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SSEC: Innovators in Single Wafer Wet Processing Tools

SSEC: Innovators in Single Wafer Wet Processing Tools

49 years ago, Solid State Equipment, LLC (SSEC) opened its doors with its first piece of semiconductor equipment; a seam sealer for welding the lid on hermetic packages. Today, that tool still exists, and although it now accounts for 1% of SSEC’s revenue instead of 50%, sales have remained constant throughout the years. Since then, the company has gone on to be a leader in single wafer wet proce... »

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... »

Multitest: Handling the Mobility Market

Multitest: Handling the Mobility Market

What better way to wrap up a busy week at SEMICON West 2013 than a site visit? After three days of interviews and PowerPoints, I was ready for some some hands-on demonstration. Barbara Loferer, marketing manager of Multitest, was concluding an open-house week at the company’s San Jose facility to promote the company’s current focus on the mobility market and subsequent product enhancements, a... »

At Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID, It’s All Silicon, All the Time

One of 60 research institutes that make up Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM is known worldwide for its work in the realm of microelectronic packaging and system integration. The center ASSID (which stands for All Silicon System Integration Dresden) was established as a division of Fraunhofer IZM with the core mission of developi... »

EV Group,Triple I at Work: The Sequel

Two years ago, I visited EV Group’s world headquarters in Schärding, Austria, and wrote about what they call their Triple I approach to success. Triple I stands for Invent, Innovate, Implement, and refers to EVG’s mission of getting into whatever market they target at the ground level, investing 20% of its revenue in R&D, and working alongside customers to bring new technologies to marke... »

CEA-Leti: The Mother Ship Re-visted

Last time I visited Leti on the Minatec Campus was in October 2009.  Recently, when I was back for Leti’s Annual Research Reviews, Mark Scannell, head of the 3D integration program, took me on another tour. A lot has been going on here in the past 2 years. For one thing, the building I saw going up in its early stages has been completed.  There’s now a showroom displaying all the nifty »

3D Integration Research, SEMATECH Style

SEMATECH’s story is one that is truly built upon the essence of collaboration.  SEMATECH is not a traditional research center.  Rather, it is a technology research consortium that exists to serve the best interests of its worldwide members and partners. Originally established in Austin, TX as an experiment in combining government and industry to further the development of semiconductor t... »

EV Group: “Triple I” at Work

It’s a good story that’s been 30 years in the making. From its founding by Erich and Aya Maria Thallner in 1980 and subsequent launch of the world’s first double-sided mask aligner for the emerging MEMS market five years later; to its most recent industry-first launch of a fully-automated wafer bonding system for high-brightness light emitting diode (HB-LED) manufacturing; EV Group has adhe... »

SPTS: A Wild Ride to Success

A year ago, things weren’t looking so great for Aviza Technologies. According to Kevin Crofton, executive VP, SPTS and managing director of the UK division, the company was in Chapter 11, mainly because its thermal division in Scotts Valley was heavily DRAM focused and was deeply affected when that market collapsed. Then to add fuel to the fire, Qimonda, one of its main customers, went i... »

Canon Marketing Japan: A Causeway to the Japanese Market

It’s no secret that Japan has its own ideas of how to do pretty much everything.  The culture is an interesting mix of ancient tradition, ceremony, modernization, and technological advancement.  The centuries-old Imperial Palace and grounds, home to the sitting Emperor, is surrounded by the steel-and-glass cosmopolitan city of Tokyo.  A complex, intricate, state-of-the-art public transp... »

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