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The Crystal Ball Coming into Focus

The Crystal Ball Coming into Focus Nanotechnology has become the latest semiconductor industry 'buzz-word'. Everyone is talking about the state of its current development and speculating on potential applications. This item from the BBC looks outside the box at the nano-technological future. Its speculations range from robots that fit inside a syringe and operate within the human body, to devices for tomorrow's computers that store orders of magnitude more data than they can today yet consume far less power and dissipate comparably less heat. By casting a wide net, these reports reach beyond the mundane to a world we are barely beginning to understand.

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Fast Delivery for ASM Epsilon Thermocouples

Conax Technologies

Fast Delivery for ASM Epsilon Thermocouples When emergencies happen, you can count on Conax Semiconductor. We carry many standard sizes and types of thermocouples for the ASM Epsilon Reactor on our shelf for same-day shipment. These include thermocouples for the 150mm, 200mm, and 300mm Reactors. Please give us a call and see how we may help you.

Kerk's Motion Control in Semiconductor

Kerk Motion Products Inc.

Kerk's Motion Control in Semiconductor Industry The compact slide assembly is becoming a very popular alternative to linear ways, ball slides, and square rails. In fact, 60% to 70% of all applications that are driving with a lead screw can use a slide as well, so the product's usage in the semiconductor industry is virtually limitless.

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Do You Know If It Works?

Do You Know If It Works? When you make a material on the edge of technology, can you be sure it is free from defects? What measuring instruments and pass/fail criteria do you use? This article examines measuring carbon nanotube characteristics, exploring the thinking and developments required to turn this material into a viable industry.

Materials at the Gate

Materials at the Gate As semiconductor gates shrink, the material that builds them becomes more critical. This white paper details technology that permits 45 nm architectures, including high k+ metal transistors that reach full-scale production for the first time. Further shrinking transistors means introducing a third-generation of strained silicon and other esoteric material refinements.

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Losing Your Memory (Size)

Losing Your Memory (Size) Just when you thought it was safe to plan manufacturing processes around 45 or 32 nm architectures, IBM delivers an SRAM cell incorporating 22 nm design rules. This 0.1 micron2 cell can be manufactured using existing mass-production techniques. IBM will announce more details at December's International Electron Devices meeting in San Francisco.

Tolerate Faults and Boost Yields

Tolerate Faults and Boost Yields Finding viable ways to reduce semiconductor defect levels, test efforts, and other tangible and intangible costs is becoming more imperative. Recognizing that a perfect process making completely defect-free products remains elusive, this Solid State Technology article advocates a lithographic solution that allows circuits to more successfully tolerate structural faults.

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Semiconductor Wafer Processing Nesting
Insaco, Inc.

Semiconductor Wafer Processing Nesting Insaco is capable of machine and jig grinding precise features to extreme tolerance in ceramic materials. This allows developmental engineers in the semiconductor and compound semiconductor industries to handle small process wafers on a large wafer line. For more information including available material properties with an interactive Designer's Guide visit Inasco, Inc.

Simriz® 508 for Semiconductor Applications
Simrit-Division of Freudenberg-NOK

Simriz® 508 for Semiconductor Applications Simriz 508 is designed for demanding high temperature static or dynamic sealing applications in many dry chemical environments. Simriz 508 is suited for many oxidizing plasma chemistries. Simriz 508 also exhibits outstanding chemical resistance.

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Mixing Apples and Mack Trucks

Mixing Apples and Mack Trucks Merging companies with different corporate cultures requires understanding the personality and needs of both. How do you handle disparate product lines, or focus development budgets? This Test & Measurement World column examines one company's answer. After merging with LTX, Credence introduced a new entry to its semiconductor test equipment.

Cooperation Benefits Everyone

Cooperation Benefits Everyone No single manufacturer or test-equipment vendor can pretend to have all the answers to electronics test. The Semiconductor Test Consortium (STC) pools expertise from a wide range of sources and identifies common solutions. This piece from Evaluation Engineering describes several new working groups created to meet industries' latest needs.

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Burning without the Heat

Burning without the Heat Lithographic processes by necessity heat up the surfaces of the devices they produce. As circuit features continue to shrink, the deformation caused by that heat can no longer be ignored. This Microlithography World article examines thermal aberrations, how to determine their extent, and how to minimize their effects.

Keep the Noise Down

Keep the Noise Down Accurate, high-voltage DC/DC converters require minimizing circuit noise. Jim Williams of Linear Technology Corp. presents a typical device's noise specifications and describes some design and manufacturing techniques necessary to achieve them. He emphasizes the safety issues affecting the people involved.

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DI Water Best Practices: Replacing Outdated TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Sensors
Mettler-Toledo Thornton Inc.

DI Water Best Practices: Replacing Outdated TOC (Total Organic Carbon) Sensors Increase measurement speed and reduce operating costs.

Read how a major semiconductor firm benefitted from replacing critical analytical parameters of its deionization loop, thus minimizing the risks of DI water reduction or a system shutdown.

Matrox Iris P700 Wafer Reader

Matrox Imaging Products Group

Matrox Iris P700 Wafer Reader All-in-one programmable wafer ID mark reader by Matrox.

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•  highly-integrated two-piece design
•  specially crafted LED-based illumination and lens
•  high-fidelity, high-resolution monochrome CCD image sensor
•  embedded Intel® architecture processor running Microsoft® Windows® CE .NET
•  programmed using familiar Microsoft® development environment and Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)
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Surviving a (Sometimes) Hostile Workplace

Surviving a (Sometimes) Hostile Workplace Everyone experiences frustrations at work, from 'toxic bosses' who make the job more difficult instead of easier, to generational gaps in goals and working styles. Business Week presents a series of videos that examine issues contributed by readers and viewers. Other topics include work-life balance, staying entrepreneurial, time management, and negotiating bureaucracy. Watching them offers reassurance that you are not alone and provides information and coping mechanisms.

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It Ain't Dead Yet!

It Ain't Dead Yet! In spite of high oil prices, environmental impact, and other concerns today, rumors of the death of the now century-old internal combustion engine have been greatly exaggerated. So what does the future hold for this technology? According to The Economist, engineers are striving to enhance the performance of this dinosaur, taking advantage of its considerable benefits, while sufficiently minimizing its downsides to ensure its place in society for a long time to come.

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