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Teaching Microelectronic Process Behavioral Models To Non Materials Majors

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.391.1 - 2.391.6



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Richard Gilbert

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Andrew M. Hoff

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Session 1664

Teaching Microelectronic Process Behavioral Models to Non-Materials Majors

Andrew M. Hoff, Richard Gilbert University of South Florida


Although the number of new microfabrication facilities to be built over the next 10 years is a bit illusive at this point, it is clear that there will be a major increase in the production of semiconductor components. This dramatic increase will demand a substantial addition of technically skilled people to meet the manufacturing requirements of such devices. Personnel requirements not only include material scientists and engineers but a host of competent support people who together will implement the technology roadmap for this industry.

The task at hand is to develop a workforce that must have a new skill set which has not previously been the focus of any existing organized technical curriculum. This paper will address one approach to presenting the important process steps in microdevice fabrication to a non-materials major audience. Particular attention will be spent on the problems and challenges associated with introducing what the technical demands and expectations of the industry will be, presenting the material process unit operations as visual icons, associating sequences of these icons with material electrical properties, and finally developing a set of detailed but general process behavioral models which could be commonly used in microdevice fabrication.


A universal character of high technology business is the magnitude of the initial investment in process facilities and personnel. Aerospace and biomedical instrumentation are two examples of technology based industries that require major capital investment and an extensive interdisciplinary workforce. Microelectronic manufacturing is poised to make a major impact upon the world market over the next ten years. The integrated circuit (IC) or chip industry is particularly sensitive to the same critical constraints of high-overhead, high-technology product oriented companies. An economically successful enterprise in this area must be able to minimize its product time-to-market. The volatility of the personal computer and allied component markets demands rapid conversion of design concepts to practical devices. In fact, at this point in time many component or systems companies elect not to fabricate their own material systems. They simply do not want to invest the time and

Gilbert, R., & Hoff, A. M. (1997, June), Teaching Microelectronic Process Behavioral Models To Non Materials Majors Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6819

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