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450mm fabs unlikely to come soon, says analyst

Posted: 22 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:450mm? wafer fabs? foundry?

Despite the push towards 450mm fabs in some circles, the next-generation wafer size is not expected within the next decade, according to of VLSI Research Inc.

Intel Corp., for one, is looking at 450mm fabs, reportedly in the 2012 time frame. Samsung, TSMC and Toshiba have also talked about building 450mm fabs.

"450mm will happen," said G. Dan Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research, at the recent Industry Strategy Symposium.

"People are starting to work on the handling issues, but I never believed 2012 is a viable date," he said, adding that 450mm fabs could possibly appear in the 2020-to-2025 time frame.

Here's what is required for 450mm wafers in the industry: $3million to $4 billion in R&D funding and "a real fab to make it happen," he said.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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