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 386 IEEE EPS Awards at 2018 ECTC
By Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor Memorial Day in the US means the start of the IEEE ECTC meeting, which is run by the IEEE EPS society (Electronic Packaging Society). This years 68th meeting was in San Diego and broke all records with an attendance of > 1750. There were 369 presentations in 36 oral sessions (6 in parallel) with authors from 28 countries. The exhibition has been at [...]
- 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 [...]
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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.
Economics of EUVL: Understanding Commercial Opportunities and Financial Impact
By Vivek Bakshi, EUV Litho, Inc. The technology of EUVL, coupled with its economic impact, are indeed complex and evolving. On the eve of EUVL’s deployment in high-volume manufacturing, we need to understand both technology and economics. Moore’s Law puts an additional time constrain on readiness for a manufacturing node, which a technology must meet. Ultimately it is the economics that will [...]
- 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...
Mott Memristor Chaos could make Efficient AI
Congratulations to Suhas Kumar, John Paul Strachan, and R. Stanley Williams of Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto for showing not just how to make a Mott memristor, but that you can create controlled chaos with one. “We showed that this type of memristor can generate chaotic and nonchaotic signals,” says Williams, who invented the memristor based on theory by Leon Chua. An analysis of the material [...]