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New Applied Materials Semiconductor Manufacturing Systems Help Move to 200mm SiC Wafers



Semiconductor manufacturing equipment company Applied Materials unveiled two new products this week. These are systems designed to work with silicon carbide (SiC) wafers used to make power semiconductor devices. The new systems will help manufacturers move from 150mm to 200mm wafers, Applied Materials said. This transition roughly doubles the output per wafer, helping to meet the growing demand for power components for electric vehicles.

The Mirra Durum Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) system combines polishing, controlled material removal, plate cleaning and drying. The new system is said to have demonstrated a 50-fold reduction in finished wafer surface roughness compared to mechanically ground SiC wafers and a 3-fold reduction in roughness compared to batch CMP systems.

The VIISta 900 3D “hot” ion implantation system, designed for SiC wafers with a diameter of 150 and 200 mm, allows doping a semiconductor crystal with minimal damage to the crystal lattice, which leads to a decrease in resistivity by more than 40 times compared to implantation at room temperature.

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Launch of the tiny Logitech MX Keys Mini keyboard with Windows, Android, ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and iPadOS support



Logitech introduced the MX Keys Mini wireless keyboard, which is a smaller version of the keyboard.

The MX Keys Mini does not include a numeric keypad or other full-size keyboard benefits, but retains the Perfect Stroke system, which combines non-mechanical switches with raised keys to improve typing accuracy. There are even a few new features not found on the large keyboard, including a dictation key for Mac and Windows PCs, a microphone mute switch, and an emoji key.

MX Keys Mini also supports Android, ChromeOS, Linux, iOS and iPadOS via Bluetooth or USB receiver with up to three devices pairing. Charging is carried out via the USB-C connector.

The MX Keys Mini is available for $ 100 in charcoal gray, pink and silver.

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In less than a year, the situation on the video cards and processors market may improve. The head of AMD spoke about the shortage of chips



AMD CEO Lisa Su expressed her opinion on the duration of the chip shortage. According to her statement, in the first half of 2022, the supply is likely to still be limited.

But already in the second half of next year, the shortage of microcircuits will not be as acute as it is now. How much the situation will change, the head of AMD did not predict, but her vision is still better than that of a number of other specialists who predict improvement only in 2023.

It should be understood that AMD itself does not produce semiconductors, so we are talking about improving the situation in general, which will affect not only AMD, but all other companies as well.

In general, so far most forecasts agree that the situation with the deficit will improve at least in the second half of 2022 or at the beginning of 2023, but no one undertakes to predict when the situation will completely return to normal.

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