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How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector
04/23/2015In 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...
Global semiconductor sales increase in February compared to last year
04/06/2015The Semiconductor Industry Association today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of Feb...
Silicon Summit speakers look at the future of chip technology
04/17/2015GSA's Silicon Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., not far from Google’s headquarters, was dominated by talk ...
U.S.-headquartered companies capture bulk of IDM, fabless IC sales
04/03/2015Recent acquisitions expeted to boost Europe's share in coming years....
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Cypress and Spansion complete merger; Strong fab equipment spending forecast for 2015; 11 IC product categories to exceed total IC market growth in 2015; Global mobile phone display module shipments signal stronger competition among manufacturers

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Upcoming Webcasts
Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, ...
MEMS
May 2015 (Date and time TBD) MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor ...
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IoT and The ConFab 2015
February 25, 2015

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NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Silicon Motion announces agreement to acquire Shannon Systems

04/24/2015  Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, a developer of NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shannon Systems.

LED phosphors market: Strong price pressure stalls revenue growth but masks a more complex picture

04/24/2015  While volumes are expected to more than double between 2015 and 2020, LED phosphor prices have declined dramatically, leading to a flat revenue outlook.

Surface matters: Huge reduction of heat conduction observed in flat silicon channels

04/23/2015  A paper published in ACS Nano describes how the nanometre-scale topology and the chemical composition of the surface control the thermal conductivity of ultrathin silicon membranes.

UGA chemists' synthesis of silicon oxides opens 'new world in a grain of sand'

04/23/2015  In an effort that reaches back to the 19th-century laboratories of Europe, a discovery by University of Georgia chemistry researchers establishes new research possibilities for silicon chemistry and the semiconductor industry.

From metal to insulator and back again

04/23/2015  New work from Carnegie's Russell Hemley and Ivan Naumov hones in on the physics underlying the recently discovered fact that some metals stop being metallic under pressure.

Communications, computer systems drive IC sales across all regions

04/23/2015  Automotive systems forecast to remain a major application in Europe.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts March 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 1.10

04/22/2015  A book-to-bill of 1.10 means that $110 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

ITRS 2.0: Top-Down System Integration

04/22/2015  ITRS2.0 will, for the first time, develop a top-down system-driven roadmap framework for key semiconductor industry drivers in the 2015-2030 period.

SPTS Technologies receives Supplier Excellence Award from Analog Devices

04/21/2015  Orbotech LTD. today announced that SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, was presented with a Supplier Excellence Award in the ‘Special Achievement’ category at the Analog Devices annual award ceremony held in Hong Kong.

Brewer Science closer to zero-landfill status with "Big Blue" compactor that turns waste into electricity

04/21/2015  Brewer Science today announced its latest initiative to achieve and maintain zero-landfill status: a giant blue trash compactor that turns garbage into electricity.

Synopsys' modeling of 10nm parasitic variation effects ratified by open-source standards board

04/21/2015  Synopsys, Inc. today announced new extensions to its open-source Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) which enable modeling of complex device and interconnect parasitic effects at the advanced 10-nanometer (nm) process node.

Synopsys to acquire software security company Codenomicon

04/21/2015  Synopsys, Inc. today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenomicon.

SiVance, LLC opens R&D lab to drive innovations in specialty silane and silicone technologies

04/21/2015  SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, today announced the opening of a new, 11,000 sq.ft. research and development (R&D) laboratory.

Global 4K display market to reach $52B in 2020

04/20/2015  Once a feature mainly found in next-gen TVs, 4K resolution displays now being adopted in smartphones, PC monitors, OLED displays and notebook PCs.

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Innovators

n&k systems: the go-to solutions for the most challenging thin-films and periodic structures

The company offers a wide portfolio of fully-and semi-automated systems for production control and R&D in Semiconductor, Photomask, Data Storage, and Flat Panel Display industries.
Sponsored By: n&k Technology, Inc.

SACHEM reveals innovations in IGZO and TSV reveal processing

SACHEM is a global chemical science company specializing in designing and manufacturing ultrapure chemistries for the microelectronics manufacturing industries.
Sponsored By: SACHEM

Technifab keeps cold liquids colder

Technifab designs, builds and installs cryogenic liquid systems along with providing the assistance customers need to make a cryogenic delivery system work.
Sponsored By: Technifab

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RECOMMENDED TECHNOLOGY PAPERS

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

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WEBCASTS

Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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EVENTS

ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

NEW PRODUCTS

New AFM with high definition electrical measurement capabilities
04/16/2015The Nano-Observer, designed by Concept Scientific Instruments, is ideal for current and future AFM research applications....
Thin wafer processing temporary bonding adhesive film for 3D wafer integration
03/24/2015 AI Technology, Inc (AIT) is the first known provider of a film format high temperature temporary bonding adhesive for thi...
Dramatic results achieved in cleaving glass using ultra-short pulsed lasers
03/11/2015ROFIN-SINAR, Inc. introduces the SmartCleave FI laser process and the MPS glass handling system for high speed and precise cl...