Semiconductor Technology (Online Version)

Semiconductor and integrated circuit developments continue to proceed at an incredible pace. The industry as a whole has gotten to this point of incredible complexity through the process of countless breakthroughs and developments in wafer fab processing. Today’s wafer fab contains some of the most complex and intricate procedures ever developed by mankind. Semiconductor Technology is an online course that offers an overview look into the semiconductor manufacturing process, and the individual processing technologies required to make them. We place special emphasis on the basics surrounding each technique, and we summarize the current issues related to manufacturing the next generation devices. This online course is a must for every manager, engineer and technician working in the semiconductor industry, using semiconductor components or supplying tools to the industry.

By focusing on the basics of each processing step and the issues surrounding them, registrants will learn why certain techniques are preferred over others. Our instructors work hard to explain how semiconductor processing works without delving heavily into the complex physics and mathematical expressions that normally accompany this discipline.

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What Will I Learn By Taking This Class?

Registrants learn basic but powerful aspects about the semiconductor industry. This skill-building series is divided into four segments:

  1. Basic Processing Steps. Each processing step addresses a specific need in IC creation. Registrants learn the fundamentals of each processing step and why they are used in the industry today.
  2. The Evolution of Each Processing Step. It is important to understand how wafer fab processing came to the point where it is today. Registrants learn how each technique has evolved for use in previous and current generation ICs.
  3. Current Issues in Wafer Fab Processing. Current Issues in Wafer Fab Processing. Registrants learn how many processing steps are increasingly constrained by physics and materials science. They also learn about the impact of using new materials in the fabrication process and how those materials may create problems for the manufacturers in the future.
  4. Current Issues in Assembly and Packaging. Current Issues in Assembly and Packaging. Registrants learn how packaging is a key enabler for semiconductor components. They also learn why we are seeing an explosion of different packaging types.

Course Objectives

  1. This online course will provide registrants with an overview of the semiconductor industry and its technical issues.
  2. Registrants will understand the basic concepts behind the fundamental wafer fab processing steps.
  3. This online course will identify the key issues related to each of the processing techniques and their impact on the continued scaling of the semiconductor industry.
  4. Registrants will be able to identify the basic features and principles associated with each major processing step. These include processes like chemical vapor deposition, ion implantation, lithography, and etching.
  5. Registrants will understand how processing, reliability, power consumption and device performance are interrelated.
  6. Registrants will gain an understanding of the testing process and how testing impacts quality and the cost of the product.
  7. This online course will provide an introduction to the packaging process and discuss the fundamental drivers behind the current developments in packaging.

Course Outline





  1. Starting Material - Bulk Silicon Process
  2. Wafer Specifications and Defects
  3. Silicon on Insulator Process
  4. Epitaxial Growth Process
  5. Deposition
  6. Oxidation
  7. Diffusion
  8. Ion Implantation
  9. Dry Etching Processes
  10. Wet Etching Processes
  11. Chemical Mechanical Planarization
  12. Lithography - Introduction
  13. Lithography - Resolution
  14. Lithography - Resists
  15. Lithography - Subwavelength Issues
  16. Lithography - Future
  17. LOCOS and STI
  18. Salicide and BEOL
  19. Quiz: Wafer Fab Processing


  1. Lithography - Introduction


  1. Chip Fabrication Process
  2. Micronas Wafer Fab



  1. Assembly and Packaging Processes Introduction
  2. Package Types
  3. Package Design Principles
  4. Leadframes
  5. Wire Bonding
  6. Lead Finish and Trim - Solder Ball Attach
  7. Die Attach
  8. Transfer Molding
  9. Packaging Business Issues
  10. Quiz: Assembly and Packaging


  1. Packaging Overview Video



  1. Automatic Testing Overview
  2. Boundary Scan Overview
  3. Defect Classes
  4. Stuck-At-Fault Testing
  5. Test Process Basics
  6. Timing Tests in Production