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RFMD migrates to 6-inch wafer manufacturing

Posted: 29 Aug 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rf micro devices? rfmd? rfic? networking?

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD) has successfully completed its first major customer qualification of its 6-inch wafer manufacturing capabilities. RFMD is converting from 4-inch to 6-inch wafer manufacturing capacity at its gallium arsenide heterojunction bipolar transistor (GaAs HBT) fabrication facility located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"The migration to 6-inch manufacturing represents the realization of a major initiative launched by RFMD to reduce manufacturing costs," explained Curt Barratt, division VP of wafer fab operations of RFMD. "Notably, the conversion to 6-inch wafers will more than double the number of die per wafer without a significant increase in processing cost per wafer. Just as increased diameter wafers have been shown to reduce costs in the silicon industry, our GaAs manufacturing will benefit from the lower production costs available from six-inch GaAs wafers."

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