chapter  13
56 Pages

Computational Intelligence in Microelectronics Manufacturing

WithGary S. May

New knowledge and tools are constantly expanding the range of applications for semiconductor devices, integrated circuits, and electronic packages. The solid-state computing, telecommunications, aerospace, automotive and consumer electronics industries all rely heavily on the quality of these methods and processes. In each of these industries, dramatic changes are underway. In addition to increased performance, next-generation computing is increasingly being performed by portable, hand-held computers. A similar trend exists in telecommunications, where the user will soon be employing high-performance, multifunctional, portable units. In the consumer industry, multimedia products capable of voice, image, video, text, and other functions are also expected to be commonplace within the next decade.