Electronics Manufacturing Blog


Solid State Technology’s bloggers provide an insider’s point-of-view for electronic manufacturing such as semiconductor wafer fab, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) manufacturing, and advanced packaging and test product announcements, industry tradeshows, process advances, and technologies.



    Dr. Phil Garrou gives his insight into leading edge developments in 3-D integration and advanced packaging, reporting the latest technical goings on from conferences, conversations, and more.
  • IFTLE 394 DoDs ERI will Depend on Sky Water; Will Apple Get Caught in the Trade War?

    By Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor More on DARPAs Electronics Resurgence Initiative In IFTLE 392, we discussed DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), a $1.5B 5 year effort to remake the U.S. electronics industry. [link] An interesting article appeared in this month’s IEEE Spectrum magazine entitled, “The Foundry at the Heart of DARPA’s Plan to Let Old Fabs Beat New [...]




    DICK JAMES is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and the senior technology analyst for Chipworks, an Ottawa, Canada-based specialty reverse engineering company. Chipworks analyses a broad range of devices, giving Dick a unique overview of what technologies make it into the real world of semiconductor production.
  • IEDM 2017: Intel's 10nm Platform Process

    By Dick James IEDM this year was its usual mixture of academic exotica and industrial pragmatica (to use a very broad-brush description), but the committee chose to keep us all waiting until the Wednesday morning before we got to the CMOS platform papers. Of course, the talk we were all anticipating was Intel’s Chris Auth on “A 10nm High Performance and Low-Power CMOS Technology Featuring 3rd [...]




    Pete's Posts covers topics germane to the electronics and solar industries, including semiconductor and photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing, advanced packaging, nanotechnology, MEMS and circuit board assembly.
  • AI Focus of The ConFab

    Artificial Intelligence will be a focus of The ConFab 2018, to be held May 20-23 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. We’ll hear from a variety of speakers on why A.I. is so important to the semiconductor industry, not only in terms of the new types of chips that will be required, but how A.I. will bring dramatic improvements to the semiconductor manufacturing process. “The exciting results of [...]




MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI strategic association partner, is the "go-to" resource for globally linking the MEMS and sensors supply chain to diverse markets. For more information, visit: http://www.semi.org/en/msig-information-hub

  • When Will Self-Driving Cars Become a Reality?

    By Stephen Breit, Senior Director, MEMS Business, Coventor, a Lam Research Company Self-driving cars have been all the rage in both the trade and popular press in recent years. I prefer the term “autonomous vehicles,” which more broadly captures the possibilities, encompassing not only small passenger vehicles but mass transit and industrial vehicles as well. Depending on who’s talking, we [...]





    Dr. Vivek Bakshi blogs about EUV Lithography (EUVL) and related topics of interest. He has edited two books on EUVL and is an internationally recognized expert on EUV Source Technology and EUV Lithography. He consults, writes, teaches and organizes EUVL related workshops.
  • 2018 EUVL Workshop Update

    By Vivek Bakshi, EUV Litho, Inc. The 2018 EUVL Workshop was held last June at CXRO, LBL in Berkeley, jointly organized by EUV Litho, Inc. and CXRO. In this blog I will give highlights, notable mentions and a brief summary of my opinion on the current and future challenges of implementing EUVL in high volume manufacturing (HVM). Highlights Keynote talks on manufacturing were given by Intel, [...]




    Ed's Threads - the first blog in the IC fab industry (launched 2006) - are Ed Korczynski's thoughts about IC, LED, and MEMS process development and about nanotechnology manufacturing markets. Ed has a degree in materials science and engineering from MIT, has decades of experience in Silicon Valley engineering and marketing, and won two ASBPE awards for editorial excellence writing for Solid State Technology. He is not lacking for opinions...
  • Ruthenium Nanolayers are Ferromagnetic at RT

    Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin have shown that strained atom-scale films of pure ruthenium (Ru) metal exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature, openning up the possibility of using the material to build novel magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. As per details recently published in Nature Communications (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-04512-1), [...]