Monday, March 21st, 2011
SPIE Advanced Lithography 2011 showed few new tools or techniques, but many new materials and integration tricks to extend 193i into double-patterning for IC HVM, while EUV and DSA developments continue according to expert Dr. M. David Levenson of BetaSights.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
IEDM 2010 showed evolutions of NAND Flash with ALD IPD and ECC to 1Xnm node processing, and embedded-DRAM (eDRAM) capacitor stacks in porous low-k, meaning mainstream memory technologies will continue to dominate commercial volumes.
Monday, November 8th, 2010
Xilinx 28nm FPGA Virtex-7 uses TSMC 65nm multi-level-metal (MLM) and through-silicon-via (TSV) Si-interposer for 2M gate and ARM-core integration product family.
Monday, October 18th, 2010
IEDM 2010 best hints at 22nm node fab tech alternate-channel materials, dual- and tri-gate transistors, and RF, MEMS, lab-on-chip, graphene, analog, memory ReRAM results.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Direct-write, maskless, lithography using e-beams is not ready for 22nm node IC manufacturing, and the SPIE BACUS presentations show EbDW issues include data transfer and inspection.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
E-beam Initiative adds four members and starts on Design for E-beam (DFEB) for mask makng for ICs to reduce mask costs at 22nm and below.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
HP and Hynix JVA for ReRAM chips, based on HP titania memristor as covered by BetaSights April 2010, with R&D fab in Korea to start work on integration on 300mm silicon wafers for 2013 IC chips
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
For 32nm and 22nm node ICs, Applied Materials’ FCVD and Novellus Systems’ CFD technologies provide gapfill, sidewall spacers, and conformal oxides for logic and NAND, plus SSDP litho.
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Post-optical lithography (NGL) technologies EUV (EUVL), e-beam direct-write (EbDW), and nano-imprint (NIL) all need work as shown at SEMICON/West 2010, major costs limitations.
Monday, July 19th, 2010
Soft plasmas for monolayer etching by Ed Korczynski at NCCAVS PAG meeting at SEMICON/West 2010, including TEL Tactras RLSA and AMAT AdvantEdge Mesa for HKMG 32nm, STI, and bWL etches.