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Moore May Fizzle Out

Moore May Fizzle Out For decades, one of the guiding principles of the electronics industry, voiced by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, stated that the number of transistors on a semiconductor device will double approximately every two years. Today, however, Moore's Law is under siege, thanks to the increased cost of semiconductor manufacturing as well as the already minuscule size of the transistors on today's devices. The realities of economics may finally derail the breakneck speed of technological innovation. According to blogger industry analysts at iSuppli, the practical limits may be reached by 2014. We've surpassed insurmountable odds to get this far. So, what's next on the chip manufacturing horizon?

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Precision Quality Cylindrical Lenses
ARW Optical Corporation

Precision Quality Cylindrical Lenses Custom cylindrical lenses for your most demanding UV-IR applications. Whether prototyping or volume-production, ARW Optical has the manufacturing expertise to deliver lenses with consistent part-to-part quality and short lead-times.

Wafer-Process-Solutions
Vanpro Inc.

Wafer-Process-Solutions Standard and Custom USA Made Wafer Carriers for your specific application. Various capacities for 2 in.-8 in. wafers. No minimums required and quick turnaround. Available in a variety of materials, colors and markings. Wafer Handling Solutions from Vanpro include: vacuum wands and end effectors. Vote now for preferred material for wafer carriers. www.wafer-process-solutions.com

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How Big is My Wafer?

How Big is My Wafer? Not long ago, semiconductor manufacturers discussed increasing wafer size from 300 mm to 450 mm, hoping for the economies the advance would produce. Unfortunately, manufacturing costs increased with wafer size. Add increased device complexity and the economic challenges facing businesses, and enthusiasm for larger wafers has waned considerably.

Bring on the Organics

Bring on the Organics Despite suggestions that Moore's Law may have run its course, researchers continue to look for alternative materials that can keep the dream alive a little longer. On the list of possible solutions are carbon nanotubes and graphene, a carbon-based, one atom thick material with interesting electrical properties. Another breakthrough, perhaps?

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Getting the Chips Made

Getting the Chips Made What happens when you need a device not available off the shelf? You can turn to a foundry with the experience to manufacture to your specifications. This piece describes one approach to providing foundry services. Although written as a marketing piece, it describes what you should expect from any foundry you select.

Talking Even Faster

Talking Even Faster Devising an IC for communications applications requires a high-speed bus. Verifying bus performance will become more difficult with each IC generation. Testing performance at multi-gigabit speeds requires instrument bandwidth larger than the third harmonic of the highest frequency of interest — the fifth harmonic in some cases.

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Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools
MTI Instruments Inc

Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools MTII is stimulating the economy by offering affordable wafer characterization tools that comply with ASTM/SEMI standards for thickness, bow, warp, and flatness. Capable of measuring wafers up to 300 mm in diameter, these semi-automated tools sell at a fraction of the cost of fully automated systems and provide superior measurement results.

Wafer Carriers in Sapphire
Insaco, Inc.

Wafer Carriers in Sapphire Insaco, Inc. has become recognized as a worldwide leader in custom machined ceramic and sapphire parts for the semiconductor industry. Through this experience, Insaco is now able to offer multiple hole wafer carriers in sapphire for GaAs and other semiconductors.

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Looking Harder at the Wafer

Looking Harder at the Wafer The challenge of applying lithography to semiconductor manufacturing is the inherent limitation of the wavelength of the incident light. The same limitation makes verifying process results ever more difficult. University of California San Diego researchers developed laser plasma-produced light sources to increase inspection performance.

No Footprint, Low Cost

No Footprint, Low Cost IC testing has high costs and requires considerable expertise and floor space. For inexpensive and low-margin devices, the pressure to reduce test costs is mounting. This video shows one test system for mobile communications and consumer products with a $300,000 price tag. Added savings come from do-it-yourself installation, maintenance, and diagnostics.

