Managing Water Supplies With Machine Learning

From wet benches to cooling systems, fabs use vast amounts of water — millions of gallons per day at a typical foundry. In this era of climate change, though, water supplies are becoming less reliable and municipal water systems are becoming more restrictive. For example, local utilities might restrict a fab’s ability to draw from the public water supply, or

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ReRAMs Look To Silicon For Silicon Compatibility

For such a critical material, silicon oxide is not especially well understood. The semiconductor industry certainly understands how to grow high quality oxides with high breakdown voltages, but what happens in less ideal situations? What does the introduction of microstructure do? If there are regions that are oxygen-rich or silicon-rich relative to the stoichiometric SiO2 composition, how do they behave?

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Big Shifts At Very Small Geometries

The number of changes across the semiconductor industry are accelerating and widening. There are more innovations, in more places, and in more applications. What follows is a small peek at just how many significant changes are afoot, where they are happening, and who’s getting recognized for their efforts. Quantum computing, but hold the math The modern electronics industry rests on

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Looking Forward To SPIE, And Beyond

On the eve of this year’s SPIE Advanced Lithography + Patterning conference, I took a look at the IEEE Devices and Systems Roadmap’s lithography section. It’s especially notable for the emergence of EUV lithography, which has quickly become critical for advanced logic. High-NA tools to support still smaller dimensions are on the horizon. In the near-term, though, the key challenge

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