Thursday, 22 October 2009

From EDN: sales are up!

SEMI: Bookings rise y/y for first time since May 2007, industry continues to improve

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $732.8 million in orders last month and an improved book-to-bill ratio of 1.17, according to SEMI's September book-to-bill report.

By Suzanne Deffree, Managing Editor, News -- Electronic News, 10/21/2009

The semiconductor industry's overall situation continued to improve in September, according to the latest data from SEMI.

North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $732.8 million in orders in September and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.17, according to SEMI's September book-to-bill report.

A book-to-bill of 1.17 means that $117 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month. The August book-to-bill ratio was 1.06.

The September bookings figure is 19.3% greater than the final August level of $614.5 million and 12.8% greater than the $649.9 million in orders posted in September 2008.

Meanwhile, billings in September were $624.6 million, a 7.7% improvement on the August level of $580 million but nearly 33% less than the August 2008 billings level of $927.3 million.

And you can access the full article at the original website.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Correction on ISFE'2010

I apologize, but I made a mistake on the entry about ISFE'2010. The correct dates when the Symposium will be held are April 12-14 2010. Please take this new dates into account!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

[mos-ak] MOS-AK/GSA Workshop in Baltimore: 1st announcement

Date:
* Dec.9, 2009
* collocated with
o IEDM Conference (Dec.6-9 <http://www.his.com/~iedm/general/
schedule.html
>)
o CMC Meeting (Dec.10-11<http://www.geia.org/index.asp?
bid=597
>)
Location:
* Johns Hopkins University at Homewood Campus in the Computational
Sciences and Engineering
o Building (CSEB) Room CSEB 17
o free on-line registration
o http://www.mos-ak.org/baltimore/register.php
o General visitor information for JHU
o http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/information_about_hopkins/visitor_information/
o Map of the campus
o http://www.mos-ak.org/baltimore/campus_map_0907.pdf
Audience:
* about 50+ (similar to http://mos-ak.org/sanfrancisco/)
* 6-8 invited noted speakers presenting academia and industry
o plus a poster session
* panel discussion at the end of the workshop
o Compact models QA validation: Still a challenge?
Synopsis:
* HiTech forum to discuss the frontiers of the compact/spice
modeling
* MOS-AK/GSA Meetings are organized with aims to strengthen a
network and discussion forum among experts in the field, enhance open
platform for information exchange related to compact/Spice modeling,
bring people in the compact modeling field together, as well as obtain
feedback from technology developers, circuit designers, and CAD tool
vendors. The topics cover all important aspects of compact model
development, implementation, deployment and standardization within the
main theme - frontiers of the compact modeling for nm-scale CMOS/SOI
circuit simulation.
* The specific workshop goal will be to classify the most
important directions for the future development of the compact models
and to clearly identify areas that need further research. This
workshop is designed for device process engineers (CMOS, SOI, BiCMOS,
SiGe) who are interested in device modeling; ICs designers (RF/Analog/
Mixed-Signal/SoC) and those starting in that area as well as device
characterization, modeling and parameter extraction engineers. The
content will be beneficial for anyone who needs to learn what is
really behind the IC simulation in modern device models.

Program:
* Topics (open list):
o electronic abstracts submission
o http://www.mos-ak.org/baltimore/abstracts.php
* Advanced MOST compact models for the bulk/SOI and compound
technologies
* Alternative models for analog/RF and HV applications
* High level behavioral languages (Verilog/VHDL) for compact
models standardization
* CAD tools for model implementation
* Parameter extraction, model QA and lib generation and validation
* GNU/open source software support

Speakers:
* I. Angelov: "Fundamentals of FET Device Modelling for GaN, SiC,
GaAs and CMOS"
* A.G. Andreou: TBD
* G. Coram: "Verilog-A standardization and model validation"
* B. Iniguez: "COMON: EU compact modeling project"
* J. J. Liou: TBD
* M. Mierzwinski: "Practical Considerations for Developing,
Debugging, and Releasing Verilog-A Models"
* C.G. Montoro: "CMOS Analog Design Using All-Region MOSFET
Modeling"
* M. Reece: TBD
* J. Victory: TBD

Publication:
* The MOS-AK presentation will be available on-line after the
event
* Selected papers will be recommended for further publications
o Solid-State Electronics
o International Journal of Numerical Modeling

Committee:
* Andreas G. Andreou, JHU; Technical Program Chair
* Pekka Ojala, Exar; MOS-AK/GSA WG North America Chair
* Gilson I Wirth; UFRGS; MOS-AK/GSA WG South America Chair
* Ehrenfried Seebacher, austriamicrosystems AG; MOS-AK/GSA WG
Europe Chair
* Al Kordesch, Silterra Malaysia; MOS-AK/GSA WG Asia/Pacific Chair
* Chelsea Boone GSA; Senior Research Analyst
* Darryl Leavitt, GSA; Director of Events
* Wladek Grabinski, GMC Suisse; MOS-AK/GSA Workshop Manager
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Thursday, 1 October 2009

[mos-ak] MOS-AK/GSA Athens meeting on-line publications

MOS-AK/GSA Athens meeting on-line publications are available:
http://www.mos-ak.org/athens/
http://www.mos-ak.org/athens/posters.php

I would like to thank all MOS-AK contributors, speakers and
presenters, for sharing their compact modeling competence, R&D
experience and delivering valuable MOS-AK presentations. I am sure,
that our modeling event in Athens was beneficial to all MOS-AK
Workshop attendees and the ESSDERC/ESSCIRC conference participants. My
extra "Thank You" goes to our special guest Larry Nagel, who has
kindly accepted our invitation to present vital live of the SPICE.

Organization of our modeling event would not be possible with our
generous sponsor: Accelicon, Helic, Tanner and Toshiba. I also would
like to personally acknowledge local ESSDERC/ESSCIRC organizers, in
particular Prof. Bucher for his dedication, commitment and providing
smooth logistics.

Selected MOS-AK presentations will be recommended for further
publication thru our Technical MOS-AK/GSA Program Promoters and
individual authors will be informed by a separate email.

I hope, we would have a next chance to meet all of you and your
academic and industrial partners at future MOS-AK/GSA modeling
events.

-- with best regards - WG for the MOS-AK/GSA Group;
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* Luzern: Oct. 18-20, www.nanonets.org
* Baltimre: Dec'09, www.mos-ak.org
* Rome: April 8-9 www.mos-ak.org/rome
* Wroclaw: June 24-26 www.mixdes.org
* Seville: Sept. 18 www.mos-ak.org
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GSA and MOS-AK Merge Efforts to Form the GSA Modeling Working Group
http://www.gsaglobal.org/news/article.asp?article=2009/0304
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