Brewer Science to teach and learn at Tokyo’s SEMICON Japan 2015

Continuing our multi-year tradition, Brewer Science is joining hundreds of other worldwide exhibitors in showcasing our latest technologies Dec. 16–18 at the 38th SEMICON Japan, the largest annual gathering for the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Topics: Internet of Things, BrewerBOND, SEMICON Japan

Heat and Lateral Force: A Perfectly Complex Debonding Process

As part of its efforts to make devices faster and more efficient, Brewer Science is on the cutting edge of the technology that allows more transistors to fit into the same integrated circuit footprint as in the past.

A 3-D stacking process uses a new bonding material and 300-mm wafer bonders to effectively solve the industry-wide challenge of improving performance without increasing the cost and complexity associated with the development of smaller features. The industry impact of this new process has been compared to that of chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) from years ago. 

Topics: BrewerBOND 220, Heat, Debonding Process, 3D Stacking, Lateral Force

Adhesives: Ultrathin Wafer Production's Little Giant

Anyone who has worked in a fancy restaurant can tell you that the small details make the biggest impact. The food has to be perfect, yes. But even a simple thing such as the way the napkins are folded or how often your water is refilled can make a lasting impression on the patrons. Oftentimes, tiny adjustments can lead to huge changes down the road, and the world of technology manufacturing is no different.

Topics: Corning, BrewerBOND, Adhesives

3-D Stacking and the Future of Integrated Circuits

In the early 1970s, Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore coined the famous Moore's Law, predicting that the number of transistors in integrated circuits (and by extension, processing power) would double each year from then on. Though more of an observational musing than a physical law, it has been remarkably accurate ever since.

Topics: 3-D Stacking, silicon wafers, Integrated Circuits

Temporary Bonding and the Importance of Thermal Stability

Noted author and futurist Ray Kurzweil wrote back in 2001, "We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress. . . ."

Topics: Ray Kurzweil, Thermal Stability, Temporary Bonding

Hard As Nails: The Current State of Scratch-Resistant Sensors

Electronic sensors have been a part of technology for decades. However, they're more sophisticated and much more ubiquitous than they've ever been before. You can hardly roll out of bed in the morning without the use of a high-tech sensor. For example, several popular sleeping apps, like the Sleep Cycle app, use your smartphone's internal sensors to detect movement and sleep patterns in order to wake you up when you're in your lightest sleeping cycle.

Topics: Scratch-resistant sensors

Where is the spin-coating industry headed?

We sat down with our engineers to get their insights on where the spin-coating industry is headed. We were met with an overwhelming response identifying the need for data streaming in real time. Although the spin-coating process is considered to be very efficient, there is always room for improvement. Real-time data monitoring and process transparency could be a “game changer.”

Topics: cee, spin coaters, processing equipment

The future of wearable electronics

We know what’s available now, but what we'd like to know is what’s on the horizon for wearable electronics. The wearable industry will be worth $19 billion by 2018, according to Juniper Research, and plenty of current and upcoming industry players will be rushing to market with the latest and greatest devices. The wearable health care industry is expected to grow and move beyond activity tracking, while new markets such as clothing may emerge as industry leaders. Here are four future wearable devices to keep your eye on as this technology continues to improve.

Topics: wearable electronics, oculus rift, wearable solar, pixie scientific, adafruit

Two types of wearable electronics: devices & apparel/textiles

The wearable electronics business has ballooned into a $20 billion industry in 2015, and experts believe it will hit $70 billion by 2025. The major players in the market are wearable devices, such as activity trackers and apparel. The health care sector has found great success in wearable tech, as it blends medical information, fitness, and wellness together for the everyday consumer. Of the two types of wearable electronics, however, apparel presents a wealth of excitement.

Topics: wearable electronics, devices, oculus rift, smart watches, wireless headphones

Top wearable devices available today

Wearable devices continue to evolve as new, more exciting, stylish, and discreet devices hit the marketplace. Activity trackers are all the rage so far in 2015, but several other wearable electronics are emerging as top choices to improve your health and encourage day-to-day activity. Here are five of the top wearable devices available today.

Topics: fitbit, sms audio biosport earbuds, pebble watch, quell, wearable devices, digitsole

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