Opto-Electronics Market Trends to Expect in 2019

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As demand for popular consumer electronics and next-generation technologies has risen over the years, the opto-electronics market has grown with it. Despite global trade tension and tariffs creating challenges in this space, companies are still expecting to generate revenue growth in 2019. Cree, Inc., cited these challenges as “headwinds” in their first-quarter 2019 earnings report,… Read More

Make Refurbished Equipment a Part of Your Total Design Solution

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This November, many companies will take advantage of surplus capital before their budget is set for the upcoming year. In a recent survey of nearly 150 compound semiconductor manufacturers on their capital expense budgets, around 42% of companies predict their capex budget will increase in 2019, while 31% predict a decrease. In an ever-changing business… Read More

Selecting the Right Front-end Option

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If you’re looking to improve productivity in your sputtering process, there are several front-end options available to use. When paired with a compatible standard sputter chamber, these front-end options can be used to increase throughput and production efficiency while providing consistent, repeatable results. Front-end Options Single Chamber, Single Wafer Loadport: This type of front-end option… Read More

Closure Rate and Uniformity in Indium Bump Deposition

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In indium bump deposition, there is a tradeoff between closure rate and closure uniformity. A slower closure rate and high closure uniformity is ideal, but often, the closer you get to your desired specs in one area, the more you sacrifice with the other. Closure Rate vs. Closure Uniformity Closure rate: This refers to the… Read More

Addressing AR/VR Design Challenges with Thin Film

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In augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the technology is, in many ways, still in its infancy, with new approaches and designs being developed to deliver the most authentic experience possible. Taking advantage of thin film deposition solutions is one way that AR/VR equipment manufacturers can produce higher quality designs and more competitive products…. Read More

2 Important Factors for Coating in Sample Preparation

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Thin film coating is an important part of the sample preparation process for microscopy. Samples typically undergo a different preparation process depending on the type of microscope being used for observation, but there are two important factors to consider when coating samples for either type. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Sample Prep Biological materials, which include… Read More

Which Type of Thin Film Coating is Best?

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Thin film coatings serve a number of purposes for different applications, including across the opto-electronics, display, semiconductor and medical fields. Here is a quick rundown of a number of common coatings that are available, their properties, and the applications they’re optimized for in order to help you figure out the best coating for your performance… Read More

Thin Film Solutions for the Semiconductor Market

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By the end of 2018, the semiconductor industry is expected to grow to $451 billion, an increase of 7.5% from 2017. With more innovative technology and electronic devices expected to reach the market within the next five to 10 years, semiconductor manufacturers should prepare for growth and examine production solutions for future applications, including thin… Read More

Differences in Grain Size Between Deposition Methods

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Grain size refers to the size of the individual crystallites or particles that compose a solid metal. Grain size, as well as the boundaries between the grains, are important factors for determining physical properties of the entire metal. In thin film deposition, if the particles are deposited with high energy, and there is a high… Read More

Thin Film Deposition Solutions to LED Display Challenges

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The opto-electronics and display industry is expecting to see significant growth in several LED-driven sectors over the next decade. Precision thin film deposition will play an important role in boosting the performance of the various end-user applications that are being fueled by this growth, particularly LED displays. Types of LED Displays LEDs, or light-emitting diodes,… Read More