Must-Know Semiconductor Industry Trends
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Must-Know Semiconductor Industry Trends

By CIOReview | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The introduction of emerging chip technologies and their packaging methodology through a wide range of applications offers a vital growth opportunity.

FREMONT, CA: The semiconductor business is the core of all digital devices and future industrial-age technologies. In terms of revenue generation, it has shown multi-fold growth in the past decade and is expected to continue its robust development well into the next.

The higher demand and increasing uptake of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), quantum computing, 5G, among other evolving segments of technology, coupled with the demands of the connected world for higher processing speed and performance, low-power devices, and smart chipsets have had a significant impact on the semiconductor industry's dynamics.

Here are key trends arising from these growth drivers.

Exploration of Alternatives to Silicon

Current R&D efforts in the global semiconductor industry are intensely focused on discovering alternative materials for semiconductor production, with the potential for more shrinking silicon-based substrates almost negligible. By 2024, the demand for new and emerging semiconductor substrates is projected to reach the USD 400 million marks, rising between 2018 and 2024 at a rate of 24 percent.

Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) for radio frequency (RF) and photonics applications, Silicon Carbide (SiC) for power and RF applications, Gallium Nitride (GaN)-on-sapphire for LEDs, and Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) for RF and contact image sensors are some of the emerging substrates being considered (CIS).

Boosting the Integration of Semiconductors with Innovative Packaging Solutions

The introduction of emerging chip technologies and their packaging methodology through a wide range of applications offers a vital growth opportunity. Advanced packaging technologies are becoming increasingly relevant in the global supply chain as electronics such as mobile devices and wearables continue to shrink in size. Technologies such as the Internet of Medical Things, medical robots, and wearable medical technology are evolving. In the end, advanced packaging will give producers and consumers customization options at a lower cost.

The Use of Laser Technology

Over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in laser technologies in semiconductor processing. Although the drivers for the use of laser methods differ, they are widely used in semiconductor and PCB processing applications, enabling semiconductor output to be optimized and hassle-free.

Some of the broader application areas for laser technologies in semiconductor production are dicing, drilling, patterning, debonding, annealing, inspection, and metrology.

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