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Sematech R&D wafer fab becomes independent subsidiary

Posted: 13 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sematech? wafer fab? advanced technology development facility?

The Sematech consortium is transforming its R&D wafer fab and associated analytical laboratories into an independent subsidiary named Advanced Technology Development Facility Inc. (ATDF).

The subsidiary began operations on July 1, and plans to offer a broad range of services to external customers while also serving as a resource for the Sematech consortium under a service agreement.

ATDF has taken possession of Sematech's 62,000 square-foot Class 1 cleanroom, which offers both processing capabilities for both 200- and 300mm(?) wafers, along with process characterization laboratories. The labs provide metrology and analytical services. About 240 Sematech employees have become employees of the new company.

"While the Sematech consortium continues to focus on our core business of building industry infrastructure in lithography, materials and manufacturing, the new company represents a complementary effort to meet the more targeted R&D needs of individual companies and universities," Mike Polcari, Sematech's president and CEO, said in a statement.

ATDF will provide a site for companies and universities to test new designs, integration methodologies and prototype systems in a manufacturing environment.

"ATDF will be the place where semiconductor research meets manufacturing," said Juergen Woehl, general manager of ATDF. "We'll serve chipmakers, equipment and materials suppliers, universities and companies working in emerging technologies - all of whom can take advantage of our custom products, our focus on protection of intellectual property and our fast cycles of learning."

ATDF has been working on programs with member and nonmember companies, equipment and materials suppliers along with universities for the last year as part of a pilot program.

"The success of the pilot program and the need for customizable research and development activities give us tremendous confidence in the success of this new venture," said John Schmitz, Sematech's chief operating officer for manufacturing, operations and technology.

The announcement of ATDF as an independent subsidiary is the latest in a series of Sematech initiatives.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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