Within the last decade, researchers have developed a versatile silicon micromachining craft that combines the lithographic techniques used by electronics engineeers to pattern complex microelectronic circuitry onto fingernail-sized silicon chips, with other techniques involving chemicals that can etch precise, tiny shapes into silicon wafers.
STMicroelectronics (ST) is a leading supplier of silicon chips for set-top boxes and Microtune is an innovative supplier of radio frequency (RF) silicon tuners for consumer electronics and broadband communications.
The company has developed its active matrix OLED microdisplays on silicon chips, taking advantage of the processing capability to buffer video information at each pixel for a more responsive virtual imaging experience.
Spirakis is responsible for the development and delivery of software technologies and tools for the computer-aided design (CAD) of silicon chips in all four of Intel's major architecture families and stepped into his current position in 1997.
Hybrid Integrated Circuits combine the variety and cost effectiveness of silicon chips with the advanced capabilities of other semiconductor materials, such as high-speed compounds or optical semiconductors.
1): Describes new advances in production of integrated circuits on flexible, low-cost polymeric materials instead of rigid silicon chips, which will open up new markets for electronic technologies, such as electronic bar codes.
Because the sensors have an area around 100 times larger than conventional silicon chips, their manufacture requires the most stringent precautions to eliminate impurities and defects in the silicon crystal.