Applied Materials names Gary E. Dickerson as CEO

15.08. 2013 Solid State Technology

Michael R. Splinter will serve as executive chairman.

Maxim Integrated Products to acquire Volterra Semiconductor Corp.

15.08. 2013 Solid State Technology

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Volterra Semiconductor Corp. for $23 per share, which represents a 55 percent premium to Volterra Semiconductor's closing share price on August 14, 2013.

Harold Hughes joins View Inc. board of directors

15.08. 2013 Solid State Technology

View Inc. today announced Harold Hughes, a semiconductor industry veteran, is joining the company's board of directors.

SK Hynix reports significant process control improvement with new metrology platform

12.08. 2013 Solid State Technology

Nanometrics Incorporated, a provider of advanced process control metrology and inspection systems, today announced that SK Hynix has reported significant process control improvement by deploying the Atlas II platform for optical critical dimension (OCD) metrology across its memory device production.

IDC forecasts worldwide semiconductor revenue will grow 6.9% in 2013

30.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

Semiconductor revenue worldwide will see improved growth this year of 6.9 percent and reaching $320 billion according to the mid-year 2013 update of the Semiconductor Applications Forecaster (SAF) from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Rudolph announces new metrology suite for advanced packaging

24.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

Rudolph Technologies, Inc., a provider of process characterization, photolithography equipment and software for the semiconductor, FPD, LED and solar industries, today released three new application-specific configurations of its industry-leading NSX 320 Automated Macro Defect Inspection System.

Dialog Semiconductor announces Richard Beyer as new chairman of the board

23.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated power management, audio, AC/DC and short-range wireless technologies today announced that Richard Beyer, appointed to the board in February this year, as an independent non-executive director, will succeed Gregorio Reyes as chairman of the board. Greg will continue to serve as a board member.

OEM chip spending returns to growth in 2013

22.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

After a flat year in 2012, global purchasing of semiconductors by the world’s top electronic brands is set to return to growth in 2013, as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics contend to claim the title of biggest spender.

Book-to-bill ratio: Six consecutive months above parity

19.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.33 billion in orders worldwide in June 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.10.

SRC and Environmental Research Center create new cyclic purge technique

16.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

Researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that they have developed a more efficient purge technique that reduces the consumption of ultra-high purity (UHP) purge gases by more than 20 percent during the production of semiconductors.

Semiconductor roadmapping update: Front-end technologies – Part 2

15.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

SEMATECH's Mark Neisser provided a sobering overview of the challenges associated with extending Lithography technology to pattern device structures below a half-pitch of 20nm.

Semiconductor roadmapping update: Front-end technologies Part 1

15.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

In the afternoon of the last day of SEMICON/West 2013, a session was devoted to updates from the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) Front End of Line Technologies.

cyberTECHNOLOGIES introduces Interferometric accuracy on suite of Surface Metrology Systems

11.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

cyberTECHNOLOGIES GmbH announced the addition of White-Light Interferometry (WLI) to its suite of production-proven CT SERIES non-contact surface metrology systems at SEMICON West 2013.

Boston Semi Equipment announces expansion of front and back end equipment business

11.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

At SEMICON West 2013, Boston Semi Equipment (BSE), LLC announced the expansion of its semiconductor front end and back end equipment businesses in Tempe, Ariz. into a new and larger facility.

New methods to reduce time and cost of R&D

10.07. 2013 Solid State Technology

SEMICON West 2013 included a robust set of technical and marketing presentations on the general theme of developing new semiconductor devices in the session “Lab to Fab: From R&D to High Volume Manufacturing” held 1:30-3:30PM on July 9.