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C. RichardUnderstanding Semiconductorshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-8847-4_4

4. Semiconductor Manufacturing

Corey Richard1  
San Francisco, CA, USA

We’ve followed the journey of a new chip from high-level system architecture through a mosaic of concurrent design steps and subprocesses and are finally ready to bring our new chip to life. Semiconductor manufacturing is no cakewalk though – fabricating ICs containing billions of transistors with feature lengths only a handful of atoms thick is an incredibly ambitious undertaking that must be done with surgeon-like precision at scale. In this chapter, we’ll explore each step of the recipe from front-end ...

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