Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2003
Issue 2



I have one word for you: Plastics

One of the most exciting advances we keep coming across is disposable manufacturing for biopharmaceutical markets.

Inventors Corner

Inventor's Corner


Isn't it about time for some cleanroom lighting standards?

Next time you enter a cleanroom, look at the ceiling and estimate how much ceiling space is dedicated to lighting fixtures.



Xerox, Infineon pave way for silicon alternative

"This material is bendable, an active component of transistors and is not sensitive to oxygen," says Beng Ong, a research fellow at Xerox Corp.'s Research Center of Canada.


IBM, AMD to develop power microprocessor

The companies are collaborating on 65-nanometer and 45-nanometer processes for 300-mm wafers.


Life Sciences

The new year presents a fresh set of challenges for healthcare

The many facets of healthcare are going to be challenged this year, from basic drug discovery research work to delivery at the point of care.


Is the ballroom cleanroom going the way of the typewriter?

Cleanrooms that are now used for full-scale production of precision products come in at least two varieties, minienvironments and ballrooms.

Setting The Standard

Consider the consequences of not doing a threat and vulnerability analysis before establishing security standards

It's February already and precious few of our New Year's resolutions lived to see Groundhog Day.

The Business Of Cleanroo

The business of cleanroom supply finds the spotlight at CleanRooms East 2003

These changes are generating questions from everyone on the contamination control continuum: Is there still a place for the regional distributor of cleanroom products?

On The Beat

SEMI to re-launch southwest show, cancels 2003 event in midst of market

That's the gist of a strategy outlined by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), which indicated in a recent letter to exhibitors that poor market conditions and industry feedback has forced the organization to postpone and rethink the show.


Theres More Than Meets T

There's more than meets the eye in sonic-based surface preparation

Cleaning by the interaction of sound with liquid—ultrasonics and megasonics—is an ongoing source of inspiration and controversy.

Special Report

Welcome back to the jungle?

The trusting walked to the killing beds only to be knocked out with sledgehammer blows, hoisted in the air by one shackled foot, and then stabbed in the jugular.

Built To Spec

Hey Jude: Take a cleanroom and let's make it better

More than 50 years ago, a struggling actor with just $7 in his pocket knelt down in a Detroit church before a statue of St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, and asked, "Show me my way in life."


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New Products



Validation: It's a process, not a project

Validation in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing world is the establishment of documented evidence.


Single-use filtration systems find permanence in biopharmaceutical applications

Single-use products have become prevalent in almost every facet of life today, from cameras to contact lenses.


Plastics factory: Disposable biopharmaceutical manufacturing takes a giant leap forward

Observers of trends in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing world over the last 25 years have recognized a movement in technology adoption from a relatively unsophisticated,