Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
January 28, 2011 // Peter Clarke
Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
The remit is that the study should analyze what is required to support research and innovation in the production of ICs on 450-mm diameter wafers and the measures necessary to attract investments and to support advanced research infrastructures, prototyping and early nanoelectronics manufacturing in Europe.
In Europe any transition is likely to be of more significance to semiconductor manufacturing equipment companies. ASML Holding and ASM International are leading vendors of equipment and to have 450-mm manufacturing in Europe could help sustain them as world leaders.
The evaluation project is labeled SMART 2010/0062 and is not to exceed 250,000 euro (about $340,000).
Malcolm Penn, the founder and principal analyst at Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England) is well-known as an advocate of retaining control of manufacturing in the chip industry, which stands in opposition towards the trend to fab-lite being pursued by most integrated device manufacturers.
Jean-Phillipe Dauvin, formerly chief economist with STMicroelectronics and still economist emeritus there, joined Decision in 2007 and the consultancy has other semiconductor and electronics experts on its books.
According to the European Commission background documents to the tender process "With strong and accelerating globalization of research, development, innovation and manufacturing, the sector of micro/nanoelectronics in Europe has become fragile and must look for new ways to maintain and enhance its competitiveness."
Indigenous chip companies, such as STMicroelectronics, appear unlikely to be prepared to transition to a 450-mm wafer era. The most likely contender is for support for 450-mm production to be offered at IMEC's pilot line in Leuven, Belgium, but the research nature of this facitllty would make unsuitable for industrial throughouts. Two companies that remain committed to leading-edge chip manufacturing and have fabs in Europe are Intel Corp. in Leixlip, Ireland, and GlobalFoundries Inc. in Dresden, Germany.
Foremost Electronics to distribute NKK's switches in the UK
July 25, 2014
Foremost Electronics, the Essex based distributor of electromechanical components, has been appointed by NK as the company’s ...
Sony investing in stacked image sensor manufacturing capacity
The Filter Wizard: 'three-legs' and the 4-20 mA current loop
Set-top boxes morphing into MHGs
Imagination positions itself for 802.11ah for the Internet of Things
Smartwatches suck, says Pebble backer
July 24, 2014
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam ...
Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs to exit cellular market
Photographic method to survey magnetic field
Signal Integrity guru puts comprehensive SI training online
- Testing GPS with a Simulator
- DSM presents: Select the best plastic for DDR4
- Dual 13A μModule Regulator with Digital Interface for Remote Monitoring & Control of Power
- Exploring the Business Model Evolution of High-Tech Equipment Manufacturers
InterviewCEO interview: China, not Apple, is way to go, says mCube CEO
Ben Lee, CEO of MEMS startup mCube, explains why he wants to spend $37 million on being a supplier of sensors to Chinese ODMs and avoiding a design win with Apple or Samsung.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Altium Ltd is offering EETimes Europe's readers the chance to win one TASKING VX-Toolset for ARM Cortex-M Premium Edition, normally licensed for 2.395 Euros, for ultra-rapid prototyping and code development around ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers.
The VX-toolset for ARM is the first TASKING compiler suite to receive the Software Platform technology, which is seamlessly...Read more
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.