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What is a wafer?
The base unit of chipmaking. A thin circular slice of a semiconducting material, such as pure silicon, on which an IC can be formed.
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2002-08-22 Ziptronix develops new wafer bonding technique
Ziptronix has introduced a process that achieves permanent, covalent bonding of semiconductor materials at room temperature without adhesives.
2004-08-09 ZiLOG to sell STMicro its wafer production tools
ZiLOG Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell all the wafer manufacturing equipment and related assets used at its Mod II facility in Nampa, Idaho to STMicroelectronics Inc. for an aggregate consideration of $6,000,000.
2004-07-22 ZiLOG confirms sale of wafer production tool to STMicro
MCU provider ZiLOG Inc. has consummated the sale of substantially all the wafer manufacturing equipment and related assets held by its ZiLOG-MOD III Inc. subsidiary to STMicroelectronics Inc.
2002-04-02 Zarlink to sell wafer fab to X-FAB Semiconductor
Zarlink Semiconductor has disclosed plans to sell its wafer fabrication facility in Plymouth, U.K., as well as IP and related foundry businesses to companies controlled by X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG for about $30 million.
2015-11-19 X-Fab invests in Malaysian wafer fab
The More-than-Moore chipmaker will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia to meet demand for 0.18?m and 0.35?m manufacturing.
2004-05-06 Winbond plans 300mm wafer fab in 2005
Looking to ride a recovery in the semiconductor market, Winbond Electronics Corp. is putting into motion plans for a long-awaited 300mm wafer fab that will come on line in late 2005.
2005-01-26 Winbond invests in 300mm wafer fab
Winbond Electronics Corp. said Monday (Jan. 24) it is taking out a $250 million loan to fund the early phase construction of its 300mm wafer fab in central Taiwan.
2007-02-01 WaferSense ATS helps eliminate wafer scrap
CyberOptics claim its WaferSense ATS employs machine vision to see inside semiconductor equipment and to help avoid costly wafer mishandling, a significant cause of wafer scrap in highly automated semiconductor manufacturing plants.
2014-05-28 Wafer-to-wafer bonding pulls off sub-micron accuracy
The sub-micron accuracy was achieved using Ziptronix's technology and EVG's equipment. This approach can be used to manufacture fine-pitch 3D ICs for stacked memory and SoCs, and image sensors.
2008-11-21 Wafer-level packaging achieves prominence
Wafer-level packaging, the fabrication of the IC package directly on the wafer, is finally getting exposure after many years of promises, according to an expert in the field.
2009-04-02 Wafer-level optics tech licensed to Qtech
Q Technology Ltd has licensed Tessera Technologies Inc.'s OptiML wafer-level optics (WLO) technology for next-generation mobile electronics. China-based Qtech will integrate the technology into its compact modules for cellphone and notebook computer applications.
2005-03-18 Wafer tester monitors RF chip quality in realtime
Keithley Instruments is now introducing a third-generation on-wafer RF measurement capability with some very promising features that address the conundrum.
2008-07-15 Wafer tech cuts costs in PV manufacturing
Silicon Genesi has successfully produced solar substrates for the PV industry using a revolutionary "kerf-free" wafering process technology developed by SiGen called PolyMax.
2006-06-07 Wafer supplier's growth reflects development of 300mm wafer industry
ADE announced that it has received a multi-million dollar order for 300mm production wafer quality certification and process control systems.
2006-11-15 Wafer shipments up in Q3, SEMI says
Third quarter worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased more than 5 percent sequentially and 18 percent year-to-year, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
2007-02-15 Wafer shipments up 20% in '06
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased by 20 percent in 2006 when compared to 2005 area shipments according to the SEMI SMG's year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
2012-10-11 Wafer shipments to remain flat as year winds down
SEMI forecasted that the numbers will improve in 2013 and 2014 with 9,400 million square inches and 9,965 million square inches, respectively.
2011-08-09 Wafer reader reduces reading time by 40%
Cognex has released a wafer reader that claims to have faster processing power, internal illumination system and total backward compatibility.
2004-11-10 Wafer processing device provides quick, accurate leveling
CyberOptics announced a wireless, wafer-like device that enables quick and accurate leveling of semiconductor wafer processing and automation equipment.
2008-01-14 Wafer probe stations cut cost in 45nm node
Cascade Microtech has launched the next step in 300mm wafer probe stations designed to meet the need for advanced on-wafer measurements for semiconductor devices.
2010-03-12 Wafer probe card facility rises in Singapore
FormFactor Inc. has opened its new wafer probe card manufacturing facility and global business center in Singapore.
2011-11-22 Wafer packaging fab opens in Taiwan
STATS ChipPAC has increased production capacity with the completion of its 300mm wafer bump and WLCSP facility.
2003-06-20 Wafer Level Package Technology
This application note discusses the properties and functions of the Wafer Level Package technology
2011-08-23 Wafer inspection tool targets 20nm device nodes
KLA-Tencor has introduced the eDR-7000 e-beam wafer defect review system, an enabling tool for chip manufacturing at the 20nm device nodes and below.
2003-08-11 Wafer inspection system allows rapid testing
Nikon's SITECH group has introduced the AMI-3000 wafer inspection system that is designed to meet 300mm wafer production in the 90nm node and beyond.
2014-10-10 Wafer foundry market teeters on edge of growth
The market's growth has fluctuated between a high of 39.4 per cent in 2010 and a low of 6.8 per cent in 2013, due mainly to the differentiation in wafer foundry industry.
2005-04-05 Wafer fab, assembly facility up for sale in Thailand
The Cullen Group, a real estate and development firm, said that it has become the listing agent for a wafer fab facility and backend assembly plant in Thailand.
2005-11-28 Wafer fab usage rose in Q3, says report
Semiconductor manufacturing capacity utilization rose in the third quarter of 2005 to 90.1 percent, according to a Reuters report, which referenced data from the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) group.
2015-11-09 Wafer fab to use swirling induction type HVAC
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor's cleanroom is equipped with SWIT from Takasago Thermal Engineering that promises to have a smaller environmental footprint than conventional systems.
2012-12-20 Wafer fab spending to recover in 2014
Gartner projects that global spending for water fab equipment will continue to decrease next year as demand softens due to improving yields.
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