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Improved post-etch metal and oxide residue removal yields

Avantor Performance Materials and SSMC Inc. compare the use of a semi-aqueous post-etch ash residue remover with an industry-standard HA-based residue removal chemistry. The semi-aqueous-based product was shown to reduce COO for manufacturing of low- and high-voltage logic devices, and increase yields.

Graphene doping doesn't need its own step when done on the edge

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers compared graphene doping techniques for device interconnects and found that edge passivation is 1000x more effective than surface treatment.

450mm wafer platform from Crossing Automation offers a bridge gap solution

Crossing Automation Inc. introduced its Crossing Spartan 450mm Development Platform and Crossing Certon 450 Loadport. Crossing Automation's May Su discusses the product design, including single FOUP EFEM.

AFM attachment uses rare-earth magnets for conductive and magnetic microscopy

Asylum Research introduced the Variable Field Module2 (VFM2) for the MFP-3D AFM. It allows researchers to apply magnetic fields in conductive AFM experiments, magnetic force microscopy, and other applications.

TFT-LCD primed for near-term buying spree in Asia

Jerry Su and Jimmy Huang, research analysts at Credit Suisse, expect low LCD TV inventory levels in Asia to trigger an LCD panel buying spree in the near term to restock in time for consumer spending at Chinese New Year. Panel makers, as well as backend foundries and driver IC suppliers, will benefit.

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Toppan Photomasks grows Shanghai site, adds more advanced capabilities

Nov 17, 2011 Toppan Photomasks will expand its Shanghai manufacturing operation serving China's semiconductor industry. Costing about $20 million, the expansion will increase photomask production significantly, and enable more advanced photomasks made with fea...

Circuit edit at 22nm: DCG Systems debuts OPTIFIB Viper

Nov 17, 2011

DCG Systems introduced the OPTIFIB Viper system for circuit edit at the 22nm node. It uses a new coaxial photon-ion column to provide spot sizes 50% smaller than those of the flagship OptiFIB-IV.

450mm lithography system order bagged by Molecular Imprints

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Molecular Imprints Inc. will build a 450mm-capable lithography system for an undisclosed leading IC manufacturer.

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Applied Materials' 2011 supplier awards

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Fabless semiconductor start-ups gain Singapore association support

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Fairchild Semiconductor's 200mm Mountain Top wafer fab rebounds

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US atmospheric plasma tech company joins Precision Mechatronics

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Will LCD TV panel shipments decrease in 2011?

Nov 15, 2011 Shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels were 185.5 million in Q3 2011, unchanged from Q2, but up 12% Y/Y. The TFT LCD industry has been in over-supp...

Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display to transfer Mobara plant to INCJ

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Power Integrations' LinkSwitch; TM-PH LED Driver ICs Now Available in Low-Profile Package for Fluorescent Tube Replacements.

Nov 17, 2011 Byline: Benzinga Staff SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the world leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, today announc...

US Patent Issued to Taiwan Semiconductor on Nov. 15 for "Poly Resistor on a Semiconductor Device" (Taiwanese Inventors)

Nov 17, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 17 -- United States Patent no. 8,058,125, issued on Nov. 15, was assigned to Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (Hsin-Chu, Taiwan).

Winbond Electronics Introduces Industry's Smallest Serial Flash Memories for Space-Critical Applications; Densities from 512Kb to 16Mb; USON, WLBGA Packages Reduce Footprint by 80% or more

Nov 17, 2011 Winbond Electronics Corp., a leading global supplier of specialty memory solutions for computer, consumer and communication applications, today announced a family of new SpiFlas...

Allied Electronics Recognized as 2011 Top Workplace

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Micron Technology and Trident Microsystems See Uptick in Demand as Obama Pushes Free Trade; The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Micron Technology & Trident Microsystems

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Volterra to Host Analyst Day on November 29th in San Francisco

Nov 17, 2011 FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq:VLTR), a leading provider of high-performance analog and mixed-signal power managem...

HyperCloud Achieves Server Memory Speed Breakthrough at SC11; Demonstration Highlights HyperCloud's Advantages Over Commodity RDIMM, LRDIMM

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Utah: Taxes Pay for Wealthy Kids at Charter School Bloomberg.

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