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A silicon replacement? USC Viterbi School of Engineering overcomes major issue in carbon nanotube tech

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering describe how they have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors.

SPTS and CEA-Leti/Nanoelec collaborate on 3D-TSV

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
SPTS Technologies, a manufacturer of etch, deposition and thermal processing equipment for the semiconductor industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, to develop 3D-TSV technologies.

ConFab panelists discuss optimizing R&D in the changing semi landscape

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
Overheard @The ConFab: “I feel the best I’ve felt about semi since 2009.” –Mike Noonen, Silicon Catalyst

Stanford engineers envision an electronic switch just 3 atoms thick

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non-conductive structures; this could lead to flexible electronic materials and enable a cell phone to be woven into a shirt.

EVG clears key barriers to 3DIC/TSV HVM with fusion wafer bonding solution

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
EV Group today unveiled the GEMINI FB XT—its next-generation fusion wafer bonding platform, which combines several performance breakthroughs to move the semiconductor industry closer to the goal of high-volume manufacturing (HVM) of 3D-ICs with through-silicon vias (TSVs).

Gigaphoton develops world's first helium-free purge process for ArF immersion lasers

Mon, 6 Jun 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a major lithography light source manufacturer, announced today that it has succeeded in the development of an innovative purge process, one that does not use the rare gas helium, for its flagship "GT Series" of ArF immersion lasers.

Bending the rules

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
A UCSB postdoctoral scholar in physics discovers a counterintuitive phenomenon: the coexistence of superconductivity with dissipation.

Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Columbia researchers have observed the fractional quantum Hall effect in bilayer graphene and shown that this exotic state of matter can be tuned by an electric field.

Making dreams come true : Making graphene from plastic?

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Recently, a domestic research team developed a carbon material without artificial defects commonly found during the production process of graphene while maintaining its original characteristics.

Entegris launches ultra clean filter for semiconductor manufacturing

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Entegris, Inc. announced the latest addition to its Torrento family of ultra clean liquid filtration solutions used in the semiconductor manufacturing process.

CEA-Leti: Monolithic 3D is the solution for further scaling

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Hughes Metras, Leti’s VP of Strategic Partnerships North America, introduced the lead talk at their SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day about monolithic 3D technology as the "solution for scaling."

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore’s Law

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
A Berkeley Lab-Intel collaboration outlines the chemistry of photoresist, enabling smaller features for future generations of microprocessors.

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density.

A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

Superfast stress inspection for overlay control

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Tighter overlay requirements are motivating device manufacturers to explore new ways to characterize and manage overlay to improve yield.

New material allows for ultra-thin solar cells

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality.

Taking great ideas from the lab to the fab

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
NSF and Intel support the development of domain-specific hardware to address health care needs.

SRC, UC Davis explore new materials and device structures to develop next-generation “Race Track Memory” technologies

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
University of California, Davis researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, are exploring new materials and device structures to develop next-generation memory technologies.

Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic "hybrid" perovskites.

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semiconducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Gigaphoton unveils new function that enables 50% reduction of neon gas consumption for ArF immersion lasers

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today unveils a new function, called “eTGM,” available for its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products.

JEDEC releases LPDDR4 Standard for low power memory devices

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
JEDEC Solid State Technology Association today announced the publication of JESD209-4 Low Power Double Data Rate 4 (LPDDR4).

Scientists craft a semiconductor only three atoms thick

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick.

Competition for graphene

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.

A new, tunable device for spintronics

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
An international team of scientists including physicist Jairo Sinova from the University of Mainz realises a tunable spin-charge converter made of GaAs.

Samsung adopts ProPlus Designs' 14nm finFET process

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc. today announced Samsung Electronics has extended its partnership with ProPlus through the deployment of ProPlus' BSIMProPlus modeling platform for its 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET SPICE modeling.

Contour Semiconductor awarded three new U.S. patents

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Contour Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of non-volatile memory technologies, today announced it has been awarded three new patents to back its Diode Transistor Memory (DTM) technology, the world's lowest production-cost, non-volatile memory technology.

UCSB researchers develop ultra sensitive biosensor from molybdenite semiconductor

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Move over, graphene. An atomically thin, two-dimensional, ultrasensitive semiconductor material for biosensing developed by researchers at UC Santa Barbara promises to push the boundaries of biosensing technology in many fields, from health care to environmental protection to forensic industries.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SRC announce new scholarship for undergraduate engineering students

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced the “GLOBALFOUNDRIES Undergraduate Research Scholarship,” a new scholarship recognizing and rewarding aspiring, leadership-oriented engineering students interested in careers in the semiconductor industry.

