China Semiconductor Technology International Conference 2016, CSTIC 2016 | Year: 2016
The FinFET technology is continuously progressing toward 14nm node on SOI and bulk substrate with good compatibility with planar CMOS and driving CMOS scaling and Moore's law for low-power/SOC and future Internet-of-Things (IOT) applications. The challenges of new FinFET technology in manufacturing at 14nm and beyond is reviewed. © 2016 IEEE. Source
Conference Proceedings from the International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis | Year: 2013
The Nanoprobing technique has become a popular tool for the Failure Analysis. This paper tries to establish the fundamental postulates for the following improvement of the technique. After description of the postulates, the application to missing or blocked LDD is claimed. Meanwhile, the following strategy of post-Nanoprobing is discussed by the case of missing LDD and for general conditions. Copyright © 2013 ASM International® All rights reserved. Source
News Article | August 9, 2013
Though earnings from some tech vendors brightened up a week of tepid market reports, shares of IT companies broadly declined Friday along with the rest of the market. The Nasdaq Computer Index closed at 1723.96, down 7.52 for the day and 11.93 for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 72.81 points to close at 15,425.51 and the Standard and Poor's 500 index declined 6.06 to close at 1601.42. Mediocre quarterly earnings and fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve will wind down its bond-buying strategy, intended to boost the economy, have weighed on markets recently. IT spending and hardware shipment news was disappointing this week. In the second quarter, shipments of tablets, which have been the bright spot for hardware as PC sales slump, declined sequentially for the first time ever, according to IDC . Worldwide tablet shipment growth declined by 9.7 percent from the first quarter to 45.1 million units. Since the tablet market is still only a few years old, sequential quarter-to-quarter data is still relatively important. However, tablet shipments were up 59.6 percent from a year earlier. "A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors," said IDC analyst Tom Mainelli, in a research report. "With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors." The tablet market is still evolving, and many vendors are still figuring out strategy, IDC noted. "Apple aside, the remaining vendors are still very much figuring out which platform strategy will be successful over the long run," said Ryan Reith, in the report. "To date, Android has been far more successful than the Windows 8 platform. However, Microsoft-fueled products are starting to make notable progress into the market." Meanwhile, the economic slowdown in China has led IDC to lower its forecast for global IT spending. IDC now forecasts IT spending growth of 4.6 percent in constant currency for 2013, down from the previous forecast of 4.9 percent growth and a decline from last year's growth of almost 6 percent. Capital spending in China and other emerging markets shows signs of weakening from the rapid pace of expansion recorded since 2010, IDC said in the report. Meanwhile, PC sales face continued pressure from lower-cost tablets in the first half of 2013 and the rapid adoption of cloud services is cannibalizing revenue from traditional sales of software and IT services, IDC said. Vendor earnings reports, meanwhile, were mixed. Graphics processor maker Nvidia Thursday said that revenue for the second quarter ending in July declined year over year to $977.2 million, while earnings declined 19 percent to $96.4 million. Nvidia enjoyed double-digit sales increase of its graphics processing units but revenue from its Tegra line of mobile processors declined more than expected. Investors also appeared to be worried about increasing expenses. Nvidia shares declined Friday by $0.21 to close at $14.49. The news from Shanghai-based SMIC -- Semicoductor Manufacturing International Corp. -- was better. Also reporting Thursday, SMIC, one of the largest contract semiconductor foundries in the world, said revenue for the quarter ending June rose 28.3 percent year over year to $541.3 million, while profit attributable to SMIC rose more than 10 times to $75.4 million from $7.1 million. Tempering concerns about Chinese growth, CEO Tzu-Yin Chiu said in a statement that revenue from Chinese customers increased 60.6 percent year over year, contributing 40.9 percent of the company's sales. Internet company earnings were a bit more uniformly upbeat. Groupon, the online group-deal purchasing site, reported that quarterly revenue increased 7.5 percent year over year to $601.4 million while losses declined from $11.7 million to $4 million. The earnings highlighted the importance of mobile communications to online company results. "We had record mobile performance as 45 percent of our North American transactions came from mobile in March, and more than 7 million people downloaded our apps in the quarter." said CEO Eric Lefkofsky. Groupon shares ticked up by $0.01 to close at $10.61 -- Priceline, the travel and vacation booking company, reported a 37.8 percent jump in revenue to $1.4 billion, while profit increased to $37 million from $352 million. Sales were fueled by strong summer travel bookings. Shares closed Friday at $969.90, up $36.15, nearing its dotcom era high of about $1,000. -- Real estate site Zillow's quarterly revenue jumped 69 percent year over year to $46.9 million. Most of the site's traffic on weekends comes from mobile devices. Investors looked past a $10 million loss, mostly attributable to acquisition-related expenses and one-time stock-based compensation charges, and boosted company shares up by $5.11 to close at $94.10 Friday.
