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Site-Specific Compositional Info from Periodic Nanostructures Obtained Using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry


A new technical paper titled "Quantification of area-selective deposition on nanometer-scale patterns using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry" was published by researchers at IMEC and KU Leuven. "We present a site-specific elemental analysis of nano-scale patterns whereby the data acquisition is based on Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). The analysis builds on probing a larg... » read more

3D Racetrack Memory Device (Max Planck)


A new technical paper titled "Three-dimensional racetrack memory devices designed from freestanding magnetic heterostructures" was published by researchers at Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany. "Magnetic racetrack memory encodes data in a series of magnetic domain walls that are moved by current pulses along magnetic nanowires. To date, most studies have focuse... » read more

Wafer Cleaning Becomes Key Challenge In Manufacturing 3D Structures


Wafer cleaning, once a rather mundane task as simple as dipping wafers in cleaning fluid, is emerging as one of the top major engineering challenges for manufacturing GAA FETs and 3D-ICs. With these new 3D structures — some on the horizon but some already in high-volume manufacturing — semiconductor wafer equipment and materials suppliers in the wet cleaning business are at the epicenter... » read more

Chipmaking In The Third Dimension


Every few months, new and improved electronics are introduced. They’re typically smaller, smarter, faster, have more bandwidth, are more power-efficient, etc. — all thanks to a new generation of advanced chips and processors. Our digital society has come to expect this steady drip of new devices as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. Behind the scenes, however, engineers are working feve... » read more

Inverse Design of Inflatable Soft Membranes Through Machine Learning


Abstract "Across fields of science, researchers have increasingly focused on designing soft devices that can shape-morph to achieve functionality. However, identifying a rest shape that leads to a target 3D shape upon actuation is a non-trivial task that involves inverse design capabilities. In this study, a simple and efficient platform is presented to design pre-programmed 3D shapes starting... » read more

Future Challenges For Advanced Packaging


Michael Kelly, vice president of advanced packaging development and integration at Amkor, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about advanced packaging and the challenges with the technology. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: We’re in the midst of a huge semiconductor demand cycle. What’s driving that? Kelly: If you take a step back, our industry has always ... » read more

Industrial Radiography — CT Scanning for Metrology Applications


Xray technology, more specifically computed tomography (CT), has been adapted for use as an instrument of industrial metrology. Early adopters have quickly recognized the benefits of internal and external nondestructive testing for 3D defect detection and geometric analysis, while those considering adoption may be uncertain how to implement the technology effectively. This study was conducted t... » read more

Automated ESD Protection Verification For 2.5D And 3D ICs


While automated flows for ESD protection verification are well-established for 2D ICs, 2.5D and 3D designs present new challenges in both ESD circuit design and verification. Advanced automated ESD verification methodology accurately and effectively evaluates ESD protection in 2.5/3D IC designs. Ensuring correct and consistent ESD protection in 2.5/3D ICs raises the reliability and product life... » read more

Why Wafer Bumps Are Suddenly So Important


Wafer bumps need to be uniform in height to facilitate subsequent manufacturing steps, but a push for 100% inspection in packaging in mission-critical markets is putting a strain on existing measurement technologies. Bump co-planarity is essentially a measure of flatness. Specifically, it measures the variation in bump height, which may have a target, for example, of about 100 microns. As a ... » read more

Making Chip Packaging More Reliable


Packaging houses are readying the next wave of IC packages, but these products must prove to be reliable before they are incorporated into systems. These packages involve several advanced technologies, such as 2.5D/3D, chiplets and fan-out, but vendors also are working on new versions of more mature package types, like wirebond and leadframe technologies. As with previous products, packaging... » read more

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