Sidense demonstrates working one-time programmable bit cells in TSMC 16nm finFET technology

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Sidense Corp., a developer of non-volatile memory OTP IP cores, today announced that it successfully demonstrated read and write capability for its 1T-OTP bit-cell architecture on test silicon fabricated in a 16nm CMOS FinFET process.

Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Sandwiching layers of graphene with white graphene could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices, University of Manchester scientists have found.

Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now developed a new method to selectively dope graphene molecules with nitrogen atoms.

Fermilab implements Ziptronix's DBI hybrid bonding in high-end 3D image sensors

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Ziptronix Inc. today announced that its Direct Bond Interconnect (DBI) hybrid bonding has been implemented by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) to improve the performance of high-end 3D sensor arrays, which are used for particle detection in large-scale particle physics and x-ray imaging experiments.

A fundamental truth of process control

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
You can’t fix what you can’t find. You can’t control what you can’t measure.

Beautiful, brilliant people

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
It would be difficult to overstate how critical the development of a workable, high volume manufacturing EUV lithography solution is to the semiconductor industry.

NSF and SRC announce research awards to 10 universities

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million under a joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS).

Element Six selected by European Consortium as a partner to develop ultrafast pulse disk lasers

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Element Six today announced it has been selected by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development to help develop a new ultrafast pulse disk laser.

Veeco Ion Beam Deposition technology reaches significant milestone to support EUV commercialization roadmap

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Veeco Instruments Inc. announced today that its new Odyssey Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) Upgrade for the NEXUS IBD-LDD System has repeatedly produced photomask blanks with zero deposition defects larger than 70nm.

Rudolph introduces new acoustic metrology and defect inspection technology

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Rudolph Technologies has introduced its new SONUS Technology for measuring thick films and film stacks used in copper pillar bumps and for detecting defects, such as voids, in through silicon vias (TSVs).

For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact devices; physical limitations like energy consumption and heat dissipation are too significant.

Northeastern University researchers develop novel method for working with nanotubes

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Northeastern University researchers have developed a novel method for controllably constructing precise inter-nanotube junctions and a variety of nanocarbon structures in carbon nanotube arrays.

Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene.

NANIUM launches the industry’s largest WLCSP in volume production

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
NANIUM today announced it has successfully launched the industry’s largest Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) in volume.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

Southampton scientists grow a new challenger to graphene

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
A team of researchers from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has developed a new way to fabricate a potential challenger to graphene.

New discovery could pave the way for spin-based computing

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
A University of Pittsburgh research team has discovered a way to fuse these two distinct properties in a single material, paving the way for new ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures.

Gigaphoton introduces "eGrycos" for ArF immersion lasers

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, announced today that it has completed development of an electricity-reduction technology for its flagship “GT Series” of argon fluoride (ArF) immersion lasers used for semiconductor lithography processing.

A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3D nanomagnetic logic

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits.

New technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use.

FlipChip International creates 250 multi-product wafer bump designs

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
FlipChip International (FCI), the global technology leader in flip chip bumping and advanced wafer level packaging, announced that their engineering team had completed design and production of the 250th Multi-Product Wafer Bump design since January 2013.

Dow Corning releases new 150mm SiC wafers

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Dow Corning, a developer of silicon and wide-bandgap semiconductor technology, announced that it now offers 150mm diameter silicon carbide (SiC) wafers under its Prime Grade portfolio.

Photomask Technology speaker says EUV is nearly production-ready

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Highlights at the recent SPIE Photomask Technology 2014 conference included a confident announcement from ASML about current EUV source capabilities, an insightful industry-expert panel discussion on mask-making complexities, and fresh energy from the co-located SPIE Scanning Microscopies conference.

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Two-dimensional carbon 'paper' can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices.

EV Group unveils room-temperature covalent bonder

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today introduced the EVG 580 ComBond.

Albert Theuwissen of Harvest Imaging honored with European SEMI Award 2014

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Albert Theuwissen, CEO of Harvest Imaging and professor at Delft University of Technology, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2014.

Intel and IBM to lay out 14nm FinFET strategies on competing substrates at IEDM 2014

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
The development of increasingly sophisticated and energy-efficient CMOS technology for mobile, client and cloud computing depends on a continuing stream of advances in the process technologies with which the complex integrated circuits are built.

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.