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Hardware Should Get Softer

Hardware Should Get Softer As ICs become more complex, designers iterate toward a viable solution, keeping track of intermediate steps. The same issue has faced software engineers for decades. The approach — version control, documentation control, and configuration management — can achieve efficient and productive device design — and with fewer false starts and detours.

How Critical are Critical Features?

How Critical are Critical Features? Design for manufacturing assumes you can verify design success. In the case of critical dimensions on semiconductor devices, finding effective verification methods presents a challenge. This white paper offers the step by step efforts of one company. It examines the basic issues involved and the solutions that yielded success.

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Class 100 Thin Film Foundry and Silicon
Wafer Supplier

Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc.

Class 100 Thin Film Foundry and Silicon Wafer Supplier We have a wide variety of thin films available. These include Sputtered Metals, Thermal Oxide (up to 15 um thick), LPCVD Nitrides (Stoichiometric, low stress, and 4 um thick super low stress), and PECVD Films (including SiC and SiON). Rogue Valley Microdevices also offers silicon wafers with or without films.

Heater and Thermal Sensors-heaters
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Thermal Circuits, Inc.

Heater and Thermal Sensors-heaters with Sensors Optimizing the utility of a thermal sensor is a critical success factor in every heater application. Thermal Circuits' engineers are experienced and trained to integrate state-of-the-art temperature sensing, controlling and limiting componentry to assure accuracy, repeatability, and quality.

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Doing It Yourself Sometimes Does It Back

Doing It Yourself Sometimes Does It Back Difficult times mean that even newly-graduated MBAs have trouble finding good jobs. Many of them have adopted the guise of entrepreneurs, striking out on their own. But that road, too, is fraught with uncertainty. What exactly does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? In this piece from The Economist, three adventuresome souls describe the yin and yang of their experiences — including the looming specter of their school loans. Can the entrepreneurial spirit help pull us out of the dismal economy?

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Reports of Its Death...

Reports of Its Death... …have been greatly exaggerated. Incandescent light bulbs have been around for more than 130 years. Today, concerns over energy consumption and their contribution to global warming (an incandescent bulb emits most of its energy as heat) have encouraged governments and environmentalists to see them banned. At the same time, many dislike the alternative of compact fluorescents because their light is harsh and because they contain mercury. LEDs may provide the ultimate solution — someday. Is there a more viable option? Well, one likely contender is — the incandescent bulb

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About This Month's Topic... The End of an Era?

How close have we come to the end of the predictions of Moore's Law? Exorbitant costs make the next device generation increasingly risky. What applications will require that we push forward regardless?


