From Solid State Technology Magazine by John Ellis, SEMI February 12, 2010 Background For the lifetime of the semiconductor industry, reduced cost and increased functionality have driven end applications and sales. The main lever inachieving both of these has been through the ever-ad
In an interesting study we did a couple of years ago at SEMI, we looked at parallels between the aircraft industry and the semiconductor industry. Granted, they seem very much different, but in some ways, in taking advantage laws of physics and exponential growth, they are similar.
Semiconductor International has recently provided an article detailing how ISMI has posted equipment metrics for 450mm on their website. It is still unclear who would pay for the R&D required if 450mm happens, but it is an interesting discussion. A new twist in the discussion is
Early analysis of 450mm cost/benefit by SEMI and by Wright Williams and Kelly had assumed “reasonable” wafer prices. If Dean Freeman is right in his assessment of early wafer costs, not only will the cost/benefit of 450mm be significantly impacted (from a ‘near-zero