|SEMI® Global Update - September 2013|
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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SEMI AMERICAS
Collaboration Needed on 3D-IC
The history of semiconductors is a history of collaboration. For decades, the great leaps forward in semiconductor cost reductions and performance improvements were achieved through widespread industry collaboration efforts in technology roadmaps, manufacturing standards, wafer size transitions, collaborative R&D consortia, international trade agreements, and other areas. Today, a similar industry-wide collaborative approach to 3D stacked ICs is needed to reach widespread 3D-IC adoption and continue the amazing progress our industry has historically achieved. I will be speaking on this topic at the upcoming 2013 MEPTEC Roadmaps Symposium on September 24 in Santa Clara, Calif. and I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you.
In the past, when the industry was small, semiconductor progress as defined by Moore's Law occurred nearly simultaneously in different companies. Progress was achieved through science and technology innovation occurring through independent R&D labs and spread through academia and commercial competition. Later, as the scale, scope and complexity of semiconductor manufacturing expanded exponentially...(more)
Global SMT & Packaging
The world's leading B2B magazine for electronics manufacturing and advanced packaging professionals.
Will 2014 be the Next Golden Year?
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research & Statistics
Next year could be a golden year for the industry. GDP in 2014 is expected to rise and semiconductor revenue is improving, with 2014 projected revenue growth averaging about 8%. Semiconductor companies have adjusted their capital expenditure, with fab equipment spending for 2014 expected to reach historic highs.
Looming IC Industry Changes Mean Proliferation of New Materials Needs
By Paula Doe, SEMI Emerging Markets
The onslaught of next generation technologies coming to the semiconductor industry will bring demand for a host of new materials, but also an increasingly fragmented materials market, making strategic investment decisions for materials development even more risky and complex than usual.
Impacts of the Mobile Market Revolution on Process Control in the Semiconductor Industry
By Brian Trafas, KLA-Tencor Corp.
The accelerating pace of growth and the propensity for rapid change in the mobility market has fundamentally transformed the semiconductor industry. Strong consumer demand for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices is fueling significant growth within the semiconductor industry...
Faster, Smaller, Cooler: GaN and SiC Face Off for Market Domination over Silicon
By Pallavi Madakasira, Lux Research
The need for a smaller footprint, higher current density and superior thermal management is driving innovation in power electronic components; specifically in materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN).
Momentum in Europe Building
EU 10/100/20 Strategy Investment Wave--Access and Opportunity at SEMICON Europa
By Heinz Kundert, SEMI Europe
The momentum is building as plans roll out for Europe's ambitious new semiconductor manufacturing strategy launched in May 2013. A major surge of investment has resulted, and semiconductor equipment spending will double in Europe in 2014, from $2.4B to over $5.0B.
450 Central-- Portal for Wafer Transition Information
450 Central is a web-based information service to keep the industry informed of important news and perspectives on 450mm wafer processing.
SEMI Commends Introduction of Advanced Manufacturing Legislation
Recognizing the important role that advanced manufacturing plays in the U.S., SEMI supports newly introduced legislation aimed at bolstering domestic advanced manufacturing competitiveness.
Call for Papers
SEMICON Korea 2014 -- Due: September 30
LED Korea 2014 -- Due: September 30
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