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Solid State Technology

Year 2015
Issue 4

FEATURES

Planarization


Reduced defectivity and cost of ownership copper CMP cleans

A new, low pH, BTA free, noble-bond chemistry produced equivalent yield at substantially lower costs.


Measurement


A novel characterization technique unveils the 3D structure of conductive filaments in resistive switching memories

Imec researchers have developed a novel technique � termed conductive atomic force microscopy tomography (or scalpel C-AFM) � that enables a three-dimensional characterization of emerging logic and memory devices.


Displays


The impact of consumer demand for cutting-edge display technology on the gases market

How gases are used in the manufacture of displays is being impacted by new technologies, consumer demand, and the burgeoning China market.


Displays


Going organic: The cost-down route to foldable display manufacture

Organic semiconductors now offer the performance, cost and route to adoption, for foldable displays; from ultra-thin, conformal, wearables to truly foldable smartphones and tablets.


Forecasting


Drive profitability through better forecasting

Different forecasting algorithms are highlighted and a framework is provided on how best to estimate product demand using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.


SEMICON West


How emerging IoT impacts the semiconductor sector

In this 50th year anniversary of Moore’s Law, the steady scaling of silicon chips’ cost and performance that has so changed our world over the last half century is now poised to change it even further through the Internet of Things.


NEWS


Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron terminate merger

The decision came after the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) advised the parties that the coordinated remedy proposal submitted to all regulators would not be sufficient to replace the competition lost from the merger



Top 10 2015 semiconductor sales leaders forecast to include NXP/Freescale

Total top 10 marketshare of semiconductor industry now back over 50 percent.



Georgia Tech research offers novel cellular sensing platform for expanded use of semiconductor in biotech applications

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel cellular sensing platform that promises to expand the use of semiconductor technology in the development of next-generation bioscience and biotech applications.



SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.



IBM's silicon photonics technology ready to speed up cloud and Big Data applications

IBM today announced a significant milestone in the development of silicon photonics technology, which enables silicon chips to use pulses of light instead of electrical signals over wires to move data at rapid speeds and longer distances in future computing systems.


COLUMNS

Editorial


IoT, Healthcare and 5G: Are we ready?

Imagine the world in 2020, only five years from now. If predictions hold true, more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet (creating the Internet of Things), through smart homes, smart cities, smart factories, smart everything.


Packaging


FOWLP and embedded packaging

At the recent IMAPS conference, Yole’s Jerome Alzemer updated the audience on the Fan Out and Embedded die marketplace, based on his new report “Fan out and Embedded Die: Technology and Market Trends.”


Semiconductors


Safe CMP slurries

New chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP) processes for new materials planned to be used in building future IC devices are now in research and development (R&D).


Industry Forum


50 Years of Moore’s Law

For 50 years, Moore’s Law has served as a guide for technologists everywhere in the world, setting the pace for the semiconductor industry’s innovation cycle.