Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2017
Issue 4



The automotive electronics market: A view from a material supplier

With the increasing sophistication of future vehicles, new and more advanced semiconductor technologies will be used and vehicles will become technology centers.


Fast and precise surface measurement of back-grinding silicon wafers

A new type of scattered light measurement method will be presented, capable of measuring the full wafer surface of a 300 mm wafer in less than 30 seconds. Besides the roughness, the sensor simultaneously measures warpage, waviness and defects.

Process Watch

Process Watch: Having confidence in your confidence level

This new series of articles highlights additional trends in process control, including successful implementation strategies and the benefits for IC manufacturing.

Tech Trends

What TechInsights analysts are watching in 2017

TechInsights analysts share their view on where technology is going, how it’s changing, and what new developments are emerging.


How SEMI Standard E175 is saving energy and cutting costs

Industry experts answer questions about the new standard in a virtual roundtable.


SEMICON West preview: MEMS

Autonomous automobiles, smart manufacturing, smart buildings, mobile human health monitoring, and 4G+ communications hardware for connecting all these devices will drive strong 24 percent growth in units and 14 percent in value for the MEMS sector.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Chengdu partner to expand FD-SOI ecosystem in China

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Chengdu municipality today announced an investment to spur innovation in China\'s semiconductor industry.

Amkor Technology completes acquisition of NANIUM

Amkor Technology, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of NANIUM S.A., a provider of wafer-level fan-out (WLFO) semiconductor packaging solutions.

Sensor/actuator sales take off as price erosion eases

Strong unit growth continues to be driven by the spread of automated embedded controls, wearable systems, and the Internet of Things, says new O-S-D Report.

Primary automotive display systems market valued at $11.6B globally in 2017

Will grow to nearly $21 billion in 2022, IHS Markit says.

Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers

No more error-prone evaporation deposition, drop casting or printing: Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and FSU Jena have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets, which can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.

'Valleytronics' advancement could help extend Moore's Law

The breakthrough involves controlling energy levels between electron valleys in 2-D semiconductors.



It’s time for new innovation

What if the automotive industry had achieved the incredible pace of innovation as the semiconductor industry during the last 52 years?


HPC, chiplets and interposers

The need for ever more computational power continues to grow and exaflop (1018 ) capabilities may soon become necessary.


Mechanistic modeling of silicon ALE for FinFETs

The gate etch in a finFET process requires that 3D corners be accurately resolved to maintain a uniform gate length along the height of the fin. In so doing, the roughness of the etch surface and the exact etch depth per cycle (EPC) are not as critical as the ability of ALE to be resistant to aspect ratio dependent etching (ARDE).