SEMI Acquires SEC/N to Better Address 200 mm/150 mm Fabs


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SEMI Acquires SEC/N to Better Address 200 mm/150 mm Fabs

To more effectively support the needs of members and customers in the 200 mm/150 mm fab market, SEMI has acquired SEC/N®, the Surplus Equipment Consortium Network.

The global secondary market of used and refurbished semiconductor equipment will grow to over $8 billion in 2009. It will have a significant impact on manufacturers of semiconductor equipment, buyers of secondary equipment, and the global network of service, support and refurbishing companies that occupy this growing segment of the industry. SEC/N and SEMI have worked together closely for several years, sharing many common members and interests, and cooperating on seminars on the secondary market at many SEMI events. Approximately 60% of SEC/N’s current members are also SEMI members.

“Because of the well established infrastructure at SEMI, we believe that the SEC/N vision to advance ethical business practices and to develop and promote standards for the secondary equipment market throughout the world is achievable,” said Peter Page, president, R.B. High Tech Transport, Inc. and the former president of SEC/N’s Board of Directors. “SEMI’s global resources make it possible to reach a larger audience with information and educational programs, thereby providing an enhanced opportunity for achieving our goals.”

While new 300 mm fabs dominate the headlines, 200 mm fabs continue to play a prominent role in the world semiconductor market. In fact, 200 mm wafer capacity still exceeds 300 mm capacity in equivalent units (though 300 mm capacity is expected surpass worldwide 200 mm wafer by year’s end). While the number of 200 mm fabs has decreased from 212 to 193 from 2000 to 2007, total 200 mm capacity has increased 42% to 5.54 million wafers per month over the same period, indicating the significant productivity gains possible in older device geometries (SEMI World Fab Forecast). Many of these fabs continue to thrive because they have effectively adapted to new product strategies and incorporated new production solutions.

200 mm Fab Capacity by Region
(Source: World Fab Forecast)

Capacity of 150 mm fabs has also remained stable from 2000 to 2007. According to World Fab Forecast, 150 mm fabs reached 4.12 million wafer starts per month.

SEMI believes that the SEC/N agenda needs to build a global presence. The secondary market is a global market and an association with SEMI and its international operations will leverage SEC/N activities and member interests worldwide. Through SEMI’s well established infrastructure, it believes that the SEC/N vision to advance ethical business practices, and to develop and promote standards for the secondary equipment market throughout the world is achievable. Additionally, SEMI’s global resources make it possible to reach a larger audience with information and educational programs.

The expanded activities in the secondary market are also expected to be integrated with other issues related to fab productivity in the 200 mm and 150 mm market. A recent SEMI survey of senior fab managers indicated the most pressing issues for 200 mm and 150 mm facilities are fab agility (product mix and cycle time), fab throughput and energy conservation. Many of these customers want to see 65 nm and 45 nm technology extended to 200 mm tools. Also, the ISMI Next Generation Fab initiative and other activities in 300 Prime are expected to be applicable to existing fabs. All of these issues are of increasing concern to SEMI members and will become part of expanded SEMI agenda involving events, standards, education, networking and other activities.

For more information on SEMI and SEC/N, please visit www.semi.org/en/Issues/Productivity. Click here for more information on SEMI World Fab Forecast.