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Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/12/2009
Precision Quality Cylindrical Lenses; Wafer-Process-Solutions; Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools; Wafer Carriers in Sapphire; Class 100 Thin Film Foundry and Silicon Wafer Supplier; Heater and Thermal Sensors-Heaters with Sensors
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/08/2009
NEW Three-axis Micromanipulator Module; Optical Lens Material: Low Birefringence COC; HVA Series High Voltage Amplifier Line; Over a Century of Thermal Processing Technology Experience; LM Guide Type SSR; Semiconductor Testing; Semi-ceramics Are Us!; Sanitary 3A Transmitter with Integrated Junction Box
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/10/2009
Precision Systems for the Semiconductor Industry!; Energy Savings Dry Vacuum Pumps; CebaRIP Cores; Your AutoFocus Solution; Wafer Inspection Machine; GIG Karasek Develops POWERFILM Rotor Technology; Class 100 Thin Film Foundry and Silicon Wafer Supplier; Fuel Tanks
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/13/2009
Your Partner in Semiconductor Testing, Hexoloy SG Silicon Carbide; Nano Indenter G300; Titanate Nano Powders (Barium, Strontium Titanate); Semiconductor Crystals - Silicon Carbide (SiC); Printed and Thin Film Photovoltaics and Batteries
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/08/2009
Leading Manufacturer of Semiconductor Aftermarket IC's; Vacuum Oven Rapid Drying without Residue; Ultra Pure Rubber Seals; Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools; Class 100 Thin Film Foundry and Silicon Wafer Supplier; NORTON Coated Films
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/11/2009
Leading Manufacturer of Semiconductor Aftermarket IC's; High Throughput, Low-cost, Wet Processing Sytems; 10% off NESLAB ThermoFlex Recirculating Chillers; Plastics and SonicGolf's MEMS Technology Help Vijay Win Cup; EnerChip CC with Integrated Battery Management; Integrated Circuits; Semiconductor Thickness - CHRocodile IT; GIG Karasek Develops POWERFILM Rotor Technology
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/11/2009
Heater and Thermal Sensors-Heaters with Sensors; Etched Foil Heaters - Semiconductor and Wafers; Exceeding Ultimate Flexibility Limits for 30% Less!; Sanitary 3A Transmitter w/ Integrated Junction Box; APTIV PEEK Films for RFID Tags; Film Laminations with Optical Films
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/14/2009
Silicon Microphone; Semiconductor Crystals - Silicon Carbide (SiC); Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools; Automated Wafer-Die Inspection Services; Semiconductor Testing; Wafer Inspection Machine
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/10/2008
Ultrapure Quartz Trebor Chemical Heater; ONYX-Flux Control; Thermocouples for ASM Epsilon Reactors; Plascore Cleanroom Wall Systems; Design Services; 7 CFM Two Stage Rotary Vane Vacuum Pump; Infrared Heaters for Industrial Applications; Diamond-Like Thermal Conduction Without the Diamond-Like Price
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/12/2008
Thermocouples for Semi Tools; Rotary Magnetrons Reduce Thin Film Costs; #1 in Lead Screw Positioning; The Ultimate in Microwave Integrated Circuits; Wafer Carriers in Sapphire; Etched Foil Heaters - Semiconductor and Wafers; DI Water Best Practices: Replacing Outdated TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Sensors; Semiconductor Thickness - CHRocodile IT
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/08/2008
PPL(VUE) Safety Shields for HF Service; Fall Embedded Systems Conferences; Wire and Electrode Feedthroughs for Photovoltaic Industry; Motion Control In Semiconductor Industry; Thin Film Technology for Ceramic Substrates; UHP/UHV and Semiconductor Seals; DI Water Best Practices: Replacing Outdated TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Sensors; Semiconductor Thickness
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/10/2008
Fast Delivery for ASM Epsilon Thermocouples; Motion Control in Semiconductor Industry; Semiconductor Wafer Processing Nesting; Simriz 508 for Semiconductor Applications; DI Water Best Practices: Replacing Outdated TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Sensors; Iris P700 Wafer Reader
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/13/2008
