Silicon wafer revenues decline in 2012
February 12, 2013
Worldwide silicon wafer revenues declined by 12 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
imec advances CMOS beyond silicon to Ge, III-V
December 14, 2011
Marc Heyns, fellow at research consortium imec, discusses the group's work on chip fab materials beyond silicon, namely, Ge and III-V, presented in "Advancing CMOS beyond the silicon roadmap with germanium and III-V devices" at IEDM.
February 2015 (Date and time TBD)
FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.
March 2015 (Date and time TBD)
Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.
April 2015 (Date and time TBD)
Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials will play in the future.