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Foreword
ForewordInformation technology (IT) has had dramatic social and economic impact in our global society, as continual advancement in semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing technology has enabled ever-greater capacity for electronic information processing and storage at ever-lower cost per function. Key to the exponential growth of the IT industry over the past 50-plus years has been the steady miniaturization of the transistor (the basic component of an IC) to enable greater degrees of integration and hence greater IC functionality. The most advanced semiconductor chips today comprise over 10 billion transistors, with features that are finer than 10 nm. The fabrication process for such sophisticated products involves hundreds of steps, each requiring very high precision and/or ultrapure gases and chemicals. Impressive economies of s…
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Hwaiyu Geng, CMfgE, PE: Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook, Second Edition. Foreword, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2018 2005), AccessEngineering Export