Wafer Processing

WAFER PROCESSING ARTICLES



Samsung, TSMC remain tops in available wafer fab capacity

01/07/2016  GlobalFoundries, TSMC, SK Hynix show greatest gains in wafer capacity in 2015.

A wild ride in 2015 - and two steps forward in 2016

01/07/2016  “In like a lion, out like a lamb” is just half the story for 2015. While initial expectations forecasted a double-digit growth year, the world economy faded and dragged our industry down to nearly flat 2015/2014 results.

EUV, multiple patterning, integrated circuits among topics for SPIE Advanced Lithography 2016

01/06/2016  EUV lithography is on the threshold of becoming a mainstream patterning technology for sub-10nm chips, featured speaker Anthony Yen of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) will tell fellow attendees at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2016.

Nanoworld 'snow blowers' carve straight channels in semiconductor surfaces

01/06/2016  The surprising trenching capability, reported by scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IBM, is an important addition to the toolkit of nature-supplied 'self-assembly' methods that researchers aim to harness for making useful devices.

Choreographing the dance of electrons

01/04/2016  NUS scientists have discovered how to manipulate electrons in thin semiconductors by encapsulating them in atomically thin materials and changing the electric field.

Micron announces resignation of President Mark Adams

01/04/2016  Micron Technology, Inc. today announced that President Mark Adams will resign for personal health reasons.

Startup Works on Ultralow-k Materials for Chips, Displays

12/21/2015  The very last presentation at the 12th annual 3D Advanced Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference was given by Hash Pakbaz, president and chief executive officer of SBA Materials, a developer of nanoporous and mesoporous materials for semiconductor manufacturing and other applications.

3D ASIP Conference Hears from EDA, IC Gear Companies

12/18/2015  John Ferguson of Mentor Graphics provided the electronic design automation perspective on packaging technology at the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference in Redwood City, Calif.

SEMI applauds congressional action to make R&D tax credit permanent; extend solar tax credit

12/18/2015  SEMI has been working to make the popular tax incentive a permanent part of the tax code since the R&D credit was first established in 1981.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts November 2015 book-to-bill ratio of 0.96

12/18/2015  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.24 billion in orders worldwide in November 2015 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96.

Packaging Conference Addresses Challenges, Opportunities in New Technologies

12/18/2015  On the second day of the 12th annual 3D ASIP conference, the heavy hitters came out to talk. Attendees heard presentations from executives of Amkor Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Northrop Grumman, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, and Xilinx, among other companies.

Conference Features "The Year of Stacked Memory" in 2015

12/17/2015  The theme of this year's 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packading (3D ASIP) conference is "The Year of Stacked Memory," noting how memory die stacked in one package are becoming more commonplace in 2015.

Applied Materials' Chorng-Ping Chang named 2016 IEEE Fellow

12/15/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that Dr. Chorng-Ping Chang, who leads the company's strategic external research with universities and industry consortia, has been named a 2016 IEEE Fellow.

Imec advances 200mm GaN-on-Si tech closer to manufacturing

12/14/2015  At last week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, nano-electronics research center imec presented three novel aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN)/ gallium nitride (GaN) stacks featuring optimized low dispersion buffer designs.

2016 bounce to modest gains

12/14/2015  After deflated 2015, 3D leads the way.

MegaGroup signs agreement for a new photovoltaic ingots and wafers production plant

12/14/2015  The agreement for Kozarska-Dubica-based production of mono and policrystalline silicon ingots and wafers for photovoltaic cells was signed a few days ago by MegaGroup, a Italian photovoltaic Holding currently owning MegaCell, MegaEngineering and MegaCivic and soon a new Company fully dedicated to the Bosnian project.

TSMC applies for 12-inch wafer fab and design service center in China

12/11/2015  TSMC this week submitted an application to the Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs for an investment project to build a wholly-owned 12-inch wafer manufacturing facility and a design service center in Nanjing, China.

SEMI reports third quarter 2015 worldwide semiconductor equipment figures

12/11/2015  SEMI this week reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$9.6 billion in the third quarter of 2015.

Imec boosts performance of beyond-silicon devices

12/10/2015  At this week’s IEEE IEDM conference, nano-electronics research center imec demonstrates record enhancement of novel InGaAs Gate-All-Around (GAA) channel devices integrated on 300mm Silicon and explores emerging tunnel devices based on optimization of the same III-V compound semiconductor.

China Bolsters its IC Gear Business with Mattson Acquisition

12/10/2015  Mattson Technology agreed this month to be acquired by Beijing E-Town Dragon Semiconductor Industry Investment Center, a limited partnership in China, for about $300 million in cash.




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Adhesives for Electronic Applications

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Parylene & Sensors

Learn about how parylene, as an enabling technology, can significantly increase the performance of sensors as they become increasingly integrated into our daily lives. You will learn: 1) Parylene specifications and properties 2) How parylene can improve the performance of sensors 3) Different uses for parylene on different sensor applicationsNovember 17, 2015
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

Potting Compounds Protect Electronic Circuits

Potting and encapsulation compounds are designed to completely enclose a component, module or PCB. This effectively shields the unit from its surroundings while providing structural support and imparting the highest protection from external conditions. There are a variety of potting formulations on the market today that suit the needs of diverse applications. However, a balance must be developed when deciding on the best material. October 15, 2015
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Trends in MEMS

February 2016 (Date and time TBD) / Sponsored by Boston Semi Equipment

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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2.5D and 3D Integration

March 2016 (Date and time TBD) / Sponsored by Brewer Science

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.

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Metrology and Inspection Challenges and Opportunities

March 2016 (Date and time TBD)

Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions. Experts will describe new approaches for next generation metrology and inspection, including measurements of CDs, stress, film thickness and non-visual defects.

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LithoVision 2016
San Jose, CA
https://lithovision.com
February 21, 2016 - February 21, 2016
SEMI-THERM 32
San Jose, CA
http://www.semi-therm.org
March 14, 2016 - March 17, 2016
SEMICON China 2016
Shanghai, China
http://www.semiconchina.org
March 15, 2016 - March 17, 2016
SID Display Week 2016
San Francisco, CA
http://www.displayweek.org
May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016