VIS to acquire GLOBALFOUNDRIES' Fab 3E in Singapore

01/31/2019  Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) today announced that VIS will acquire GF's Fab 3E in Tampines, Singapore.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts December 2018 billings

01/25/2019  December billings of North American equipment manufacturers ended 2018 on a positive note.

Breakthrough reported in fabricating nanochips

01/24/2019  In the quest for smaller, faster 2D processors, NYU Tandon-led research team invents thermal lithography process for higher quality, lower cost, and mass production potential.

Semiconductor unit shipments exceeded 1 trillion devices in 2018

01/24/2019  Semiconductor units forecast to increase 7% in 2019 with IC units rising 8%, O-S-D units growing 7%.

Nikon, ASML and Carl Zeiss sign agreement to settle all litigation

01/23/2019  Nikon Corporation, ASML Holding N.V., and Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH have signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to a comprehensive settlement of all legal proceedings over patents for lithography equipment and digital cameras.

SEMICON Korea highlights smart tech, industry growth and workforce development

01/22/2019  SEMICON Korea 2019 opens tomorrow with electronics industry growth drivers artificial intelligence (AI), Smart manufacturing, and MEMS and sensors in the spotlight.

A year of transformation and execution: Focus on creating member value

01/22/2019  Last year the industry posted another remarkable double-digit revenue growth year. IC shipments eclipsed one trillion units for the first time and continued to enable an ever-expanding array of silicon intensive-applications.

Soitec expands collaboration with Samsung Foundry on FD-SOI wafer supply

01/22/2019  Soitec (Euronext Paris), a designer and manufacturer of innovative semiconductor materials, announced today an expanded collaboration with Samsung Foundry to ensure the volume supply of fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) wafers.

Global GDP growth increasingly important driver of IC market growth

01/22/2019  IC Insights is in the process of completing its forecast and analysis of the IC industry and will present its new findings in The McClean Report 2019, which will be published later this month.

Value of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions falls considerably

01/17/2019  2018 semiconductor M&A valued at $23.2 billion, down from the record $107.3 billion in 2015.

Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments declined 4.3% in 4Q18 and 1.3% for the year

01/17/2019  Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

It’s chilly!

01/16/2019  4Q'18 world electronic supply chain: Slowing electronic equipment growth

Semiconductor leaders' marketshares surge over the past 10 years

01/15/2019  Top 10 companies held 60% of worldwide semiconductor market in 2018, up from 45% in 2008.

Broadcom Inc. appoints Diane M. Bryant to its Board of Directors

01/14/2019  Broadcom Inc. announced today that its board of directors has appointed Diane M. Bryant as an independent director, and as a member of its compensation committee.

Despite uncertainty, long-term semiconductor market outlook remains bright

01/14/2019  This year, SEMI ISS covered it all – from a high-level semiconductor market and global geopolitical overview down to the neuro morphic and quantum level. Here are key takeaways from the Day 1 keynote and Economic Trends and Market Perspectives presentations.

SIA files comments on "emerging" technologies

01/11/2019  SIA today filed comments to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking of controls for "emerging" technologies.

SEMI ISS 2019: Enabling the next industrial revolution

01/09/2019  The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) opened this week with the theme "Golden Age of Semiconductor: Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution." The annual three-day conference of C-level executives gives the year's first comprehensive outlook of the global electronics manufacturing industry.

SCIS Seals & Valves Group develops seals testing standard

01/08/2019  SCIS is a SEMI Technology Community that tackles critical component defectivity for the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

IBM expands strategic partnership with Samsung to include 7nm chip manufacturing

12/20/2018  Agreement expands 15-year R&D partnership to define leadership roadmap for semiconductor industry.


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