Energy conservation: the next big thing?
There is growing urgency worldwide to refocus energy policies. The thirst for fossil fuels is escalating in fast-developing nations, bringing supply and demand into a delicate balance, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to increase supply.
Chartered reclaims No. 3 foundry spot
Total worldwide foundry sales rose 16.7% in 2006 to $21.5 billion, shrugging off a slowdown in business and an industrywide inventory buildup to represent nearly 24% of total semiconductor sales, according to data from Gartner Dataquest.
Optics lives-but for how long?
Many presentations at this year’s SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium showed the 45nm node in production as scheduled, using 193nm immersion lithography, while others looked ahead to future nodes achieved on the two-year ITRS schedule (32nm in 2009, 22nm in 2011, etc.).
Improved yield through comprehensive CDM ESD failure analysis
In semiconductor manufacturing, damage and yield losses attributed to the effects of static charges are well documented, as are the specific causes of static charge generation.
New technologies promise lower costs, new markets for thin film photovoltaics
As the semiconductor industry enters its fifth decade, one of its greatest advantages over other technology-driven fields is infrastructure.
Optimizing product cost through modern test management
Leading-edge fabs produce thousands of part numbers with new kinds of problems related to shrinking geometries, such as random defects from particulates and systematic fails caused by process alignment errors.