economy to support it.

What's happening in the China market?

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
A brief recap of China market news for January 2016.

Yield and cost challenges at 16nm and beyond

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
A new 5D solution utilizes multiple types of metrology systems to identify and control fab-wide sources of pattern variation, with an intelligent analysis system to handle the data being generated.

SUNY Poly, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES announce new $500M R&D program

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the establishment of a new Advanced Patterning and Productivity Center (APPC), which will be located at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany, N.Y.

Improved ion implant exhaust management reduces energy, capital costs

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
How Texas Instruments got greener, safer and saved money.

Another record year for silicon wafer shipment volumes in 2015

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 3 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future.

UW scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technologies

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultra thin semiconductors to make a new two-dimensional heterostructure with potential uses in clean energy and optically-active electronics.

New 2016 McClean Report examines worldwide GDP growth and its impact on 2016 IC market growth

Wed, 2 Feb 2016
Slow-growth regional GDPs weigh heavy on potential global IC growth.

Fairchild rejects proposal from China Resources, Hua Capital

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Fairchild Semiconductor's board of directors has determined that the unsolicited proposal received from China Resources Microelectronics Ltd and Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd. does not constitute a “Superior Proposal” as defined in the company’s agreement with ON Semiconductor.

Neon shortage coming

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Semiconductor lithographic use of Neon is increasing more rapidly than expected for several reasons including the delay of EUVL while demand for finer line width patterning is increasing.

imec and iMinds to merge and create high-tech research center

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Nanoelectronics research center, imec, and digital research and incubation center, iMinds, announced that its respective board of directors have approved the intention to merge the research centers.

Semiconductor capital spending rebound fails to materialize in 2015

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
Recent capital spending trends indicative of maturing semiconductor industry.

Mentor Graphics launches Veloce Apps

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Mentor Graphics Corp. ushered in a new era of emulation by announcing new applications for the Veloce emulation platform.

University of Kentucky physicist discovers new 2-D material that could upstage graphene

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology has been discovered by a physicist at the University of Kentucky.

Taiwan passes South Korea to become #1 in total IC wafer fab capacity

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
IC Insights recently released its new Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report that provides in-depth detail, analyses, and forecasts for IC industry capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type through 2020.

Market for GaN and SiC power semiconductors to top $1B in 2020

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
The emerging market for silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is forecast to pass the $1 billion mark in five years, energized by demand from hybrid and electric vehicles, power supplies and photovoltaic (PV) inverters.

Semiconductor unit shipments to exceed one trillion devices in 2018

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Total yearly semiconductor unit shipments are forecast to continue their upward march and are now expected to top one trillion units for the first time in 2018.

Overlooked resistance may inflate estimates of organic-semiconductor performance

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
If unaccounted for, 'non-ideal' behaviors can inflate estimates of charge-carrier mobility.

Imec opens new 300mm cleanroom for 7nm and beyond chip scaling

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec has today announced the opening of its new 300mm cleanroom.

High-K precursors for ICs to reach ~$400M by 2020

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Chemical precursors (inorganic and organic) used to form high dielectric constant (High-K) materials, metals and metal nitrides needed in advanced ICs are forecasted to reach $400M USD in global sales by 2020, as highlighted in TECHCET’s 2016 Critical Materials Report.

SEMI reports 2015 global semiconductor equipment sales of $36.5B

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $36.53 billion in 2015, representing a year-over-year decrease of 3 percent.

2016 semiconductor sales to go negative, says Semico Research

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
After analyzing current trends, Semico announced the semiconductor industry is repeating the pattern from 2011-2012, albeit at a muted level.

Process Watch: Reducing production costs with process control

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Adding process control reduces production costs and cycle time.

The United States leads growing global industrial semiconductor market

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
The industrial semiconductor market will post an 8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), as revenue rises from $43.5 billion in 2014 to $59.5 billion in 2019.

A new virtuous cycle for the MEMS industry

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Since 2000, we have entered the age of sensing and interacting with the wide diffusion of MEMS and sensors that give us a better, safer perception of our environment. MEMS have grown in volume to be almost a 15 billion units market today.

The GaN RF market enjoyed a healthy increase in 2015

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
GaN RF devices market will double over the next five years, led by GaN’s adoption across various market segments.

Impact of triboelectric charging from DI water on transistor gate damage

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Optimized settings for DI water pressure at CMP and careful analysis of interconnect layout are used to improve quality on a complex analog design.

Chipmakers seek solution to neon gas supply shortage

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Finding a short term solution to the neon gas shortage problem will be challenging.

Global semiconductor market slumps in 2015, IHS reports

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Weakness in end-market demand will cause revenue decay to extend into 2016 and beyond.

Global semiconductor sales dip slightly in February

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Sales decrease 3.2 percent month-to-month and 6.2 percent year-to-year.

Samsung starts mass producing industry's first 10nm class DRAM

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 10-nanometer (nm) class, 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 (double-data-rate-4) DRAM chips and the modules derived from them.

IEEE introduces new international roadmap for devices and systems to set the course for end-to-end computing

Wed, 5 May 2016
Together, this group will ensure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders to identify trends and develop the roadmap for all of the related technologies in the computer industry.

Penn engineers develop first transistors made entirely of nanocrystal 'inks'

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
University of Pennsylvania engineers have shown a new approach for making these devices: sequentially depositing their components in the form of liquid nanocrystal "inks."

Tech companies creating strategic platforms to support the Internet of Things

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025.

Packaging materials: Strong growth rates for small form factors

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
While much of the recent attention has been focused on the growth of wafer level packages (WLPs), specifically fan-out WLPs, this is not the only segment forecast to undergo strong unit growth.

Industry stakeholder collaboration helps enable success of next-gen HVM

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
As the microelectronics industry becomes more mature and products become more advanced, there is greater emphasis on improving process control deeper within the supply chain.

14 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2016

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Cellphone App MPUs and Signal Conversion top the list; Tablet MPU growth stalls, DRAM tumbles.

Process Watch: Yield management turns green

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
As we celebrate Earth Day 2016, we commend the efforts of companies who have found ways to reduce their environmental impact.

ams breaks ground on NY wafer fab

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
ams AG (SIX: AMS) today took a step forward in its long-term strategy of increasing manufacturing capacity for its high-performance sensors and sensor solution integrated circuits (ICs), holding a groundbreaking event at the site of its new wafer fabrication plant in Utica, New York.

Energy harvesting to drive semiconductor sales to $3B by 2020

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
The new Semico Research report "Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion Dollar Market for Semiconductors" projects semiconductor sales for this market will reach $3 billion by 2020.

As mobile phone market matures, display makers turn to in-cell and on-cell touch technologies for growth

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
As the mobile phone market slows, display manufacturers are looking to new in-cell and on-cell touch-screen solutions that offer consumers thinner and brighter displays, while shortening the supply chain for smartphone manufacturers.

IoT: Powering small devices

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
Are the power solutions the IoT needs arriving quickly enough?

The human-machine interface: Automotive touch screens on the rise

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too.

Spintronic majority gates: A new paradigm for scaling

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Spintronic majority gates could revolutionize circuit design. They will completely change the paradigm – both at device and circuit level – in how to approach scaling.

Apple drove entire foundry sales increase at TSMC in 2015

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Without Apple, TSMC’s 2015 foundry sales would have dropped by 2% as compared to a 6% increase.

AMOLED growth is a bright spot for the display industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are rising fast, thanks to lowering costs, wider use in end-market consumer electronics devices and the ramp-up of new manufacturing capacities.

Many mixes to match litho apps

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
The world’s leading lithographers gather each year in San Jose, California at SPIE’s Advanced Lithography conference to discuss how to extend optical lithography. So of all the NGL technologies, which will win out in the end?

From catching up to forging ahead: China’s new role in the semiconductor industry

Mon, 5 May 2016
China has become the largest and fastest growing semiconductor market in the world, absorbing 40% of the worldwide semiconductor shipments. For US semiconductor firms, nothing compares to the China market.

Imec honors Dr. Gordon Moore with "Lifetime of Innovation Award"

Tue, 5 May 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec has announced that Dr. Gordon E. Moore, creator of the famous Moore’s law theory and co-founder of Intel, is the recipient of its lifetime of innovation award.

Maturing smartphone market signals falling growth for wireless semiconductors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Revenue associated with the wireless competitive landscape continued to serve as a bright spot in the larger semiconductor market in 2015, growing almost 4 percent to over $56 billion, year over year, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion during the same period.

North America vital to advanced semiconductor manufacturing

Thu, 5 May 2016
North America has a long and rich history of semiconductor manufacturing and innovation.

Global semiconductor sales increase slightly in March

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.1 billion for the month of March 2016, a slight increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous month's total of $26.0 billion.

Studying post-etching silicon crystal defects on 300mm wafers by automatic defect review AFM

Mon, 5 May 2016
Atomic force microscopy is essential for obtaining three- dimensional information of crystal defects.

Automotive electronics system demand fails to boost automotive IC market in 2015

Tue, 5 May 2016
Falling ASPs offset strong unit growth in automotive IC market, resulting in 3% decline.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to decline 2 percent in 2016

Wed, 5 May 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.

Monolithic Schottky diode in ST F7 LV MOSFET technology: Performance improvement in application

Wed, 5 May 2016
Standard solutions and devices are compared to a 60 V MOSFET with monolithic Schottky diode as evaluated in SMPS and motor control environments.

FlexTech completes flexible hybrid electronics projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC

Wed, 5 May 2016
FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement.

Seven Top-20 semiconductor suppliers show double-digit declines

Thu, 5 May 2016
Qualcomm, Micron, and SK Hynix registered ≥25% drops, with total top-20 sales off by 6%.

IBM keynoter outlines disruptive "Economy of Things" at SEMI’s ASMC 2016

Wed, 5 May 2016
The 27th annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2016), opened today (May 17) in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Worldwide wearables market increases 67.2% amid seasonal retrenchment, reports IDC

Mon, 5 May 2016
A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market.

EUVL: Taking it down to 5nm

Tue, 5 May 2016
The semiconductor industry is nothing if not persistent — it’s been working away at developing extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) for many years.

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

Wed, 5 May 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).

Automotive LED industry drivers: Disruptive technologies and consumer behavior changes

Fri, 5 May 2016
The lighting market for automotive applications should reach a 23.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) 2015-2121 reaching a US$27.7 billion market in 2021.

As large display unit shipments decline, shipment area rises with aggressive size migration for TVs

Fri, 5 May 2016
Despite unit-shipment declines, large thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) shipment area is expected to grow 5 percent year over year, to reach 168 million square meters in 2016.

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

Tue, 5 May 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.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

Wed, 5 May 2016
Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe and Japan.

An increasing number of healthcare applications is using bioMEMS components

Fri, 5 May 2016
According to Yole Développement (Yole) analysts, this market will triple from US$2.7 billion in 2015 to US$7.6 billion in 2021.

Long-term strategy pays off as TI maintains analog leadership

Tue, 5 May 2016
Infineon, Skyworks Solutions move up, ST slips in shakeup of top analog suppliers of 2015.

Tiny lasers enable faster, less power-hungry next-gen microprocessors

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
A group of scientists were able to fabricate tiny lasers directly on silicon, a huge breakthrough for the semiconductor industry and well beyond.

An interview with Dr. Dongkai Shangguan

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Dr. Dongkai Shangguan is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of STATS ChipPAC. Previously, Dongkai served as the founding CEO of the National Center for Advanced Packaging Co., Ltd. (“NCAP China”), worked for 10 years at Ford Motor Company in various technical and management functions, and for 11 years at Flextronics as Corporate Vice President of Global Advanced Technology.

China-based smartphone suppliers held 8 of Top 12 spots in first quarter ranking

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
An India-based smartphone supplier -- Micromax -- joins the top 12 ranking for the first time.

Equipment spending up: 19 new fabs and lines to start construction

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
While semiconductor fab equipment spending is off to a slow start in 2016, it is expected to gain momentum through the end of the year. For 2016, 1.5 percent growth over 2015 is expected while 13 percent growth is forecast in 2017.

Countdown to Node 5: Moving beyond FinFETs

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
A forum of industry experts at SEMICON West 2016 will discuss the challenges associated with getting from node 10 -- which seems set for HVM -- to nodes 7 and 5.

Kicking off #TheConFab2016

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
The ConFab 2016 kicked off this morning with speakers from GlobalFoundries, Silicon Catalyst, imec, TechInsights, CEA Leti, and New York Empire State Development.

Wide color gamut displays to comprise 17% of display shipment area in 2018

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Shipment area of wide color gamut (WCG) displays is expected to reach 32 million square meters in 2018, which represents 17 percent of total display shipment area.

Day 2 at The ConFab 2016: Success in semiconductor growth and fab management

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics, Intel, Infineon Technologies, Quantum Clean, and Edwards.

Imec demonstrates gate-all-around MOSFETs with lateral silicon nanowires at scaled dimensions

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Today, at the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits, nano-electronics research center imec presented gate-all-around (GAA) n- and p-MOSFET devices made of vertically stacked horizontal silicon (Si) nanowires (NWs) with a diameter of only 8nm.

What is driving the advanced packaging market in China?

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Driven by a strong semiconductor market outlook and aggressive investment in advanced packaging capability fueled by strong government support, advanced packaging revenue in China is expected to reach US$ 4.6 billion in 2020, against US$ 2.2 billion in 2015.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2016 "Best of West" award finalists

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
Each year at SEMICON West, the "Best of West" awards are presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts May 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.09

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.75 billion in orders worldwide in May 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09.

Automotive semiconductor market grows slightly in 2015 while ranks shift

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Despite slower growth for the automotive industry and exchange rate fluctuations, the automotive semiconductor market grew at a modest 0.2 percent year over year, reaching $29 billion in 2015, according to IHS.

SMIC begins mass production of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor in Beijing

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The successful production of 28nm Snapdragon products in Beijing represents an important step for SMIC's 28nm technology.

Increased use of semiconductors in auto industry to boost global semiconductor capital equipment until 2020

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the global semiconductor capital equipment market is expected to reach $47.34 billion mark by 2020.

Process Watch: Process control and production cycle time

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
In the early stages of development, having more process control can help reduce both the number and duration of cycles-of-learning (the iterations required to solve a particular problem).

Digital redefines supply chain: Big change and big opportunity

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
With many disruptive changes occurring in the electronics supply chain, the one with the biggest impact may come from smart manufacturing and the emergence of the digital supply chain.

SMIC acquires LFoundry

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation jointly announces with LFoundry Europe GmbH and Marsica Innovation S.p.A., the signing of an agreement on June 24, 2016 to purchase a 70% stake of LFoundry for a consideration of 49 million EUR.

FormFactor completes acquisition of Cascade Microtech

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
FormFactor, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Beaverton, Oregon-based Cascade Microtech, Inc.

HITRS roadmap aims to integrate photonic devices in SiP

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A new roadmap, the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (HITRS), aims to integrate fast optical communication made possible with photonic devices.

ASML president to receive Robert N. Noyce Award

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Van den Brink will accept the award at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10 in San Jose, an event that will commemorate the 25thanniversary of the Noyce Award.

Record 10.4 BSI of silicon wafer shipped as revenues slip

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
The 2015 market for semiconductor silicon wafers fell 5.3% to $7.2B on a record 10.4 BSI Si shipped, according to a new report, "Silicon Wafers Market & Supply Chain 2016, a TECHCET Critical Materials Report."

