450mm Back from the Dead? The Ultimate Wafer may Help Solutions from an Unlikely Place In the last article, the evolution of the crystal pulling methods was analyzed, and there presented was the promise of a new method that would continue the improvement over the continuous CZ, fed wi
Part One: The Issue with 450mm Ingots In the last article, I mentioned that there appears to be a route toward a cost-effective (upgradable), reduced cost (faster), and safer means of pulling 450mm silicon crystals (also referred to as ingots or boules). This technology may be a poten
For all of the excitement about the coming 450mm transition, not everything about the disruption will be be rosy for all sectors of the industry. While there is still some debate on the overall cost savings that will be realized by using 450mm wafers, there’s not much discussion about
Editor’s Note: Though this is not a exactly a 450mm story, for those in the industry, it has strong implications. This is a positive move forward for 450mm. The political and supply-chain implications are enormous. Intel’s significant investment (partial ownership) of ASML
In an article by David Lammers from Semiconductor International, David reports on comments from new SEMATECH CEO Dan Armbrust made at the SEMATECH Surface Preparation and Cleaning Conference in Austin this week: “To be able to do 450 mm equipment development, it will require ver
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.