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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 …

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 …

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 …

Tech Brief: All About ALE

November 14, 2016

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Greek philosopher Democritus (460-370 BC) first proposed the existence of an ultimate particle, which he described as “atomos.” He probably never dreamed that one day …

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 …

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 …

Chip Industry’s Unprecedented Pace of Innovation

August 17, 2015

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No other industry even comes close to the extraordinary rate of technology advancement that takes place in the semiconductor industry. Without this pace of innovation, …