IoT and mobile devices: Big market opportunities but more challenges towards security threats

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
Assuring IoT security will require strategies to manage the entire value and supply chains.

Rising number of fabless semiconductor companies, test houses to augment chip handler market

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
According to the latest market research report by Technavio, the semiconductor chip handler market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 4% until 2020.

Sector shake-up as the hype shifts in the $30B wearables market

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
With hype around some of the core wearable technology sectors beginning to wane, IDTechEx have released their latest analysis of this diverse and growing industry in their brand new report Wearable Technology 2016-2026.

IC Insights lowers 2016 semiconductor market forecast to -1%

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Weak global economy and poor DRAM market to drag down growth this year.

A new age of smart manufacturing underway

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
A major theme at SEMICON West 2016 is Smart Manufacturing, a.k.a. Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT).

Evolution of across-wafer uniformity control in plasma etch

Fri, 8 Aug 2016
A look at control of process uniformity across the wafer during plasma etch processes.

200mm fabs reawakening

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Buoyed by strong investments in China, 200mm wafer production is seeing a re-awakening, with overall 200mm capacity expected to match its previous 2006 peak level by 2019.

Coventor wins "Best of West" Award

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Solid State Technology and SEMI today announced the recipient of the 2016 "Best of West" Award — Coventor — for its SEMulator3D.

Cellular handset IC market CAGR forecast at 6.7% through 2019

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Cellphone IC market CAGR to exceed total IC market CAGR by 3.0 points through forecast.

Easier, faster, cheaper: A full-filling approach to making nanotubes of consistent quality

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Approach opens a straightforward route for engineering the properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes.

Three-in-one tool speeds bump inspection

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
Last year, Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced the widespread adoption and success of its newest macro defect inspection tool, the NSX 330 Series.

The danger that lurks below

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
The semiconductor industry is moving quickly to adopt a variety of new materials in an effort to increase chip performance.

International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors examines next 15 years of chip innovation

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Final installment of biannual report outlines short-term and long-term challenges and opportunities facing semiconductor technology.

Wearable and mobile devices leading to rise in flexible displays

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Flexible displays for tablet PCs, near-eye virtual reality devices, automotive monitors and OLED TVs expected by 2022.

Sensor sales keep hitting new records but price erosion curbs growth

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Double-digit unit shipment increases continue with demand being strong for low-cost sensors in wearable systems, Internet of Things, and automated embedded control.

OLED to become leading smartphone display technology in 2020

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is set to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020.

China’s final chance to achieve its IC industry ambitions now underway

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
Over the past 20 years, China has become increasingly frustrated over the gap between its IC imports and indigenous IC production

Why are some MEMS devices successful while others are not?

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Beyond its gloom, the MEMS industry is showing numerous emerging devices that hold promise for future growth.

What’s happening to Japan’s semiconductor industry?

Thu, 7 Jul 2016
The 2016 global semiconductor market is forecast to decrease by 2.4 percent from the previous year according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

New method for making green LEDs enhances their efficiency and brightness

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have developed a new method for making brighter and more efficient green light-emitting diodes.

Top MEMS sensor suppliers of 2015

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) sensor revenue declined by 3.4% in 2015 with slow growth expected to start from 2017. While microphones and other MEMS categories grew, other categories declined -- most notably, motion sensors.

Global semiconductor sales increase in second quarter

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $79.1 billion during the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter and a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2015.

Huge 2H16 spending surge expected from Samsung, TSMC, and Intel

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Combined outlays from the “Big 3” spenders is forecast to almost double in 2H16 over 1H16.

IBM scientists imitate the functionality of neurons with a phase-change device

Fri, 8 Aug 2016
Technology could lead to the development of neuromorphic computers with highly co-located memory and processing units to speed up cognitive computing and analyze IoT Big Data.

Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
To continue advancing, next-generation electronic devices must fully exploit the nanoscale, where materials span just billionths of a meter. But balancing complexity, precision, and manufacturing scalability on such fantastically small scales is inevitably difficult.

Towards a better screen

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
New molecules promise cheaper, more efficient OLED displays.

Power semiconductor market revenues decline

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Overall revenue for the power semiconductors market globally dropped slightly in 2015, due primarily to macroeconomic factors and application-specific issues.

DRAM on track to be worst-performing market in 2016

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
16% plunge in DRAM ASP expected to lead to 19% DRAM market decline.

Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging: Breakthrough advantages and surmountable challenges

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
New wafer processing technologies overcome FOWLP’s technical hurdles, paving the way for a new generation of ultra compact, high I/O electronic devices.

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

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
MediaTek and AMD register the fastest 2Q16/1Q16 growth rates of 32% and 23%, respectively.

Extending tungsten metallization for next-generation devices

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Recent breakthroughs in materials engineering of low-resistance W barriers/liners and bulk fill are making it possible to extend W use to next-generation devices.

IHS Markit releases ranking of Top LED suppliers

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
IHS Markit released its annual 2015 revenue-share ranking of the top LED suppliers in backlighting, automotive, lighting and other applications.

Advancements in RH measurement in wafer and reticle environments

Thu, 8 Aug 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.

GlobalWafers to acquire SunEdison Semiconductor

Thu, 8 Aug 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.

Intel to produce 10nm ARM chip designs

Fri, 8 Aug 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.

China's semiconductor industry worth $157.66B by 2020

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
The China semiconductor industry is expected to reach $157.66 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 12.8% between 2016 and 2020.

TowerJazz and SMIC’s sales forecast to surge in 2016

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Total pure-play foundry market expected to jump 9% this year, up from 6% growth in 2015.

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility.

Following the UV curing boom, disinfection and purification applications are finally ready to take off

Thu, 8 Aug 2016
In a short term, UV curing will drive the UV LED market, announces Yole Développement (Yole) in its new LED report entitled UV LEDs: Technology, Manufacturing and Applications Trends.

Global MEMS market to grow at a CAGR of close to 12% until 2020

Fri, 8 Aug 2016
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) market is expected to reach USD 20.26 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of nearly 12%.

Global FEOL semiconductor equipment market to boom after the high demand for semiconductor chips

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global front-end-of-the-line semiconductor equipment market recorded a revenue of over $22 billion in 2015 and this growth is expected to exceed $24 billion in 2020.

Thinner wafers are fostering the growth and emergence of new dicing technologies

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
Driven by rising demand for thinner wafers and stronger die, dicing technology is evolving.

MCU market forecast to reach record high revenues through 2020

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
After recent years of price erosion, MCU ASPs are forecast to rise and help lift sales to new highs.

Global GaN semiconductor devices market is expected to be worth $3438.4M by 2024

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
The global market for gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor devices is largely consolidated, with the top four companies commanding a share of over 65% of the overall market in 2015, states Transparency Market Research (TMR) in a new report.

Enabling industry collaboration to address critical ATE challenges

Thu, 9 Sep 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.

Top 4 drivers leading to the growth of the RF IC market

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Technavio analysts forecast the global radio frequency (RF) IC market to grow at a CAGR of nearly 12% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

IC Insights updates semiconductor outlook for Internet of Things

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Lower sales projections for connected cities leads to reduced semiconductor IoT market forecast.

Fab equipment spending ascending

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Expect 4% growth (YoY) for 2016 and 11% for 2017

GLOBALFOUNDRIES extends FDX roadmap with 12nm FD-SOI technology

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled a new 12nm FD-SOI semiconductor technology, extending its leadership position by offering the industry's first multi-node FD-SOI roadmap.

Liquid to liquid ambient cooling systems for semiconductor tools

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
An overview of liquid-to-liquid cooling systems and their operating principles.

High-volume processes for next-generation biotechnology devices

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
Over the past several decades, miniaturization has significantly improved clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical research and analytical chemistry. Modern biotechnology devices— such as biosensors, fully integrated systems for diagnostics, cell-analysis or drug discovery—are often chip-based and rely on close interaction of biological substances at the micro- and nanoscale. Thus, process technologies that enable the production of surface patterns and integration of fluidic components with small feature sizes are needed.

Asia-Pacific to top 2016 regional IC sales in major system categories

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Government/Military only end-use segment where Asia-Pacific does not have top IC marketshare.

iPhone 7 materials costs higher than previous versions

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 7 equipped with 32 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries $219.80 in bill of materials costs, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

Moore's Law did indeed stop at 28nm

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
As we have predicted two and a half years back, the industry is bifurcating, and just a few products pursue scaling to 7nm while the majority of designs stay on 28nm or older nodes.

≤200mm semiconductor manufacturing is here to stay

Tue, 9 Sep 2016
Ted Shafer of ASML reports on the highlights from the ≤200mm manufacturing session during SEMICON West, organized by the SEMI Secondary Equipment and Applications Special Interest Group.

Solid State Technology announces expanded conference for The ConFab 2017

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
The conference and networking event, will be held at the iconic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego on May 14-17, 2017.

2016 a sequel to last year’s M&A mania

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Value of semiconductor industry M&A agreements already over $50 billion this year.

Process Watch: Salami slicing your yield

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
The Process Watch series explores key concepts about process control -- defect inspection and metrology -- for the semiconductor industry. This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

Leading-edge leads the way in pure-play foundry growth

Wed, 9 Sep 2016
Sales of ICs built using <40nm process technology forecast to rise 23% at pure-play foundries.

Top 5 takeaways from SEMI Strategic Materials Conference

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
As the rate of traditional scaling slows, the chip sector looks increasingly to materials and design to move forward on multiple paths for multiple applications. Figuring out more effective ways to collaborate across silos will be crucial.

Silicon Labs acquires leading RTOS company Micrium

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Silicon Labs today announced the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system (RTOS) software for the Internet of Things (IoT).

imec and Holst Centre present the world's most energy-efficient biomedical sensor hub

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
imec and Holst Centre (established by imec and TNO), today announced a new sensor hub integrated as a system-on-chip (SoC) intended for a broad range of wearable health devices and applications.

South Korean IT display manufacturers replacing LCD with OLED

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Due to increasing capacity from China, South Korean LCD panel makers are quickly realizing that LCD displays profitability may eventually erode, due to growing capacity and price competition from China, so they are betting their future on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Global semiconductor industry posts largest monthly sales increase in 3 years

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
August sales up 3.5 percent compared to July, increase year-to-year for first time in more than a year.

KLA-Tencor, Lam Research call off merger deal

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
The parties decided to it was not in the best interests of their respective stakeholders to continue pursuing the merger after the U.S. Department of Justice advised KLA-Tencor and Lam Research that it would not continue with a consent decree that the parties had been negotiating.

Companies maximizing 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Reliance on existing wafer sizes increases as near-term outlook for 450mm wafers fades.

GaN power devices industry: fast and furious

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Nothing raises more suspicion today: 2015 - 2016 have been exciting years for the GaN power business: 600V GaN is today commercially available, after many ups and downs.

Flat panel display capital equipment spending surging

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Flat-panel display (FPD) equipment sales are expected to attain their highest sustained three-year level in the history of the industry.

200mm fabs on the rise

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Examining 200mm capacity over the years, the highest level of 200mm capacity was recorded in 2007 and the lowest following this peak in 2009.

Wafer shipments forecast to increase in 2016, 2017 and 2018

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
SEMI recently completed its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. This forecast provides an outlook for the demand in silicon units for the period 2016–2018.

Sapphire industry: More than just LEDs

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
LED remains the dominant sapphire application in 2016. Overall, rates of usage in smartwatches have been disappointing and have decreased below 2015 levels.

SMIC TianJin launches capacity expansion project

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
After the project's completion, SMIC TianJin is expected to become the world's largest integrated 8-inch IC production line.

2016 IC market forecast raised from -2% to +1%

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Rebound in DRAM market helps raise outlook for total IC market.

Gigaphoton's EUV pilot light source sets new world record by achieving 5% conversion efficiency

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Gigaphoton Inc., a manufacturer of light sources used in lithography, has announced success in achieving a world record 5% conversion efficiency with 100W of average output in stable operation and a high duty rate of 95%.

Revenue growth sounding strong for suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Knowles, Goertek and AAC ranked as the top three global suppliers of packaged MEMS microphones for 2015.

SEMICON Europa opens tomorrow in Grenoble, France

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
SEMICON Europa will open its doors tomorrow, showcasing the latest product, tools, and technologies for advanced microelectronics manufacturing.

Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Laser recrystallization can create functional materials for faster transistors, optical transmission.

Qualcomm to acquire NXP

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Qualcomm Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced a definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP.

van der Pauw and Hall voltage measurements with a parameter analyzer

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
van der Pauw measurements with a parameter analyzer are examined followed by a look at Hall effects measurements.

Global semiconductor sales increase 11.5% in Q3

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales; market still behind 2015's year-to-date total.

Qualcomm/NXP deal underscores semiconductor merger trend

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Qualcomm's proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors marks the latest deal in a wave of industry consolidation that includes increasingly expensive transactions with greater focus on expanding scope rather than economies of scale.

Automotive systems forecast to show strongest growth through 2020

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Newly updated report reviews many of the end-use system applications that are presently impacting and that are forecast to help propel the IC market through 2020.

Samsung expands its advanced foundry offerings with 14LPU and 10LPU processes

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
The new foundry process offerings as well as EUV-enabled 7nm wafer are presented at the Samsung Foundry Forum.

President’s Council launches semiconductor working group

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Tthe President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) announced the formation of a new working group focused on strengthening the U.S. semiconductor industry in ways that benefit the nation’s economic and security interests.

New record for silicon-based multi-junction solar cell

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells.

The best MEMS microphones for the iPhone 7 Plus

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
The MEMS microphone market has enjoyed continuous growth since its debut.

Maxim Integrated CEO Tunc Doluca elected chair of SIA

Fri, 11 Nov 2016
Mark Durcan, CEO and Director of Micron Technology Inc., Elected SIA Vice Chair

Siemens announces plans to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5B deal

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Siemens and Mentor Graphics today announced that they have entered into a merger agreement under which Siemens will acquire Mentor for an enterprise value of $4.5 billion.

Five Top-20 semiconductor suppliers to show double-digit gains in 2016

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
Nvidia and MediaTek forecast to register the fastest 2016 growth rates of 35% and 29%, respectively.

Display panel makers increase fab utilization rate to 90% in Q4 2016

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
The overall utilization rate at fabrication plants (fabs) used for display panel production is expected to reach 90 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 7 percentage points from the same period in the previous year, and up 1 percentage point from the previous quarter.

MACOM announces definitive agreement to acquire AppliedMicro

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Applied Micro Circuits Corporation

Ultra-thin semiconductor could extend life of Moore's Law

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Following a decade of intensive research into graphene and two-dimensional materials a new semiconductor material shows potential for the future of super-fast electronics.

Spray-printed crystals help forward organic electronic applications

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
New research conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Surrey and National Physical Laboratory, demonstrates for the first time a low-cost, scalable spray-printing process to fabricate high-quality isolated organic single crystals.

IoT and automotive to drive IC market growth through 2020

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
New report also projects good IC sales increases in medical electronics, digital TVs, and servers.

Kateeva President & COO named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Kateeva, the OLED production equipment leader, today announced that President and COO, Conor Madigan, Ph.D., was named "Inventor of the Year" for 2016 by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA).

LED packaging: New relays of growth are required for LED companies to survive

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
According to Yole’s analysts, the packaged LED market represented a revenue of nearly US$15.7 billion in 2015. This industry should grow to a size of nearly US$18.2 billion by 2020.

Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic devices, potentially expanding the applications for these technologies.

Human-focused research and IoT promise profound, positive changes, say Leti CEO

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
Leti CEO Marie Semeria today delivered a sweeping, optimistic assessment of a rapidly evolving world where "hyperconnectivity" and the Internet of Things – guided by a "human-centered research approach and symbiotic development strategies" – herald profound changes in the way individuals relate to each other and to the physical world.

Five suppliers to hold 41% of global semiconductor marketshare in 2016

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
Two years of busy M&A activity boost marketshare among top suppliers.

Global semiconductor sales increase 5% year-over-year in October

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
The global semiconductor market has rebounded in recent months, with October marking the largest year-to-year sales increase since March 2015.

Global Semiconductor Alliance announces 2016 Award recipients

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce the award recipients honored at the 2016 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place in Santa Clara, California.

Flexible display shipments to increase sharply in 2017

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
As more smartphone manufacturers build designs using flexible display technology, shipments of flexible displays are expected to reach 139 million units in 2017, an increase of 135 percent compared to 2016.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $40 Billion

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
SEMI today reported that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 8.7 percent to $39.7 billion in 2016.

New fab facilities: China dominates, followed by Americas and Taiwan

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
The 62 facilities and lines range from R&D to high-volume fabs. Most of the newly operating facilities will be volume fabs; only seven are R&Ds or Pilot facilities.

LEDs and power electronic innovations are converging to handle module-level thermal management

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
In 2015, all economic indicators pointed to continued market growth for both industries, power electronics and LED, especially with IGBT modules boosted by EV/HEV industry and general lighting applications, a killer application for LEDs since 2012.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts November 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 0.96

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
A book-to-bill of 0.96 means that $96 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

Number of IC manufacturers using 300mm wafers less than half using 200mm wafers

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
Reliance on existing wafer sizes increases as outlook for 450mm wafers fades.

Total memory market forecast to increase 10% in 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
After two years of decline, firming ASPs for DRAM and NAND flash will boost overall memory sales.

62 new facilities start operation 2017 and beyond

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
Data from SEMI’s recently updated World Fab Forecast report reveal that 62 new Front End facilities will begin operation between 2017 and 2020.

Advances in artificial intelligence, IoT highlight IHS Markit's global technology predictions for 2017

Wed, 12 Dec 2016
From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT), far-reaching innovations are unfolding in virtually every technology sector around the globe, continuing to change the way consumers, businesses and machines interact while also spurring the next revolution in tech market growth.

Chinese panel makers top over 1M units in quarterly shipments for AMOLED smartphone displays

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
Significant improvement in Chinese panel manufacturing technology offers domestic smartphone brands an alternative AMOLED supplier.

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

Mon, 5 May 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.

A year in review: Top 10 stories of 2016

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
From the ground-breaking research breakthroughs to the shifting supplier landscape, these are the stories the Solid State Technology audience read the most during 2016.

Gartner forecasts flat worldwide device shipments until 2018

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Emerging devices can enhance conventional device sales.

Process Watch: Hitback analysis improves defect visibility

Tue, 12 Dec 2016
In order to maximize the profitability of an IC manufacturer’s new process node or product introduction, an early and fast yield ramp is required. Key to achieving this rapid yield ramp is the ability to provide quality and actionable data to the engineers making decisions on process quality and needed improvements.

Global semiconductor sales up 7% year-to-year

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $31.0 billion for the month of November 2016, an increase of 7.4 percent compared to the November 2015 total.

Telecommunications light amplifier could strengthen integrity of transmitted data

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Imagine a dim light which is insufficiently bright enough to illuminate a room. An amplifier for such a light would increase the brightness by increasing the number of photons emitted. Photonics researchers have created such a high gain optical amplifier that is compact enough to be placed on a chip. The developed amplifier would help to efficiently increase the power of the transmitted light before it is completely depleted through optical losses.

SEMI ISS 2017 uncovers new growth, forecast upgrades

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened yesterday with a theme focused on new industry forces and new markets.

imec collaborates with City of Antwerp and Flanders to establish Smart City Living Lab

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
How can the Internet of Things change the future of the average citizen? To answer this question, imec joins forces with the City of Antwerp and the Flanders region to turn Antwerp into a Living Lab in which businesses, researchers, local residents and the city itself will experiment with smart technologies that aim to make urban life more pleasant, enjoyable and sustainable.

Memory market poised for strongest annual growth through 2021

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
Solid upside potential for DRAM, flash memory markets in 2017 and much of forecast period.

HID Global predicts top trends for 2017 in the identity technology industry

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Shift in the use of trusted identities fuels broader adoption of mobile and advanced smart card technology, a greater emphasis on the Cloud and emerging IoT use cases.

Pure-play foundry market surges 11% in 2016 to reach $50B

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
X-Fab, SMIC, and TowerJazz each grew by ≥30% last year.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is forecast to grow 2.9% in 2017

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 2.9 percent in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

$24B semiconductor assembly and testing services market poised for steady growth

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
This week, Future Market Insights (FMI) releases its latest report on the semiconductor assembly and testing services market.

Fire, rain, and M&A 

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
The expert panel, "The Future of M&A in the Semiconductor Industry," was a hot topic at SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) conference on January 11.

Market for power semiconductors in automotive to rev up by $3B by 2022

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Demand to soar due to big electrification in vehicles.

2015-2016 deals dominate semiconductor M&A ranking

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
U.S. companies making acquisitions accounted for more than half of the value in announced transactions in the last two years, while Asia-Pacific represented 23%.

Executive viewpoints: 2017 outlook

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2017.

Do not go where the path may lead

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
What follows, in Part 1 of this two-part article, is a quick look back at the industry in 2016 and the road ahead in 2017 followed by what SEMI achieved in 2016 and where SEMI’s road will lead in 2017 to keep pace our industry charging forward where there is no path.

China's role in supply chains continues to grow

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
Slight shift in sourcing from U.S. to Mexico, India, and Asia; most companies taking cautious approach to sourcing outside home region in 2017.

Without technology, China's "MIC 2025" results for ICs likely to fall woefully short of its goals

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
IC Insights believes China's self-sufficiency targets for ICs of 40% in 2020 and 70% in 2025 are unrealistic.

Samsung and Apple continued to lead as top global semiconductor customers in 2016

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2016, representing 18.2 percent of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner, Inc.

Artificially introduced atomic-level sensors enable measurements of the electric field within a working semiconductor device

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
A group of Takayuki Iwasaki, Mutsuko Hatano and colleagues at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Toshiharu Makino at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has reported a new method for sensing internal electric fields at the interior of operating semiconductor devices.

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction.

Global semiconductor sales reach $339B in 2016

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Worldwide industry posts highest-ever annual sales; year-to-year sales increase 12 percent in December.

Marcel Pelgrom of NXP named recipient of prestigious IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced that Marcel Pelgrom is the recipient of the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award from the IEEE.

Annual silicon volume shipments remain at record highs

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Revenues continue to be under pressure.

IC market growth limited by narrow window of global GDP expansion

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Significant and noticeable IC market growth closely tied to significant worldwide GDP growth.

Intel announces $7B investment in next-gen semiconductor fab in Arizona

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.

GlobalFoundries reveals expansion plans

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The company is investing in its existing leading-edge fabs in the United States and Germany, expanding its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and adding capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

GlobalFoundries 12-inch wafer production line in Chengdu commences operation

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
The company will continue investing in its wafer plants in the United States and Germany, expand its capacity in Singapore, and construct a facility to produce 12-inch wafers in Chengdu, China in order to satisfy Chinese and global demands for the company's 22FDX technology.

Why are solid-state IC technologies changing the medical imaging market?

Wed, 2 Feb 2017
In a US$35 billion medical imaging equipment market in 2016 with a 5.5% CAGR until 2022, solid-state IC players are clearly changing the medical imaging landscape by offering competitive disruptive technologies.

Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Among Top-10 R&D spenders, Intel accounted for 36% of R&D outlays.

Huge growth in cloud memory changes semiconductor supply chain

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The explosive growth in demand for internet bandwidth and cloud computing capacity brings a new set of technology challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor supply chain.

Industry 4.0: What does it mean to the semiconductor industry?

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
Adding intelligence to materials and products facilitates the fully decentralized operations model associated with Industry 4.0.

GlobalFoundries announces availability of 45nm RF SOI

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Optimized RF features deliver high-performance solutions for mmWave beam forming applications in 5G smartphones and base stations.

SEMI appoints Ajit Manocha as president and CEO

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
SEMI today announced the appointment of Ajit Manocha as its president and CEO.

Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
South Korea narrows gap with Taiwan; China shows biggest increase, accounts for nearly 11%.

Renesas Electronics completes acquisition of Intersil

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
Renesas Electronics Corporation and Intersil Corporation announced the completion of Renesas' acquisition of Intersil Corporation.

BOE takes first spot in large display unit shipment, IHS Markit reports

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
BOE, a Chinese display maker, takes top position in terms of large TFT-LCD display unit shipments in January 2017, according to IHS Markit.

Eleven companies forecast to account for 78% of semi capex in 2017

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Three of the top 11 companies are expected to increase capex spending by 25% or more.

Advanced substrates: A key enabler of future advanced packaging solutions

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Yole analysts provide an overview of advanced substrate technologies, markets, and supply chain.

Sweat patch mops up real-time performance monitor

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
In 2016, the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC), a FlexTech-managed consortium focused on human performance monitoring technology, and funded in part by the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), contracted with a broad-based team of industry and academia researchers, to develop a wearable monitor based on sweat analysis.

January semiconductor sales up 14% compared to last year

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Year-to-year growth is market's largest since November 2010; month-to-month sales decrease slightly.

Record spending for fab equipment expected in 2017 and 2018

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
Today, SEMI announced updates to its World Fab Forecast report, revealing that fab equipment spending is expected to reach an industry all-time record − more than US$46 billion in 2017.

Soitec begins ramping up production of 200mm SOI wafers in China at SOI manufacturing partner's fab

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Soitec has announced that the ramp up to high-volume production of 200mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers has begun at the manufacturing facility of its Chinese partner Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd.

Semiconductor shipments dominated by opto-sensor-discrete devices

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Updated forecast shows total semiconductor shipments surpassing one trillion devices in 2018.

Walker discusses emergence of new business models in semiconductor industry

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
Jim Walker, who retired from Gartner and is now consulting as World Level Packaging Concepts, gave a plenary talk at the recent IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in Scottsdale on the state of the semiconductor industry which contained some interesting perspectives on emerging new business models.

The ConFab 2017 announces leading semiconductor industry keynotes

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
The ConFab announces keynotes in the May 14-17 event being held at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.

U.S. companies still hold largest share of fabless company IC sales

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Largest fabless IC marketshare increase has come from Chinese suppliers, who now hold a 10% share.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts February 2017 billings

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.97 billion in billings worldwide in February 2017 (three-month average basis), according to the February Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI.

MicroLEDs for displays: How we can make it happen

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Many large companies and startups are currently working on microLED technologies for display applications: from LED makers such as Epistar, Nichia or Osram to display makers like AUO, BOE or CSOT and OEMs such as Apple or Facebook/Oculus.

Micron to establish its site for DRAM in Taiwan

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Micron has now completed the title acquisition process for the new site.

EUV lithography progress emphasized at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
New extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment unveiled by ASML, announcement by Intel of eight EUV programs ready to be rolled out, and introduction by IMEC of the industry’s first comprehensive solution for EUVL-enabled high-volume manufacturing systems were among highlights at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2017 in San Jose earlier this month.

Revenues from flexible AMOLED display on pace to exceed rigid AMOLED panel in Q3 2017

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
As demand for the flexible AMOLED display continues to sharply increase, its revenues are expected to reach $3.2 billion in the third quarter of 2017, exceeding that of rigid AMOLED panels at $3.0 billion, according to IHS Markit.

Soitec announces end of patent lawsuit with SiGen

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Soitec and Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) have successfully brought an end to the dispute regarding the importation and sale in the United States of certain silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.

IC Insights more than doubles its 2017 IC market growth forecast

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Huge spike in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs prompts market forecast revision to 11% increase.

Global MRAM market to grow at an impressive CAGR of 94% through 2021, says Technavio

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Technavio market research analysts forecast the global MRAM market to grow at a CAGR of close to 94% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

IEEE unveils next lifecycle phase of the IRDS to drive computing industry beyond Moore’s Law

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Series of nine white papers mark milestone effort for strategic initiative that identifies challenges and solutions to help guide future roadmaps.

SEMI reports 2016 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
SEMI today announced that the global semiconductor materials market increased 2.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 1.1 percent.

Global semiconductor sales up 16.5% year-to-year

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Year-to-year sales increased by double digits across most regional markets, with the China and Americas markets showing particularly strong growth.

Optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes move toward normal growth rates

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Weakness in high-brightness LEDs lowered optoelectronics in 2016 while sensors/actuators got a needed boost from improved pricing.

2016 marks year of recovery for global semiconductor market

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
In 2016, the market posted a year-end growth rate of 2 percent with chip growth seen across multiple market segments. Global revenue came in at $352.4 billion, up from $345.6 billion in 2015.

Silicon-on-insulator market worth 1,859.3M USD by 2022

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
The factors that are driving the growth of this market include the growth in the consumer electronics market, low wafer and gate cost, low operating voltage, and miniaturization of semiconductor devices.

2016: The MOSFETs market recovered

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
In 2016, the MOSFET market recovered, after a minor downturn in 2015.

DDR4 set to account for largest share of DRAM market by architecture

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
DDR4 and DDR3 forecast to represent 97% of sizzling 2017 DRAM market.

Gartner: Worldwide semiconductor revenue forecast to increase 12.3% in 2017

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $386 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.3 percent from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

Global ESD packaging market driven by the miniaturization of semiconductors, says Technavio

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the electrostatic discharge (ESD) packaging market is projected to grow to USD 5.42 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of more than 8% over the forecast period.

Samsung completes qualification of its 2nd gen 10nm process technology

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Samsung expands 10nm capacity, to be ready for production by the fourth quarter of this year.

Process Watch: Having confidence in your confidence level

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

March billings reached levels not seen since March 2001, reports SEMI

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.03 billion in billings worldwide in March 2017, according to the March Equipment Market Data Subscription Billings Report published today by SEMI.

Former CEO files lawsuit against Cypress Semiconductor Board of Directors

Mon, 4 Apr 2017
T.J. Rodgers, founder and former CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: CY) and the Company's largest individual stockholder, today filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery seeking to compel the Cypress Board of Directors to make supplemental and corrective disclosures to address numerous material omissions and misstatements of fact in the Cypress Board's proxy materials.

Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions, IHS Markit teardown reveals

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit.

FD-SOI: How a pioneering technology entered mainstream markets

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
With its unique characteristics, FD-SOI is generating increasingly strong interest from major players in the semiconductor ecosystem for a very wide range of markets.

2017 automotive IC market on pace for record year

Wed, 5 May 2017
22% forecast increase driven by system growth, rising ASPs for memory and logic devices.

NXP acquires Freescale, becomes top MCU supplier in 2016

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
MCU suppliers aligning themselves to be at the epicenter of big-growth opportunities in IoT, automotive, and other emerging systems.

MRAM lowers system power

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
ST-MRAM (spin-transfer magnetic RAM) is an extremely promising new technology with the potential to replace major segments of the market for flash, SRAM, and DRAM semiconductors in applications such as mobile products, automotive, IoT, and data storage.

