Back to the Future: Breathing New Life into Old Fabs

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Back to the Future: Breathing New Life into Old Fabs

Although 300 mm fabs—and contentious talk about 450 mm wafers—capture the headlines, many semiconductor manufacturers are profiting by upgrading or “repurposing” their existing fabs for new products and technologies.

Fab repurposing is going on across the globe and spurring additional business and growth opportunities for SEMI members up and down the semiconductor supply chain.

The SEMI Austin Lunch Forum on March 19 will examine this new paradigm and hear from nine companies that are finding new life in old fabs.

Fab Transitions—Old fabs need not fade away. They find new life and new vitality in this paradigm shift.

  • MEMS Sensors: Chris Magnella, director of Operations, Freescale Semiconductor
  • Flash Memory: Randy Blair, vice president, Spansion Semiconductor
  • Advanced R&D: Dave Anderson, general manager, ATDF

Sources of Solutions—Transforming an existing fab demands new equipment solutions. Learn how three companies are doing it.

  • Curt Vass, general manager, Advanced Technology Solutions, Applied Materials
  • Tim Hayden, founder and president, Rite Track Inc.
  • Chris Lewis, president, ART Semi LLC

Operations and Support—Keeping a repurposed fab humming requires special expertise. These companies are making a difference.

  • Service: Kelly McAndrew, president and CEO, Applied Mechanical
  • Spares: (speaker tba)
  • Training: John Collin, chief learning officer, agile TCP

For more information and to register, visit