11 Jun '12, 12am

Future Horizons' report for EC on 450mm in Europe.

Future Horizons’ report for the EU on 450mm wafer processing technology development concludes that European financial support for a programme could ensure ‘that the most advanced semiconductor technologies continue to be manufactured on European soil’. The report points out that the 450mm wafer transition will probably be the final transition for the semiconductor industry. This gives Europe a unique opportunity ‘to preserve the remaining manufacturing base in Europe and protect its innovation power in the future.’ The report suggests that the EC supports an initial five year programme to set up a 450mm pilot line to enable the transition of European equipment and material suppliers to 450mm. In parallel, a joint European 450mm fab for European IDMs could be set up.

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/11/06/2012/5385...

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