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Korea Strategic Materials Conference a Huge Success

Over 260 people attended the 2nd SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) on Thursday, May 18 at the COEX Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea.

Semiconductor Materials: Restructuring in the Supplier Base

Last week, the Nikkei Asian Review (and other sources) reported the exit of Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) from the leadframe business.

2011: A Look Back at the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Market and Outlook

2011 was a record year for the semiconductor industry in many regards. First and foremost, semiconductor revenues approached the long elusive $300 billion mark.

European Policy Considerations for Supporting the 450mm Supply Chain and Existing Manufacturing

European competitiveness in the semiconductor industry was the focus of the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium Europe 2012 executive conference recently held in Munich, Germany.

Packaging Community Takes on New Challenges through Industry Collaboration

As the semiconductor industry responds to increasing demands for lower power, higher performance and reduced form factor, packaging technologies are increasingly important.

Substrates for Semiconductor Packaging

Combined, laminate substrates and leadframes will represent an estimated US$ 13.3 billion market in 2011 and is forecasted to reach $14 billion in 2012.

Market Growth for Packaging Materials

Following a record year in terms of semiconductor sales and unit shipments, 2011 turned into a lower growth year than initially expected with several challenges emerging for the packaging material suppliers.

Mighty Japan Endures as Leader

After the devastating natural disaster in March, Japan’s semiconductor industry has once again proven that it can overcome disaster and recover quickly.

The End of the DRAM Era – Flash Spending Surpasses DRAM

The semiconductor memory industry has a long history of fluctuating market cycles.

450mm and EUV Linked With Uncertainty

The transition to manufacturing semiconductors on larger wafers continues to be one of the hottest topics in the industry.

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