Archives August 2013 - 3D InCites

Moore’s Law is Dead (or Dying) Again?

Moore’s Law is Dead (or Dying) Again?

All good things must come to an end, and apparently Moore’s Law is one of them. But I have to say, it sure is taking its own sweet time. For as long as I’ve been working in this industry (a brief 8 years) – and I suspect even longer than that – people have been predicting the end of Moore’s Law.  The reasons are varied: the laws of physics, technology limits, politics and now economics... »

Getting back to Basics: a Look at 3D NAND and 3D DRAM

Getting back to Basics: a Look at 3D NAND and 3D DRAM

There’s been a lot of buzz around 3D NAND in the past few weeks, sparked by Samsung’s recent announcement that it was commercializing its 3D VNAND technology. There’s also been some discussion (mixed with concern) about how, if at all, 3D NAND might affect the commercialization of TSV-based 3D DRAM technologies, such as Wide I/O 2, High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) the current front-runner, Micron... »

Dynaloy: A Formula for Cleans

Dynaloy: A Formula for Cleans

It’s hard to believe that inside such a non-descript building set back down a picturesque country lane in (almost) rural Indiana, really cool things are happening. This is the home of Dynaloy, LLC, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company, where innovative chemical formulations are being developed to remove the most stubborn of photoresists and polymer residues left behind during semiconductor m... »

3d NAND

Comparing Samsung’s 3D NAND with Traditional 3D ICs

At last week’s Memcon 2013, which took place Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Keynoter Bob Brennen, Senior VP at Samsung, talked about the need for New DRAM and Flash Memory architectures. Richard Goering summarized Brennan’s keynote very well in his blog post. Because Brennan’s responsibility is to manage Samsung’s System Architecture Labs, he talked ... »

Understanding The Complexity of Cleans

Understanding The Complexity of Cleans

There is nothing like a little hands-on experience to help someone understand a particular technology better and more fully. Last week I spent two days in Indianapolis learning about how cleaning formulations are made, at the invitation of Steve Dwyer, Business Director Electronic Materials Dynaloy LLC, A subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company. The company is in the business of developing solvent ... »

Playing the 3D IC Glad Game

Playing the 3D IC Glad Game

I admit it. I have always been a card-carrying member of the Pollyanna Club. What’s wrong with approaching challenges with optimism? While being realistic about the remaining hurdles to overcome is critical to the 3D IC effort, there’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of the “Glad Game”  to help us keep our eye on the prize. My good friend and industry colleague, Herb Reiter, recen... »