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What Happened to 450mm?
There was a time not very long ago — one process node, in fact — when the economic momentum of Moore’s Law seemed unstoppable with a combination of extreme ultraviolet lithography, larger wafer sizes and a variety of new materials. Shrinking feature sizes is still technically possible, but certainly not with the same promised economic benefits and, at least for the foreseeable future, not with 450mm wafers. (M. Lapedus/E. Sperling/K. Derbyshire; SemiEngin, July 17) 

450mm Transition toward Sustainability: Facility and Infrastructure Requirements
Hard data and strong collaboration are proving effective in solving the challenges inherent in building 450mm semiconductor fabs. In the past year, the Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C) — the facilities-focused off-shoot of the Global 450mm Consortium — has provided the unified forum to test and analyze utility requirements, overhead conveyance systems and energy-efficiency strategies. (A. Maynes/F. Robertson, G450C, in SST, June 20)

450mm Standards Update
While the timing of a transition to 450mm wafers remains unclear, the industry is continuing to develop the standards that will be essential to high-volume manufacturing on larger substrates. The first standard proposal was submitted in 2007, and SEMI has since published nearly twenty 450mm-related Standards.  New standards are being developed as the industry identifies new requirements, and revisions to published standards are being made as areas for improvement are recognized. (Kevin Nguyen, SEMI, June 10)

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industry news

G450C GM Paul Farrar Discusses the First 450mm Patterned Wafer, Progress at SEMICON West 2014 (July 10)

NanoCollege Unveils First Patterned 450mm Wafer (TimesUnion, July 8)

450mm Technology Development Update at SEMICON West 2014 (Agenda for Thursday, July 10)

Chad Industries will demonstrate world-class flexible automated wafer handling for 450mm wafers at SEMICON West 2014 (June 12)

NanoCollege Taking the “Notch” out of Chip Wafers  (TimesUnion, June 12)

EUV Nudges toward 10nm (EE Times, June 5)

Interview with: Christophe Maleville (Soitec) on Wafers in the FD-SOI Supply Chain (Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design, June)

Is 450mm Dead in the Water? (SemiEngin, May 15)

Metro450 Conference 2014 Discusses all Things 450mm Wafers (Pradeep Blog, May 8)

Advancements in Nanoscale Manufacturing (SemiWiki, Apr 10)

Governor Cuomo Announces Milestone for Global 450mm Consortium  (Governor's Office, April 2)

G450C Names TSMC Official to a Top Post (Times Union, Mar 25)

ASML: Chip Makers Calling Shots on 450mm Pause (Times Union, Mar 19)

450mm Update: SEMI Standards (SEMI, Mar 2014)

Intel Bullish on New Wafers (TimesUnion, Mar 18)

Moore’s Law has stopped at 28nm (SST, Mar)

Why 450mm Will Be Pushed Back Even Further (EE Times, Feb 28)

G450C Selects SOKUDO Immersion ArF Lithography Track to Be Added to Dainippon Screen's 450mm Tool Set in New York (WSJ, Feb 24)

Executive Insight: Luc Van den Hove (SemiEngineering, Feb 20)

Faltering 450mm? (ElecWeekly, Jan 27)

The State of 450mm and Intel Gossip (SemiWiki, Jan 14)

450 an Economic Issue (SEMI, Jan 8)

SEMI Members and Industry Partners Discuss EHS Challenges for the 450mm Wafer Transition (SEMI, Jan 8)

Doubts over 450mm and EUV (ElectronicsWeekly, Dec 30)

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papers

Rethinking the Approach to Higher 450mm Process Gas Flows: A Case Study (ASMC May 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY)

ASMC Presentation - 450mm Metrology and Inspection: The Current State and The Road Ahead (May 2014, Saratoga Springs, NY)

Enable 450 Newsletter -- (funded by EC, May 2014) 

EEMI450 Update and Wrap-up -- Bas van Nooten, Semi Consulting (imec 450mm Forum, Belgium, Feb 2014)

SMART2010/062 Report on 450mm Mfg -- M. Penn, Future Horizons (imec 450mm Forum, Belgium, Feb 2014)

450mm Collaborations: Viewpoint from SME -- Alain Jarre, Recif Technologies (imec 450mm Forum, Belgium, Feb 2014)

IMEC 450mm Pilot Line and Related Technologies -- Hans Lebon, imec (imec 450mm Forum, Belgium, Feb 2014)

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tech and prods

Chad Industries Will Demonstrate Flexible Automated Wafer Handling for 450mm Wafers at SEMICON West 2014 (Jun 2014)

Video: 450 Wafer Engine within Jet EREM (Brooks, Apr 2014)

SOKUDO Immersion ArF Litho Track--Added to Dainippon Screen 450mm Tool Set at G450C (Dainippon, Feb 2014)

New System Doubles Positioning Speed for 450mm (Schneeberger, Feb 2014)

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consortia

Global 450mm Consortium (G450C)

Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C)

Imec

Metro450

SEMATECH

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semi standards

450mm Standards Update (SEMI, June 2014)

450mm Update: SEMI Standards (SEMI, May 2014)

450mm Standards at SEMI (SEMI, May 2014)

450mm Standards Update (SEMI, Aug 2013) 
 

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