EUV light source developer Adlyte achieves key performance milestone for high-volume manufacturing

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Adlyte Inc., a developer of high-brightness extreme light sources for advanced semiconductor inspection and metrology applications, today announced it has reached a key performance benchmark for its extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light source for high-volume manufacturing (HVM)-readiness.

SMIC and Maxscend collaborate on 55nm RF IP platform

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Maxscend Technologies Inc., a RF IP company based in China, announced that Maxscend Bluetooth RF IP has been silicon proven on SMIC's 55nm low leakage logic process.

TSMC, Kilopass deliver non-volatile memory for the 16nm finFET process node

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Kilopass Technology Inc., a provider of semiconductor logic embedded non-volatile memory (eNVM) intellectual property (IP), announced today that it has successfully ported its one-time programmable (OTP) NVM technology to TSMC's 16 nanometer (nm) FinFET process.

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

Tue, 11 Nov 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.

Rice chemists gain edge in next-generation energy

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

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface of light-sensitive material to create complex surface patterns that form the sensors and electronics components on nanoscale devices.

On-demand conductivity for graphene nanoribbons

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
New research may help to develop graphene-based electronic devices that only become conductors when an external ultra-short pulse is applied, and are otherwise insulators.

Freescale and Intel processors now active at Rochester Electronics

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Rochester Electronics, a fully-authorized manufacturer and distributor of semiconductors, will launch 2015 with the re-introduction of many popular processors from Freescale and Intel.

New way to move atomically thin semiconductors for use in flexible devices

Thu, 11 Nov 2014
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to transfer thin semiconductor films, which are only one atom thick, onto arbitrary substrates, paving the way for flexible computing or photonic devices.

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. A team of Carnegie scientists led by Timothy Strobel has synthesized an entirely new form of silicon, one that promises even greater future applications.

New process isolates promising material

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Molybdenum disulfide has emerged as a leading successor to graphene.

UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

Fri, 11 Nov 2014
A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers.

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

Mon, 11 Nov 2014
The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale.

GIGAPHOTON provides new function for 50% reduction of neon gas consumption for ArF immersion laser users

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today announces the provision of a new function, called “eTGM (eco-Total Gas Management),” for the existing users of its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products free of charge for a fixed period of time.

Research yields material made of single-atom layers that snap together like Legos

Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks.

Protons fuel graphene prospects

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons - hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons - to pass through.

Van der Waals force re-measured

Wed, 11 Nov 2014
Although the van der Waals force was discovered around 150 years ago, it is still difficult to quantify when predicting the behaviour of solids, liquids, and molecules.

EV Group establishes nanoimprint lithography competence center for photonic applications

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that it has established the NILPhotonics Competence Center.

Cymer announces its new XLR 700ix DUV light source

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
Cymer, LLC, an ASML company, a supplier of light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced its new argon fluoride (ArF) immersion light source, the XLR 700ix.

SEMATECH reports significant progress in EUV resist outgas testing

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
​SEMATECH announced today that promising progress has been made in qualifying outgassing specifications for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

Imec partners with Huawei on high-bandwidth optical data link technology

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Nanoelectronics research center imec and global ICT leader Huawei announced today that they have taken a further step in their strategic partnership focusing on optical data link technology.

High photosensitivity 2-D-few-layered molybdenum diselenide phototransistors

Mon, 12 Dec 2014
Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are now attracting a lot of interest due to their unique optoelectronic properties at atomic thicknesses.

Crossbar to demonstrate resistive RRAM innovation at IEDM 2014

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering a new category of very high capacity and high-performance non-volatile memory, today announced it will be disclosing another major technology breakthrough in their development of Resistive RAM (RRAM) at next week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM).

Entegris launches next generation of 450mm wafer carriers

Wed, 12 Dec 2014
Entegris, Inc., a developer of yield-enhancing materials and solutions for highly advanced manufacturing environments, announced the release and global availability of their next generation of 450mm wafer carrier solutions (P2) for the safe and reliable transport of 450mm wafers used in semiconductor manufacturing.

Holst Centre and imec develop thin-film hybrid oxide-organic microprocessor

Thu, 12 Dec 2014
Holst Centre, imec and their partner Evonik have realized a general-purpose 8-bit microprocessor, manufactured using complementary thin-film transistors (TFTs) processed at temperatures compatible with plastic foil substrates (250°C).

Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon

Fri, 12 Dec 2014
An international team of physicists and chemists based at the University of California, Berkeley, has for the first time taken snapshots of this ephemeral event using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetize the material of the future

Tue, 12 Dec 2014
Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement.