SEMI Europe Seeks Feedback from Members on 450 mm

From the SEMI Europe President

SEMI Europe Seeks Feedback from Members on 450 mm

Since the 450 mm discussion was triggered by device manufacturers, SEMI has been involved advocating the interests of the equipment and material suppliers. We have been involved in the industry leading in a number of ways, including the Equipment Productivity Working Group, standards development, and the development of technical workshops to discuss the viability and technical challenges of the next wafer transition.

Now the European Commission has commissioned a study “Benefits and Measures to Set Up 450 mm Semiconductor Prototyping and to Keep Semiconductor Manufacturing in Europe.” SEMI has been invited to the steering group to bring forward the view of our membership in the region.

The objective of the study is to define the role of public authorities (European Commission, Governments of Member States and Regions) for the establishment of 450 mm manufacturing capacities, including related value chain aspects, and overall their role in keeping semiconductor manufacturing and advanced nanoelectronics technologies in Europe. In addition, the link of newly established 450 mm manufacturing with existing manufacturing capacities and its impact on them will also be analysed.

The study will include an examination of these issues:

  • The current status of the European nanoelectronics industry and its relevance for the European economy, including its interdependencies with other industries
  • Analyse how the transition to 450 mm silicon wafers will impact the manufacturing productivity with respect to: 450 mm wafer cost, wafer size-related improvements, device performance improvements, factory productivity improvements, and cost modeling*
  • Impact of 450 mm manufacturing in Europe on semiconductor manufacturing in Europe
  • Recommendations and measures to attract investments in Europe, impact on existing R&D infrastructure and additional requirements in view of 450 mm transition
  • Comparison of subsidies, other incentives, measures and considerations on cross-fertilization aspects in conjunction with 450 mm transitions (pilot and production sites) in Europe and other regions in the world.
  • SWOT analysis of 450 mm manufacturing introduction in Europe, but in a global context

(* frontend, backend, and labour costs)

The 450 mm transition raises difficult issues within the supply chain. But when the transition becomes more concrete, the question is “what is the role of the European suppliers?” We need to be prepared and this requires early preparation, especially when the EU and public authorities are involved in supporting the future competitiveness of semiconductor manufacturing in Europe.

SEMI also represents your interests in the European Commission Key Enabling Technologies High-Level Group where we advocate for a competitive semiconductor manufacturing industry in Europe to benefit the supply chain.

I would like to know your thoughts and establish a dialogue. Please email me at

Heinz Kundert

February 2, 2011