Samsung poised to become world’s largest semi supplier in 2Q17

Mon, 5 May 2017
Intel could yield the #1 position it has held since 1993.

Panel shipment forecast rises for Q2, 2017 ahead of new product model launches

Wed, 5 May 2017
Global liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel shipments are expected to increase by 7 percent in the second quarter of 2017 quarter to quarter to 646.7 million units, a rebound from a 9 percent quarter-to-quarter decrease in the first quarter, according to IHS Markit.

Primary automotive display systems market valued at $11.6B globally in 2017

Mon, 5 May 2017
Will grow to nearly $21 billion in 2022, IHS Markit says.

Infineon rides automotive wave into Top-10 semi supplier ranking

Tue, 5 May 2017
Memory market surge propels SK Hynix and Micron up two spots in the top-10 ranking.

Global semiconductor sales in March up 18.1% year-to-year

Mon, 5 May 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1 percent compared to the March 2016 total of $26.2 billion and 1.6 percent more than the February 2017 total of $30.4 billion.

SMIC transitions CEO responsibility to Dr. Haijun Zhao

Wed, 5 May 2017
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Haijun Zhao as CEO replacing Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, who will continue to serve as Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the Board and guide the Company's future strategic direction.

WIN Semiconductor increases wafer manufacturing capacity by 20%

Thu, 5 May 2017
WIN Semiconductors Corp has completed phase 2 expansion at its newest wafer fab, Fab C.

Racyics launches 'makeChip' design service platform for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 22FDX technology

Fri, 5 May 2017
Racyics GmbH announced today it has launched makeChip, an design service platform, developed using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 22FDX process technology and supported by Cadence.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 2.6% in 2016, reports Gartner

Mon, 5 May 2017
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6 percent increase from 2015 revenue of $334.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc.

China's semiconductor industry and "win-win" growth

Mon, 5 May 2017
As China embarks on the Made in China 2025 plan with electronics and semiconductor technology as one of the Top 10 focus areas, China's semiconductor industry has an unprecedented growth opportunity.

Sensor/actuator sales take off as price erosion eases

Mon, 5 May 2017
Strong unit growth continues to be driven by the spread of automated embedded controls, wearable systems, and the Internet of Things, says new O-S-D Report.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Chengdu partner to expand FD-SOI ecosystem in China

Tue, 5 May 2017
GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Chengdu municipality today announced an investment to spur innovation in China's semiconductor industry.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce 2017 “Best of West” Award finalists

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
Each year at SEMICON West, the “Best of West” awards are presented by Solid State Technology and SEMI.

Volatility in electronic equipment supply chain

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
SEMI’s year-to-date worldwide semiconductor equipment billings year-to-date through March show a 59.6 percent gain to the same period last year.

IBM Research Alliance builds new transistor for 5nm technology

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
Less than two years since announcing a 7nm test chip, scientists have achieved another breakthrough.

Record fab spending for 2017 and 2018

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
In 2017, over US$49 billion will be spent on equipment alone, a record for the semiconductor industry. Spending on new fab construction is projected to reach over $8 billion, the second largest year on record.

Supply chain needs paradigm shift in how to look at defect control

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
The future of contamination control in the next-generation supply chain for beyond 14nm-node semiconductor processes faces stringent challenges.

Long-term IoT semiconductor forecast reduced

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Total IoT forecast scaled back mostly because of lower revenue projections for connected cities.

The drive to smart manufacturing

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
What does Smart Manufacturing mean for the future of the electronics manufacturing supply chain?

Automotive touch screen shipments to top 50M units in 2017

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
With consumers already accustomed with using smartphones and tablet PCs in their everyday lives, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too.

Imec world-first to develop 200V, 650V dispersion free normally-off/e-mode power devices on 200mm/8-inch Si wafers

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
Imec announced today that it has developed 200V and 650V normally-off/enhancement mode (e-mode) on 200mm/8-inch GaN-on-Silicon wafers.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES on track to deliver Leading-Performance 7nm FinFET technology

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
GLOBALFOUNDRIES this week announced the availability of its 7nm Leading-Performance (7LP) FinFET semiconductor technology, delivering a 40 percent generational performance boost.

SEMICON West to highlight China growth surge

Wed, 6 Jun 2017
SEMI today announced the addition of a new high-profile program on China to its 2017 conference lineup for SEMICON West (July 11-13).

Advanced packaging brings more value and cost reduction to future semiconductor products

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Yole Developpement (Yole) confirms the consolidation of the advanced packaging industry, that is showing a steady growth between 2016 and 2022: +7% in revenue.

The automotive electronics market: A view from a material supplier

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
With the increasing sophistication of future vehicles, new and more advanced semiconductor technologies will be used and vehicles will become technology centers.

Cellphone IC sales will top total personal computing in 2017

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
Higher memory prices accelerate sales growth in both cellphones and personal computing systems but cellular handsets will become the largest application for ICs this year.

What TechInsights analysts are watching in 2017

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
TechInsights analysts share their view on where technology is going, how it’s changing, and what new developments are emerging.

How SEMI Standard E175 is saving energy and cutting costs

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
Industry experts answer questions about the new standard in a virtual roundtable.

Latest outlook for industrial semiconductor growth

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues grew by 3.8 percent year-over-year in 2016, to $43.5 billion, according to the latest analysis from business information provider IHS Markit.

SEMICON West preview: New “Meet the Experts” program

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
SEMI adds a new speaker program called “Meet the Experts” at SEMICON West (July 11-13) in San Francisco this year.

Harnessing hopping hydrogens for high-efficiency OLEDs

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Researchers at Kyushu University's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA) demonstrated that a molecule that slightly changes its chemical structure before and after emission can achieve a high efficiency in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

Brewer Science partners with Arkema to develop high-chi DSA materials for advanced node patterning

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Brewer Science Inc. today announced from SEMICON West the extension of its partnership with Arkema to develop second-generation directed self-assembly (DSA) materials using high-x (chi) block copolymers.

200mm fabs thriving

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Today, at SEMICON West in San Francisco, Calif., SEMI issued an update to its 200mm Fab Outlook report, with improved and expanded report forecasting of 200mm fab trends out to 2021.

AI and collaboration key to future success

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Keynote speakers Terry Higashi of Tokyo Electron Ltd. and Tom Caulfield of GlobalFoundries took the stage at the Yerba Buena Theater Tuesday morning to predict major changes in the goals and operations of the semiconductor industry.

$49.4B semiconductor equipment forecast: New record, Korea at top

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 19.8 percent to total $49.4 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the market high of $47.7 billion set in 2000.

Solid State Technology and SEMI announce the 2017 Best of West Award winner

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Solid State Technology and SEMI today announced the recipient of the 2017 "Best of West" Award -- Microtronic Inc.-- for its EAGLEview 5.

Digital revolution: The path to innovation is opened by disruption

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
Digital disruption begets innovation. Challenges equal opportunities.

Semiconductor content in electronic systems forecast to set new record in 2017

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
Semiconductor content expected to reach 28.1% this year, breaking previous high of 25.9% set in 2010.

PLAT4M matures three silicon photonic platforms

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
Leti today announced that the European FP7 project PLAT4M has now been completed with results that exceeded expectations.

IC deposition materials market forecast of $1.2B by 2021

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Precursors for metals and dielectrics in strong demand for finFETs and 3D-NAND.

2H17 DRAM, NAND ASP growth to cool, but yearly growth strong

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Record annual ASP growth rates forecast for both memory segments.

China will dominate the global semiconductor market in the next 5 years

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
The semiconductor market in China continues to grow at a staggering speed. The current backbone of the electronics and telecom industry in China, semiconductor companies in China are driving innovation with new trends like spending on wafer fab equipment.

AMOLED fine metal mask market expected to reach $1.2B by 2022

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
As active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays quickly displace liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in smartphones, panel makers are rapidly adding new production capacity, accelerating the demand for the fine metal mask.

Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments declined 4.3% in second quarter of 2017

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 4.3 percent decline from the second quarter of 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Value of semiconductor industry M&A deals slows dramatically in 1H17

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Numerous smaller deals have been made but “megadeals” have yet to surface this year.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2017 billings

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Through the first half of the year, 2017 equipment billings are 50 percent above the same period last year.

Laser debonding for ultrathin and stacked fan out packages

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
Fan-out packaging is an established technology for many mobile applications. Whereas early semiconductor packages have been single-chip packages, the continuing trend of expanding the wiring surface to support increased functionality has led to more complex packages, stacked packages, systems inpackageaswellashigh-performancepackages. With this development, fan-out technology is bridging a gap between cost-competitive packaging and high performance.

Overcoming challenges in 3D NAND volume manufacturing

Thu, 7 Jul 2017
As 3D NAND becomes the mainstream technology, its challenging roadmap poses opportunities for continued innovation.

In-line metrology for characterization and control of extreme wafer thinning of bonded wafers

Fri, 7 Jul 2017
In-line metrology methods used during extreme wafer thinning process pathfinding and development are introduced.

Silicon wafer shortage starts in 2018

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
TECHCET's model shows all slack soon gone from supply-chain for both 300mm and 200mm diameter.

OLED TV expected to grow to more than 50% of $1,000-plus market by 2019

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
As the global TV market continues to struggle with unit volume growth overall in 2017 -- now projected to decline for the second year in a row -- attention has turned to the most profitable market segments.

Significant mid-year revision to 2017 IC market forecast

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
DRAM, NAND flash memory markets drive the first annual double-digit upturn since 2010.

What is the status of III-N technology?

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
The III-N semiconductor family has attracted significant research attention over the last 25 years, resulting in intensive patenting activity, with a substantial increase during the past decade.

Mid-year global semiconductor sales up 21% compared to 2016

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Q2 sales are highest on record, 5.8 percent more than previous quarter, 23.7 percent higher than Q2 of last year.

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is forecast to grow 10.2% in 2017

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase 10.2 percent in 2017, to $77.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.

Global semiconductor sales increase 24% year-to-year in July

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
Worldwide sales up 3 percent compared to previous month; Americas market leads the way with growth of 36 percent year-to-year and 5 percent month-to month.

Toshiba announces next generation client SSD with 64-layer 3D Flash memory

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announces the new SG6 series, the latest Toshiba client SSD to feature 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH to deliver better transfer speeds and power efficiency.

Samsung introduces far-reaching V-NAND memory solutions to tackle data processing and storage challenges

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced new V-NAND (Vertical NAND) memory solutions and technology that will address the pressing requirements of next-generation data processing and storage systems.

Global Memory Card Market to Exceed $9 billion by 2021

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
The market for memory cards will reach $9.025 billion by 2021. That’s up from $8.83 billion in 2016, a CAGR of approximately 0.45%.

DRAM, NAND flash, automotive analog/logic among bestgrowing ICs

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Topping the chart of fastest-growing products is DRAM, which comes as no surprise given the strong rise of average selling prices in this segment throughout the first half of 2017.

TowerJazz and Tacoma announce a partnership for a new 8-inch fabrication facility in Nanjing, China

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
TowerJazz to gain up to 50% of the planned fab loading capacity.

New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's "secret" powers

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Electrical engineers at Stanford have identified two semiconductors that share or even exceed some of silicon’s desirable traits, starting with the fact that all three materials can "rust."

PC DRAM contract price rose by over 10% sequentially and global DRAM revenue increase by 16.9% sequentially Q2

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Global DRAM revenue reached a new historical high in the second quarter of 2017, according to DRAMeXchange.

Global GaAs wafers market to grow at a CAGR of 11.9% by 2021

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
The global gallium arsenide wafer market to decline at a CAGR of 11.9% during the period 2017-2021.

Semiconductor industry capital spending forecast to jump 20% in 2017

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Samsung remains the “wild card” with regard to 2H17 capital expenditures.

Infrared laser: At the heart of the industry in coming years

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
In a depressed visible LED industry, manufacturers are looking at new opportunities to increase their revenues and margins. In this context, the IR LED market is perceived as a potential new ‘blue ocean’ with attractive opportunities for those players.

Worldwide wearable device sales to grow 17% in 2017

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
Sales of smartwatches to total 41.5 million units in 2017.

Analysis of global lithography metrology equipment market

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
The lithography metrology equipment market is riding on the high wave of the semiconductor industry.

Researchers validate UV light's use in improving semiconductors

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
A discovery by two scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could aid the development of next-generation semiconductor devices.

Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity.

Most of 2017 capital spending will go to foundry and flash memory

Thu, 8 Aug 2017
Spending for DRAM expected to show biggest percentage gain in 2017.

SiC & GaN technologies upset the traditional benchmarks of the IGBT industry

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
How is the IGBT market evolving for different applications? How will the IGBT market face the adoption of high performance WBG based devices?

Securing talent to connect, collaborate and innovate

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Our industry has a significant need for additional workers and several trends are working against us.

Sensor technologies' convergence and connectivity made possible medical IoT

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
Healthcare is facing one of its major turning points in decades. After penetrating the consumer market, the digital revolution and its related IoT concept is rapidly changing health models.

Fab equipment spending breaking industry records

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
2017 fab equipment spending (new and refurbished) is expected to increase by 37 percent, reaching a new annual spending record of about US$55 billion.

The adversarial relationship of the DRAM user and producer continues

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Over the full market cycle, each side presses its advantage as much as possible.

Soitec launches FD-SOI pilot line in Singapore

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
This is the first stage in beginning FD-SOI production in Singapore and providing multi-site FD-SOI substrate sourcing to the global semiconductor market.

Semiconductor industry records best second quarter in three years

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
Despite a slightly down first quarter, the semiconductor industry achieved near record growth in the second quarter of 2017, posting a 6.1 percent growth from the previous quarter, according to IHS Markit.

Driven by TV size migration, large TFT display market continues to grow 6% by area in 2017

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
The large thin film transistor (TFT) display market is expected to continue to expand in 2017 despite slower end-market demand, according to IHS Markit.

DARPA calls for Monolithic 3D – 3DSoC

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Learn all about Monolithic 3D at IEEE S3S.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES announces enhanced RF SOI process design kit

Mon, 9 Sep 2017
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the availability of a new set of enhanced RF SOI process design kits (PDKs) to help designers improve their designs of RF switches and deliver differentiated RF front-end solutions for a wide range of markets including front-end modules for mobile devices, mmWave, 5G and other high-frequency applications.

Leading-edge paves the way for pure-play foundry growth

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Sales of ICs built using <40nm process technology forecast to rise 18% at pure-play foundries.

Laser marking meets diverse challenges in fab and packaging

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
The basics of laser marking are reviewed, as well as current and emerging laser technologies.

DSA and EUV: Complementary technologies to enable fine- pitch lithography

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
DSA and EUV should be envisioned as complementary, not competing, techniques that will eventually become mainstream for fine-pitch lithography.

Advancements in spintronics

Mon, 9 Sep 2017
Applications now include nanoscale Spintronics sensors that further enhance the areal density of hard disk drives, through MRAMs that are seriously being considered to replace embedded flash, static random access memories (SRAM) and at a later stage dynamic random access memories (DRAM).

It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun-shiny day

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Last year was a great year for photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Power transistor growth returns after volatile period

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Inventory corrections, economic uncertainty, and price erosion derailed the power transistor market in the last five years, but the 2017 O-S-D Report sees steady modest growth ahead.

With more than $4B revenue, the LED lighting module market is showing attractive perspectives

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
The LED lighting module industry is showing the emergence of innovative functions and the introduction of new market segments including automotive, smart lighting and horticultural markets.