Fall Embedded Systems Conferences; For Your Most Demanding UV-IR Applications; Shaping the Future of Integrated MEMS; Semiconductor Thickness -- CHRocodile IT; IC Packaging and Prototyping Services; Thin Film -- RC/RCD; Semitron CMP XL20; Semiconductor Tutorials
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/09/2008
Air Bearing Performance without Air Bearings!; Thermocouples for ASM Epsilon Reactors; Attending Semicon West 2008?; Custom Ceramic Fiber and Flat Ceramic Heaters; Compact Wafer and Glass Sensors, Semicon Booth 6760; Fluoride and pH Sensors for Acid Fluoride Etching; CF and CDF Series Infrared Furnaces; Precision Machined Molybdenum and Tungsten Parts
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/11/2008
Fully Integrated, High Speed Wafer Thickness Measurement; Hermetic Electrical and Optical Components; Your Partner in Semiconductor Testing; Who's Checking Your Bath Water?; Wafer Sensors for the Semiconductor and Flat Panel OEM; HP EDA Solutions; Diamond-Like Thermal Conduction Without the Diamond-Like Price; Infrared Heaters for Industrial Applications
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/14/2008
New TY Series High Speed Linear Actuator; Multi-Tasking Liquid Distribution Manifolds; ; Tubing for Miniature Fluid Power Components; TAKEX Wafer Sensors for the Semiconductor and Flat Panel OEM; PPL(VUE) Safety Shields for HF Service ;Revolutionaly Vaisala Dewpoint Technology (-112�° F); Revetest - Advanced Mechanical Surface Testing; Moisture-free Wafer Probing to -55�° C at Your Prober!; HP EDA Solutions; Thermocouples for ASM Epsilon Reactors; CX Series High Frequency RF Power Supplies
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/09/2008
Precision Machined Molybdenum and Tungsten Parts; MEMS at Nanotech 2008 and Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries 2008; Nano-Indentation Tester with IBIS Technology; Semiconductor Products â?? Slurries; Wafer Inspection Machine; Thin Film Coating Instrumentation
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/12/2008
ESC Silicon Valley 2008; Trebor PureBlend® Chemical Drum Mixer; Learn About Newark's Live Edge Design Challenge Today!; Silicon Photodiodes; 150 Amp 25 kV High Voltage Relay — GIGAVAC G52; CF and CDF Series Infrared Furnaces
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/13/2008
Caged Ball LM Guide; ESC Silicon Valley 2008; Isolated Sigma-Delta Modulator Evaluation Board; Heater and Thermal Sensors-Heaters with Sensors; SurePower™ RF Generators; Scroll Vacuum Pumps
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/09/2008
O3MEGA Integrated Ozone Delivery System, ScrewLine SP250, Miniature Vacuum Gauge, Fluoride and pH Sensors for Acid Fluoride Etching, Thin Film — RC/RCD, RF/Microwave GaAs Foundry Services
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/12/2007
Liquid Manifold System with Endless Flexibility, Custom Radiant Heaters Elements Etched Foil, ECG Semiconductors, ScrewLine SP630, New Ultra-Miniature Check Valve, Linear Stepper Motor Stage
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/14/2007
Advanced Nanoscale Surface Technology, Miniature Single-Stage Diaphragm Vacuum Regulators, Helium Leak Detector Custom RF Microwave and Optical Ceramic Packages, Micro EDM Machining Services, Series 999 Quattro 4-in-1 Vacuum Transducer
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/10/2007
Metrology Solutions for Nanotechnology, DigiFlex Performance Servo Drives, Nine of the Top 10 High-tech and Electronics Manufacturers, Unmanaged Industrial Ethernet Switches, piMFC Pressure Insensitive Mass Flow Controller, CF and CDF Series Infrared Furnaces, RF/Microwave GaAs Foundry Services, A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/12/2007
Semiconductor Technology at Its Best, Liquid Flow Controllers, Avago Technologies Advances Its Gate Drive Optocoupler Portfolio, Wafer Inspection Machine, Silicon Diodes, Fast Recovery 1N5811 Silicon Diode, Custom Thin Film Materials, Silicon Photodiodes, A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/08/2007
Innovative Solutions for High- and Low-Temperature Process Monitoring; High Purity Fluoromaterials; Chemical Drum Mixer; Hermetic Electrical and Optical Components; Hermetic Electrical and Optical Components; Live Edge Design Challenge Today; New Led Hexadecimal Display; Thin Film - RC / RCD
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/11/2007
