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Cleaning Up PCB Final Finish: Cyanide-Free ENIG Coatings

May 04, 2017

Cyanide-free ENIG coating technology used in the PCB final finish process is key to initiate next generation ENIG development.

Although there are many potential roadblocks to cleaning up PCB final finishes, reliable cyanide-free ENIG surfaces now deliver low gold porosity and excellent corrosion resistance.

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New Nanorod LED Technology Responds to Light Input

February 15, 2017

In this lab demonstration, a researcher shows the nanorod LED technology’s ability to respond to a light stylus.

Novel LED technology could create new possibilities for interacting with displays. Researchers from Dow Electronic Materials and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report on nanorod LED arrays that could be used to bring displays to life.

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Performance Gains in CMP Slurry for Advanced Semiconductor Nodes

December 07, 2016

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In a recent Solid State Technology article, Dow authors report on some of the complexities in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) processes at advanced semiconductor nodes. Dow’s new OPTIPLANE™ slurry platform demonstrates excellent performance in meeting new process needs.

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Dow Presentations Provide Gold, Silver, and Copper Solutions for IoT Devices at IMPACT-IIAC 2016

November 09, 2016

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Dow was recently one of a few invited speakers outside academia to present at IMPACT-IIAC 2016. Aptly themed, “IMPACT on the Next Big Things,” the conference included panel sessions, industrial sessions and paper presentations on accelerating manufacturing and commercialization. Dow addressed four separate topics, all relating to gold, silver and copper solutions for IoT devices.

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Inkjet Printing for Eco-friendly PCB Etch Processes

August 11, 2016

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PCBs are becoming more complex and with smaller tolerances and manufacturers keep pace by improving process capability. Drivers, especially price pressures, have driven improvements in efficiency and yield for etch processes. These same trends are driving interest in inkjet printing, which also offers a more environmentally friendly approach over traditional methods.

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Takeaways from Dow’s ECTC 2016 Presentation on Advancements in Low-Temp Bonding

August 04, 2016

Computer enhanced image of a part of a semiconductor wafer.

It was clear at ECTC 2016 that advanced packaging is the fastest-growing segment in semiconductor packaging. Dow Electronic Materials contributed to the conference by presenting our work on advancements in low-temperature bonding using electrodeposited indium. This post shares the content we presented at this year’s show.

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Investigating Organic Photovoltaic Cells for Renewable Energy Conversion

August 02, 2016

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Organic materials have significant potential for the next-generation of high-tech applications like solar cells, LEDs and displays. This paper explores our work with the University of Minnesota to improve understanding of how pure active materials must be to meet industry specifications and optimize device performance.

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Chemical Trimming Overcoat Enhances Multiple Pattern Lithography

July 29, 2016

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Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology is solidly positioned on the semiconductor manufacturing roadmap, but interim technologies are needed to extend 193nm immersion lithography until EUV enters production. Multiple patterning is one such technology, and this article discusses a novel spin-on chemical trim overcoat formulation that simplifies the advanced patterning process.

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Fast, High-purity Cu Plating Enables Next-Gen Devices

April 20, 2016

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Fan-out wafer-level packages (FOWLP) are poised for adoption in consumer mobile devices while cloud servers are driving the need for 3DIC packages. Copper (Cu) plating forms critical connections from horizontal redistribution layers (RDLs) through vertical pillars. Learn more about Dow’s approach to optimal Cu plating, as presented at the 2016 IMAPS Device Packaging Conference.

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Region Specific Enhancement of Quantum Dot Emission Using Interleaved Two-Dimensional Photonic Crystals

March 08, 2016

Electronic materials for advanced displays: Quantum Dots

This paper presents a photonic crystal design incorporating two interleaved regions, each with distinct periods in orthogonal directions adjacent to a thin polymer film containing colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, such as quantum dots. The structure enables simultaneous resonant coupling of ultraviolet excitation photons to the quantum dots and visible quantum dot emission at two different wavelengths to efficiently extract photons normal to the photonic crystal surface.

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