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Applied Materials & Tokyo Electron Call Off Merger
Two of the world's largest manufacturers of the machinery used to produce semiconductors, Applied Materials of the United States and Tokyo Electron of Japan, dropped plans to merge after the Department of Justice said that combining their businesses would restrict competition. The proposed ...
The New York Times
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ASE to invest in new plant
ASE Group, one of the world's largest integrated circuit (IC) test and packaging house, is investing in its new RM50mil plant in Bayan Lepas over the next three ...
The Star Online
Freescale Says NXP Merger Remains On Track
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s chief executive says progress on the company's pending merger with NXP Semiconductors is going well and that the deal remains ...
MEMS Seeks its Moore’s Law
MEMS provide an alternative route to scaling technology beyond Moore's Law that could have benefits in markets such as the Internet of Things. Many industry ...
EE Times
Luxottica sees first pair of glasses with Intel chips in Feb/March
Italian eyewear group Luxottica expects the first pair of glasses born out of its partnership with U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp to be ready in February or March ...
The Week In Review: Manufacturing
For years, Altera's sole foundry was TSMC. Then, not long ago, Altera selected Intel as its foundry partner for 14nm. TSMC still handles 20nm and above work ...
Semiconductor Engineering
What Not To Verify
It is well understood that verification is all about mitigating and managing risk, and success here begins with a good verification planning process. During ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Taiwan IC backend production value to rise 4.9% in 2015, says IEK
The production value of Taiwan's IC packaging and testing industry sector is forecast to register increases of 5.7% and 3.2%, respectively, in 2015, ...
Gartner cuts forecast for 2015 chip market growth
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to reach US$354 billion in 2015, a 4% increase from 2014, according to Gartner. However, the prediction is down ...
Intel Orders 15 EUV Lithography Systems
Chip manufacturing equipment supplier ASML Holding NV has received an order for 15 extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems from an unnamed U.S. customer ...
Moore’s Law At 50
Moore's Law turned 50 this week…but not because of Gordon Moore. He observed that the number of transistors crammed onto a piece of silicon was doubling every ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Gartner cuts forecast for semiconductors
Gartner Inc cut its revenue forecast for the global semiconductor industry this year to US$35.4 billion, an annual growth rate of 4%, citing growing inventory ...
Taipei Times
IFTLE 236 IMAPS DPC Part 3: Yole Update on FOWLP and Embedded Packaging
Based on his new Yole report "Fan out and Embedded Die: Technology and Market Trends," Jerome Alzemer updated the IMAPS audience on the Fan Out and Embedded ...
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
Smartwatches will be one of the bright spots in an otherwise slowing mobile market, according to analyst Linley Gwennap. Over the next five years, both ...
EE Times
Less Moore Means More Intelligence
It would seem as if the entire industry is flooding the forums with articles about Moore's Law, as it reaches its 50th birthday and that this represents ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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MRSI Systems Integrates In Situ Light Measurement for AOC into Die Bonder
MRSI Systems announced it has integrated in situ light measurement for Active Optical Cable (AOC) into the MRSI-M3 Ultra Precision Assembly Work Cell. The ...
MRSI Systems
BTU to Exhibit at 9th SNEC Photovoltaic Power Generation Show
BTU International, Inc. announces that it will participate in the SNEC 9th (2015) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Exhibition, scheduled to take place ...
BTU International, Inc.
Phosphors & Quantum Dots 2015 report from Yole Développement
While volumes are expected to more than double between 2015 and 2020, LED phosphor prices have declined dramatically, leading to a flat revenue ...
Yole Développement
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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
EMI Shielding Goes In-Package
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Apr 27, 2015 - Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (Munich)
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May 6, 2015 - Process Certification And Defect Recognition: Hybrids, Microcircuits and RF/MMIC Modules
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