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Vogler D.,SEMI
Solid State Technology | Year: 2013

Semicon West 2013, to be held July 9-11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, will feature over 500 exhibitors, 50 hours of conference programs and more than 30,000 industry attendees. Skip Miller will present a topic on 'NXE Platform Performance and Volume Introduction' while Ben Rathsack, on 'Advances in Directed Self-Assembly Integration and Manufacturability on 300mm Wafers'. Speakers and topics on the challenges of nonplanar transistor processing include Gary Patton, IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center, Subramani Kengeri from GlobalFoundries, and many more. The SEMICON West 450 Transition Forum will provide the latest updates on the status of 450 R&D, as well as a review of key technology considerations and a discussion of implications and opportunities for the supply chain. Source


Vogler D.,SEMI
Solid State Technology | Year: 2014

Experts state that continued shrinks will require a mix of different approaches to lithography, device structures, and 3D integration. One next-generation lithography (NGL) technology that Nikon has been evaluating is directed self-assembly (DSA). It is the scanners that make the guide patterns used to guide the block copolymers that self-assemble, so that the company was interested in anticipating what might be needed in terms of additional performance requirements on 193 immersion scanners to make the guide patterns. The company's S630D is able to meet the requirements and the S622D is coming along to meet these objectives. The IMAGINE Program is another such program, which is charged with developing and industrializing electron beam high-throughput maskless lithography developed by MAPPER Lithography. This technique appears attractive for coping with the increasing difficulties relative to the patterning of critical levels, such as contact layers, and the cut level in the case of complementary lithography. Source


Dieseldorff C.G.,SEMI
Solid State Technology | Year: 2014

The general consensus for the semiconductor industry is that 2014's positive trend will continue into 2015. Both revenue growth and unit shipment growth are expected to be in the mid- to high- single digit range. The SEMI World Fab Forecast also provides detailed data about fab construction projects underway. SEMI reports that the outlook is positive for 2014 for the chip-making industry compared to the previous few years and the outlook for 2015 also remains healthy. In addition to foundries, the World Fab Forecast report captures capacities across all industry segments as well as Systems LSI, Analog, Power, MEMS, LED, Memory and Logic/MPUSs. Source


Vogler D.,SEMI
Solid State Technology | Year: 2014

Semiconductor industry experts' note that once the industry adopts 5nm, something new will have to happen. One technology getting close scrutiny is carbon nanotube (CNT) logic transistors. H.S. Philip Wong, the Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, explains that transistors made with carbon nanotubes as the channel material hold special promise. The promise is due to the ultra-thin body of the carbon nanotube being only about one nanometer, while at the same time retaining excellent carrier transport properties. The key issues in bringing CNT logic transistors to the forefront include contact resistance, maintaining good carrier transport while meeting electrostatic requirements, having a coordinated effort in industry, and taking a practical approach and recognizing that exotic, non-FET-based devices will not meet the time line of the industry for the 5nm node. Source


Morgan R.,SEMI | Weiss B.,SEMI | Berwind J.,AEI Research | Raithel S.,SEMI Europe
Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference | Year: 2012

The "new" global photovoltaic industry is rapidly approaching $100B[1] but remains heavily subsidized, policy driven and subject to market barriers and profitability challenges. The key to competitive success and industry growth revolves around standardization and technology where the industry can resolve shared challenges collectively and publicly. This paper will outline how global industry standards and roadmaps help reduce industry barriers and accelerate market adoption of photovoltaics. © 2012 IEEE. Source

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