Searching For Rare Earths Again

Rare earths are back in the spotlight again. Rare earths are chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust. They are used in cars, consumer electronics, computers, communications, clean energy and defense systems. The big market for rare earths is magnets. In semiconductor production, rare earths are used in high-k dielectrics, CMP slurries and other applications. Last year, the World Tr... » read more

Searching For Rare Earths

The semiconductor industry is pre-occupied with several and expensive technologies at once. One the device side, the industry is looking at new chip architectures, such as 3D NAND, finFETs and stacked die. On the manufacturing front, there is 450mm technology, next-generation lithography (NGL) and new materials. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Another technology that deserve... » read more