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Van der Waals force re-measured

11/26/2014  Although the van der Waals force was discovered around 150 years ago, it is still difficult to quantify when predicting the behaviour of solids, liquids, and molecules.

Protons fuel graphene prospects

11/26/2014  Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons - hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons - to pass through.

Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos

11/25/2014  Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks.

GIGAPHOTON provides new function for 50% reduction of neon gas consumption for ArF immersion laser users

11/25/2014  Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announces the provision of a new function, called “eTGM (eco-Total Gas Management),” for the existing users of its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products free of charge for a fixed period of time.

Applied Materials Introduces New Hardmask Process, Saphira

11/24/2014  A new hardmask material, called Saphira, and accompanying processes was introduced Applied Materials. The material, which is transparent and offers high selectivity and good mechanical strength, could reduce manufacturing costs by 35% per module.

Micron Technology CFO to retire in 2015

11/24/2014  Micron Technology, Inc. announced that Ronald C. Foster, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance, will retire from Micron next year.

Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium releases new specification

11/24/2014  The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC), dedicated to the development and establishment of an industry-standard interface specification for Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology, today announced the finalization and public availability of its HMCC 2.0 specification (HMCC 2.0).

PDSTI completes acquisition of Montage

11/24/2014  Montage Technology Group Limited, a global fabless provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions addressing the home entertainment and cloud computing markets, today announced that Montage Technology Global Holdings, Ltd., an entity jointly formed by Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co., Ltd. and China Electronics Investment Holdings Limited, has completed its acquisition of the company.

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

11/24/2014  The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale.

UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

11/21/2014  A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

11/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments and revenues return to growth in 2014

11/20/2014  TFT LCD panel suppliers are rejuvenating their large-area panel business plans this year as the market demand for key applications grows.

Paul A. Mascarena joins ON Semiconductor's board of directors

11/20/2014  ON Semiconductor Corporation today announced that Paul A. Mascarenas has joined its Board of Directors. The Board also appointed Mr. Mascarenas to its Science and Technology Committee.

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

11/20/2014  University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.

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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
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Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
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The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
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Extending Moore's Law

January 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Will IC capability, affordability and diversity continue to grow on a Moore’s Law cadence? Will our ability to make ICs denser and transistors smaller and cheaper slow down any time soon? Intel's Yan Borodovsky will discuss multiple path ahead for the industry to continue Moore’s Law for years to come, from the lithographer's perspective.

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How the IoT is Driving Semiconductor Technology

January 2014 (Date and time TBD)

The age of the Internet of Things is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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FinFETs

February 2014 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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2014 IEEE International Electron Device Meeting
San Francisco, CA
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December 15, 2014 - December 17, 2014
International Strategy Symposium 2015
Half Moon Bay, CA
http://www.semi.org/en/node/35136
January 11, 2015 - January 14, 2015
European 3D TSV Summit
Grenoble, France
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8566
January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
http://www.semiconkorea.org/en/
February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015

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