• MY ROAD TO SEMICONDUCTOR RESEARCH

    Author(s):
    Toh-Ming Lu
    Editor(s):
    Hung-ping Tsao, Lawrence K Wang (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
    Subject(s):
    Research, Physics, Semiconductors, Autobiographies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Universities and colleges
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    vacuum tubes, semiconductor transistors, integrated circuits, interconnect, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Novellus Systems, beyond Si technology, quantum physics, quantum computing., Memoir
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/71gt-h283
    Abstract:
    Lu, Toh-Ming (2023). My road to semiconductor research. In: "Evolutionary Progress in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics", Wang, Lawrence K. and Tsao, Hung-ping (Editors). Volume 5, Number 8A, 5(8A), August 1, 2023, 33 pages. Lenox Institute Press, MA, USA. Lenox.Institute@gmail.com; lut@rpi.edu. https://doi.org/10.17613/71gt-h283 ..... ABSTRACT: This electronic book is a memoir recalling how I entered semiconductor research and how I got involved in the US semiconductor research consortium called “Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)”. In the late 1990’s I became the director of “Center for Advanced Interconnect Science and Technology” funded by SRC. The Center involved 15 universities, 30 faculty, and 40 graduate students doing advanced interconnect research. SRC member companies include Intel, IBM, AMD, TI, UMC (Taiwan), Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore). The Center produced over 100 PhD students who later played leadership roles in semiconductor industry. In 2004, Novellus Systems, a major semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, donated a Cu deposition system to Fudan University in anticipation of future business in China. The company organized a workshop in Shanghai. I highlighted some of the activities. I also described some international students graduated from my group, in particular, the interesting and unusual educational and career paths of some Chinese graduate students, who eventually served semiconductor industry. Some future possibilities beyond the current Si technology are also briefly discussed.
    Notes:
    Key words: vacuum tubes, semiconductor transistors, integrated circuits, interconnect, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Novellus Systems, beyond Si technology, quantum physics, quantum computing. Acknowledgement: I thank Professor Jian Shi for valuable discussions on future computing strategies.
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