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Top Story May 22, 2015
10nm Fab Watch
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Analysts believe that foundry vendors will move into 10nm finFET volume production around 2017. Still others say the 10nm finFET ramp could take place anywhere from 2018 to 2020. The predictions are all over the map. One way to predict the timing, progress and demand for 10nm is simple: Follow the fabs. In fact, Intel, Samsung ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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Industry News
SEMI Posts April 2015 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.04
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.57 billion in orders worldwide in April 2015 and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 means that ...
SEMI
Six Top 20 1Q15 Semiconductor Suppliers Show >20% Growth
SK Hynix moves into top 5, MediaTek climbs into top 10, and Sharp and UMC move into the top 20 ranking. IC Insights will release its May Update to the 2015 ...
IC Insights
Samsung narrows gap with Intel in chip sales
Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea's top chipmaker, narrowed its gap with No. 1 global player Intel Corp. in chip sales in the first quarter of the year, data ...
Yonhap News
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Gartner Says Worldwide Chromebook Sales Will Reach 7.3 Million Units in 2015
Worldwide Chromebook* sales to end users is on pace to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27% increase from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Education is the ...
Gartner
Next-Generation Parasitic Extraction For 16nm And Beyond
Advanced nodes and innovative process features such as finFET transistors require a leap forward in the performance and accuracy of analysis tools. The ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Automated Chip Polishing Can Make Your Design Shine
Today's modern chip design is a collaboration among many design teams, often using different design flows and different EDA tools. This state of the chip ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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Qualcomm to step out of TSMC top-5 client list in 2H15
Qualcomm may not serve as one of the top-five clients for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in the second half of 2015 as the US-based ...
Digitimes
Samsung Takes Aim at Chinese Fabless Market with Fund Investment in Beijing
According to industry sources on May 20, Samsung Electronics is planning to invest around US$9.2 million in semiconductor companies inside the Beijing ...
BusinessKorea
Apple Watch, Android Wear Updates Begin
The first update for the Apple Watch makes performance improvements across the board, while Google is finally sending Android 5.1.1 to its line of Android Wear ...
EE Times
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IoT: Beyond the Hype
All the hype surrounding the Internet of Things has me worried. First of all, its my opinion that the motivation behind the IoT is not necessarily to our ...
3D InCites
Why IoT Needs 5G
When 5G, the fifth generation of wireless communications technology, arrives in 2020, engineers expect that it will be able to handle about 1000 times more ...
IEEE Spectrum
Moore's Law: What Broke the Model
In a sense Moore's Law, or at least many of the benefits it gives, ended years ago around the 90 nm node when Dennard scaling fell apart. Last month was the ...
EE Times
IP Market Shifts Direction
Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss intellectual property changes and challenges with Patrick Soheili, vice president of product management and ...
Semiconductor Engineering
TSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone
TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors for use in the next-generation iPhone series at its 12-inch wafer fabs using 65nm process technology ...
Digitimes
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Press Releases
Ironwood Electronics BGA Socket Options
Ironwood has the most comprehensive collection of BGA sockets that can be used for prototype application, silicon validation, system development, thermal ...
Ironwood Electronics
Plasma-Therm Ranked 1st in Customer Satisfaction
Plasma-Therm is "Ranked 1st" for the fourth year in a row, as well as gaining two additional awards, from an independent, global survey of customers. ...
Plasma-Therm LLC
ams launches next-generation NFC interface tag IC
ams AG launched the AS3955, an NFC interface chip (NFiC(TM)) which offers unique energy harvesting and data transfer capabilities. Like its predecessor ...
ams AG
         
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When was artificial rain first used?
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White Papers
Robust Die Attach for GaAs Devices
Challenges of on-board narrow-pitch connections for microwave components
A 20GHz pluggable 0.5mm pitch BGA connector simplifies test/verification
Semiconductor Grade Fluxes for Copper Pillar Flip-Chip
Achieving a 75GHz test socket
TM 1014 Update and Hermeticity Spec Change
Design and Characterization of a Two-Channel Transmitter SiP Module
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Quote of the Day
"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
Solomon Short
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What Year Was It?
Great Emigration Departs for Oregon
Great Emigration Departs for Oregon
A massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri.

The day was May 22. What year was it?
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Calendar
Jun 1, 2015: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing Seminar/Dallas, TX
Jun 18, 2015: Webinar: Concentration Monitoring and Control Techniques
Jul 13, 2015: Understanding Semiconductor Technology & Business/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 14, 2015: ABCs of Basic Electronics/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 15, 2015: Solar (PV) Cell Technology/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 16, 2015: Webinar: DI-water and Low Standoff Cleaning Challenges
Aug 10, 2015: Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (San Jose)
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Cartoon of the Day
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"If a stock goes sour and leaves a bad taste in your mouth, try one of these - they're InvestMints!"
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Artificial rain was first used near Concord, New Hampshire, in 1947 to fight a forest fire.