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China Accelerates Foundry, Power Semi Efforts


China has unveiled several initiatives to advance its domestic semiconductor industry, including a new and massive fab expansion campaign in the foundry, gallium-nitride (GaN), and silicon carbide (SiC) markets. The nation is making a big push into what it calls “third-generation semiconductors,” which is a misnomer. The term actually refers to two existing and common power semiconductor... » read more

International Roadmap for Devices and Systems lithography roadmap


Abstract: "Background: Planned improvements in semiconductor chip performance have historically driven improvements in lithography and this is expected to continue in the future. The International Roadmap for Devices and Systems roadmap helps the industry plan for the future. Aim: The 2021 lithography roadmap shows requirements, possible options, and challenges for the next 15 years. Resul... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 16


New hybrid EUV photoresist The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the winners for a recent entrepreneurial technology competition, including the development of a new EUV hybrid resist and an antibody therapeutics platform. The event, called the National Lab Accelerator Pitch Event, involved a competition among 11 researchers within the DOE’s national labs. Researchers pitched ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 2


IRDS lithography roadmap The Journal of Micro/Nanopatterning, Materials, and Metrology (JM3) has published a paper that outlines the lithography roadmap and the various challenges for the next 15 years. The paper, called the "International Roadmap for Devices and Systems lithography roadmap," projects that extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and a next-generation version will remain the m... » read more

Why Mask Blanks Are Critical


Geoff Akiki, president of Hoya LSI at the Hoya Group, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about optical and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography as well as mask blanks. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: Mask blanks are components that serve as the base or the substrate for a photomask. Why are they critical? Akiki: If you look at Hoya, we've been positioned as... » read more

Gearing Up For High-NA EUV


The semiconductor industry is moving full speed ahead to develop high-NA EUV, but bringing up this next generation lithography system and the associated infrastructure remains a monumental and expensive task. ASML has been developing its high-numerical aperture (high-NA) EUV lithography line for some time. Basically, high-NA EUV scanners are the follow-on to today’s EUV lithography systems... » read more

High-NA EUVL: the next major step in lithography


"In the course of 2025, we expect to see the introduction of the first high-NA extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment in high-volume manufacturing environments. These next-generation lithography systems will be key to advance Moore’s Law towards the logic 2nm technology generation and beyond. In this article, imec scientists and engineers involved in preparing this major engine... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Oct. 5


EUV lithography storage ring At the recent SPIE Photomask Technology + EUV Lithography conference, Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) presented a paper on its latest efforts to develop a free-electron laser (FEL) storage ring source power unit for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. KEK has demonstrated a proof-of-concept EUV-FEL, which has been in R&D. EUV-FEL... » read more

Inside Intel’s Ambitious Roadmap


Ann Kelleher, senior vice president and general manager of Technology Development at Intel, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the company’s new logic roadmap, as well as lithography, packaging, and process technology. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: Intel recently disclosed its new logic roadmap. Beyond Intel 3, the company is working on Intel 20A. Wit... » read more

Angstrom-Level Measurements With AFMs


Competition is heating up in the atomic force microscopy (AFM) market, where several vendors are shipping new AFM systems that address various metrology challenges in packaging, semiconductors and other fields. AFM, a small but growing field that has been under the radar, involves a standalone system that provides surface measurements on structures down to the angstrom level. (1 angstrom = 0... » read more

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