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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

Highly Selective Etch Rolls Out For Next-Gen Chips


Several etch vendors are starting to ship next-generation selective etch tools, paving the way for new memory and logic devices. Applied Materials was the first vendor to ship a next-gen selective etch system, sometimes called highly-selective etch, in 2016. Now, Lam Research, TEL, and others are shipping tools with highly-selective etch capabilities, in preparation for futuristic devices su... » read more

Blog Review: March 16


Ansys' Peter Hallschmid and Sandra Gely look at why, compared to rain and fog, snow is a different challenging environment for automotive sensors and how the random pattern of snowfall, properties of each flake, and the various distance between flakes play havoc on detecting objects. Siemens' Chuck Battikha focuses on how to protect against random hardware faults, the added costs of includin... » read more

Blog Review: March 9


Arm's Ajay Joshi investigates how to select the right benchmark for CPUs used in the Home device market, such as digital television and set-top box/over-the-top devices. Ansys' Jon Kordell checks out how reliability physics simulations and physical component characterization can support component swapping in high-reliability applications when the original part is unavailable due to supply ch... » read more

Technology Advances, Shortages Seen For Wire Bonders


A surge in demand for IC packages is causing long lead times for wire bonders, which are used to assemble three-fourths of the world’s packages. The wire bonder market doubled last year, alongside advanced packaging’s rise. Wirebonding is an older technology that typically flies under the radar. Still, packaging houses have multitudes of these key tools that help assemble many — but no... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Fab tools A fire broke out this week within ASML’s factory in Berlin, Germany. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured during this incident. The factory manufactures components for ASML’s lithography systems, including wafer tables and clamps, reticle chucks and mirror blocks. The fire took place on Jan. 3. On Jan. 7, ASML provided an update. "The manufacturing of DUV c... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 21


Cadence's Paul McLellan points to Log4J, a logging utility with a new major vulnerability that could affect hundreds of millions of devices, what's being done to address it, and why the underlying problems may be around for decades. Siemens EDA's Ray Salemi continues explaining how to use Python for verification by checking out the Python logging module for pyuvm and how it compares to UVM r... » read more

Chillers: A Cooling Product But Temperatures Still Rising


In what has been an incredible ride over the past five years for everyone in the semiconductor supply chain, suppliers of chillers have shined as standout performers. These cooling systems that are stuck in the sub-fab space under the clean rooms get little attention, yet revenues have more than doubled in the past five years, clocking a compound annual growth rate of 22% to reach $635 million ... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 15


Arm's Hannah Peeler, Joshua Randall, and Zach Lasiuk examine the carbon cost of data centers and introduce a tool that allows users to make informed decisions about the carbon impact of their compute workloads. Synopsys' Kenneth Larsen provides a primer on the fundamentals of quantum computing, the role of photonics in building quantum systems, and the future potential impact on chip design.... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Packaging Amkor plans to build a packaging plant in Bac Ninh, Vietnam. The first phase of the new factory will focus on providing system-in-package (SiP) assembly and test services for customers. The investment for the first phase of the facility is estimated to be between $200 million and $250 million. “This is a strategic, long-term investment in geographical diversification and factory... » read more

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