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IN THIS ISSUE — APRIL 25, 2011
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NEWS
MTPV Readying Micron-Gap Thermal Photovoltaics
Glass factories and other industrial plants generating huge amounts of heat may be the first point of entry for micron-gap thermal photovoltaics, which converts heat into electricity, MTPV president David Mather told a SEMI Austin audience.
Foundries Flex with Customers Via Reserve Capacity
The semiconductor foundry industry is changing its strategy to accommodate leading-edge customers. Today's markets are much harder to plan for than in the past. And foundries are taking a different tack with leading-edge processes compared with mature technologies, analysts said.
Applied Rolls Aristo Twin for Touch Displays
Applied Materials said its Aristo Twin system will enable higher-productivity manufacturing of touch displays, which can require 15 or more PVD film layers. The tool is able to process substrate sizes up to 2.2m x 2.5m.
Experts At The Table: Yield Issues
Second of three parts: Problems without solutions; tracking the causes of hot spots; defining acceptable yield; economic considerations beyond yield.
Experts At The Table: Yield Issues
Last of three parts: The growing importance of DFM; challenges in 3D stacking; trust and the sharing of data; who owns the problem?
TSMC Sees Double Patterning at 20nm Generation
TSMC will move to double patterning for the 20nm node, which moves to pilot production beginning in the third quarter of next year. The foundry also will add a local interconnect layer for improved contact resistance and easier routing.
IITC Moves to Dresden for 2011 Event
Interconnect technology in its many forms will be discussed at the 2011 IEEE International Interconnect Technology Conference (IITC) in Dresden, Germany next month. Imec researchers will discuss an interconnect technology for resistive RAMs, while a Research Alliance team will discuss double patterning for 64nm pitch interconnects.
TI Buy Brings "Benefits of Scale" to National
Templeton Texas Instruments will seek to boost revenue growth rates after its acquisition of National Semiconductor is finalized, said TI CEO Richard Templeton. "We are not consolidating. We looked at (National's) revenue growth over the last two years, and realized that we could get those rates growing faster."
GlobalFoundries Joins Imec's Core CMOS Program
GlobalFoundries will join Imec's core CMOS program, attracted in part by the ability to co-develop EUV lithography at the Belgium-based consortium. Also, Imec's proximity to the GlobalFoundries Dresden fab complex played a role in the decision.
Cleaning Getting Tougher as Transistors Shrink
DES Experts at the Sematech Surface Preparation and Cleaning Conference (SPCC) described new cleaning challenges, including contaminants outgassing from FOUPs to wafers, fluoride corrosion of bond pads, and environmental issues.
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TOP STORIES / FEATURES
IHS iSuppli: Apple Faces Various iPad 2 Challenges
While much of the iPad 2-related news has focused on how Apple would deal with the Japan quake, other issues may be playing a larger role in constraining the supply, said IHS iSuppli.
Celestica Acquiring Brooks Manufacturing Unit
Celestica Inc. will acquire the equipment contract manufacturing operations of Brooks Automation, which manufactures equipment front-end modules in Portland, Ore. and Wuxi, China.
BSE Tech Aims at Front-End Secondary Equipment
To serve the market for refurbished front-end equipment, BSE Group has acquired Asia Tech Corp. and will expand a facility in Tempe, Ariz.
O-S-D, 'New MEMS' Markets to Accelerate
The optoelectronic, sensor/actuator, and discrete (O-S-D) sector will continue to show strong growth this year, after a record 2010, said IC Insights. IHS iSuppli said a category called "New MEMS" will accelerate this year.
Abu Dhabi to Increase Chip-Related Spending
Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development, the majority owner of GlobalFoundries, is preparing a major investment in semiconductors this year, reported The National, an English-language newspaper in the UAE.
San Diego, Soitec Sign CPV Contracts
As California's governor signed legislation calling for one-third of the state's power to come from renewable sources, the San Diego utility and Soitec Solar signed three contracts for energy developed by concentrator photovoltaic modules provided by Soitec's Concentrix subsidiary. The concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules will be manufactured in a Soitec factory to be built in the San Diego area.
ASMC Planned for May 16-18 in Saratoga Springs
The Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2011) will be held May 16-18 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., featuring 65 presentations covering process technologies and fab productivity.
InfiniScale, Leti to Tackle Variability in FD-SOI
"Collaborating with Leti's design and technology teams will be decisive in the development of our next-generation solution for the most aggressive sub-28nm technologies," said Firas Mohamed, founder and CEO of InfiniScale.
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BLOGS / TWITTER
Editor’s View

Alchimer's Challenge
Can Alchimer S.A., a spinout from the French CEA lab, achieve commercial success?…
ASN's All Things SOI

MEMS on SOI - Growing Fast and Faster
MEMS designers are doing amazing things on SOI. In "SOI for MEMS: A Promising Material", Dr. Eric Mounier of Yole D…
Semico Spin

Wafer Demand: Good to Grow in 2011
The earthquake in Japan put a damper on growth in the second quarter but the lull will be temporary.…
Viewpoints: SEMI

Japan Earthquake: The Industry Will Respond and Rebound
The massive earthquake, tsunami and power plant disaster in Japan has brought great sadness to the semiconductor industr…
Litho Guru

Still Room at the Bottom
Scaling down doesn't behave like scaling up.…
ImPatterning

Photonic Cloaking Devices
Thick photonic crystals can be used to cloak the lines on a surface.…
Riding the Silicon Rapids

3D integration: different approaches for different goals