Monitor and Control Flow of Pure Liquids, Precision Vacuum Sensors, Trebor PureBlend Chemical Drum Mixer, Etched Foil Heaters - Semiconductor and Wafers, Ceramaseal Products - Hermetic Electrical and Optical Components, Baratron Compact, Low Current, Heated Manometer, 150 Amp 25 kV High Voltage Relay GIGAVAC G52, Scroll Vacuum Pumps, A Better Job Search by Design,
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/13/2007
Power Supplies Featuring SEMI F47 Sag Immunity, Innovative Solutions to Improve Process Capabilities, TAKEX Wafer Sensors for the Semiconductor and Flat Panel OEM, Buy Wafer Probes Online, Semicon West is Only a Few Weeks Away, Gas Mass Flow Instruments, #1 in Lead Screw Positioning, Appearing at Semicon West, A Better Job Search by Design, Legal Border Crossings
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/09/2007
Higher Ratings for REALI-SLIM Bearings; Cassette/Wafer Carrier; 250K, 16-bit, 64-channel Analog Input Card; Fabrication and Assembly for Amicon Plastics; Fabrication and Assembly for Amicon Plastics; Accurate Die-Cut
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/11/2007
Increase Production Levels with Integrated Distance Measuring; Semiconductor Probes; Compact-High Precision Piezo Driven Stage; Radiography Digital Systems; Products Machined; MicroSystems Solutions
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/14/2007
Temperature Labels Monitor Overheat Conditions, Multi-Chip SDRAM-DDR, 128-Channel Isolated Digital I/O Card, Procurement and Backend Services, Customer Care, Electroforming
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/14/2007
Precise Humidity and Temperature Control, Extreme Environment Field Power Supply, Safety Shields, Polyimide Cure Tool, Hermetically Sealed Electrical Feedthrough Subassemblies, High Purity Components and Supplies, Capacitance Manometers, Reaction Engineering Lab
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/10/2007
M3 Threaded Needle Valve, Metal Stamping Company, Twin Wire Arc Spray Coating, Custom Radiant Flat Panel Heaters, Advanced Mechanical Surface Testing, Clean Room Storage Equipment
Volume 1 - Issue 10 - 12/13/2006
Pulsed UV Curing System, Vertical Integration to Semiconductor OEMs, Hybrid Turbomolecular Pump, Atmospheric Plasma System, Supercritical Fluid Extraction Systems, Leak Detectors
Volume 1 - Issue 9 - 11/08/2006
Wafers in Stock, UV Curing System, Coating Systems, Ceramic Machining, MicroSystems Solutions, Metal Fabrication
Volume 1 - Issue 8 - 10/11/2006
Cold Ablation Industrial Laser, Wafers, CFD Simulation Products, Wafer Grinding Spindles, DI Water Heater, All-Digital Pressure Transducers, Infrared Heaters, Opto-Mechanical Hardware Available Online
Volume 1 - Issue 7 - 09/13/2006
CFD Simulator for Semiconductor Applications, Flow Measurement Solutions, Ultra-Miniature Compression Fittings, Scratch Testers, Cleanroom Cables, High Frequency RF Power Supplies
Volume 1 - Issue 6 - 08/09/2006
Resist Strip System, Automated Photoresist Bake Tool, High Performance Laser Optics, Precision Vertical Stage, Auger Electron Spectroscopy;, Turnkey Logistics Solutions
Volume 1 - Issue 5 - 07/12/2006
World's First Inline Security IP, Dual Xeon RAID 5 Server, Etched Foil Heaters, Highly Sensitive Photo Transistors, Portable, Compact Dry Pumping System, Rotational Transfer Wet Benches
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 06/14/2006
High Reliability Connectors, Understanding GaAs Substrates, Ultrasonic Machining Services, Modular Cleanrooms, Printable Paste Adhesive, Accurate and Repeatable Pulse Measurement, Automated Wafer Instrumentation, Revolutionary Sub-Micron Particle Removal
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 05/10/2006
Wafer Dicing Spindles, Chemical Pumps/DI Water Heater, Accupol Lapping and Polishing Wafer Thinning Jig, Optical Profiler,High Performance Perfluoroelastomer, Surface Engineering and Modification Solutions, Biology and Your Engineering Product Design Problem, Laser Marking System
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 04/12/2006
Wafer Metrology Measurement Tool, Silicon Components, UV Curing System, Vision Measuring System, High-Temperature Semiconductor Molding Compound, Projection Welding
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 03/08/2006
Simplify Shipping Heavy Freight, Ultrasonic Machining Services, Automated Semiconductor Equipment, Semiconductor Reliability Test System, Semiconductor Development; Die Attach Adhesive