Comparing XPoint memory architecture with NAND and DRAM products

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
There has been a great deal of speculation around the composition of Intel’s Optane XPoint memory technology. TechInsights set about to find answers.

Monthly semiconductor sales reach $35B globally for first time in August

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
Worldwide sales up 24 percent year-to-year and 4 percent month-to-month; Americas market leads the way with growth of 39 percent year-to-year and 9 percent month-to month.

Pure-play foundries boosting their presence in China

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
With fabless companies in China on the rise, the country is expected to account for 13% share of pure-play foundry sales in 2017.

Power semiconductor sales rebounded in 2016 and will continue to grow through 2021

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
Global power semiconductor revenues grew year-over-year by 3.9 percent in 2016, reversing a 4.8 percent decline in 2015.

Gartner identifies the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
Gartner, Inc. this week highlighted the top strategic technology trends that will impact most organizations in 2018.

CMOS image sensor market to witness growth owing to high adoption of innovative technologies

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
The global CMOS image sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest market research.

A massive adoption of laser technologies for semiconductor manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
According to Yole Développement (Yole), the laser equipment market will grow at a 15% CAGR between 2016 and 2022 and should reach more than US$4 billion by 2022.

Intel delivers 17-qubit superconducting chip with advanced packaging to QuTech

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
The new chip was fabricated by Intel and features a unique design to achieve improved yield and performance.

A 1,000x improvement in computer systems using current fabs and process

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
Next week, as part of the IEEE S3S 2017 program, MonolithIC 3D Inc. will present a paper (18.3) titled “A 1,000x Improvement in Computer Systems by Bridging the Processor Memory Gap”.

IC makers maximize 300mm, 200mm wafer capacity

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
A total of 25 new 300mm wafer fabs is expected between 2016 and 2021 as the outlook for 450mm wafers fades.

China IC industry outlook

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
With an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, the market opportunities in China are expanding dramatically.

IC Insights raises 2017 IC market forecast to +22%

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
Strong growth to be driven by a 74% surge in the DRAM market and 44% jump in the NAND flash market.

Wafer-level packaging device shipments to overtake flip chip tech in 2018

Tue, 10 Oct 2017
The number of IC packages utilizing wafer-level packaging (WLP) will overtake flip chip shipments in 2018 and then continue growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15% (between 2014 and 2020) compared to just 5% for flip chip, according to the report recently published by The Information Network.

Power GaN: Everything is in place for volume production

Wed, 10 Oct 2017
Yole projects the explosion of the market with 84% CAGR between 2017 and 2022. The market value will so reach US$ 450 million at the end of the period.

China's first Gen6 flexible AMOLED production line put into mass production

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
On October 26, China's first Gen6 flexible AMOLED line - BOE Chengdu Gen6 flexible AMOLED production line has put into mass production in advance.

Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs

Thu, 10 Oct 2017
An international team of researchers has created a proof of concept that uses the deep-depletion regime in bulk-boron-doped diamond MOSFETs to increase hole channel carrier mobility.

Number of connected IoT devices will surge to 125 billion by 2030

Fri, 10 Oct 2017
The number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide will jump 12 percent on average annually, from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030, according to new analysis from IHS Markit.

Optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes climb

Mon, 10 Oct 2017
The O-S-D market segments are growing at above average rates in 2017 and all three are expected to reach new record highs for the first time in six years, says new update.

NREL research yields significant thermoelectric performance

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
Addition of thin films to fabrics could power portable electronics, sensors.

Global semiconductor industry posts highest-ever quarterly sales

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $107.9 billion for the third quarter of 2017, marking the industry’s highest-ever quarterly sales and an increase of 10.2 percent compared to the previous quarter.

Dialog Semiconductor announces completion of its acquisition of Silego Technology

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
Dialog Semiconductor plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held Silego Technology Inc., a provider of Configurable Mixed-signal ICs (CMICs).

Costs of 55-inch OLED TV display production catch up to LCD TV panels

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
Unit cost for 55-inch UHD OLED TV panels recorded a 55 percent decline in second quarter of 2017 since its introduction in early 2015.

Broadcom proposes to acquire Qualcomm

Mon, 11 Nov 2017
The Broadcom proposal stands whether Qualcomm's pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. is consummated on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction is terminated.

How to solve the BEOL RC delay problem?

Tue, 11 Nov 2017
The RC delay issues started a few nodes ago, and the problems are becoming worse.

The intelligence that leads to artificial intelligence

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
Artificial intelligence (AI) may be a hot topic today, but SEMI has helped to incubate Big Data and AI since its founding.

Temperature impact on UHP pressure transducer performance

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
The temperature impact on the performance of UHP pressure transducers is discussed.

Automotive electronic systems growth strongest through 2021

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
IC Market Drivers 2018 report ranks major end-use applications and their impact on IC market growth.

Transfer technique produces wearable gallium nitride gas sensors

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
A transfer technique based on thin sacrificial layers of boron nitride could allow high-performance gallium nitride gas sensors to be grown on sapphire substrates and then transferred to metallic or flexible polymer support materials.

Leti demonstrates world's first 300mm wafer-to-wafer direct hybrid bonding with 1-micron pitch

Mon, 11 Nov 2017
New pitch record in copper hybrid bonding with outstanding wafer-to-wafer overlay accuracy represents a breakthrough in enabling 3D high-density IC applications.

Gigaphoton announces new roadmap for DUV light source

Tue, 11 Nov 2017
Gigaphoton Inc., a manufacturer of light sources used in semiconductor lithography, announced its intention to draw up a new roadmap with the aim of improving the availability of the equipment, and also to respond to the needs of the semiconductor chip manufacturers who are being confronted with increasingly high demands.

Will Samsung's 2017 semi capex deliver knockout blow to competition?

Wed, 11 Nov 2017
The company’s $26 billion in 2017 outlays expected to be more than Intel and TSMC combined.

Flexible AMOLED panel supply capacity to exceed demand by 44% in 2018

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
With flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panel fabs building at a quicker pace than global demand, supply capacity of flexible AMOLED panels is forecast to be 44 percent higher than global demand in 2018, according to IHS Markit.

Broadcom completes acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems

Fri, 11 Nov 2017
Broadcom Limited, a semiconductor device supplier to the wired, wireless, enterprise storage, and industrial end markets, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Soitec announces substrate breakthrough for 3D image sensing devices

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials for the electronics industry, today announced the latest generation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates in its Imager-SOI product line designed specifically for fabricating front-side imagers for near-infrared (NIR) applications including advanced 3D image sensors.

Semiconductor industry continues upward trend toward record year

Thu, 11 Nov 2017
The semiconductor industry continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2017, notching 12 percent sequential growth with strength across all application markets, according to IHS Markit.

Broad 3Q 2017 growth - Both globally and in Europe

Mon, 12 Dec 2017
The third quarter of this year has seen broad growth both globally and also for the European electronic supply chain.

Solutions for controlling resin bleed out

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The hows and whys of resin bleed-out (RBO) are discussed, as well as the impact it makes and how to control it.

Reveal previously invisible defects and contaminants in advanced packaging applications

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
A new illumination technology compares favorably to conventional bright field illumination.

Surface preparation technology provides pristine and stable hydrogen passivated semiconductor surfaces

Wed, 12 Dec 2017
A new technology enables dramatically lower thermal budget capability that is enabling to thermal processes like epitaxy, CVD and diffusion, without any semiconductor material consumption.

How to tame the electromagnetic interference in the fabs and beyond

Thu, 12 Dec 2017
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is an increasingly important topic across the global electronics manufacturing supply chain.

Industry enters the age of WOW

Wed, 12 Dec 2017
The semiconductor industry has been there before, with large increases in investments followed by dramatic downturns. While the most dramatic downturns, 2001 and 2009, were due to, in a large part, acro-economic factors, the industry has typically observed one to two years of increased investment spending followed by a down period. This time around, the industry will achieve a “WOW” with three consecutive years of fab investment growth, a pattern not observed since the mid-1990s.

Gen 10 and larger flat panel display capacity to grow at 59% CAGR to 2022

Fri, 12 Dec 2017
Gen 10 and larger fabs to account for 26 percent of large-area capacity by 2020 from 4 percent in 2017.

$55.9B semiconductor equipment forecast: New record with Korea at top

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Today, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, released its Year-end Forecast at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

4Q DRAM sales put exclamation point on an amazing year of growth

Wed, 12 Dec 2017
Forecast for record quarterly DRAM sales of $21.1 billion, with 74% annual growth expected.

QuickLogic collaborates with Mentor to provide seamless design environment for eFPGA technology

Thu, 12 Dec 2017
QuickLogic Corporation, a developer of ultra-low power multi-core voice-enabled SoCs, embedded FPGA IP, display bridge and programmable logic solutions, announced that it has collaborated with Mentor, a Siemens business, to provide a seamless design and development environment for its embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology.

Samsung now mass producing industry's first 2nd-generation, 10nm class DRAM

Wed, 12 Dec 2017
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 2nd-generation of 10-nanometer class (1y-nm), 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM.

APAC tops the global mask alignment systems market

Fri, 12 Dec 2017
The global mask alignment systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest market research.

SEMI data projects new highs in fab equipment spending

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
The year-end update to the SEMI World Fab Forecast report reveals 2017 spending on fab equipment investments will reach an all-time high of $57 billion.

Global semiconductor sales increase 21.5% year-to-year in November

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
Worldwide market notches highest-ever monthly sales of $37.7 billion; sales increase 1.6 percent compared to October.

Surprising changes in semiconductor equipment market share in 2017

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Through three quarters of calendar year 2017, market shares of top semiconductor equipment manufacturers indicate large gains by Tokyo Electron and Lam Research.

APAC tops the global RF power semiconductor devices market

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
The latest market research report by Technavio on the global radio-frequency (RF) power semiconductor devices market predicts a CAGR of close to 12% during the period 2017-2021.

Micron and Intel announce update to NAND memory joint development program

Mon, 1 Jan 2018
Micron and Intel today announced an update to their successful NAND joint development partnership that has helped the companies develop and deliver industry-leading NAND technologies to market.

Record number of OLED TVs shipped before the holidays

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
With consumer television prices falling, global shipments of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs grew 133 percent year over year, reaching a new monthly record of 270,000 units in November 2017, during the lead-up to the holiday shopping season.

Process Watch: The (automotive) problem with semiconductors

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
This article is the first in a five-part series on semiconductors in the automotive industry. In this article, we introduce some of the challenges involved in the automotive supply chain. Future articles in the series will address specific process control solutions to those challenges.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 22.2% in 2017; Samsung takes over No. 1 position

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Worldwide semiconductor revenue totalled $419.7 billion in 2017, a 22.2 percent increase from 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Undersupply helped drive 64 percent revenue growth in the memory market, which accounted for 31 percent of total semiconductor revenue in 2017.

Analog IC market forecast with strongest annual growth through 2022

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
Power management, signal conversion, and automotive-specific analog markets drive expansion.

Nanostructured gate dielectric boosts stability of organic thin-film transistors

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
A nanostructured gate dielectric may have addressed the most significant obstacle to expanding the use of organic semiconductors for thin-film transistors.

Korea is at full throttle on memory investments

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
2017 proved to be record-setting year for the semiconductor industry. According to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), worldwide semiconductor market will have grown 20 percent, exceeding $400 billion for the first time.

LCD TV panel demand expected to go through a correction in first quarter of 2018

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Demand for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from South Korean and Chinese TV makers was strong in the fourth quarter of 2017, but implementation of their panel purchasing strategies for the first quarter of 2018 may result in a correction as demand expectations change.

Value of semiconductor industry M&A deals slows dramatically in 2017

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
Numerous smaller deals were made but "megadeals" were scarce last year.

Silicon photonics has reached its tipping point

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
Silicon photonics is still a small market today, with sales at die level estimated to be US$30 million in 2016. However, it has big promise, with a 2025 market value of US$560 million at chip level and almost US$4 billion at transceiver level.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue forecast to grow 7.5% in 2018

Mon, 1 Jan 2018
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to total $451 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5 percent from $419 billion in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc.

Growth of IoT to drive the global reset IC market

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
Technavio market research analysts forecast the global reset IC market to grow at a CAGR of close to 12% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

Year End Wow!

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
2017 ended on a high note from an end market perspective.

Turbulent times ahead for trade

Thu, 1 Jan 2018
International trade is one of the best tools to spur growth and create high-skill and high-paying jobs. Over 40 million American jobs rely on trade, and this is particularly true in the semiconductor supply chain. Over the past three decades, the semiconductor industry has averaged nearly double-digit growth rates in revenue and, by 2030, the semiconductor supply chain is forecast to reach $1 trillion.

Quantum race accelerates development of silicon quantum chip

Fri, 1 Jan 2018
The worldwide race to create more, better and reliable quantum processors is progressing fast, as a team of TU Delft scientists led by Professor Vandersypen has realised yet again. In a neck-and-neck race with their competitors, they showed that quantum information of an electron spin can be transported to a photon, in a silicon quantum chip.

Researchers boost efficiency and stability of optical rectennas

Mon, 1 Jan 2018
The research team that announced the first optical rectenna in 2015 is now reporting a two-fold efficiency improvement in the devices — and a switch to air-stable diode materials. The improvements could allow the rectennas – which convert electromagnetic fields at optical frequencies directly to electrical current – to operate low-power devices such as temperature sensor

Seoul Semiconductor achieves $1.04B record annual revenues for fiscal year 2017

Tue, 1 Jan 2018
The 16% rise in consolidated revenues far exceeds the industry average, which grew 2% during the same period.

MicroLED displays: the patent landscape reflects the dynamism of the sector

Wed, 1 Jan 2018
This year again, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, 2018 edition allowed us to discover the latest innovations in numerous fields including the microLED displays sector.

Smart manufacturing fuels digital transformation: Takeaways from SEMI Member Forum

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
Driven by emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and big data, the digital transformation has become an irreversible trend for the electronics manufacturing industry. The global market for smart manufacturing and smart factory technologies is expected to reach US$250 billion in 2018.

IHS Markit identifies top trends driving the Internet of Things in 2018 and beyond

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
Driven by the need for intelligent connected devices in industrial and commercial applications, the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices globally will grow to more than 31 billion in 2018, according to new analysis from business information provider IHS Markit

Annual semiconductor sales increase 21.6%, top $400B for first time

Mon, 2 Feb 2018
Global industry posts highest-ever annual, quarterly, and monthly sales.

The dawn of gallium oxide microelectronics

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Gallium oxide has an advantage over silicon in producing cheaper and smaller devices.

First Trump State of the Union address: How it stacks up against SEMI public policy priorities

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
SEMI evaluates the implications of the SOTU address for Trade, Taxes, Technology, Talent and other SEMI public policy priorities.

Lam Research and Tokyo Electron gained in full year 2017 semiconductor equipment market shares

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Market shares of top semiconductor equipment manufacturers for the full year 2017 indicate large gains by Tokyo Electron and Lam Research while top supplier Applied Materials dropped.

New IC manufacturing lines to boost total industry wafer capacity 8%

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
Wafer capacity growth of 8% forecast for 2018 and 2019 versus 4.8% average yearly growth from 2012-2017.

Mass production of new class of semiconductors closer to reality

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
Two Waterloo chemists have made it easier for manufacturers to produce a new class of faster and cheaper semiconductors.

