The first run of the SSIA Semiconductor 101 course was held on 13 – 14 July 2020 via the Zoom platform. The course was conducted Mr John Yik, who has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

John introduced the 16 participants from 7 companies across the electronics industry to the fundamentals of semiconductor manufacturing and the makeup of the electronics eco-system over the duration of the course. Participants were introduced to concepts such as integrated circuits, microelectromechanical systems, and silicon photonics. Despite the technical nature of the content, participants were fully engaged with the session, with John often pausing to take questions from the participants and using images and analogies to help elaborate on the concepts shared.

Many participants found the course to be very enriching and useful in helping them to better understand their work. They were also keen to tap on John’s experience in the industry to hear about his opinions on the trends for future of the semiconductor industry, such as whether nano materials are ready for the industry, is in-situ metrology widely employed, and if the photolithography process might be streamlined in the future.

Questions Raised During the Course:

  • What is the number of wafers in one pot (The average pot has 25 wafers)?
  • Which photolithography process is the most forgiving of error (Photolithography is very forgiving process in general but the most important factor to take note of is alignment of patterns on wafer?
  • Why do gasses need a heater jacket (To maintain a standard temperature so that gasses do not condense and cause contamination)?

Register for the Next Run

SSIA will be running 2 more Semiconductor 101 online trainings with Mr John Yik in 2020, on 29 – 30 September and 9 – 10 November. To find out more and to register, please visit

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