Mid-Year Update: Positive Figures Year-to-Date; Growth for 2014
By Dan Tracy, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI
2014 is off to a positive start. The WSTS/SIA reports strong IC unit shipment growth through April; and both the silicon and leadframe unit data collected here through SEMI show solid year-over-year growth comparisons as well.
Technology Node Transitions Slowing Below 32nm
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI
With the strong growth in the mobile market and their ever increasing functionality, the driver for leading-edge semiconductor devices is to reduce power consumption without compromising performance.
Conflict Minerals and the Semiconductor Supply Chain
By Ron Jones, N-Able Group International
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility are now getting considerable attention. Many want the industry to take a leadership role in CSR equivalent to our leadership position in technology.
450mm Transition Toward Sustainability: Facility and Infrastructure Requirements
Hard data and collaboration are proving effective in solving the challenges in building 450mm fabs.
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200mm Equipment Market Gaining New Lease on Life
By Mike Rosa, Applied Materials
New life and attention has been refocused on the 200mm tool sets and available capacity as two phenomena are driving new requirement and economics.
Winfried Kaiser to Receive Sales & Marketing Excellence Award
Winfried Kaiser, ZEISS, will receive the SEMI Sales & Marketing Excellence Award for outstanding achievement; ceremony on July 7 at SEMICON West.
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Test Sector Changes with Maturing IC Industry
By Paula Doe, SEMI
Test sector changes are occurring with the maturing IC industry, including free testers with software subscription, payment by PayPal, design standards for board-level security.
The Brighter Side of EUV: Masks and Resists
By Debra Vogler, SEMI
The fact that the source power for EUVL is still a sore spot in the drive to roll out advanced patterning of ICS for HVM is nothing new to industry experts.
"Best of West" Finalists Announced
Solid State Technology and SEMI announced the finalists for the 2014 "Best of West" awards, recognizing important product and technology developments in the microelectronics supply chain.
Wafer Geometry Control for Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing
By James Amano, International Standards, SEMI
While recently focus has been on development of 450mm-related standards, critical work is still ongoing on other issues (wafer specs, metrology, and material characteristics) not specific to wafer diameter.
The Next Wave of Solar Technologies: Silicon Evolution, Not Revolution
By James Montgomery, SEMI
PV makers are pushing ahead with expansions requiring massive capital investments; they need technology improvements that boost efficiency but not production costs.