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Top Story May 27, 2015
The Bumpy Road To 10nm FinFETs
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Foundry vendors are currently ramping up their 16nm/14nm finFET processes in the market. Vendors are battling each other for business in the arena, although the migration from planar to finFETs is expected to be a slow and expensive process. Still, despite the challenges at 16nm/14nm, vendors are gearing up for the next battle in the foundry business ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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Industry News
Beyond Moore's law
There is a popular misconception about Moore's law (that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years) which has led many to conclude ...
The Economist
TSMC to build 10nm pilot line in June, says report
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is scheduled to establish a 10nm pilot line at its 12-inch wafer plant in Hsinchu (Fab 12), northern Taiwan ...
Digitimes
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel's 14nm FinFET in 2016
Qualcomm and MediaTek, you better watch out. Here comes Spreadtrum, riding piggyback on Intel's foundry business and gunning for 14nm FinFET, with sights ...
EE Times
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Tortuga Logic: Hardware Security
For the Internet of Things to really get rolling, it has to be bulletproof. And given the number of very high-profile security breaches in recent months ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Waving the Flag
Economic espionage in the electronics industry is really the issue? The U.S. is once again raising the flag against China for economic espionage in the ...
EE Times
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method
Xiaomi, whose growth spurt made it the world's third largest smartphone vendor in just four years, is the current poster child for the Internet age. Its ...
EE Times
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UMC unveils new platform to simplify automotive IC designing
Taiwanese semiconductor company United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has introduced UMC Auto technology platform for the IC companies involved in ...
Automotive Business Review
Chip makers are already scrambling over Apple's A10 processor
The first Apple devices to boast A9 chips aren't even out yet, and already manufacturers are fighting it out to get a piece of the next-next-gen A10 ...
Cult of Mac
Manufacturing Bits: May 26
Swinburne University of Technology has developed a table-top extreme ultraviolet (EUV) laser power source. The source could be used to develop a system for ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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SK Hynix, Sharp Move Up Chip Vendor Ranking
SK Hynix, MediaTek and Sharp are three companies that showed strong sales growth year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 and climbed up the top 20 chip vendor ...
EE Times
New iPhones reportedly to use smaller LED backlighting chips
Apple, in order for its next-generation iPhones to become slimmer and lighter, will reportedly adopt 0.4t (dimensions of 3.0 x 0.85 x 0.4mm) LED chips for ...
Digitimes
Test Equipment Changes With Moore's Law
New technologies continue to forge new types of test equipment. After all, everything must be tested. During my 20 years at Test & Measurement World ...
EE Times
How Hard Is FD-SOI Design?
Fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing technology reached of point of readiness for mass production at the end of March. Along with that ...
Semiconductor Engineering
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Press Releases
Plasma Etch, Inc. announces attractive pricing breakthrough
Plasma Etch Inc announces attractive pricing on their entry level plasma cleaner for small research facilities and universities. The PE-25 low cost ...
Plasma Etch
Looking to increase noise immunity and robustness in harsh embedded applications?
With 5V operation up to 150degC Microchip's dsPIC33 "EV" Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) provide harsh applications with robust performance as well ...
Microchip
Global Silver Nanoparticles Market Will Reach $2.54 Billion By 2022
Global silver nanoparticles market is expected to reach USD 2.45 billion by 2022, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Rising demand for ...
Grand View Research
         
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White Papers
Localized TIM Characterization Using Deconstructive Analysis
Robust Die Attach for GaAs Devices
Challenges of on-board narrow-pitch connections for microwave components
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TM 1014 Update and Hermeticity Spec Change
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Dodgers and Giants Move to California
Dodgers and Giants Move to California
National League owners vote unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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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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