Peter Singer, Editor-in-Chief
Alternative energy applications may help drive the power semiconductor market to $45 billion by 2014, according to IHS iSuppli.
Rapid growth in mainstream consumer markets is changing the structure of the MEMS industry from an artisanal to a volume manufacturing business.
SuVolta is tackling the low-power challenge of mobile SoC devices with its PowerShrink platform and undoped, deeply depleted channel (DDC) technology.
In late June 2010, Amkor and TI announced that they had qualified and begun production of the industry's first fine pitch copper pillar flip chip packages???shrinking bump pitch up to 300% compared to then current solder bump flip chip technology.
When multiple MEMS sensors are included in a system, it is necessary to implement sensor fusion algorithms to take advantage of individual sensor capabilities for better overall performance. Jay Esfandyari, Roberto De Nuccio, Gang Xu, STMicroelectronics, Coppell, TX USA
Steve Palosh, Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, TX USA; Geir Eide Mentor Graphics Corp., Wilsonville, OR USA
Lee Smith, Amkor Technology, Chandler, AZ USA
R. Crisp, et al., Tessera, San Jose, CA USA; W. Chang, et al., Powertech Technology Inc., Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C
Lou N. Hutter, Dongbu HiTek, Seoul, S. Korea
Arthur L. Chait, EoPlex, Inc., Redwood City, CA USA
Frank J. Ardezonne, President, End-Effectors, Santa Clara, CA
This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment.
May 22, 2014Sponsored by Diamond-MT
Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,
July 2014 (date and time TBD) Wet processing including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions.
July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.
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