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2010-06-01 VLSI: 450mm has a long way to go
Countering some reports, the move to 450mm fabs is still unlikely for the foreseeable future due to costs, according to VLSI Research Inc
2008-05-07 TSMC, Intel, Samsung join hands on 450mm shift
Intel, Samsung and TSMC have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012.
2011-03-04 TSMC details 450mm fab plans
TSMC will install a 450mm pilot line in Fab 12 in Hsinchu then bring the line up in Taichung to process devices at the 14nm node. It aims to produce 14nm FinFETs at its Taichung fab by 2015 or 2016
2008-02-22 Survey reveals mixed signals for 450mm
Will the IC industry ever build 450mm fabs? The results are mixed, according to a report from Wright Williams & Kelly, a U.S.-based cost management software and consulting firm
2010-05-27 Semico: Shift to 450mm is inevitable
The probability that the semiconductor industry will shift to 450mm silicon wafers in manufacturing has increased significantly, however, the chance of achieving volume production by the original target date of 2012 is remote.
2008-07-14 Sematech: 450mm program is on track
International Sematech is moving full speed ahead with its 450mm programs, but the question is whether the industry can meet its lofty goals in building 450mm fabs by 2012
2009-10-27 Sematech installs tools in 450mm prototype fab
International Sematech has moved into the "test wafer generation" stage and installed the first tools in its 450mm prototype clean room, including metrology and wet-clean systems
2009-07-06 Sematech continues 450mm campaign
Despite the current downturn, International Sematech claims it continues to make progress on 450mm tool technology by announcing several new efforts in the arena
2012-08-09 Nikon, Intel to develop 450mm wafer steppers
The Japanese firm is going to work with Intel to develop the next generation semiconductor manufacturing equipment capable of handling 450mm wafers that Nikon plans to commercialize by 2018.
2013-01-22 Molecular Imprints comes first in 450mm race
Molecular Imprints Inc. has recently disclosed that one of their machines are being used by an unnamed semiconductor company to support the development of 450mm diameter wafers.
2010-10-18 Korea co. makes 450mm wafers
South Korea silicon wafer maker LG Siltron Inc. is developing 450mm substrates in anticipation of a migration to the arena
2012-07-11 Intel purchases ASML shares to dev't 450mm wafer
Intel has agreed to take a 15 percent stake in ASML Holding NV to accelerate the development of 450mm wafers and extreme ultraviolet lithography.
2013-04-12 InnoLas completes second 450mm system installation
As an optional Bridge-Tool Variant, InnoLas Semiconductor's new system can mark 450mm and 300mm wafers on either side.
2007-07-25 Foundry tool makers cool to Sematech 450mm plan
Sematech's announcement of a plan to hasten the industry's move to 450mm wafers has driven a wedge between the semiconductor equipment community and some chipmakers.
2009-07-17 Foundry panel: 450mm can wait
With chip companies and their suppliers fighting for their lives amidst a brutal industry downturn, the migration to 450mm wafersand the enormous R&D costs it will take to get therecan wait, according to executives from several foundries speaking at Semicon West.
2012-01-30 Could 450mm wafers play away from the leading edge?
When the processing of integrated circuits on 450mm diameter wafer comes, many assume that it will do so first for the most advanced digital manufacturing processes
2011-07-14 Bonding system targets 450mm SOI wafers
EV Group has released a bonding system for 450mm-diameter wafers manufactured from silicon-on-insulator substrates.
2009-04-20 Analyst: Stay away from 450mm
Semiconductor equipment vendors should boycott development of tools for the transition to 450mm wafers, The Information Network analyst warned, saying chip gear vendors were the losers in the transition to 300mm wafers and would likely not benefit from the next move to larger wafers.
2008-10-24 450mm wafer standard gets industry nod
Hoping to accelerate the development of 450mm fabs, International Sematech and others have formulated a preliminary standard for 450mm silicon wafers.
2008-01-22 450mm fabs unlikely to come soon, says analyst
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
2011-04-11 What's behind TSMC's 450mm move
Aside from reducing production costs and keeping the company ahead of its rivals, TSMC's move into 450mm would allow it to hire 7,000 fewer engineers over a 10-year period
2012-06-14 Taiwan OKs TSMC's 450mm fab
The plan, approved by the Council for Economic Planning and Development, has a total investment cost estimated at between $8 billion and $10 billion.
2005-08-19 Soaring tool costs to delay 450mm fabs
Soaring IC-equipment development costs could push out the appearance of next-generation 450mm wafer fabs to between 2020 and 2025a delay of more than a decade from its current schedule, warned an analyst at VLSI Research Inc
2005-08-22 Soaring tool costs to delay 450mm fabs
Soaring IC-equipment development costs could push out the appearance of next-generation 450mm wafer fabs to between 2020 and 2025 ? a delay of more than a decade from its current schedule, warned an analyst at VLSI Research Inc
2008-06-12 Samsung gains edge in 450mm technology
Sources said the first 450mm tool, which is believed to be a R&D prototype, is said to go to South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd
2007-11-21 Intel CEO to tool makers: 'Let's cooperate on 450mm
Despite some resistance for 450mm fabs in the market, Intel is moving ahead with 450mm technology and would like to cooperate with the IC-equipment industry in the arena, according to Paul Otellini, president and CEO of the chip giant
2013-11-07 Imec demos III-V FinFET devices on 300mm Si wafers
The devices enable continual CMOS scaling down to 7nm and below, and also enable new heterogeneous system opportunities in hybrid CMOS-RF and CMOS-optoelectronics.
2007-10-31 Fab tool vendors on 450mm move: 'Flawed and misguided
Fab tool vendors called Sematech's 450mm fab program flawed and misguided, and argued that moving to the next-generation wafer size would yield little or no cost benefit
2011-02-04 Fab firms' focus on 450mm could disrupt supply chain
Analysts fear there is not enough 300mm capacity today and 450mm plants under construction may not start mass production until 2017 or 2018, a scenario that could trigger disruptions in the IC supply chain
2010-01-15 Downturn, low support further delay 450mm
Despite rumblings about possible delays for the next-generation wafer size, leading fab tool companies still resist to support 450mm technology
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