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Solid State Technology
A review of recent advances in electronic devices
Highlights from recent and upcoming conferences point to a bright future for traditional and emerging electronics, from transistors to memory, from flexible circuits to 3D. Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief
Development of a CMP pad using an unpatterned surface inspection system
Wafer haze information was used to develop an advanced Cu CMP processes. C. Y. Cheng, S. N. Peng, S.C. Chen, Semiconductor Technologies, Dow Electronic Materials, Dow Chemical Company, Miaoli, Taiwan Larry Yang, Debbie Hu, Steve Lin, KLA-Tencor Corp., Milpitas, CA, USA
Wafer Level Packaging
eWLB as a cost effective platform for 2D???3D packaging solutions
A review of retention efficiency measurement techniques for sub-30nm liquid filtration
A new method based on fluorescent quantum dots was used to measure pore size. Suwen Liu, Haizheng Zhang, Jennifer Braggin, Entegris Inc., Billerica, MA, USA
A salute to the next generation
I've been working with the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) in some way for about as long as I remember, and they're doing very good work.
Progress in 3DIC SEMI standards
The Inspection and Metrology Task Force of the SEMI 3D standards group, recently approved its first Standard,SEMI 3D1, Terminology for Through Silicon Via Geometrical Metrology.
A visit to GE Global Research
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mohawk River in Niskayuna, NY is a powerhouse of industrial R&D; GE's Global Research Center (GRC). GRC just celebrated its 110 year anniversary.
Supply chain readiness in an era of accelerated change
The structure of the industry is rapidly changing ??? and how it will respond to the simultaneous challenges of Moore's Law scaling, 450mm wafer production, 3D-ICs, and industry consolidation is very much unknown.
LED makers urge DoE for more support
A delegation of stakeholders in LED manufacturing have met with US Department of Energy officials to plead their case for increased support in solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D and manufacturing, with the key message that SSL offers greater energy conservation and return-on-investments (ROI) than renewable energy technologies that get much more backing.
Chip tool demand slumps in 2Q12, though Taiwan shines
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $10.34B in 2Q12, down -4% from the previous quarter and about -13% from a year ago, according to monthly data from SEMI and SEAJ. Bookings were also down -4% sequentially, and were off by -10% year-on-year, to $9.70B.
IHS iSuppli downgrades chip market outlook on PC weakness
IHS iSuppli is downgrading its outlook for 2012 global semiconductor revenues, shifting from slight single-digit growth to predicting the industry's first annual decline since 2009.
SEMATECH reports EUV lithography mask defect, cleaning breakthroughs
SEMATECH researchers have deposited extreme ultraviolet (EUV) multi-layers with as few as 8 defects per lithography mask at 50nm sensitivity (SiO2 equivalent).
SIA: July semiconductor sales inch up, unevenly
Global semiconductor sales totaled $24.34B in July, a scant 0.2% increase from the prior month and down -1.9% from a year ago, as macroeconomic challenges weigh down demand particularly in Europe and the Americas, according to the latest monthly data from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Why 2Q makes or breaks a
In an analysis of quarterly IC market growth rates, IC Insights pulls up this phenomenon: the performance during the second calendar quarter takes the spotlight in years of better growth, which is counter to historical norms.