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Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes Gain Momentum

Total O-S-D sales set a record high in 2020 despite the Covid-19 virus crisis wrecking the global economy. In a 2021 rebound, optoelectronics is expected to join sensors/actuators and discretes in strong growth.

Mid-Infrared Optical Metrology for High Aspect Ratio Holes in 3D NAND Manufacturing

Infrared critical dimension metrology (IRCD) addresses the shortcomings of conventional ultraviolet to near-infrared OCD in channel hole etch high-fidelity z-profile and amorphous carbon hardmask etch BCD metrology.

TSMC’s Technology Roadmap

Mark Liu, Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), provided detailed insights into the company’s technology roadmap at the recent International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He waved off the suggestion that device technology improvements are slowing down.

New Drivers Propelling Semis, Equipment, IP

The shortage of semiconductors won’t be easy to solve, with some equipment lead times stretching out several years, said VLSI Research CEO Dan Hutcheson at a SEMI event.

Semiconductor Materials Supply-Chain Shortages

TECHCET CA LLC’s prediction of a wet chemical supply fallout is materializing.

What’s in the March Issue?

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Intel Launches ‘IDM 2.0’ Strategy, Including Two New U.S. Fabs and Foundry Services

Intel’s new CEO Pat Gelsinger announced significant manufacturing expansion plans, starting with an estimated $20 billion investment to build two new factories fabs in Arizona. He also announced Intel’s plans to become a major provider of foundry capacity in the U.S. and Europe to serve customers globally.

Fire Destroys Part of Renesas Fab, Fueling Supply Concerns

Part of the processes in the N3 Building of the Naka Factory caught fire on March 19, an event which has halted production on the 300mm line for likely the next month.

Investment Needed in US$500M Sulfuric Market

IC fabs “life blood” may soon be in short supply in US.

Global Fab Equipment Spending Poised to Log Three Straight Years of Record Highs

Fueled by surging pandemic-inspired demand for electronics devices, the global semiconductor industry is on track to register a rare three consecutive years of record highs in fab equipment spending with a 16% increase in 2020 followed by forecast gains of 15.5% this year and 12% in 2022.

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