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Now the Bad News About the Process

Now the Bad News About the Process In attempts to make manufacturing more sensitive to resource and energy consumption, companies often become stymied by simultaneous efforts to increase throughput and reduce costs. This MIT News columnist explores these seemingly incompatible parallel goals. Using solar panels as an example similar to the manufacture of microchips, he says current manufacturing techniques dramatically reduce the panels' energy payback over and above the energy required to make them. Part of the problem can be blamed on new and inefficient processes that will undoubtedly improve over time. Chandler stresses the overriding need to make those improvements as quickly as possible.

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UL...Your Partner in Semiconductor Testing
Underwriters Laboratories

UL...Your Partner in Semiconductor Testing Underwriters Laboratories is a globally-recognized resource for certification and compliance information for the Industrial Control Equipment and Semiconductor Fabrication industries and can provide a suite of services to meet you or your customers' worldwide needs.

For more information, visit us at www.ul.com or come visit us at SEMICON 2009 North Hall Booth 5883.

Hexoloy® SG Silicon Carbide
Saint-Gobain Ceramics — Hexoloy

Hexoloy® SG Silicon Carbide Hexoloy® SG Silicon Carbide is a unique electrically conductive analog of sintered silicon carbide that can be readily DC magnetron sputtered. Hexoloy® SG features high-density and uniform electrical resistivity, less than 5 ohm-cm. It can be sputtered at high deposition rates compared to other ceramic target sources, with controllable thin film optical properties.

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Economy Encourages Custom Outsourcing

Economy Encourages Custom Outsourcing Semiconductor companies are separating chip design from manufacturing. But what about custom chips destined for specific applications? EDN makes a case for outsourcing, as internal teams may create only a few designs a year; not enough to keep up with changing technology. Specialists can offer a better product with fewer complications.

Smaller Than the Light

Smaller Than the Light Can you use light to etch a wafer with lines an order of magnitude narrower than the light's wavelength? The key is a material that is sometimes transparent, and at other times opaque. The technique involves exposing the material to two different light wavelengths simultaneously, with one wavelength serving as a mask for the other.

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The Phoenix of Automotive ICs

The Phoenix of Automotive ICs The steep drop in car sales over the past year had a much less profound impact on the sale of ICs for automotive applications. According to this Automotive DesignLine article, customers may add sound systems or other electronics to prolong the life of the car they have, and new cars contain more chips than their predecessors.

Powering Tomorrow's Networks

Powering Tomorrow's Networks Touting a new generation of workstation microprocessors, Intel has introduced the Xeon 5500, a quadcore device to address the needs of embedded systems, cloud computing, and other high-end applications. Companies like IBM, Dell, Sun, and HP are already designing systems to exploit the device's advanced capabilities.

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Nano Indenter G300

Agilent Technologies / Nanomechanical Instruments

Nano Indenter G300 Presented with a need to provide a fast and reliable method to acquire mechanical data on uncut silicon wafers, Nano Instruments' engineers developed an aggressive solution — NANO Indenter XPW. Equipped with a sample stage supporting test specimens with diameters up to 300 mm, it accommodates nearly all industry needs.

Titanate Nano Powders (Barium,
Strontium Titanate)

TPL, Inc.

Titanate Nano Powders (Barium, Strontium Titanate) TPL offers a range of titanate powders with controlled size and chemistry. NanOxide™ powders are produced via an aqueous, low temperature process that allows for binary and tertiary oxide compositions with controlled stoichiometries. The crystalline ceramic powders have uniform spherical morphology and high dielectric constant with sintering temperatures as low as 1000 C.

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Critical Dimensions Predict Yields

Critical Dimensions Predict Yields A major challenge in chip manufacturing is getting information to predict and improve future yields. This Solid State Technology article describes using scanning transmission electron metrology (STEM) to measure critical product dimensions. The authors claim up to 88% correlation with electrical test measurement techniques.

Defining Parametric Measurement Demands

Defining Parametric Measurement Demands Shrinking electronic logic proliferates device flavors and applications. You must define parametric measurements that can determine whether a device will pass or fail, along with the accompanying uncertainties. This white paper describes the challenge to test engineers, and presents guidelines to help ensure overall device quality.

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Why Build Up?

Why Build Up? Reducing the scale of device circuitry eventually bumps up against practical limitations. So how do we create the next great technological advance? Semiconductor International suggests that building 3D circuits and saving real estate opens up two levels of scaling that can support continued development.

Making the Third Dimension

Making the Third Dimension How do you modify manufacturing processes to make the transition from 2 to 3D designs? Atotech, SEMATECH, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Albany aim find out. Their goal: create processes and guidelines to make expanding into 3D both achievable and affordable.

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Semiconductor Crystals — Silicon
Carbide (SiC)

Fairfield Crystal Technology, LLC.

Semiconductor Crystals — Silicon Carbide (SiC) Fairfield Crystal now offers non-polar and semi-polar SiC wafers for a variety of semiconductor applications. They use a unique process to produce our single crystal Silicon Carbide (SiC) crystals. They produce single-crystal hexagonal material, both 4H and 6H for a variety of device applications.

Printed and Thin Film Photovoltaics
and Batteries

IDTechEx, Inc.

Printed and Thin Film Photovoltaics and Batteries Proprietary nano-particle silicon printing processes are developed by companies such as innovalight and Kovio and it promises many of the photovoltaic features that conventional silicon can never achieve. It can be printed reel to reel on stainless steel or other high temperature substrates.

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Maybe Those Who Can't, Can't Teach

Maybe Those Who Can't, Can't Teach As more engineers find themselves looking for work, one tempting possibility for a career change is to go into teaching. Here, the New York Times 'Room for Debate' blog examines this option, uncovering both advantages and drawbacks. There aren't as many teaching jobs out there as you might think, and — as some who have tried it can attest — teaching isn't for the faint of heart. Then consider, even if you did become a teacher — do you have any idea what it takes to be good at it?

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A Chip's Detour from Reality

A Chip's Detour from Reality The technological revolution brought by the semiconductor industry has spawned an entire universe of innovative experiments in how to take advantage of that technology. Results have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime. Just a few years ago, today's level of computer animation was virtually impossible to achieve. This outstanding example of semiconductor power from the fertile minds of Neil Gaiman and Gahan Wilson definitely falls into the first category.

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About This Month's Topic... More Green Can Mean Less Green

Becoming more environmentally-friendly can be contrary to cutting costs and maximizing the profit. Are you adjusting processes and procedures accordingly? How much emphasis do you place on going green; any success?


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Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/12/2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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