Electronics

Using ultrafast bursts of low-intensity pulses, researchers are able to add new functionalities inside semiconductor chips. (Image: Andong Wang)

Ultrafast lasers increase functionality of semiconductor chips

The method could exploit the sub-wafer surface space of chips to achieve higher integration densities and deliver extra functionality

Micromarking on a gold dubloon for anti-counterfeiting purposes, made using from QiOVA’s structured light beam (Credit: QiOVA)

Innovation and trends in laser marking

Anita Chandran explores the latest challenges facing manufacturers and users of laser marking systems

Gentle high-temperature crystallisation: Fraunhofer ILT, together with Fraunhofer ISIT and IST, has developed a selective, laser-based crystallisation process for the manufacture of MEMS sensor units directly on active circuits. (Image: Fraunhofer ILT)

Laser process to optimise MEMS sensor size and performance

Researchers are using laser-based crystallisation to eliminate the need for wires and solder joints in the monolithic integration of MEMS sensors

Integrators such as GFH Micromachining, 3D Micromac, and LLT Applikation develop complete laser micromachining systems featuring all the laser, motion control, software, and safety components required to realise high-quality applications (Image: GFH Micromachining)

Micromachining systems adapt to market demands

Susan Fourtane on the market trends integrators are having to respond to when developing new systems

Laser technologies will have to continue to evolve to keep up with the need of the electronics industry. (Image: Shutterstock/raigvi)

Opportunities and challenges for laser technology in the electronics sector

Electronics manufacturing presents both significant opportunities and formidable challenges for developers of laser materials processing technologies, writes James Bakewell

Handheld laser cleaning devices are a popular choice in industry for delivering the beam to the workpiece. (Image: Shutterstock/Surasak_Photo)

The basics of laser cleaning

The basics of laser cleaning, the systems involved, and the benifts it offers over conventional cleaning techniques

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