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Solid State Technology

Year 2003
Issue 12


Barrier Film Minimizes D

Barrier film minimizes drug contamination

Interaction between parenteral drug products and the packaging continues to be a critical issue, especially since validation and risk-based approaches are top priorities on the Food and Drug Administration's agenda for current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs).



Two Part Iso Biocontamin

Two-part ISO biocontamination control standard unveiled

Five down, five to go.

Cc Manufacturers Its Tim

CC manufacturers: It's time to debunk myths of doing business in China

Countless manufacturing jobs are continually lost to China, where salaries pale in comparison to those of American workers. And while that alarms many in the United States, the shift by life sciences, chip and microelectronics companies to Asia Pacific is not likely to end anytime soon.

Is The Upturn Here At La

Is the upturn here at last?

Samsung is doing it. So is Micron Technologies. The same goes for Powerchip and Elpida.

New Gate Materials Enabl

New gate materials enable higher performing transistors

The days of Moore's Law with silicon dioxide are numbered.

Jurors To Determine Whet

Jurors to determine whether cleanrooms caused cancer

The case against Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. and various chemical manufacturers finally got underway in early November after some difficulty in empanelling an impartial jury.

Plume Problem Remains Un

Plume problem remains under investigation

Tom Mehl is trying to sell his house, but finding a buyer has been tough for the simple reason that he lives in the "area of vapor contamination" created by plume that is emanating from a nearby IBM Corp. plant.



Time for finding solutions, not taking sides

The semiconductor industry is no stranger to severe allegations and drawn out legal battles concerning the issue of environmental health and safety (EH&S). These concerns have followed the industry since its inception and will continue to ride its heels as long as the use of chemicals and gases are core to success.

Inventors Corner

Inventor's Corner


Six life lessons for cleanroom owners

The other day, I had the dubious pleasure of sitting across the table from the owner of a newly built contamination-controlled life sciences facility. The pleasure was dubious because the critical laboratories of this facility have remained empty and unused ever since construction ended. The litany of problems listed by the owner seemed endless.


Life Sciences

Contemplate the complete cost of pharmaceutical development

Newspaper headlines read healthcare costs are out of control while Americans are asking how drug companies can sell drugs cheaper outside the United States.

Setting The Standard

Particle removal mechanisms: The rest of the story

Back in September, we examined how filters work and learned to recite the filtration mantra of interception, impaction and diffusion. We illustrated that particle removal by interception occurs when a section of a particle "runs into" a filter fiber and "sticks"—or, in the special case of sieving, where a particle is too large to fit between two adjacent fibers and "runs into" both.


CleanRooms East/PDA SciTech Summit sessions designed to create interaction

E-mail, interactive Web sites and instant messaging have forever changed the way we communicate; and in turn, these pervasive media have changed the landscape of technical conference design forever.

On The Beat

High profile fear factors

Every day, there seems to be a new federal strategy or tip on how to combat terrorism.


Trend toward cleaner auto facilities is accelerating

Congratulations on your recent article, "Cleaning up automotive manufacturing" in Cleanrooms magazine (October, pg. 12).


Cost Effective Fab Capac

Cost-effective fab-capacity expansion

With the semiconductor industry upturns and downturns occurring more frequently, capacity planning becomes a difficult task. Greenfield expansions can take 18 months or more to put capacity in place, and fab expansions can take up to 12 months.

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Solid-state lighting: The dawn of a new day?

The automobile replacing the horse and buggy; the electric light bulb replacing the oil lamp; digital replacing analog. Some contamination-control industry watchdogs believe the inevitable transition from fluorescent and incandescent lamps to solid-state lighting (SSL) will be a technological milestone of similar significance for cleanroom owners.

Special Report

Stuck in the EH&S spotlight

For a high-profile industry that gets its share of criticism on the environmental health and safety (EH&S) front, the semiconductor community has, for the past 12 years, operated under a self-imposed safety standard called SEMI S2.


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