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Matsushita joins Sematech manufacturing initiative

Posted: 08 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:matsushita electric industrial? semiconductor? sematech?

The Semiconductor Company of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd has joined the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) effective Friday Oct. 1, Sematech said Tuesday (Oct. 5).

ISMI is a subsidiary of Sematech, which is itself a consortium of nine leading global integrated circuit manufacturers. ISMI was formed as a separate consortium dedicated to reducing cost per wafer, cost per die, and to lay the groundwork for a 450mm diameter wafers.

Although ISMI works out of the same Austin base as Sematech it has own membership, which includes Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corp., Infineon Technologies AG, Intel Corp., Freescale Semiconductor Inc., Philips Semiconductors, Texas Instruments Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and now Matsushita.

"Shrinking device features at advanced technology nodes are making it more difficult to maintain yield and productivity, and e-manufacturing is indispensable in solving this problem," said Michihiro Inoue, director of Matsushita's semiconductor manufacturing technology center, in a statement issued by Sematech. "Matsushita anticipates that ISMI membership will give us productivity solutions for future challenges in our manufacturing fabs, allowing us to achieve best-in-class levels of productivity," Inoue added.

"We look forward to expanding our interaction with Japanese chipmakers, since ultimately all chipmakers share the same manufacturing issues and concerns," said John Schmitz, vice president and chief operating officer for Manufacturing Operations and Technology at Sematech.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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