Wafer Processing

WAFER PROCESSING ARTICLES



Van der Waals force re-measured

11/26/2014  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.

Protons fuel graphene prospects

11/26/2014  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.

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.

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

11/24/2014  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.

UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

11/21/2014  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.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

11/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

China and US boost worldwide industrial semiconductor market in 2014

11/20/2014  Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.

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.

Carbonics aims for improved power consumption and performance with new carbon nanomaterials

11/19/2014  Startup is backed by $5.5M investment, leveraging carbon research conducted at UCLA and USC.

New process isolates promising material

11/18/2014  Molybdenum disulfide has emerged as a leading successor to graphene.

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

11/18/2014  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.

SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions and imec sign collaboration agreement for joint R&D on advanced nodes

11/17/2014  Today, nanoelectronics research center imec announced that SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of advanced systems for the semiconductor industry, has joined imec’s suppliers hub for joint R&D in cleaning, wet etch and advanced lithography coat/develop processing.

Professors from UC Berkeley and UT Dallas honored for excellence in semiconductor research

11/13/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), today presented its University Research Award to professors from University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas at Dallas in recognition of their outstanding contributions to semiconductor research.

SPTS Technologies awarded 'Supplier of the Year - Front End Equipment' by Infineon

11/12/2014  SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company, and a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced it was awarded ‘Supplier of the Year – Front End Equipment’ at this year’s Infineon Supplier Day held in Munich.

AKHAN Semiconductor announces licensing agreement with Argonne National Laboratory

11/11/2014  AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have reached an exclusive licensing agreement on a patent portfolio that will provide AKHAN with the intellectual property to become a fully-integrated semiconductor designer, developer and manufacturer.

$1,000,000 "Challenge Grant" goal achieved for SEMI high tech industry workforce development

11/11/2014  With generous “Morgan Challenge Matchmaker” contributions, the SEMI Foundation recently reached its goal of $1 million for workforce development.

On-demand conductivity for graphene nanoribbons

11/10/2014  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.

Applied Materials develops advanced patterning solution for memory devices

11/10/2014  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced it collaborated with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and PSK Inc., a Korea-based leader in photoresist removal, to develop an advanced patterning solution for the manufacture of future generations of NAND and DRAM device designs.

Graphene Frontiers secures patent for commercial-scale material production

11/07/2014  Graphene Frontiers LLC, a developer of graphene materials and device technology, announces the issuance of a key industry patent.

SEMATECH names Ronald Goldblatt permanent CEO

11/07/2014  SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, today announced that Dr. Ronald Goldblatt has been named President and Chief Executive Officer by the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Goldblatt has served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014.




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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



How to Use Imaging Colorimeters for FPD Automated Visual Inspection

The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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WEBCASTS



3D Integration

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.

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Materials

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.

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MEMS

May 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
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July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015