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        nanochip fab solutions

        Winter 2016

        Ali Salehpour, Senior Vice President General Manager, New Markets and Service Group

        A Letter from Ali Salehpour—Getting More After Moore: How Applied Solutions Boost Fab Productivity

        This edition of Nanochip Fab Solutions showcases how Applied Materials is helping customers address the need to do more and increase the productivity of their fabs. We have included a special "Focus on Productivity" section with five articles devoted to that topic.

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        Novati Technologies Focuses on Diverse Applications

        Much of today’s leading-edge semiconductor development is being done, not by using the most advanced design rules, but by integrating disparate chips to meet system-level performance goals. Often done in the vertical dimension, this heterogeneous integration is now among the core competencies of Austin, Texas-based Novati Technologies, a relatively small company with outsized importance in the 3D development field.

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        200MM Puts Industry In a Tight Spot

        By Nanochip Staff

        When Dan Hutcheson, CEO of market research firm VLSIresearch, remarked that "200 is the new 450," he was not just poking fun at the nearly stillborn wafer size transition. "200[mm] is hot," he explained, noting that it is attracting more of the industry’s energies toward innovations ranging from new process chambers to advanced automation techniques.

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        Productivity Back in Focus for 200mm Fabs

        By David Lammers

        There was a period, one that ended five or more years ago, when the semiconductor equipment industry put nearly all of its attention into improving 300mm manufacturing. Then smartphone sales exploded.

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        Tool Life-Cycle Services Help Customers Make More Money

        By Jeremy Read

        Customers need to generate the highest profits as quickly as possible in today’s highly competitive and fast-changing markets.

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        Should You Fully Automate Your Fab?

        By Nanochip Staff

        Fully automated fabs offer significantly better yields, output, cycle times, operating costs and flexibility than partially automated ones.

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        New Solutions for 200mm Endura Tools

        By Adam Kempf and Ramiel Oshana

        Applied has developed a new output improvement service solution for the 200mm Endura system to quickly modernize the equipment, improve process control and increase output by an average of 10%.

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        Chamber Matching Reduces Variability Across the Fleet

        By Kevin Sannes

        High factory yield and output are the foundation of financial performance in a semiconductor fab, and matched performance across all chambers in a fleet is a key mechanism for enhancing factory performance.

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        Customer Case Study - Qorvo, Inc

        By Yanghua He and Michael Lube, Qorvo, Inc.

        Chemical mechanical planarization/polishing (CMP) processing is affected by various factors, including consumables, process parameters, and polisher hardware design.

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        Factory Automation is Key to Sustainable Manufacturing


        Factory automation is a key strategy used by many manufacturers to achieve more sustainable manufacturing because of its potential to reduce waste, inventory, unnecessary processing, and idle time. A pilot project at the SanDisk assembly and test facility in Shanghai, China, demonstrates the promise of this approach.

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        IRDS Picks Up Roadmap Baton

        By David Lammers

        The ITRS semiconductor roadmap has morphed into the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), with a different, more system - and application-focused purpose than the scaling-oriented ITRS.

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        The Last Word

        David Lammers

        I sometimes divide information into “heads down,” which describes new design and manufacturing tools, for example, and “heads up,” which includes changes in the worldwide economy, consumer spending trends, and other “big picture” data.

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