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Leveraging The Digital Twin In Smart Microelectronics Manufacturing


Among the many tenets of smart manufacturing, “digital twin” solutions represent a significant opportunity for microelectronics manufacturers to leverage existing and emerging technologies to improve quality and throughput, and reduce variability and cost. The microelectronics industry is working vigorously to leverage the big data revolution and tap into smart manufacturing (SM) and Indu... » read more

Generation 10+ Fabs Enable Bigger, Brighter, Better TV Displays


Consumers are moving to larger and larger televisions, attracted by the chance to have a more immersive experience and the ability to see what is on the screen from farther away. TV sizes continue to grow by 1 to 1.5 inches per year, and sales of TVs with 65” or larger screens—so-called Gen10+ flat panel displays (FPDs)—are growing exponentially (figure 1). Figure 1. Television shi... » read more

E-Beam Review And CD Measurement Revolutionizes Display Yield Management


Fundamental changes are occurring in the display industry, driven by demands for higher-resolution screens and other capabilities for both mobile and TV applications. To meet these demands, the display technology roadmap in this article calls for innovations in materials, processes and device technology. Critical requirements include smaller design rules and the adoption of a range of materi... » read more

150MM Alive and Kicking


Did you think chip making on 150mm wafers was a thing of the past? Think again. Many of the megatrends shaping our collective futures—mobility, autonomous driving and electric vehicles, 5G wireless communications, augmented- and virtual reality (AR/VR), and healthcare—depend on innovations created on the 150mm wafer size. While attention is often riveted on the race to the leading-edge n... » read more

Industry 4.0 Reaches Into the Subfab


To unlock the full potential of their manufacturing systems and personnel, companies in many industries are rapidly moving toward highly automated systems and digital data-driven methods and tools. Widely known as “smart manufacturing” or Industry 4.0, the resulting productivity improvements are often so dramatic that many people are calling this shift a new industrial revolution. The se... » read more

New Metrology and Inspection Technologies Needed for More-Than-Moore Markets


The escalating costs of following Moore’s Law have shifted the semiconductor industry’s focus to More-than-Moore (MtM) technologies, where analog/mixed-signal, RF, MEMS, image sensing, power or other technologies may be integrated with CMOS in a variety of planar, 2.5D and 3D architectures. The integration of these and other key technologies is enabling a host of fast-growing application... » read more

The Value of Runtime Knowledge Management


In clinical and commercial manufacturing when measures are taken to prevent deviations, the findings aren’t often shared across the enterprise and when corrective actions are taken to resolve an issue, they often don’t address the actual root cause(s). The Applied SmartFactory® Rx™ Knowledge Management solution allows knowledge captured in the R&D and design phases to be used th... » read more

Adapt Or Fall Behind: Surviving And Thriving In The Competitive Jungle Of Plant Operations Scheduling And IIoT


Biopharmaceutical manufacturing has required significant technological developments in the area of cell culture, chromatography, and purification. It is no small miracle that every day across the world, millions of liters of cell culture capacity generates life-saving medicines for the patients who need it. The bio-manufacturing process is unique in its need for— Tight regulation of an i... » read more

Moving Toward The Smart Factory In Microelectronics Manufacturing


The era of smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the smart factory promises significant opportunities to reduce cost, boost productivity and improve quality in microelectronics manufacturing. But it also presents the industry with new, unique challenges. Smart manufacturing (SM) is a term “generally applied to a movement in manufacturing practices towards integration up and down the supply... » read more

Patterning Interconnects At 10nm And Below


By Connie Duncan Chip manufacturers today build billions of transistors on a chip, delivering incredible computing power to consumers. What often gets overlooked is how hard it’s getting to create the many miles of ultra-thin copper wiring used to connect each of the transistors. Patterning these electrical pathways is becoming increasingly challenging as they grow denser and finer, and any ... » read more