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Wearables Without Screens – Enhancing Quality of Life

March 20, 2017

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User experience designers around the world recognize that a screen isn’t always the most logical interface for every task or every person. Currently, much of our time is dominated by screens. At the office, we work on computer screens; at home, we watch our favorite entertainment on televisions and tablets; and on the go, we rely on smartphones as all-in-one touchscreen devices. However, as wearable technology advances and each device fits a specific purpose, we are starting to see new, screen-free wearables created to improve our lives, both on individual and societal levels. Leaders in these technologies are often based in the same region of the world that already designs and manufactures much of the world’s hardware – Asia. Here we take a look at some of the impressive screen-free devices coming out today.

Tech Brief: Primer on Packaging

January 17, 2017

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Ever open the body of your smartphone (perhaps unintentionally) and see small, black rectangles stuck on a circuit board? Those black rectangles are packaged chips. …

Taking Smart Fashion Mainstream

January 9, 2017

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The next major trend in consumer wearables may be smart fashion. For years, high fashion designers and celebrities have been incorporating smart technology into their …

Flashback to 2016

January 3, 2017

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Happy New Year and welcome back to the Lam Blog! For our first article of 2017, we wanted to share a few of our most …

Continued Scaling with Multiple Patterning

November 28, 2016

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Did you know that different patterns require different types of multiple patterning? Today’s advanced chips are more complex than ever before, with transistors and other …

Spooky Science – Tech or Treat!

October 31, 2016

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The lines between science fiction and reality continue to blur thanks to technological advances in devices like thermal imaging equipment, 3D printing, and even neural …

How Semiconductors Are Changing Our Homes

October 3, 2016

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From smartphones to televisions to refrigerators, it is hard to go more than a few hours without using a semiconductor-enabled device. In fact, since the …

Tech Brief: FinFET Fundamentals

September 12, 2016

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Transistors are at the heart of our cherished electronics. Millions, or even billions, of these tiny switches go to work for us when we check …

Multipatterning Poses Process Challenges

August 1, 2016

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Multiple patterning is an innovative approach to scaling semiconductors, but it also poses significant challenges controlling process variations. Lam’s Rick Gottscho, executive vice president of …

Test Your Knowledge of Semiconductor Terms

July 11, 2016

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The semiconductor industry uses so many unique terms, it practically has its own language. To keep up on the latest developments, knowing that “language” can …

10 Fun Facts About Silicon

May 31, 2016

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From the earliest chips to the latest technologies, silicon has long played a major role in semiconductor manufacturing as the substrates (wafers) on which devices …

One-on-One with Lam’s CTO – 3D NAND, Quantum Effects, and More

May 23, 2016

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Dave Hemker, CTO at Lam Research, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to look at some of the key issues on the process and manufacturing side, …

What’s After Moore’s Law? The Economist Takes a Look Ahead

May 2, 2016

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“‘There’s a law about Moore’s law,’ jokes Peter Lee, a vice-president at Microsoft Research: ‘The number of people predicting the death of Moore’s law doubles …

Innovation Key to Future Chipmaking and Cool New Products

April 27, 2016

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During an interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money, Lam CEO Martin Anstice shared his thoughts about the increasing importance of technology inflections and …

Tech Brief: Memory “Grows Up” with 3D NAND

April 11, 2016

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Since its introduction in the 1980s, NAND flash memory has radically changed how we store our digital data. Remember ordering duplicate photos when getting camera …

Tech Brief: The Role of Technology Inflections

February 29, 2016

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We often hear the word “inflection” used in the semiconductor industry, but what does it mean? In general, inflection refers to a point of change. …

A Sense of Scale: How Small Is Small?

February 1, 2016

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One of the most astounding aspects of semiconductor chips is their incredibly small scale. Practically measured in atoms, some feature dimensions are on the order …

Looking Ahead to 2016

January 18, 2016

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With the new year underway, you may be wondering what lies ahead for the semiconductor world. Once again, Solid State Technology has checked in with …

A Sense of Scale: How High Is High?

November 9, 2015

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When it comes to aspect ratios – how tall an object is vs. how wide it is – even the tallest buildings in the world …

A Sense of Scale: How Big Is a Billion?

September 14, 2015

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We often hear there are over a billion transistors in a single microprocessor today, but how big is a billion? That number is so enormous …

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