Technology Watch Filtered by - Advanced processes

New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the Advanced processes sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

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Component size and communication speed propel PCB design

Viewed from the outside, the world of the printed circuit board (PCB) seems to move very slowly. The core technologies used in PCB fabrication have not changed radically in decades; boards remain based on glass fibre and vias are still the result of holes being drilled and plated. But PCB tools have evolved as more subtle changes in packaging and fabrication technology have taken place.

The world of serial communications between PCs and peripherals

When you consider how difficult it was to hook up peripherals to a PC in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it is little wonder that the Universal Serial Bus (USB) should have been such a success. Users had to wrestle with arcane interrupt and address selections to attach more than a couple of serial or parallel peripherals to a computer, often with unpredictable results and rarely entirely successfully.

Quartz faces losing its lock

Wherever you go in electronics, you cannot avoid silicon, although its pre-eminent status is coming under threat. Its amorphous oxide is only just beginning to be displaced from leading edge integrated circuits as the gate material of choice. But, in the meantime, its crystalline form is still going strong as the primary timekeeper for electronics.

Lithography the biggest roadblock to Moore’s Law

After years of cheating death, the use of conventional optical lithography for defining the features on integrated circuits looks to be running out of steam. Even extremely large amounts of computational processing to alter masks cannot push lithography based on 193nm deep ultraviolet light much further. The search is on for another way to support the move from 28nm processes to 20nm within a year or two.

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