The semiconductor industry is at the cusp of what is widely expected to be a rapid, multi-year expansion cycle powered by new end-markets and growth opportunities in revolutionary technology segments such as artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, machine learning, and autonomous vehicles.
When we think of Industry 4.0 and the wave of digitisation sweeping throughout industry and society alike, we tend to focus on the technology and operational change that it brings. The electronics gases business is largely overlooked and yet entirely intrinsic to this digital revolution.
The electronic specialty gas (ESG) market, while a small segment of the global gas market, is one of the most complex and least understood market segments of the electronic chemicals and materials landscape, write Mike Corbett and Andy Tuan, Linx Consulting.
Electronic Fluorocarbons (EFC), headquartered in Massachusetts, utilizes the latest technology for the purification and microanalysis of its legacy fluorinated specialty gases and rare gases for the medical and electronics semiconductor manufacturing industries.
The electronics industry is entering a new period of clarity and confidence, gas world understands, as it converges with conviction on the technology roadmaps of its future. Like most other industries, however, the electronics sector is still under significant pressure to address increased process complexity, performance, and regulatory requirements.
In 2016, China manufactured 2.1 billion sets of mobile phone, a 13.6% increase from 1.81 billion sets in 2015, and a one billion units increase over five years. This is just a simple example of how the electronics industry in China is booming, at an astounding rate.
Rewind 3 to 4 years, and much of the conjecture in the electronics business surrounded the next wave of expected technologies and wafer fabrication processes, from 450mm wafers to 14 nanometer (14nm) node transistors to lithographic patterning.
As the use of electronic communication devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops proliferates, it is evident that they have become an essential part of everyday modern life. At the heart of these devices lies the PCB (printed circuit board).