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It ain't Over ‘Til It's Over

It ain't Over ?Til It's Over One good thing can be said for certain about the current economic downturn: it's been a while since the last time we saw a decline like this. Some sectors are seeing their revenues declining by half, and industry prognosticators see no signs of a quick turnaround. Nevertheless, you can take certain steps to improve your own performance. This piece from EDN suggests ways to help get you through this period and get ready for the next upturn. A number of industry experts suggest honing your focus, taking good care of your customers, watching expenses, and planning for a future that will arrive, whatever the current situation.

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Leading Manufacturer of Semiconductor
Aftermarket IC's

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc.

Leading Manufacturer of Semiconductor Aftermarket IC's Lansdale Semiconductor manufactures some of the most popular and timeless commercial wireless, telecommunications, military, and aerospace integrated circuits (IC's).

Lansdale manufactures over 3,000 classic design ICs in the original package, exactly as they were created and produced by AMD, Fairchild, Freescale Semiconductor, Harris, Intel, Motorola, National, Philips (formerly Signetics), and Raytheon.

Vacuum Oven Rapid Drying without Residue

BINDER Inc.

Vacuum Oven Rapid Drying without Residue Rapid drying with no residues, no oxidation — all under gentle conditions. Safe drying of materials under vacuum always presents a special challenge. You can meet this challenge with confidence. We have developed a special safety concept that sets new standards for safe drying, all while maintaining our usual perfect performance and quality.

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Stepping Further from Silicon

Stepping Further from Silicon Silicon has carried the industry a long way. Increasingly, however, the need for speed and lower power consumption drives research to alternatives. Gallium arsenide is used in some speed-sensitive applications, but power consumption limits its universal use. Other proposals include a silicon and indium antimonide mix that promises speeds up to 140 GHz.

Enter Organic Electronics

Enter Organic Electronics Engineers also look for alternatives to silicon for solar cells. Organic semiconductors have taken a giant step into that arena. University of Toronto researchers discovered how transferred energy moves within the long molecules of conjugated polymers. There work dramatically improves the effectiveness of this promising technology.

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Users Retreat from the Next Great Gadget

Users Retreat from the Next Great Gadget The semiconductor industry will emerge from this economic downturn with significant changes. Customers may have less desire for a device with the greatest transistor density and functionality. According to this EE Times article, expect a flight to value. Designers must address a paradigm shift toward price sensitivity for equivalent capability.

Not an Uncontested Divorce

Not an Uncontested Divorce The efforts of AMD to divest their manufacturing and concentrate on design and development hit an unexpected snag. Semiconductor giant Intel says the cross-licensing agreements reached between the two isn't transferable because the new entity won't be an AMD subsidiary. The resulting claims/counterclaims may be settled through negotiation.

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Ultra Pure Rubber Seals
CT Gasket & Polymer Co., Inc.

Ultra Pure Rubber Seals Looking for High Quality Ultra Pure Rubber Seals and O-rings? Look no further than CTG, Inc.

We offer two compounds: CTV10352 (Viton Polymer) and CTPFE11025 (PFE Polymer) from 30 in. Wafer Etching Chamber Seals to -210 Standard O-rings call CTG, Inc. for all your Ultra Pure Sealing requirements. Learn more...

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.

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Getting Ready to Ramp Up

Getting Ready to Ramp Up How do test engineers really see themselves in the design and manufacturing process when their company doesn't do full-scale manufacturing? Test & Measurement World pursues that question with an in-the-trenches test engineer. He describes the steps needed to ensure he can accurately characterize the device before ramping-up to full production.

Outsourcing Reaches Inward

Outsourcing Reaches Inward How does a test-equipment vendor manage the relationship with customers who outsource semiconductor fabrication? The increased necessity to outsource at least some manufacturing complicates relationships considerably. A fragmented business model means that vendors must supply equipment to address needs of companies at both ends of the process.

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Flying Over the Wafer

Flying Over the Wafer When is a semiconductor wafer like an old turntable? How can we make wafers with even denser electronics? According to physorg.com, the answer to both questions is: when the fabrication process uses ultraviolet light shining through plasmonic lenses as an optical stylus to quickly cut line patterns in 80 nm wide wafers.

Hold It While You Burn It In

Hold It While You Burn It In Burning-in devices at the end of the manufacturing process requires reliable sockets to hold devices in place and exercise them as needed. But the move to lead-free components complicates the task. Sockets must be harder and more resilient than for leaded devices, and the pin contacts must take greater forces without protest.

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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 Thermal Oxide (up to 15 um thick), LPCVD Nitrides (Stoichiometric, low stress, and 4 um thick super low stress), PECVD Films (including SiC and SiON), and metals (Evaporated and PVD). Rogue Valley Microdevices also offers silicon wafers with or without films.

NORTON® Coated Films

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics — Composites

NORTON® Coated Films For more than 30 years Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has serviced the Roll Label, Solar Window, and Industrial markets with a full range of silicone and non-silicone release systems on a wide variety of substrates. The OptiLiner consists of film release liners with super-clear, super-smooth coatings designed for use against optical PSA's (pressure sensitive adhesives).

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Daughters of the Fathers

Daughters of the Fathers What career do you want your daughter to pursue? Researchers have long established that fathers exert considerable influence over the career choices of their sons. Researchers at the University of Maryland have presented evidence suggesting that the latest generation of girls also take career cues by watching their fathers. This somewhat surprising trend results from the fact that many women today are embarking on career paths previously dominated by men.

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Grounds for Consideration

Grounds for Consideration So you need a cup of coffee to jump-start your early morning activities? Maybe you should feed some to your car. Researchers at the University of Nevada (Reno) have discovered a technique for producing biodiesel fuel from used coffee grounds — happily contributed by Starbucks. And unlike biodiesel from some other sources, this one has little other use and the only smell it emits is the aroma of coffee.

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About This Month's Topic... China Wants a Slice of the Semi Pie

China has declared its intention to enter the world of semiconductor R&D in a big way. Will their efforts affect the success of your own research? Will you join them? Compete head-to-head against them?


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Silicon Microphone; Semiconductor Crystals - Silicon Carbide (SiC); Affordable Wafer Shape and Thickness Tools; Automated Wafer-Die Inspection Services; Semiconductor Testing; Wafer Inspection Machine
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Simplify Shipping Heavy Freight, Ultrasonic Machining Services, Automated Semiconductor Equipment, Semiconductor Reliability Test System, Semiconductor Development; Die Attach Adhesive