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Silicon Labs expands senior management team

07/16/2018  Daniel Cooley has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

imec shows integrated 5G chip directions

07/12/2018  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.

China's semi capex forecast to be larger than Europe and Japan combined in 2018

07/12/2018  The Mid-Year Update to the 2018 McClean Report revises IC Insights’ worldwide economic and IC industry forecasts through 2022 that were originally presented in The 2018 McClean Report issued in January.

HEIDENHAIN announces new CEO

07/11/2018  HEIDENHAIN announced the appointment of David Doyle as CEO of HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, effective Oct. 1, 2018.  At that time, Doyle will assume full responsibility for the HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION customer-focused operations for the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Leti and Soitec launch a new substrate innovation center to develop engineered substrate solutions

07/11/2018  Industry-inclusive hub promotes early collaboration and learning from substrate to system level.

The outlook for new metrology approaches

07/10/2018  To keep up with Moore's Law, the semiconductor industry continues to push the envelope in developing new device architectures containing novel materials.

Getting to 3nm: It really is scaling every which way!

07/10/2018  This year’s Scaling Technologies TechXPOT at SEMICON West (Scaling Every Which Way! – Thursday, July 12, 2:00PM-4:00PM) will provide an update on the evolution of scaling and describe how the various players (foundry, IDM, fabless, and application developers) are jockeying for innovation leadership.

Overlay performance of through silicon via last lithography for 3D packaging

07/10/2018  A lithographic method for TSV alignment to embedded targets was evaluated using in-line stepper self metrology, with TIS correction.

High gas flow rates create pumping challenge

07/10/2018  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.

Proving the benefits of data analysis

07/10/2018  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?

SEMI announces re-election of Board Members

07/10/2018  SEMI today announced the re-election of 10 current members to the SEMI International Board of Directors in accordance with the association's by-laws.

Photonics integration coming

07/09/2018  Increasingly, the ability to stay on the path defined my Moore's Law will depend on advanced packaging and heterogeneous integration, including photonics integration.

Capturing future sources of profitable growth

07/09/2018  The semiconductor industry is facing key challenges. In recent years, M&A mega deals have led to consolidations within the market, while the industry continues to mature.

Material innovations for advancements in fan-out packaging

07/09/2018  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.

Big changes at the top and bottom of Q1 semiconductor equipment market shares

07/09/2018  Market shares of semiconductor equipment manufacturers shifted significantly in Q1 2018 as Applied Materials, the top supplier dropped, according to the report “Global Semiconductor Equipment: Markets, Market Shares, Market Forecasts,” recently published by The Information Network.

SEMICON West 2018 highlights smart technologies, workforce development, industry growth

07/09/2018  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.

$62.7B semiconductor equipment forecast: Top previous record, Korea at top but China closes the gap

07/09/2018  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.

Global semiconductor sales in May increase 21% year-to-year

07/06/2018  Global sales in May were 3 percent higher than the April 2018 total of $37.6 billion.

Heat-conducting crystals could help computer chips keep their cool

07/06/2018  Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and their collaborators have created and characterized tiny crystals of boron arsenide.

Strategy for U.S. semiconductor leadership to be previewed at SEMICON West

07/06/2018  White House-led panel to address U.S. goal to lead in development of next-generation microelectronics.




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Advanced Packaging

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

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Lithography

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

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Environment, Safety & Health

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

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Maximize uptime and optimize maintenance with AMS

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

Leveraging Baseline Checks for Robust Reliability Verification

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

Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. In Part 2 of this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.September 06, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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