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December 19, 2014
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Manufacturing Constraint Fears Grow
The semiconductor industry could become a victim of its own success. With so many semiconductors being consumed inside of cars, home electronics and industry, capacity shortages are beginning to surface in some areas. Foundries set rates depending upon a complex mix of ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Industry News
14nm process to bring healthy competition among foundries: Q&A with Globalfoundries senior VP Chuck Fox
The move by Globalfoundries to acquire IBM's semiconductor business unit and to team up with Samsung Electronics to aggressively step into the 14nm process ...
Trouble Spots And Optimism For 2015
A survey of top execs points to a solid upcoming year, but significant changes are underway as the industry grapples with thorny business and technology ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Qualcomm, MediaTek to diversify foundry sources, say industry watchers
Qualcomm will contract both Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its 1Xnm chips, whereas MediaTek ...
Industry Scorecard For 2014
First of two parts: It's easy to make predictions, but the best in the industry have a track record of getting things spot on. How well did those 2014 predictions ...
Semiconductor Engineering
From Specification To Chip: A Holistic Design Approach
Chip design is getting more and more challenging in terms of power, performance, area and IP integration. At the same time, competition and time-to-market ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Taiwan, Korea own over half of global 12-inch wafer capacity
Taiwan and South Korea command more than half of global 12-inch wafer production capacity thanks to aggressive efforts in expanding their respective presences ...
Focus Taiwan
SMIC Shenzhen 8-inch fab goes into operation
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) has begun operations at its Shenzhen 200mm (8-inch) wafer fab, according to the China-based IC foundry. ...
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law
Superconductors are in the news again. This time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has discovered a law governing thin-film superconductors, ...
EE Times
Semiconductor Start-Ups Get Their Own Accelerator
Silicon Valley used to have lots of places that incubated new technologies. They were called research labs, and they were funded and nurtured by big tech ...
IEEE Spectrum
IC foundries gearing up for 8-inch fab expansions
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, ...
SMIC's Shenzhen Fab Goes into Operation
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), the largest and most advanced pure-play foundry provider in China, ...
CNN Money
TSMC to move some 28-nanometer chip production to China
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip maker, said Tuesday it has plans to produce a small volume of mobile chips ...
Focus Taiwan News Channel
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Production test Socket for BGA243 from Ironwood Electronics
Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new Stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA243 ...
Ironwood Electronics
Saxon Scientists develop Manufacturing Technology for Non-Volatile Memory Chips
Research results from a collaborative project between NaMLab (TU Dresden), the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Micro Systems (IPMS) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES ...
Cool Silicon
Imec Presents Ultralow Power RFID Transponder Chip at IEDM 2014
At IEDM 2014, nanoelectronics research center imec demonstrated an ultra-low power RFID transponder chip. Operating at sub 1V voltage and realized ...
First Global Assemble & Test Factory Performance Benchmark Study
MAX is launching today the first and only comprehensive Assy. & Test benchmarking study that will take place during 2015. As another exclusive ...
The MAX Group
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EMI Shielding Goes In-Package
SMQ75--A No-Clean Die-Attach Solder Paste for Clip-Bonding
Precise High-throughput Solder Dispensing
High Capability Die Attach Film for Small Die Applications
Challenges in Supply of Ultralow Alpha Emitting Solder Materials
Enhancing System Functionality & Performance with the Right Packaging Solutions
Spin-Coating Waferbumping Fluxes for Semiconductor Assembly
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