Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Techniques



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Modules have now been delivered at Edinburgh, Manchester, Swansea and Newcastle. A further seven deliveries are planned during the calendar year 2001 at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Surrey and Southampton.

Many Delegates have excellent results and are now on track for a Postgraduate MSc with Distinction.

Magic & Multi-Metal……….Module 4

Seventeen delegates undertook Module 4 (Interconnect & Metallisation) and attended the Residential Week held at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from Sunday 25 February to Friday 2 March 2001. Delivery of the module was under the direction of Dr Nick Wright, module convenor, delegates and visiting lecturers stayed at the Newcastle Posthouse Hotel in the city centre. As usual the convenor handled all academic matters and advised on the local arrangements. The logistics, hotel bookings and social activities were all organised by Mrs Sandy Peace, Programme Co-ordinator, working from the IGDS Office at Surrey.

The digital image shows Delegates along with Professor Tom Stevenson from the University of Edinburgh, during a break in the busy schedule. (Delegate Quote "The best Module so far!")

The Residential Week 'kicked-off' - well we were in Newcastle!! - on the Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception and dinner during which Delegates and visitors were entertained and mystified by the "table top" illusions of conjurer Paul Lytton. The photograph shows that Jeremy Epton, Craig Monks, Norman Morrison and Dougie Mair were as bemused as the rest of the audience. Rumour has it that Paul Sermanni's wife (not shown) is still suspicious of his activities that evening!
(Delegate Quote "Good logistics organisation, good facilities, excellent lecturers and a good mix of Delegates")

Academic Quality Assurance - Programme Validation

The establishment and maintenance of the highest academic standards of excellence has been, from the inception of the programme, the prime consideration of the ten university partners. However, with such a large consortium of autonomous universities who jointly own the programme, yet individually develop modules and offer academic awards, there were no existing simple procedures for quality assessment and control that could be implemented.The consortium solved this conundrum by establishing a single Validation Panel* to act on behalf of the individual universities.

The Panel was convened during the Autumn of 1999 and undertook a detailed scrutiny of the complete Programme including the academic and technical content, administrative and management infrastructure and the procedures for quality assurance. The outcome of Validation was a 'clean bill of health' and congratulations from the panel upon the high quality of this novel programme. The panel made a number of recommendations to reinforce the high academic standards and quality assurance, which have all been implemented and incorporated in the published Programme Regulations and other academic documents.

Members of the Panel are eminent academics, independent of the consortium, and practicing engineers from industry. The photograph was taken during a meeting at the University of York with the panel members in the front row, from the left, Professor Marc van Rossum - IMEC, Belgium, Dr Roger Peel - University of Surrey, Professor Hilary Kahn - University of Manchester, Professor Kel Fidler (Chair) - University of York, Dr John Ellis - Mitel Semiconductor, Professor Peter Ivey - University of Sheffield, Mr Tony Watson (Secretary) University of Surrey, Professor David Kinniment - University of Newcastle.

*("Validation" is the quality assurance process by which a university judges a programme of study to be appropriate to the academic award).

Footnote: Congratulations to Liz Lewis & Simon Muirhead who have been chosen by their peers to be Delegate Representatives on the IGDS Academic Board of Studies

Measurements & Chinese in Manchester

Module 6 (Measurement Techniques and Failure Analysis) under the direction of Professor Tony Peaker, was delivered at UMIST last summer. This module provided delegates with in-depth descriptions of the analytical techniques and best practices used in a manufacturing environment, to enhance manufacturing yield and wafer throughput. Delegates and lecturers celebrated the successful conclusion to the Residential Week with a well earned banquet in one of Manchester's renowned Chinese restaurants.

The photograph shows some of the Delegates and lecturers relaxing beside the well known Vimto carving at UMIST
(Delegate Quote "The Module was very good, up to date and well detailed")

A highly successful "dotcom" site was launched during October 2000, namely the website '' for our IGDS MSc Programme.

The site was designed and implemented by David Oliver, a young newly graduated media engineer, working in the IGDS Office. His brief was to design a site suitable both for marketing and publicity purposes and, also, as a vehicle for communications between Delegates, lecturers and the IGDS Office. The photograph shows a view of the Home Page - YES - navigation is intuitive so it is easy for a visitor to find the page required.
The majority of the buttons on the Home Page take the visitor to pages containing factual information about the Programme, for example, to details of the Modules, Partner Profiles, organisation and management. The "Calendar" includes delivery dates & venues of the forthcoming modules and details of various management meetings.
A click on " University Network for the Silicon Industry" takes the visitor to pages containing a description of the umbrella network under which the Programme operates. Other 'hot buttons' take the visitor directly to the EPSRC, IGDS and NMI homepages.
"Photograph Gallery" contains interesting digital images of Delegates, social events and records of activities undertaken by the Delegates during the residential weeks. A click on "WebBoard" takes the visitor into the online communications vehicle for the Programme, however this section is password protected and is not open to the outside world! Currently, WebBoard is still being implemented, but later this year it will give all Delegates "online" access to administrative documents relating to the delivery of forthcoming Modules.

A trip to the sea…………….

Module 8 (Power Devices & Processes) was delivered during November/December 2000 at the University of Wales Swansea, under the Guidance of Professor Phil Mawby. The attractive location of the University, looking across Swansea Bay (now devoid of heavy industry) and the conveniently located hotel accommodation in The Mumbles, just along the promenade, provided a good setting for a challenging week of study, when Delegates were introduced to power device physics, processing and applications.

The photograph shows Delegates outside the Department of Electrical Engineering during a sunny break. Also in the picture are Professor Phil Mawby, the Module Convenor, Professor Vitezslav Benda, visiting Lecturer from the Technical University of Prague and Professor Peter Hemment the IGDS Programme Director. (Delegate Quote "Being lectured to by so many experts and having the opportunity of talking with them was brilliant!!)

The residential week ended with a memorable banquet in Clyne Hall, University of Swansea, which is attractively located on the hillside overlooking the bay. We were honoured to have Professor William Gosling as a guest speaker, who reminisced about the early development of semiconductor devices in the 1940's/50's/60's, a period when he held senior management posts at Plessey, Caswell.
(Delegate Quotes "Everything is well covered and the documentation is generally excellent"..."There's a lot of it!!!"..."A well organised moduel and a good introduction to Power Devices")

A message from Clive Dyson
Chief Executive of the National Microelectronics Institute:

The IGDS MSc Programme in Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing Technologies, is now truly underway. Four modules have been delivered and the fifth is underway, six further modules are scheduled for delivery during 2001 and you can find more details in this newsletter and on the website.

This is your initiative. It has been established to meet UK industry's needs for high quality and up to date continuing development for our engineering staff. I encourage you all to make full use of it.

The response of delegates has been very encouraging. The University Consortium has established an academic quality control mechanism and has support of industrial advisors, to ensure the technical content of all the modules.

I would like to thank everyone, from companies and universities, who has been involved with the development of the programme. Peter Hemment and Sandy Peace have provided the drive that is always needed to progress any collaborative programme. All of the University staff have worked hard to develop and deliver the modules to schedule. The enthusiastic support of the companies has ensured the inclusion of the latest technologies to the Programme.

With your continued support of the Programme, we will be able to develop the skills base in the UK to maximise our industry's productivity and effectiveness. Dr Clive Dyson March 2001




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School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
University of Surrey

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