Materials and Equipment

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT ARTICLES



Wireless nanorod-nanotube film enables light stimulation of blind retina

12/03/2014  Breakthrough could lead to artificial retinas for visually impaired. Combining semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes, it could potentially form part of a future prosthetic device that replaces damaged retinal cells.

Applied Materials Introduces New Hardmask Process, Saphira

11/24/2014  A new hardmask material, called Saphira, and accompanying processes was introduced Applied Materials. The material, which is transparent and offers high selectivity and good mechanical strength, could reduce manufacturing costs by 35% per module.

NFC IGZO TFT for Game Cards

11/20/2014  Holst Centre, imec, and Cartamundi work on flexible Near Field Communication tags embedded in paper cards.

TI to open 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China

11/06/2014  Chengdu assembly/test facility now in production; site celebrates grand opening

Tetsuro Higashi to receive the SEMI Sales and Marketing Excellence Award

11/05/2014  SEMI today announced that Tetsuro (Terry) Higashi, chairman, president and CEO of Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the SEMI Sales and Marketing Excellence Award, inspired by the late Bob Graham.

Kandou introduces in-package chip interconnect enabling lower cost semiconductor solutions

11/04/2014  Kandou Bus has announced the Glasswing family of chip interconnects targeted for in-package chip-to-chip links.

Rice chemists gain edge in next-generation energy

11/04/2014  Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide.

Imec presents back-side illuminated CMOS image sensor with UV-optimized antireflective coating

11/04/2014  At this week’s VISION 2014 exhibition, imec presents a backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor chip featuring a new anti-reflective coating (ARC) optimized for UV light.

Experts at the Table: Focus on Semiconductor Materials

11/03/2014  The cutting edge in semiconductor manufacturing has meant not only big changes in IC design and process technology, but also in semiconductor materials. Experts weigh in from Linde Electronics; Kate Wilson of Edwards Vacuum; David Thompson of Applied Materials; and Ed Shober of Air Products and Chemicals.

Air-gaps in Copper Interconnects for Logic

10/31/2014  Intel’s “14nm-node” process uses air-gaps in dielectrics; direction disclosed four years ago.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

10/29/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

Element Six introduces new thermal grade of CVD diamond

10/15/2014  Element Six this week announced the development of a new thermal grade of diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), DIAFILM TM130.

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to streamline new CMOS-based infrared sensing modules

10/15/2014  IRLYNX and CEA-Leti today announced they have launched a technology-development partnership for a new CMOS-based infrared technology that will allow a new type of smart and connected detectors in buildings and cities.

Texas Instruments announces 22B copper wire bond technology units shipped

10/14/2014  Texas Instruments today announced it has shipped more than 22 billion units of copper wire bonding technology from its internal assembly sites and is now in production for major high reliability applications including automotive and industrial.

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.

Threshold voltage tuning for 10nm and beyond CMOS integration

10/13/2014  A novel metal gate integration scheme to achieve precise threshold voltage (VT) control for multiple VTs is described.

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10FinFET process technology

10/02/2014  ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

10/01/2014  Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

SPIE panel tackles mask complexity issues

09/19/2014  Photomasks that take two-and-a-half days to write. Mask data preparation that enters into Big Data territory. And what happens when extreme-ultraviolet lithography really, truly arrives?




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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015