Lam Research announced quantifiable progress has been made toward its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals with the release of its 2022 ESG report. Lam’s continued progress toward its ESG goals included exceeding its 2025 goals for water savings as well as surpassing its 2025 goal for employee volunteer hours, prompting the company to update its goals for both areas.

Cadence entered into a definitive agreement for Cadence to acquire the Rambus SerDes and memory interface PHY IP business. Rambus will retain its digital IP business, including memory and interface controllers and security IP. With this transaction, focus will increase on market-leading digital IP and chips and expanding the Cadence roadmap of novel memory solutions to support the continued evolution of the data center and AI.

Cadence announced the delivery of the Cadence® Joules RTL Design Studio, a new solution that provides users with actionable intelligence to accelerate the register transfer level (RTL) design and implementation process. Front-end designers can access digital design analysis and debugging capabilities from a single, unified cockpit, enabling fully optimized RTL design prior to implementation handoff. With this solution, users will also be able to leverage generative AI for RTL design exploration and big data analytics with Cadence’s leading AI portfolio.

Onto Innovation announced the launch of an Applications Center of Excellence, a combined tool demonstrator, photo resist qualification, process integration and research and development (R&D) facility focused on panel-level packaging (PLP), a key facilitator of the emerging chiplet market. A first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to panel-level packaging, the Applications Center of Excellence is located within Onto Innovation’s Wilmington headquarters and will offer the company’s PLP customers hands-on experience with Onto’s hardware and software solutions.

PDF Solutions announced the acquisition of Lantern Machinery Analytics, Inc., a privately-held provider of automated image analysis and feature extraction AI/ML software for critical inspection and metrology steps at battery cell development and manufacturing processes for the electric vehicle industry. The combination of Lantern Machinery Analytics’ software with PDF Solutions’ analytics platform is anticipated to enhance the Company’s process control and yield improvement offerings by providing unique data and capability in the area of vision inspection for electric vehicle battery cell manufacturing.

Onto Innovation announced the introduction of the Atlas® S optical critical dimension metrology system and the Element S high-speed impurity mapping, dielectric film composition and epi thickness measurement system. The two new systems complement existing Dragonfly® inspection, IVS overlay, and Echo metrology product families building on the company’s strategy to provide a portfolio of comprehensive process control tools and software that work together to solve a wide range of inherent process challenges in the specialty markets.

Siemens Digital Industries Software introduced Solido™ Design Environment software – an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, cloud-ready integrated circuit (IC) design and verification solution that can help design teams meet and exceed increasingly aggressive power, performance, yield and reliability requirements while helping to dramatically speed time to market.

Lam Research President and CEO Tim Archer delivered one of the keynote addresses at Semicon West 2023, where he discussed the paradigm shift that is needed to accelerate the next generation of innovation amidst unprecedented complexity and a larger, more geographically distributed semiconductor industry. 

SEMI reported that worldwide silicon wafer shipments increased 2.0% quarter-over-quarter to 3,331 million square inches in the second quarter of 2023, down 10.1% from the 3,704 million square inches recorded during the same quarter last year.

PDF Solutions highlighted supply chain management, sustainability, other critical industry issues, recent developments and trends, management practices, and new products at DAC 2023.

SEMI announced its intent to support the India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) in creating a vibrant semiconductor manufacturing and design ecosystem in India. The collaboration would build on the successful execution of ISM’s two editions of SemiconIndia and continue SEMI’s tradition of bringing together stakeholders in the global end-to-end semiconductor ecosystem. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is under development.

MKS’ Atotech announced that its Printoganth® RC product series has been certified to meet all requirements for ISO 14021:2016 by SGS, an internationally renowned testing, inspection, and certification company. This certification marks an important milestone in the company’s efforts to support customers and OEMs along their sustainability journey.

KLA Joined forces with College Track at its Milpitas headquarters, in hosting a group of remarkable students. From career journey panels to Q&A sessions, the KLA team had the privilege of sharing employee experiences with young inspiring young minds.

QP Technologies participated at Sensors Converge where it showcased its advanced packaging and assembly solutions to some of the greatest minds in sensors and MEMS technology. CEO Dick Otte’s presented on assembly processes for advanced MEMS integration.

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