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IFTLE 480 : Wafer Thinning and Nano TSVs; Making Money on the Leading Edge

In the last few years, Ann Jourdain of IMEC and co-workers have described silicon device stacking through extreme silicon thinning technology. Recently Jourdan and Dave Thomas of SPTS reviewed this technology for the Jan/Feb issue of Chip Scale Review. The technology is interesting enough that IFTLE will take a closer look at it.

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IFTLE 480 : Wafer Thinning and Nano TSVs; Making Money on the Leading Edge

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VIEWPOINT 2021: David Butler, EVP and General Manager, SPTS Technologies

We expect 2021 to be a growth year, with contributions from all our main markets. The automotive industry has recovered very quickly with only a modest amount of inventory in the channels. Interestingly, since COVID, people would rather own a car than travel on public transport. A vibrant automotive market supports many parts of the semiconductor industry; power management, connectivity, image sensors, LEDs.

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VIEWPOINT 2021: David Butler, EVP and General Manager, SPTS Technologies

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200mm Demand Surges

The outlook for SPTS’ 200mm wafer processing equipment is very strong, as it has been for the past 5 years or so,” said David Butler, executive vice president and general manager for SPTS Technologies, a KLA Company. “The buoyancy of the smaller wafer market is very visible in our own stats. As a percentage of our total business, sales for 200mm or smaller declined from 2010 to 2015 when it approached an approximate 50/50 split with 300mm. Then the trend reversed, and the 200mm or smaller percentage is back to 2010 levels.

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200mm Demand Surges

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IFTLE 459: imec Develops Nano-TSV for Heterogeneous Integration

IMEC worked with SPTS to develop scallop-less nano-TSVs. Functional electrical structures were measured and characterized, showing up to 99% electrical yielding connections between the front side and backside of the device wafers, and confirming a final backside-to-frontside overlay below 15nm.  

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IFTLE 459: imec Develops Nano-TSV for Heterogeneous Integration

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Social Distancing Spotlight: How KLA Keeps Looking Ahead

KLA’s Oreste Donzella gives Francoise Von Trapp of 3DInCites an update on the recent formation of the company’s Electronics, Packaging and Components (EPC) Group. Read what Oreste had to say about the EPC Group, SPTS Technologies and growth opportunities.

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Social Distancing Spotlight: How KLA Keeps Looking Ahead

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Coronavirus: Businesses 'nervous' about antibody tests for employees

Mark Christoffersen, Director of Manufacturing & Facilities, believes tests might give the business more confidence and bring more people back into work. "From a confidence point of view it would be really beneficial. Obviously the science has to support that, it has to be accurate. For us as a business that would be really important."  

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Coronavirus: Businesses 'nervous' about antibody tests for employees

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How COVID-19 Will Impact the Electronics Field Service Industry

In an interview with Gerry Kelly of SPTS Technologies,  he said that installations had gone according to plan during the first quarter in the Asia Pacific region due to training and experience of the SPTS in-country service teams. Kelly added that similarly for KLA, SPTS’s parent company, the services business remained robust with installations carried out as planned, albeit with careful scheduling to account for varying travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

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How COVID-19 Will Impact the Electronics Field Service Industry

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SiC Foundry Business Emerges

“Turning to wafer processing and plasma etch, there are two choices in trench profile when it comes to non-planar SiC devices. Users ask for trenches with no micro-trenching (flat base) or bottom rounding (test tube shape). Whichever profile is used, end-pointing is desirable to stop the etch front at the right depth,” said Kevin Crofton, president of SPTS and senior vice president at KLA.  

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SiC Foundry Business Emerges

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Plasma Processes for High Volume Manufacturing of VCSELs

While Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have been used in data communications for over 20 years, there are a host of emerging applications that are boosting demand for VCSEL production and performance. These include less well-known applications such as infrared illumination/heating and atomic clocks, to better-known proximity sensing for automotive safety, high-resolution video display, and gesture/facial recognition. This article gives a broad overview of some of these applications driving demand for etch and deposition technologies used in the manufacturing of VCSEL structures on compound semiconductor wafers.

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Plasma Processes for High Volume Manufacturing of VCSELs

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£1.3M UK Funding For Semiconductor Process Development

The Welsh Government has announced a new £1.3 million project to develop world-leading process technologies for a range of applications, including autonomous vehicles, novel devices for clean energy, future mobility, artificial intelligence, advanced packaging, and biosensors and wearable sensors. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the ASSET project (Application Specific Semiconductor Etching Technology) is funded under the Welsh Government's SMARTExpertise programme and is an industrially driven, collaborative project with partners across south Wales, including: SPTS Technologies, IQE, the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), Biovici, BioMEMS, Swansea and Cardiff Universities, and Integrated Compound Semiconductors Ltd (Manchester).

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£1.3M UK Funding For Semiconductor Process Development

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200mm Cools Off, But not For long

Others see demand for different applications. “Our first-half demand was good for 200mm and smaller wafer sizes, notably on wide bandgap semiconductors for high-performance power devices,” said Kevin Crofton, president of SPTS Technologies and executive vice president at Orbotech. “For the second half, we are seeing a pick-up in all sectors, in particular, RF power amplifiers and filtering for 5G infrastructure, which are 200mm and 150mm wafer activities.” Recently, KLA completed its previously announced acquisition of SPTS/Orbotech. SPTS offers 200mm deposition and etch tools. “We never stopped building new process equipment for 200mm and smaller wafer sizes,” Crofton said. “MEMS, RF, photonics and power semis are made on silicon and other substrates based on 200mm, 150mm and 100mm.”

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200mm Cools Off, But not For long

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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

“iPhones and smartwatches are the building blocks of the future to pass data to our HMOs, but it has to be simple devices that monitor vital signs and blood chemistries that can be easily transmitted using RFID chips.” Find out what else Kevin Crofton, SPTS’ CEO has to say about technology megatrends and their impact on the semiconductor industry, as well as the human data experience that will take place when everything we do will have data associated with it.

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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019