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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

450mm Central: SEMI Introduces New Website for the Latest News on Wafer Transition

We’ve put together a new website to aggregate and disseminate useful information to help the semiconductor transition to 450mm wafer processing. The information service at , will compile new product announcements, industry news, technology information, SEMI Standards updates, presentations, and other relevant information on 450mm wafer processing in one comprehensive website that is easily searchable.

The transition to 450mm wafer processing will be one of the most challenging and complex issues facing the $300+ billion semiconductor industry. Leading integrated device manufacturers, foundries, equipment and materials suppliers, and research consortia are beginning to invest heavily in the transition to 450mm wafer processing. Spending on 450mm R&D alone is estimated to range between $8 and $40 billion. Capital expenses for the first generation of high-volume manufacturing will probably exceed $25 billion as soon as 2016-2017. Leading equipment manufacturers, component and subsystem suppliers, technology providers and other SEMI members — plus leading chip manufacturers and industry consortia — have all expressed the need for greater communication and accurate information on 450 progress, plans and business opportunities.

Another one of the reasons for the site is the increasingly opinionated and bogus information on the 450mm transition currently out there. SEMI will work with our key members, IDMs, and industry to ensure accurate and timely information on 450mm developments. IF we get something wrong, we’ll fix it. If there is important information or views on 450mm, we’ll post it.

To provide new product, perspective or other information for consideration for inclusion on the 450mm Central site, please send an email (with Word doc and graphic attached) to

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