Sunday, April 19, 2009

450mm Wafer Fab ready to go?

In 2002, 38.2% of equipment purchased by the semiconductor manufacturers was for 300mm production, and 1.4% of silicon wafers processed were 300mm in diameter.
In 2008, 92.1% of equipment purchased was for 300mm production and 37.4% of silicon wafers were 300mm.

From 2002-8, semiconductor revenues increased from about $10bn per month at the start of 2002 to $20+bn in December 2008.

In contrast, semiconductor equipment bookings started off 2002 at $645 million, reached a peak of $1.8 billion in June 2006, and ended 2008 at about $800 million.

No wonder semiconductor manufacturers and Sematech are pushing for 450mm wafers.

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