Value creation while maximizing return on capital
The semiconductor industry represents one of the miracles of the capitalist system, requiring steel-nerved risk-takers.
SIA tweaks down chip sales forecast
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has slightly tweaked its outlook for chip sales for the next several years, with growth through 2008 slightly less than what was projected in June.
Integrating photonics: Hitachi, Oki put LEDs on silicon
Hitachi Ltd.’s central research laboratory reports making a light-emitting diode (LED) from ultrathin silicon thin film with conventional CMOS technology, a step toward potentially putting high-speed optical connections on conventional low-cost silicon devices, without the issues of integrating compound semiconductor materials with standard silicon.
Cost, production, and logistics implications of C4NP solder bumping
The newest generation of bumping technology, called Controlled Collapse Chip Connection: New Process (C4NP), works with lead-free solder alloys.
A healthy appetite for chips drives Korea’s rapid growth
South Korea’s global leadership in semiconductor manufacturing is on the rise.
CVD processing platform
The Producer GT offers 150 wafers/hour throughput, thanks to a FX robot allowing simultaneous transfer of four wafers and a three-“Twin Chamber” configuration.
Assessing the need for FC abatement standards
Without a script, the semiconductor industry nonetheless appears well along the way toward a voluntary goal of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) to limit atmospheric emissions of gaseous fluorinated compounds (FCs).