News Article | June 24, 2015
China's largest chip foundry is entering into a joint venture with Qualcomm to develop chips, at a time when the country is looking for technology to emerge as a semiconductor producing powerhouse. The foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), has partnered with Qualcomm, Huawei Technologies and Belgian firm Imec to establish the joint venture, the companies said Tuesday. In terms of chip technology, SMIC is still two generations behind its rivals including Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). But the new joint venture hopes to help the Chinese foundry streamline its research operations. The joint venture's initial goal is to develop 14-nanometer chip manufacturing technology for mass production by 2020. Currently, SMIC is still producing processors at the 28-nm scale, while its competitors are already shipping processors at the 16 and 14-nm level. Although behind industry leaders, SMIC has the support of the Chinese government, which last year released a blueprint that called for the country to lead in the semiconductor market by 2030. The government has also been funding local players, including SMIC, to make this all happen. China hopes to eventually wean itself off foreign chip makers. But even so, U.S. companies including Intel and Qualcomm have all been working to keep their presence in the country's market over the long-term. For Qualcomm, China represents big business. It is not only the largest market for smartphones, but many device manufacturers are based in the country, and using its Snapdragon mobile processors. However, the company still faces competition from Intel and domestic chip vendors, which are all competing to grab a larger share of the mobile processor market. Intel, for instance, has been partnering with Chinese companies to develop and distribute chips for smartphones and tablets. "It's not surprising that Qualcomm is trying to do the same thing and find local partners," said Kitty Fok, an analyst with research firm IDC. "They want to secure their position in China." Qualcomm's own business was on shaky ground last year because of an anti-monopoly investigation in China that led to the company getting fined US$975 million in February. Partnering with SMIC could now give Qualcomm greater access to the Chinese market. "If you are not here in China, you cannot develop something proper for the local market," Fok said. SMIC will have majority control over the new joint venture. Before the joint venture announcement, Qualcomm was already partnering with SMIC to produce Snapdragon chips using its 28 nm process.
News Article | July 10, 2015
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/smgm54/global_and) has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Foundry Industry Report, 2014-2015" report to their offering. Global foundry industry was worth about USD46.1 billion in 2014, up 18.2% from 2013, and is expected to reach USD52.8 billion in 2015, a year-on-year growth of 14.5%, and USD58.3 billion in 2016, rising by 6.4% against 2015, and increase by just 3.7% in 2017. Substantial decline in growth rate of global foundry market in 2016 can be attributable to following aspects. First, markets for main electronic products like smartphone, tablet PC and laptop computer peaked in 2014 and has stalled or slid in 2015, with notable drop having been seen in tablet PC market. Device market lags slightly and will experience slowdown in 2016. Second, worldwide deflation and price slump of bulk commodities led by oil and iron ore may trigger a ripple effect, causing a fall in prices of semiconductor equipment. Third, global economic recovery could come to a standstill, as US Q1 GDP contracted 0.7% and China's GDP growth slowed down sharply. Despite expansion in overall market size, for most companies, the market maybe contract after 2016. Growth comes mainly from the industry leader- TSMC. In spite of competition from Samsung, Global Foundries and even Intel, TSMC will further raise its market share. The one that is in the most dangerous situation is Global Foundries, which is backed by UAE's sovereign fund. Prolonged low oil price is not a good thing for UAE that relies heavily on oil, and it is inevitable that the country's fiscal revenue will go down. Global Foundries will finally become an abyss, as its losses are widening. Nearly ten billion dollar investment in Global Foundries will not be appreciated obviously. If oil price remains below USD40 for a long time, UAE's sovereign fund will surely sell Global Foundries and buyers are likely to be Chinese investors.