ASML increases its dominance of semiconductor lithography market in 2017

Mon, 2 Feb 2018
ASML's dominance in the semiconductor equipment market continued in 2017, according to the report "Sub-100nm Lithography: Market Analysis and Strategic Issues," recently published by The Information Network.

Close to the edge: Brain-inspired technologies will bring data processing and analytics to Internet of Things devices

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
CEA-Leti's chief scientist today issued a forward-looking call to action for the microelectronics industry to create a radically new, digital-communication architecture for the Internet of Things in which "a great deal of analytics processing occurs at the edge and at the end devices instead of in the Cloud".

Siemens continues to invest in IC industry with planned acquisition of Sarokal Test Systems

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
Siemens announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Oulu, Finland-based Sarokal Test Systems Oy.

Technavio releases report on key findings of the global semiconductor IP market 

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
The latest market research report by Technavio on the global semiconductor IP market predicts a CAGR of close to 10% during the period 2018-2022.

3D depth sensing & VCSEL technology surges: Key takeaways from SEMI Member Forum

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
Since Apple unveiled iPhone X with face-recognition functionality in early November 2017, interest in 3D sensing technology has reached fever pitch and attracted huge investments across the related supply chains.

Top 10 semiconductor R&D spenders increase outlays 6% in 2017

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
Intel far surpasses others with R&D spending of $13.1 billion in 2017 and accounts for 36% of expenditures among Top R&D spenders.

Integrated circuit technology advances continue to amaze

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
Despite increasing costs of development, IC manufacturers are still making great strides.

Entering 2018 on solid ground

Thu, 2 Feb 2018
2017 finished on an upturn – both in the USA and globally. Based on consolidated fourth-quarter actual and estimated revenues of 213 large, global electronic manufactures, sales rose in excess of 7 percent in 4Q’17 vs. 4Q’16.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts January 2018 billings

Fri, 2 Feb 2018
"The strong billings levels from late 2017 have carried over into the new year," said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI.

imec announces advances in EUV lithography

Mon, 2 Feb 2018
Imec presents initial electrical results on N5 32nm pitch metal-2 layer.

Top semiconductor metrology/inspection equipment vendors continue to increase share of total market

Tue, 2 Feb 2018
The top five semiconductor metrology/inspection equipment vendors grew 17.7% in 2017 according to the report “Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control in VLSI Manufacturing”, recently published by The Information Network.

High-res 3D X-ray microscopy for non-destructive failure analysis of chip-to-chip micro-bump interconnects in stacked die packages

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
3D integration and packaging has challenged failure analysis (FA) techniques and workflows due to the high complexity of multichip architectures, the large variety of materials, and small form factors in highly miniaturized devices.

Samsung Electronics breaks ground on new EUV line in Hwaseong

Wed, 2 Feb 2018
Construction will be completed in the second half of 2019 and ready for production in 2020 Samsung aims to maintain its leadership in cutting-edge process technology under 7nm.

2018: Big changes in mask manufacturing and what it means for mask models

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
There are big changes on the horizon for semiconductor mask manufacturing, including the imminent first production use of multi-beam mask writers, and the preparation of all phases of semiconductor manufacturing for the introduction of extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lithography within the next few years.

Understanding ALD, MLD and SAMs as they enter the fab

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
As the world of advanced manufacturing enters the sub-nanometer scale era, it is clear that ALD, MLD and SAM represent viable options for delivering the required few-atoms-thick layers required with uniformity, conformality, and purity.

Executive viewpoints: 2018 outlook

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
Each year, Solid State Technology turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2018.

Flexible AMOLED market more than tripled to $12B in 2017

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Thanks to a sudden increase in demand , shipment revenue of flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays more than tripled in 2017, accounting for 54.6 percent of total AMOLED panel shipment revenue.

January semiconductor sales up 22.7% compared to last year

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Global semiconductor market grows year-to-year for the 18th consecutive month; month-to-month sales decrease slightly.

Are the major DRAM suppliers stunting DRAM demand?

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Skyrocketing DRAM prices potentially open the door for startup Chinese competitors.

A universally profitable renewable energy business model

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
The solar energy sector shined in a global renewable energy market that maintained steady growth last year despite the United States’ shocking withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Solar panel costs dropped to an all-time low, driving global demand that surpassed the 100GW mark for the first time on the strength of standout annual 26 percent growth.

Simulation and experiment help TU Dresden researchers study next-generation semiconductors

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Theoretical physicists and experimentalists collaborate to identify dopants capable of enabling new designs of semiconducting materials.

New insights could pave the way for self-powered low energy devices

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Researchers have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a charge even after two surfaces separate, information that could help improve devices that leverage such energy as a power source.

Fab spending poised for remarkable fourth year of growth

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
The latest update to the SEMI World Fab Forecast report, published on February 28, 2018, reveals fab equipment spending will increase at 5 percent in 2019 for a remarkable fourth consecutive year of growth.

Silicon photonics industry is at the very beginning of a massive deployment

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Silicon photonics is today one of the most valuable answers to high data rate/low cost for distances beyond VCSEL's reach.

Trump blocks Broadcom's takeover of Qualcomm

Tue, 3 Mar 2018
Qualcomm Incorporated received a Presidential Order to immediately and permanently abandon the proposed takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom Limited.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES extends silicon photonics roadmap to meet explosive demand for datacenter connectivity

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Integrated photonics technologies enable improved bandwidth and energy efficiency for next-generation optical interconnects.

IC Insights raises 2018 IC market forecast from 8% to 15%

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Increased expectations for the DRAM and NAND flash markets spur upward revision.

The ConFab 2018 announces conference agenda and speakers

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Browse this slideshow for a look at this year's speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, and special guests.

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
Stiff tariffs and the dismantling of longstanding trade agreements – cornerstones of these new actions – will ripple through the semiconductor industry with particularly damaging effect.

Mechanism and improvements of Cu voids under via bottom

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
This work explores the effect of underlying metallic alloys and the influence of Cu loss under via bottom after dry etching and wet cleaning processes. To Improve the Cu loss under via bottom, effective approaches are proposed. The modified actions for via bottom improve not only wafer yield but also reliability of the device.

U.S. companies maintain largest share of fabless company IC sales

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
China-based companies show the largest fabless IC marketshare gain since 2010.

Process Watch: Baseline yield predicts baseline reliability

Mon, 3 Mar 2018
The strong correlation between semiconductor IC yield and reliability has been well studied and documented.

Making the most of color in your multi-patterning layouts

Wed, 3 Mar 2018
There are many different situations in which special attention to color choices provide the potential to improve the manufacturing results of multi-patterned masks.

Optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes hit record-high sales

Thu, 3 Mar 2018
Total revenues in the three O-S-D market segments climbed 11% in 2017 -- the strongest growth rate since 2010 -- and continue to be driven by high demand for sensors, actuators, CMOS imaging devices, light sensors, laser transmitters, and power discretes.

With its highest growth rate in 14 years, the global semiconductor industry topped $429B in 2017

Fri, 3 Mar 2018
Samsung edged out Intel, to become the new semiconductor industry leader.

China now world's largest consumer of semiconductor packaging equipment and materials

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
Fueled by heavy government investment, IC packaging and testing in China generated $29 billion in revenue in 2017, making China the world's largest consumer of packaging equipment and materials.

Global semiconductor sales up 21% year-to-year in February

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Americas market grows by nearly 40 percent compared to last year; global sales decrease slightly month-to-month.

Fraunhofer ISE and EV group achieve 33.3% efficiency with silicon-based multi-junction solar cell

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
The Fraunhofer researchers achieved the high conversion efficiency of the silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with extremely thin 0.002 mm semiconductor layers of III-V compound semiconductors, bonding them to a silicon solar cell.

U.S. federal government R&D spending for 2018 finalized

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
Although many months past due, Congress on March 23 finalized the federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018, only hours before a what would have been the third government shutdown of the year.

GaN power device industry: the supply chain is acting to support market growth

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
The GaN power business was worth about US$12 million in 2016, but at Yole, analysts project that the market will reach US$460 million by 2022, with an impressive 79% CAGR.

Global IoT market to register revenue CAGR of 21.6% over next 10 years

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
The first five-year cumulative revenue (2017-2021) is projected to be US$ 7,760.8 billion, which is expected to increase rather significantly over the latter part of the five-year forecast period.

Semiconductor leaders' marketshares surge over the past 10 years

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
Top 25 companies held more than three-fourths of worldwide semiconductor market.

6 key takeaways from ISS Europe 2018

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
With its leading research and development hubs, materials and equipment companies and chipmakers, the EU is in a strategic position in the global electronics value chain to support the growth of emerging applications such as autonomous driving, internet of things, artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Worldwide PC shipments declined 1.4% in first quarter of 2018

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.7 million units in the first quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent decline from the first quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Edwards Vacuum breaks ground on new high-tech innovation center in Hillsboro

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
New center is strategically located close to key semiconductor customer sites for enhanced technology collaboration & development.

Lithography metrology equipment market: High demand for miniaturized electronic devices promotes growth

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Technavio market research analysts forecast the global lithography metrology equipment market to grow at a CAGR of around 8% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest report.

Getting better by design

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
With the IC industry now worth over $400 billion in annual revenue, developing a single new chip can cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Demand for higher resolution oxide panels expected to grow 30% in 2018

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Rise in LCD and OLED display applications has contributed to momentum in demand growth for panels using this technology.

Semiconductor Industry Association recognizes Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Peter Roskam with Congressional Leadership Awards

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week presented its Congressional Leadership Awards to Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) for their leadership in enacting tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Shipment area of AMOLED panel expected to more than quadruple by 2024

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
With demand growing for active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) TV panels, shipments of overall AMOLED panels by area is forecast to more than quadruple to 22.4 million square meters by 2024 from 5.0 million square meters in 2017.

Semiconductor assembly and packaging services: Rising number of fabs is driving the market

Mon, 4 Apr 2018
Technavio market research analysts forecast the global semiconductor assembly and packaging services market to grow at a CAGR of close to 5% during the period 2018-2022, according to their latest report.

SEMI reports 2017 global semiconductor materials sales of $46.9B

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced that in 2017 the global semiconductor materials market grew 9.6 percent while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 21.6 percent from the prior year.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 21.6% in 2017 as Samsung takes over No. 1 position

Tue, 4 Apr 2018
Booming memory market overshadows high growth in other segments.

TSMC continues to dominate the worldwide foundry market

Wed, 4 Apr 2018
Top eight companies held 88% of global foundry market last year.

Analog Devices opens new Bengaluru facility

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
Analog Devices, Inc. has unveiled its new India headquarters for the approximately 600 Bengaluru-based staff who make up ADI India.

Samsung begins mass production of 10nm-class 16Gb LPDDR4X DRAM for automobiles

Thu, 4 Apr 2018
The latest LPDDR4X features high performance and energy efficiency while significantly raising the thermal endurance level for automotive applications that often need to operate in extreme environments.

Automotive IC market on pace for third consecutive record growth year

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
18.5% forecast increase in 2018 driven by systems monitoring and control, safety, ADAS, convenience, and growth of autonomous driving. Continued rise of memory ASP adds to growth.

Key findings for the global lithography systems market

Fri, 4 Apr 2018
According to Technavio market research analysts, the CAGR for the global lithography systems market is projected to be over 5% during the forecast period.

Annual Washington forum brings top industry priorities to policymakers

Tue, 5 May 2018
Just as the annual Cherry Blossom festival wraps up, international trade has flowered as a top concern for SEMI members, requiring immediate action as 20 SEMI member executives carried the torch for the industry in recent meetings with lawmakers at the annual SEMI Washington Forum.

Global semiconductor sales up 20% year-to-year in Q1

Tue, 5 May 2018
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $111.1 billion during the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 20 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

TI expands lead among top analog suppliers in 2017

Wed, 5 May 2018
Top 10 suppliers held 59% of analog market last year with ON Semi showing strongest growth.

Making automotive smart: Key takeaways from SEMI Taiwan Member Forum

Thu, 5 May 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.

RF power semiconductors near $1.5B for 2017 with GaN driving the way

Mon, 5 May 2018
Gallium Nitride (GaN) has the promise of gaining market share in 2018 and is forecast to be a significant force over the next few years.

Global semiconductor packaging materials market tops $16B

Mon, 5 May 2018
The global semiconductor packaging materials market reached $16.7 billion in 2017. While slower growth of smartphones and personal computers -- the industry’s traditional drivers -- is reducing material consumption, the slowdown was offset by strong unit growth in the cryptocurrency market in 2017 and early 2018.

CMOS image sensor sales stay on record-breaking pace

Tue, 5 May 2018
Embedded imaging applications in cars, security, machine vision, medical, virtual reality, and other new uses will offset slow growth in camera phones, says new report.

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

Thu, 5 May 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.

Global MEMS Design Contest 2018 winners announced

Fri, 5 May 2018
Team from ESIEE Paris and Sorbonne University awarded grand prize for innovative use of MEMS and mixed-signal design in 3D vibration energy harvester project.

LG Display retains its lead in area shipments of large displays in first quarter of 2018

Tue, 5 May 2018
Large display panel shipments show better-than-expected results compared to previous first quarters.

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

Wed, 5 May 2018
Samsung extends its number one ranking and sales lead over Intel to 23%.

SEMI position on EC's proposed framework for screening foreign direct investments in the European Union

Thu, 5 May 2018
In response to the European Commission’s (EC) proposed framework for screening foreign direct investments (FDI), SEMI, representing the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, offers three recommendations for consideration by EU policymakers.

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

Fri, 5 May 2018
The first quarter of this year was very strong globally, with growth across the entire electronics supply chain.

Photolithography for high resolution OLED displays

Mon, 5 May 2018
Photolithography of organic semiconductors is an emerging technology that can enable high resolution OLED displays.

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

Tue, 5 May 2018
IC Insights raises its full-year spending growth forecast for this year from 8% to 14%.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2018 billings 

Wed, 5 May 2018
April 2018 monthly billings for North American equipment manufacturers surpassed the October 2000 record high of $2.6 billion.

Next generation dopant gas delivery system for ion implant applications

Thu, 5 May 2018
A new class of adsorbent materials offer high capacity storage and safe delivery of dopant gases.

EUV lithography: Extending the patterning roadmap to 3nm

Fri, 5 May 2018
This year’s Advanced Lithography TechXPOT at SEMICON West will explore the progress on extreme ultra-violet lithography (EUVL) and its economic viability for high-volume manufacturing (HVM), as well as other lithography solutions that can address the march to 5nm and onward to 3nm.

OLEDs become brighter and more durable

Tue, 5 May 2018
Layers made as ultrastable glasses improve device performance.

Novel method to fabricate nanoribbons from speeding nano droplets

Wed, 5 May 2018
An international team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has discovered a novel method for the synthesis of ultrathin semiconductors.

Smartphone display with notch design estimated to cost about 20% more

Thu, 5 May 2018
Notch design of smartphone displays is estimated to raise manufacturing cost of display panels by more than 20 percent.

Gartner reports worldwide sales of smartphones returned to growth in first quarter of 2018

Thu, 5 May 2018
Global sales of smartphones to end users returned to growth in the first quarter of 2018 with a 1.3 percent increase over the same period in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc.

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

Mon, 6 Jun 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.

Applied Materials breakthrough accelerates chip performance in the big data and AI era

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced a breakthrough in materials engineering that accelerates chip performance in the big data and AI era.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Analog Devices jumped to second in the market share ranking, after its acquisition of Linear Technology.

