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Micro/Nano Lithography

A Mobile Wireless Phenomenon: A Continued Need for Advanced Lithography

The development and cost-effective fabrication of more complex chip sets to meet the needs of future products will require increased innovation and integration, says Qualcomm's Jim Clifford in his SPIE Advanced Lithography plenary talk.
29 February 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201202.18

Mobile wireless devices have become a necessity in everyday life, and are enabling significant societal changes. They have also become important product drivers for the semiconductor industry. The product market landscape has been driven by an insatiable demand for data speeds, device features, sleek appearances and increased battery life. This talk outlines the evolution of Qualcomm's chip sets, and important technology requirements. The development and cost-effective fabrication of ever more complex chip sets to meet the needs of future products will require increased innovation and integration. Enhancements in advanced lithography equipment and processes will continue to be crucial in the patterning of decreasing dimensions on future integrated circuits. Increased cooperation between process technologists, designers and architects will be a must for efficient implementation of new mobile wireless devices of the future.

Jim Clifford is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (San Diego, CA). Prior to his career at Qualcomm, Clifford had more than 20 years of experience at Unisys in positions ranging from IC design to vice president and general manager of mainframe computer manufacturing.