Kudos to Tech Award Laureates
This month, a group of individuals will receive some well deserved recognition for their work in developing technical solutions that benefit humanity and address the most critical issues facing our planet and its people.
Betting on a 2009 recovery? Not so fast
Gartner now expects capex to slide even further this year (-25% to $47.1B) and will drop another 13% in 2009 to $41.1B, thanks to a full-on collapse in memory investments and economic pressures on consumer spending habits. Look for a pickup in 2010 (16.7% to $47.9B) and a bigger surge in 2011 (23.1% to $59.0B), and then another downturn in 2012 (-10.5% to $52.8B).
Diskcon: HDD litho crossover happening now
A full-day symposium at this year’s Diskcon USA (Sept. 14-18) explored the lithography implications of sub-ITRS roadmap feature sizes on disk drives, with the challenge that HDD lithography must cost 10?? less than NAND flash lithography, the lowest-cost semiconductor process.
Slurry reduction is “groovy” at Rohm and Haas
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials recently announced CMP pad groove designs that enable defect and slurry reduction.
To 32nm and beyond: a design-manufacturing symbiosis
At the 32nm node, technology enablers such as double-patterning, strain enhancement, advanced OPC, etc., require design for manufacturing (DFM) to support a design through manufacturing (D2M) methodology that is correct-by-construction.