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

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Industry forecast projects sales will increase 12.4 percent in 2018 and 4.4 percent in 2019.

Transparent, conductive films promising for developing flexible screens

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
Researchers demonstrate silver-based electrode films that could be used for flexible touch displays, televisions and solar cells.

The MEMS market is showing a 17.5% CAGR between 2018 and 2023

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
MEMS market will experience a 17.5% growth in value between 2018 and 2023, to reach US$ 31 billion at the end of the period.

Semiconductor equipment record spending streak to continue through 2019

Tue, 6 Jun 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.

Industrial internet and connected vehicles drive IoT sales through 2021​

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
IC Market Drivers 2018 Update maintains solid revenue growth across all IoT end-use systems.

Cautious optimism

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
The World Bank just updated its multiyear forecast for GDP growth both globally and by country.

Global demand and supply for automotive display systems expected to maintain healthy growth in 2018

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
The global demand for automotive display systems is expected to continue a strong growth path in 2018, according to recent analysis from business information provider IHS Markit.

SIA releases statement on Trump Administration tariff announcement

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, this week released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's announcement on tariffs on products imported from China.

The memory market will grow 40% to US$177 billion in 2018

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
The semiconductor industry posted record results in 2017, with revenue exceeding US$400 billion.

9 of the Top 12 smartphone suppliers headquartered in China​

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
China accounted for 7 of top 10 leading smartphone suppliers in 2017, share grows to 42%.

Micron begins volume production of GDDR6 high performance memory

Mon, 6 Jun 2018
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced volume production on its 8Gb GDDR6 memory.

Global LED market 2018-2022 to post a CAGR of 16%

Tue, 6 Jun 2018
Technavio analysts forecast the global LED market to post a CAGR of more than 16% during the forecast period, according to their latest market research report.

China's semi capex forecast to be larger than Europe and Japan combined in 2018

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Chinese semi firms to spend $11.0 billion in capex this year, up from only $2.2 billion in 2015.

SEMI Americas and Solid State Technology announce 2018 "Best of West" award finalists

Wed, 6 Jun 2018
Selected from over 600 exhibitors, SEMI announced today that the following Best of West 2018 Finalists will be displaying their products on the show floor at Moscone Center from July 10-12.

SEMICON West: Exponential growth in data volumes drives change in system architecture

Thu, 6 Jun 2018
With artificial intelligence (AI) rapidly evolving, look for applications like voice recognition and image recognition to get more efficient, more affordable, and far more common in a variety of products over the next few years.

New infrastructure and sensors extract actionable information from mature IoT

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
For medtech applications to flourish, sensors need a supporting infrastructure that translates the data they harvest into actionable insights, says Qualcomm Life director of business development Gene Dantsker, who will speak about the future of digital healthcare in the Medtech program at SEMICON West.

Materials and subsystem suppliers find solutions to emerging defectivity issues at small geometries

Fri, 6 Jun 2018
New metrology and inspection technologies and new analysis approaches made possible by improving compute technology offer solutions to finding the increasingly subtle variations in materials and subsystems that meet specifications but still cause defects on the wafer. More collaboration across the supply chain is helping too.  SEMICON West programs on materials and subsystems will address these issues.   

Global semiconductor industry reached $115.8B in Q1 2018

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Samsung Electronics continued to lead the semiconductor market, followed by Intel and SK Hynix.

Process complexity means exponentially increasing data volumes and analysis challenges, with co-optimization across process steps

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
The fast-maturing infrastructure that is enabling applications for big data and artificial intelligence means disruptive change not just at individual companies but also in data connections among companies across the microelectronics manufacturing value chain.

Automotive is driving SiC adoption

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
The SiC power market is now on the road, asserts Yole Développement (Yole). Therefore, since 2017, the market research and strategy consulting company identified more than 20 strategic announcements, showing the dynamism of this market and attractiveness of the technology.

Global semiconductor sales in May increase 21% year-to-year

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Global sales in May were 3 percent higher than the April 2018 total of $37.6 billion.

$62.7B semiconductor equipment forecast: Top previous record, Korea at top but China closes the gap

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Releasing its Mid-Year Forecast at the annual SEMICON West exposition, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today reported that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 10.8 percent to $62.7 billion in 2018, exceeding the historic high of $56.6 billion set last year.

SEMICON West Test Vision 2020: Chip testing gets smart

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Chip testing is becoming smarter and more complex, creating growing requirements to stream data in real time and ensure it is ready to use for analysis, regardless of the vendor source.  

SEMICON West 2018 highlights smart technologies, workforce development, industry growth

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Smart technologies take center stage tomorrow as SEMICON West, the flagship U.S. event for connecting the electronics manufacturing supply chain, opens for three days of insights into leading technologies and applications that will power future industry expansion.

Optimized stepping for fan-out wafer and panel packaging

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Optimized stepping, based on parallel analysis of die placement errors and prediction of overlay errors, can increase lithography throughput by more than an order of magnitude and deliver commensurate reductions in cost of ownership. The productivity benefits of optimized stepping are demonstrated using a test reticle with known die placement errors.

Material innovations for advancements in fan-out packaging

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
The development of a new class of materials with superior functionalities is essential to enable emerging process schemes for wafer- or panel-level FO packaging.

Proving the benefits of data analysis

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
The semiconductor industry is collecting massive amounts of data from fab equipment and other sources. But is the trend toward using that data in a Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0 approach happening fast enough in what Mike Plisinski, CEO of Rudolph Technologies, calls a "very conservative" chip manufacturing sector?

High gas flow rates create pumping challenge

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Increasingly complicated 3D structures such finFETs and 3D NAND require very high aspect ratio etches. This, in turn, calls for higher gas flow rates to improve selectivity and profile control. Higher gas flow rates also mean higher etch rates, which help throughput, and  higher rates of removal for etch byproducts.

Solid State Technology and SEMI announce the 2018 Best of West Award winner

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Solid State Technology and SEMI today announced the recipient of the 2017 "Best of West" Award – BISTel for its Dynamic Fault Detection (DFD) system.

AI and quantum computing: The third and fourth exponentials

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
This is an era of computing which is at a scale that will dwarf the previous era, in ways that will change all of our businesses and all of our industries, and all of our lives.

imec shows integrated 5G chip directions

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
To fulfill the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the world needs low-cost high-bandwidth radio-frequency (RF) chips for 5th-generation (5G) internet technology.

Discovering the potential serial innovators in our midst

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
Steve Jobs. Benjamin Franklin. Albert Einstein. Marie Curie. What do these world-changers all have in common? Where did their drive to innovate come from? Melissa Schilling, PhD, had to find out.

Micron and Intel announce update to 3D XPoint joint development program

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Micron and Intel today announced an update to their 3D XPoint joint development partnership, which has resulted in the development of an entirely new class of non-volatile memory with dramatically lower latency and exponentially greater endurance than NAND memory.

South Korean and Chinese TV makers to increase panel purchases in third quarter despite concerns

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Despite concerns about TV demand and falling profit margins, major South Korean and Chinese TV makers are expected to stock up on display panels in the third quarter to prepare for the seasonal year-end shopping spree by consumers.

Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9B in cash

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Broadcom Inc. and CA Technologies today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom has agreed to acquire CA to build one of the world's leading infrastructure technology companies.

Semi content in electronic systems forecast to reach 31.4% in 2018

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
Semi content to surpass 30% this year, smashing the previous record high set just last year.

SEMI China Equipment & Materials Committee meeting targets region's semiconductor industry growth

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
Storage and memory chipmaker and SEMI China member Tsinghua Unigroup is gearing up to meet burgeoning product demand with huge investments in its manufacturing plants.

Toshiba Memory Corporation develops 96-layer BiCS FLASH with QLC technology

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Toshiba Memory will start to deliver samples to SSD and SSD controller manufacturers for evaluation from the beginning of September, and expects to start mass production in 2019.

Apple is changing GaAs' future

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
3D sensing in mobile phone as well as LiDAR’s applications are giving a new breath for GaAs substrates suppliers.

Imec beats silicon PV with 27.1% perovskite-silicon tandem

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Imec, a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technology, within the partnership of EnergyVille, today announced a record result for its 4-terminal Perovskite/silicon tandem photovoltaic cell.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts June 2018 billings

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Global billings of North American equipment manufacturers declined for the current month by 8 percent from the historic high but is still 8 percent higher than billings for the same period last year.

2018 total wafer demand expected to reach 115.1 million 300mm wafer equivalents

Wed, 7 Jul 2018
Semiconductor revenues are expected to increase 12.8% in 2018 as a result of continued strong memory prices.

Semiconductor Research Corporation releases $26M in new research funds

Thu, 7 Jul 2018
JUMP program funds 24 new research projects to amplify mission of its six innovation centers.

SOI market worth $1,832.5M USD by 2023

Fri, 7 Jul 2018
The increasing use of SOI wafers in advanced devices such as smartphones, tablets, earphones/headphones, and wearables is expected to boost the market for consumer electronics application.

SEMI testifies against U.S. tariffs; Members meet with congressional leaders urging trade action

Mon, 7 Jul 2018
Two months after opposing $34 billion in U.S. trade tariffs on behalf of the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing industry, Jonathan Davis, global vice president of industry advocacy at SEMI, this week spoke out against an additional $16 billion duties on Chinese goods.

Global GDP impact on worldwide IC market growth forecast to rise

Tue, 7 Jul 2018
Correlation coefficient expected to reach a very high level of 0.95 in the 2018-2022 timeframe.

John Hennessy, Alphabet Chairman and former Stanford President, to receive semiconductor industry's top honor

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Hennessy, pioneer in electrical engineering, will accept 2018 Robert N. Noyce Award at SIA Award Dinner on Nov. 29.

Leti and CMP announce world's first multi-project wafer service with integrated silicon OxRAM

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
Leti, a research institute at CEA Tech, and CMP, a service organization that provides prototyping and low-volume production of ICs and MEMS, today announced the integrated-circuit industry's first multi-project-wafer (MPW) process for fabricating emerging non-volatile memory OxRAM devices on a 200mm foundry base-wafer platform.

The rebirth of the semiconductor industry

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
We’re living in a digital world where semiconductors have been taken for granted. But, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing everything – and bringing semiconductors back into the deserved spotlight.

Entegris EUV 1010 Reticle Pod receives ASML qualification

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
Entegris, Inc. today released the next generation EUV 1010 Reticle Pod for high-volume IC manufacturing using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

Mid-year global semiconductor sales up 20.4% compared to 2017

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
Q2 sales are highest on record, 6.0 percent more than previous quarter, 20.5 percent higher than Q2 of last year.

Process Watch: Automotive defect sensitivity requirements

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Semiconductors continue to grow in importance in the automotive supply chain, requiring IC manufacturers to adapt their processes to produce chips that meet automotive quality standards.

SEMI China, CASPA promote China-Silicon Valley innovation partnership

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Aiming to forge stronger ties between the two technology heavyweights as partners in semiconductor industry innovation, SEMI and CASPA (Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association) in mid July signed a strategic cooperation agreement to promote industry innovation between Silicon Valley and China.

DRAM sales forecast to top $100B this year with 39% market growth

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
With 24% IC marketshare, DRAM expected to account for nearly one in four IC sales dollars spent.

Optoelectronics market worth $9.80B by 2025

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
The market is estimated to be USD 3.88 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach a market size of USD 9.80 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.13% during the forecast period.

Shipments of flexible AMOLED panels expected to exceed rigid panels by 2020

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
Amid growing demand for active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels for smartphones, shipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to account for more than 50 percent of total AMOLED panel shipments by 2020.

Strong 2Q'18 global supply chain growth but second half slowing

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Semiconductor capital equipment sales are historically very volatile, with their growth fluctuating MUCH MORE than electronic equipment.

Size of semiconductor acquisitions may have hit limit

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Mega-mergers become less likely because of the high-dollar value of major acquisitions, increasing scrutiny from regulators, rising protectionism among more countries, and growing global trade frictions.

Automotive semiconductors to reach $73B by 2023, says Semico Research

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Automotive electronics are a bright light for the semiconductor industry, as smartphone growth slows, and personal computing growth continues to decline.

WFE semiconductor equipment billings to drop 24% in second half of 2018

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
On the heels of a 37.3% growth in wafer front end (WFE) semiconductor equipment growth in 2017, the market will grow only 10% in 2018 to $62.3 billion.

CTA study: China tariffs will cost the U.S. economy up to $2.4B annually

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
The Trump administration's consideration of tariffs on Chinese printed circuit assemblies and connected devices would cost the economy $520.8 million and $2.4 billion annually for the 10 percent and 25 percent tariffs, respectively, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Seven top 15 semi suppliers of the first half of 2018 register ≥20% gains

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
Samsung extends its number one ranking and sales lead over Intel to 22%.

Murata invests in MEMS sensor manufacturing in Finland

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. expands its MEMS sensor manufacturing by building a new factory in Vantaa, Finland to increase the sensor production capacity.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue hit record $120.8B in Q2 2018

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Samsung Electronics, Intel and SK Hynix continued to lead the semiconductor market in Q2 2018.

Gartner identifies five emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between human and machine

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
The 35 must-watch technologies represented on the Gartner Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018 revealed five distinct emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between humans and machines.

TSMC WannaCry infection forces shutdowns, financial losses

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
On August 3, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the largest chip fabricator globally introduced a WannaCry Ransomware cryptowormvariant onto its information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) networks.

SEMI testifies against third round of U.S. tariffs citing damage to semiconductor supply chain

Mon, 8 Aug 2018
In testimony last week before a U.S. government interagency panel considering tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, SEMI called for the removal of nearly 100 tariff lines, all of which cover items critical to the semiconductor manufacturing process, including materials and machines.

GlobalFoundries reshapes technology portfolio

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced an important step in its transformation, continuing the trajectory launched with the appointment of Tom Caulfield as CEO earlier this year. In line with the strategic direction Caulfield has articulated, GF is reshaping its technology portfolio to intensify its focus on delivering truly differentiated offerings for clients in high-growth markets.

Edwards to expand semiconductor offering with the planned addition of Brooks Automation's cryogenic business

Tue, 8 Aug 2018
Atlas Copco Group has announced its agreement to acquire the cryogenic business of Brooks Automation, Inc through its wholly owned US entity Edwards Vacuum LLC.

Micron announces $3B investment in U.S. for DRAM and NAND

Wed, 8 Aug 2018
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced plans to invest $3 billion by 2030 to increase memory production at its plant in Manassas, Virginia, creating 1,100 new jobs roughly over the next decade.

Micron Foundation establishes $1M fund for Virginia colleges and universities

Thu, 8 Aug 2018
The Micron Foundation announced that it will commit $1 million to higher education institutions in Virginia as it invests in the next generation of technicians, scientists and engineers with a focus on women and underrepresented minorities in these fields.

Large TFT LCD shipments hit record monthly high in July 2018

Fri, 8 Aug 2018
Expanded production capacity, historical-low LCD TV panel prices and panel makers’ efforts to clear up inventories help.

China's semiconductor fab capacity to reach 20% worldwide share in 2020

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
The China IC Ecosystem Report, a comprehensive report for the IC manufacturing supply chain, reveals that front-end fab capacity in China will grow to account for 16 percent of the world's semiconductor fab capacity this year, a share that will increase to 20 percent by the end of 2020.

