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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, …

Seven Sound Bytes from SEMICON

July 20, 2015

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Our amazing industry continues to do the extraordinary, and it was all on stage at SEMICON West in San Francisco this July. Experts from across …

A 35-Year Perspective – Industry Milestones

May 26, 2015

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This article continues our look back over the past 35 years since Lam was founded. In our first perspective piece, we took a look at …

Golden Anniversary of Moore’s Law

April 6, 2015

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This April marks the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law, an insightful observation long used to benchmark the pace of semiconductor technology advancement. In his pivotal …

Tech Brief: Multiple Patterning Makes Miniaturization Possible

March 23, 2015

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Have you ever wondered how everyday electronics, like smartphones and tablets, pack so much functionality into such relatively small and lightweight packages? If so, here’s …

A 35-Year Perspective – End-User Devices

March 16, 2015

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As we commemorate Lam’s 35th anniversary, journey back with us to remember and appreciate some amazing semiconductor technology developments and their impact over the years. …

MEMS—Small Devices, Big Future

December 1, 2014

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Ever hear the saying, “Good things come in small packages?” When it comes to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), the old adage is proving true in the …

By the Numbers: Mobile Phone Fun Facts

November 17, 2014

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Mobile phones are a big consumer of semiconductor chips, particularly smartphones, of which more than 1 billion shipped in 2013. It’s rewarding to recognize the …

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