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EUV is Key to 450mm Wafers
Whether the wafers in question are 200mm in diameter, or 300mm, or potentially 450mm, larger wafer sizes have always been justified by manufacturing economics. If the cost to process a wafer stays the same, but the wafer contains more devices, then the cost per device goes down. For processes that apply to the entire wafer at once — etch, deposition, cleaning, and so forth — the equation has mostly held. (K. Derbyshire, SemiEngin, July 31)

The Macroeconomics of 450mm Wafers
SEMICON West 2014 in San Francisco was a great place to meet bloggers in the semiconductor industry to get updated on the status of 450mm diameter silicon wafers. On one side, there is a good news about the unprecedented level of collaboration taking place between the design and construction professionals through the G450C to deconstruct a semiconductor facility matter associated with 450mm adoption.  (A. Mulay, SEMI, July 31)

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)

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industry news

450mm Development Status Reports from SEMICON West 2014 (SEMI, Aug 5)

EUV is Key to 450mm Wafers (SemiEngin, July 31)

What Happened to 450mm? (SemiEngin, July 17)

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)

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upcoming events 

Sep 3-5: SEMICON Taiwan 2014

Oct 7-9: SEMICON Europa 2014 (Grenoble): 450mm Session (Oct 8-9)

Dec 3-5: SEMICON Japan 2014

Feb 4-6: SEMICON Korea 2015

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papers

450mm Lithography Development Update -- Hamid Zarringhalam, Nikon Precision (SEMICON West, San Francisco; July 2014)

450 Technology Development and Equipment Performance Metrics -- Paul Farrar and Frank Robertson, G450C, (SEMICON West, San Francisco; July 2014)

450mm and Moore's Wall -- G. Dan Hutcheson, VLSI Research (SEMICON West, San Francisco; July 2014)

Industrial Transition to 450mm Notchless Wafers -- Pinyen Lin, G450C (SEMICON West, San Francisco; July 2014) 

Rethinking the Approach to Higher 450mm Process Gas Flows: A Case Study -- Corbin, G450C/Intel; Pierce and Baily, Edwards Vacuum (ASMC, Saratoga Springs, NY; May 2014)

450mm Metrology and Inspection -- Cottle, CNSE; Yathapu, GF; and Sieg, Intel (ASMC, Saratoga Springs, NY; May 2014)

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)

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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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