Less price erosion will lift MEMS sensor/actuator growth

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
More intelligent and automated controls and specialized MEMS-built semiconductors will keep ASPs from falling as much as they did in the last 10 years, says O-S-D report.

Standard for fan-out panel size ready to ballot

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
The arrival of Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging (FO-PLP) appears to be at a perfect time: This technology will leverage processes developed for Three Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits (3DS-IC) as well as panel processing technologies developed for industries such as solar panels and large-screen TVs.

The future of MEMS and sensors: Beyond human senses

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
2017 was a good year for the MEMS and sensors business, and that upward trend should continue.

Global semiconductor sales increase 17.4% year-to-year in July

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
Global industry posts highest-ever monthly sales; year-to-year growth seen across all major semiconductor product categories and regional markets.

Top 10 semiconductor industry innovations

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Over the past three decades, most of the world’s innovations have centered largely on business models and involved iterative advances of existing technologies, with none matching the global impact of the top 10 semiconductor industry discoveries and advances, Dr. Morris Chang, founder of TSMC and the IC foundry model, said at SEMICON Taiwan 2018 this week.

Worldwide semiconductor equipment billings reach $16.7B in second quarter 2018

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$16.7 billion in the second quarter of 2018, 1 percent lower than the previous record quarter and 19 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago.

MCUs sales to reach record-high annual revenues through 2022

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
MCU sales and units shipments driven by the spread of embedded control in systems, more sensors, and the rush to connect end-use applications to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Industry growth: Still positive but varies by region

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Manufacturing activity continues to expand -- but at a slowing pace.

New fabs invest over $220B; 2019 to mark all-time spending high

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
Global fab equipment spending will increase 14 percent this year to US$62.8 billion and is expected to rise 7.5 percent, to US$67.5 billion, in 2019, marking the fourth consecutive year of spending growth and the highest investment year for fab equipment in the history of the industry, according to the latest World Fab Forecast Report published today by SEMI.

Seven IC products to outpace total 16% IC market growth in 2018

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
13 IC products forecast to show double-digit growth, led by a 39% surge in DRAM sales.

How will graphene, the 2D wonder material, change the semiconductor industry?

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
What materials innovation will the future bring?

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital celebrate the opening of Fab 6 and Memory R&D Center at Yokkaichi, Japan

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corporation yesterday celebrated the opening of a new semiconductor fabrication facility, Fab 6, and the Memory R&D Center, at Yokkaichi operations in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

SEMI FabView update: More investments in semiconductor fabs

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Global fab construction investment shows continuing strength, with 19 new fab projects expected to begin construction in 2019 and 2020, based on the latest data published in SEMI’s World Fab Forecast.

STMicroelectronics and Leti develop GaN-on-silicon technology for power conversion applications

Mon, 9 Sep 2018
STMicroelectronics and Leti, a research institute of CEA Tech, today announced their cooperation to industrialize GaN (Gallium Nitride)-on-Silicon technologies for power switching devices.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES extends FinFET offering with new features to enable tomorrow's intelligent systems

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
Feature-rich semiconductor platform delivers competitive performance and scalability for next-generation compute applications.

U.S.-China trade war heats up with semiconductor industry caught in the middle

Tue, 9 Sep 2018
Earlier this week, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in imports from China, including more than 90 tariff lines central to the semiconductor industry.

China trade brings semiconductor executives to DC for the Fall Washington Forum

Wed, 9 Sep 2018
Last week, more than a dozen senior semiconductor executives traveled to Washington, DC for the first-ever Fall Washington Forum.

Solving the burden of Bourdon tubes

Thu, 9 Sep 2018
Mini diaphragm gauges offer a new alternative to Bourdon tubes.

Imagination and GLOBALFOUNDRIES collaborate to deliver ultra-low-power connectivity solutions for IoT applications

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Imagination brings Ensigma Ultra-Low-Power Connectivity IP to GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 22FDX process.

SEMI Korea Members Day: Takeaways and tech trends as Korea leads in fab investment

Fri, 9 Sep 2018
Korea is on track to top all other regions in fab investment, spending $63 billion between 2017 and 2020, with powerhouses Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Hynix leading the way, according to latest World Fab Forecast Report by SEMI.

Applied Energy Systems announces acquisition of Advanced Research Manufacturing (ARM)

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
AES will add ARM's gas purification technology to supplement and further expand its gas delivery equipment offerings.

SEMI calls for exclusion process for products in new China tariff list

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Last week, SEMI joined a coalition of business groups in calling for Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, to enact an exclusion process for the most recent tranche of tariffs on $200 billion in goods imported from China.

Global semiconductor sales increase 14.9% year-to-year in August

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Global industry posts highest-ever monthly sales; year-to-year growth seen across all major semiconductor product categories and regional markets.

DRAM market braces for slower growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
History suggests that DRAM ASP and market growth will soon trend downward; suppliers cautious and stand ready to adjust capex expansion plans.

Consumer electronics are fueling global semiconductor market growth

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
According to data compiled by Inkwood Research, the global semiconductor market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.67% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2024.

Overcoming challenges of futuristic transistor technology below 5nm node

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
To scale down a transistor below a 5nm node is one of the vital concerns for VLSI industry as there are various challenges due to the shrinking of components. Several researches are going on worldwide to overcome the challenges of future technology nodes. Among them, this article reviews the potential transistor structures and materials like Carbon Nano-tube FET, Gate-All-Around FET, and Compound Semiconductors as solutions to overcome the problems of scaling the existing silicon FinFET transistor below 5nm node.

The Gigafab Minute and SEMI Standards: A modern miracle

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Even for someone who has been in this industry since the days of the TI Datamath 4-function calculator and the TMS1100 4-bit microcontroller (yes, that’s been a LONG time – the movie Grease premiered the same year!), it is sometimes hard to grasp the scope and complexity of what happens in today’s leading-edge semiconductor gigafabs.

Automating 200mm semiconductor fabs to meet growing demand

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
SEMI met with Heinz Martin Esser, managing director at Fabmatics GmbH, to discuss how existing 200mm semiconductor fabs can master the challenges of a 24x7 production under highest cost and quality pressure by implementing intralogistics automation solutions.

The global compound semiconductor market grows on increasing demand for optoelectronic devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
The global compound semiconductor market was valued at USD 66,623 million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 142,586 million in 2023 while growing at a CAGR of 11.3% from 2017 to 2023.

Global semiconductor sales grow as the industry embraces IoT and blockchain technology

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
Many semiconductor companies are beginning to embrace IoT to drive new revenue and growth models.

Advanced technology key to strong foundry revenue per wafer

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
Analysis shows more than a 16x difference between the average revenue generated by 0.5µ 200mm wafers ($370) and ≤20nm 300mm wafers ($6,050).

Wafer shipments forecast to set new highs through 2021

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Total wafer shipments in 2018 year are expected to eclipse the all-time market high set in 2017 and continue to reach record levels through 2021.

Communications rise to represent largest portion of foundry sales

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Communications apps expected to account for 3x more than computer in 2018 pure-play foundry sales.

Cybersecurity critical to success of MEMS and sensors suppliers

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
Cynthia Wright, a retired military officer with over 25 years of experience in national security and cyber strategy and policy, now Principal Cyber Security Engineer at The MITRE Corporation, will give the opening keynote at the upcoming MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress, October 29-30, 2018 in Napa, Calif.

ULVAC and the CIA: A sensing story about food and agriculture

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
ULVAC Technologies’ David Mount is working with The CIA. Is he the Jack Reacher of the MEMS and sensors industry, jetting around the world to secret meetings, you wonder?

U.S. announces trade talks with Japan, the EU, and UK; Action will benefit semiconductor industry

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), on instruction from President Trump, notified Congress that the administration intends to begin bilateral trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom.

Autonomy value: The next value for sensors suppliers

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
Nicolas Sauvage, senior director of Ecosystem at TDK InvenSense, will present at the fast-approaching MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress on October 29-30, 2018 in Napa, Calif. SEMI’s Nishita Rao spoke with Sauvage to offer MSEC attendees advance insights on Sauvage’s feature presentation.

Advanced packaging technologies are key for semiconductor innovation

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
In the era of a slowing Moore's Law, advanced packaging has emerged as the savior of future semiconductor development.

The ASOPS system as a multiphysics measurement device for research and industry

Thu, 10 Oct 2018
Insights into the rise of ASynchronous OPtical Sampling technology as one of the future measurement standard and how it can be used in the industry.

German research institute drives flexible electronics innovations

Tue, 10 Oct 2018
SEMI spoke with Prof. Christoph Kutter, executive director, Fraunhofer EMFT, about trends and innovations in flexible hybrid electronics ahead of his presentation at the 2018 FLEX Europe - Be Flexible conference at SEMICON Europa 2018, 13-16, November 2018, in Munich, Germany.

Speeding MEMS innovation and production

Fri, 10 Oct 2018
SEMI’s Nishita Rao spoke with Ron Polcawich about the MEMS workshop on rapid innovation that he held earlier this year and his interest in continuing that conversation with a broad audience of MEMS and sensors suppliers attending MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress.

SEMI Europe supports joint call to candidates for 2019 European elections

Mon, 10 Oct 2018
SEMI Europe today confirmed its support for the joint call to future Members of the European Parliament to put industry at the core of the European Union's future.

Innodisk bringing the next-generation NAND flash to the industrial embedded market

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
Innodisk is launching its industrial-grade 3D NAND SSD series, making the newest NAND flash technology available for the challenging requirements of embedded and industrial applications.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES introduces Avera Semi, a wholly owned subsidiary to deliver custom ASIC solutions

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the establishment of Avera Semiconductor LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to providing custom silicon solutions for a broad range of applications.

Quarterly year-over-year growth slows substantially for IC market

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
Analysis shows decline from 23% year-over-year growth in 1Q18 to 6% forecast for 4Q18.

New efficiency record set for perovskite LEDs

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
Researchers have set a new efficiency record for LEDs based on perovskite semiconductors, rivalling that of the best organic LEDs (OLEDs).

Third quarter silicon wafer shipments increase, set new quarterly record

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the third quarter 2018, surpassing record second quarter 2018 area shipments to set another all-time high, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

FlexTech Taiwan Committee launched to advance flexible hybrid electronics

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
SEMI Taiwan today announced the formation of the FlexTech Taiwan Steering Committee.

Micron announces mass production of industry's highest-capacity monolithic memory for mobile applications

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that it has begun mass production of the industry's highest-capacity and first monolithic 12Gb low-power double data rate 4x (LPDDR4x) DRAM for mobile devices and applications.

SEMI supports U.S. return to trade talks with China, issues trade negotiation principles

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
SEMI today voiced support and encouragement for trade discussions between U.S. President Donald Trump and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping -- talks that are planned for Dec. 1 during the G20 Summit in Argentina.

Foldable AMOLED panel shipments to top 50M units by 2025

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
Spurred on by growing demand for innovative user experience in smartphones, shipments of foldable active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels are expected to reach 50 million units by 2025 for the first time since their launch in 2018, according to IHS Markit.

Nine Top-15 2018 semi suppliers forecast to post double-digit gains

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
Samsung expected to extend its number one ranking and sales lead over Intel to 19%.

SEMI Europe keynote to highlight Europe’s competitiveness at EFECS 2018 in Lisbon

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
Joining distinguished speakers from the European Commission, industry, academia and Member States, Laith Altimime, SEMI Europe president, will keynote on “European Competitiveness in the Context of the Global Digital Economy” on 20 November at the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems (EFECS) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Layout schema generation: Improving yield ramp during technology development

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
Layout schema generation generates random, realistic, DRC-clean layout patterns of the new design technology for use in test vehicles.

MEMS and sensors in autonomous and electric vehicles: Key takeaways from IHS Markit at MSEC

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
IHS Markit’s Jérémie Bouchaud provided a closer look at and outlook for this key market at the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress in late October in Napa. Following are key takeaways from his presentation.

New Applied Materials R&D center to help customers overcome Moore's Law challenges

Fri, 11 Nov 2018
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced plans for the Materials Engineering Technology Accelerator (META Center), a major expansion of the company's R&D capabilities aimed at creating new ways for Applied and its customers to drive innovation as classic Moore's Law scaling becomes more challenging.

Outlook remains bright for automotive electronic systems growth

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
Despite some high-profile setbacks with autonomous vehicles, auto electronic systems growth projects well; remains a hotbed for semiconductor growth.

Imec and CEA-Leti join forces on artificial intelligence and quantum computing

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
Two research and innovation hubs in nanotechnologies for industry, announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that lays the foundation of a strategic partnership in the domains of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing, two key strategic value chains for European industry, to strengthen European strategic and economic sovereignty.

SEMI Global Trade Seminar in China focuses on shifting U.S.-Sino relations

Wed, 11 Nov 2018
With China now a prominent player in the industry, it has become critically important for semiconductor companies to effectively engage with China.

SEMI unveils industry's first power and compound fab outlook

Mon, 11 Nov 2018
SEMI, the global industry association serving the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced the industry's first worldwide fab data for power and compound semiconductors.

MiniLED technologies: An adoption, first driven by high-end LCD displays

Tue, 11 Nov 2018
The excitement about microLEDs has grown exponentially since Apple acquired technology startup Luxvue in 2014.

Process Watch: Monitoring for excursions in automotive fabs

Thu, 11 Nov 2018
The Process Watch series explores key concepts about process control -- defect inspection, metrology and data analytics -- for the semiconductor industry. This article is the fourth in a series on process control strategies for automotive semiconductor devices.

Worldwide semiconductor equipment billings drop to $15.8B in third quarter 2018

Mon, 12 Dec 2018
SEMI today reported that third quarter 2018 worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings dropped 5 percent from the previous quarter to US$15.8 billion but are 11 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago.

SEMI welcomes efforts to reduce U.S.-China trade tensions

Tue, 12 Dec 2018
The U.S. plans to delay tariff increases on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, China has vowed to increase U.S. market access, and both parties are planning talks over the course of 90 days to address current frictions.

Global demand growth for flat panel display expected to ease through 2021

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
After hitting 7.3 percent growth in 2018, global demand for flat panel displays (FPDs) in terms of area is forecast to expand 6.4 percent to 228 million square meters in 2019. It is the first slowdown in year-on-year growth in four years.

Global semiconductor sales increase 12.7% year-to-year in October

Thu, 12 Dec 2018
The global semiconductor industry posted solid year-to-year growth in October and is on pace for its highest-ever annual sales in 2018, but growth has moderated in recent months.

Global Semiconductor Alliance announces 2018 GSA Award recipients

Fri, 12 Dec 2018
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce the award recipients honored at the 2018 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration that took place last evening in Santa Clara, California.

Emerging NVM : PCM finally takes off in stand-alone applications

Mon, 12 Dec 2018
Ever-growing data generation driven by mobile devices, the cloud, the IoT , and big data, as well as novel AI applications, all part of the megatrends, requires continuous advancements in memory technologies.

SEMICON Japan 2018 opens tomorrow focusing on SMART applications

Tue, 12 Dec 2018
SEMICON Japan 2018, the largest and most influential event for the electronics manufacturing supply chain in Japan with more than 70,000 attendees expected, opens tomorrow at Tokyo Big Sight.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $62B in 2018 a new record

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
The 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

Wed, 12 Dec 2018
Now that most companies in our sector analyses have reported their calendar third quarter 2018 financial results, we have final or 3Q'18/2Q'17 growth estimates for the world electronic supply chain.

FO-WLP panel production becomes a reality

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

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

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