Issues in manufacturing semiconductors for wireless and optoelectronics applications
Subhro Bikash Chakraborty
Date of Issue2002
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Singapore-MIT Alliance Programme
This paper tries to take an overview of the salient competing materials and technologies prevalent in contemporary semiconductor industry. Physics and figure-of-merit based comparisons are attempted for applications in wireless communications and optoelectronics. Then an attempt is made to arrive at a conclusion on the future of silicon and silicon-germanium technologies as compared to competing gallium arsenide and indium phosphide technologies. The paper ends with recommendations based on the authors' perception of the direction of growth of the semiconductor market in the immediate future period of about five years.