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‚??Velocity‚?? the new buzzword in Intel‚??s PQS annual awards

12 April 2012
The usual suppliers that include the major sector players and host of Japanese firms dominated Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award system in 2011. However, the word ‘velocity’ has become the new measuring stick, with Nikon winning an ‘Achievement’ category award for ‘velocity.’ In total 19 companies received Intel’s PQS honour in 2011 and 2 companies as Achievement winners. In the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award category system, Intel acknowledged 9 suppliers in 2011. Read more >>

Spansion and SK Hynix announce NAND partnership

03 April 2012

President and CEO of SK Hynix, Oh Chul Kwon and President and CEO of Spansion, John Kispert finalize the agreement on March 27thSpansion and SK Hynix have announced that they will work together to deliver Spansion SLC NAND products at the 4x, 3x, and 2x nodes to the embedded market. The alliance, which will make its first Spansion SLC NAND products available from the second quarter of 2012, will see the companies enter into a patent cross-licensing agreement in order to facilitate commercial manufacture.


Tokyo Stock Exchange delists bankrupt Elpida

28 March 2012

Elpida Memory has had its stock removed from the Tokyo stock market after filing for bankruptcy protection on February 27th 2011. Elpida began trading shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in November 2004 but has reported losses in all five quarters preceding December 31st 2011.


Product Briefings

Rudolph releases faster ‚??Genesis Enterprise‚?? yield management software

08 July 2011
Product Briefing Outline: Rudolph Technologies has released ‘Genesis Enterprise’ version 7.0. Genesis is an offline yield analysis and data mining software with parametric yield management tools designed to maximize factory efficiency and identify causes of yield loss. Since Rudolph’s acquisition of the Yield Dynamics software business from MKS Instruments a year ago, Rudolph have made significant performance improvements to the product. Read more >>

New Product: Applied Materials ‚??SmartMove‚?? system provides lot tracking to non-automated fabs

06 August 2009 | Comments (1)
Product Briefing Outline: Applied Materials has introduced the ‘Applied SmartMove’ system that enables a comprehensive wafer management solution for non-automated 200mm and 300mm fabs. The SmartMove system brings new efficiency to these fabs, seamlessly integrating with customers’ existing MES software to wirelessly track and direct the movement of wafer lots. Applied Materials claims the system can boost factory output by up to 10%, and typically realize a return on the investment in less than 9 months. Read more >>

Top 5 new products for 2008

29 December 2008
TeraFabOne of the equipment suppliers that consistently brings out new products is KLA-Tencor. However, the metrology supplier rarely figures in the most popular rankings in any given year. That has changed in 2008 with its TeraFab tool. Although only released recently, the fifth most popular product was from TEL and Novellus for copper interconnects. Read more >>

White Papers

PREVIEW: Edition 39: Technology transfer and ramp in a giant 300mm production fab

29 January 2009
Fabtech CoverBy Ernst Richter et al - ABSTRACT - This article follows up on a previously published paper that introduced the 110nm technology transfer of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) for the Inotera Memories joint venture at start-up [1]. In this paper, technology transfer and ramp of the 75nm DRAM technology is outlined for Inotera in full production mode. Again, technology transfer was done from Qimonda (previously Infineon Technologies) at Dresden in Germany where the technology was jointly developed with Nanya Technologies. Inotera at Taoyuan in Taiwan was the first receiving site to repeat the technology qualification. Continuous sales price reduction puts pressure on memory firms for fast introduction of technology shrinks to remain cost competitive [2]. Delays as short as a few days in the production ramp can translate into millions of dollars of missed opportunity in revenue. This paper sets forth the steps taken by the two companies to avoid such setbacks in the technology transfer. Read more >>

Edition 38: Performance testing Manufacturing Execution System

26 January 2009
FT38By Brandon Lee & Susanta Dash, CIMAC, San Jose, California, U.S. - ABSTRACT - Performance testing is carried out on an MES system to identify and eliminate bottlenecks that can potentially cause production outages and lost revenue in a semiconductor production fab. In a distributed system, bottlenecks can occur at the client site, within the server or in the  network. The MES system is the heart of the manufacturing operation and interacts with a number of other systems to support the manufacturing line in a fab. As production increases with ramping up of the production volume, the loads on the various systems that support the production also increase. This paper puts forward the potential benefits in applying the MES system for testing and validation of performance and scalability to measure the various key parameters, thus providing good ROI by early detection of potential problems. Read more >>

Refurbished equipment coming on the market

01 March 2008
Dean W. Freeman, Gartner Dataquest, San Jose, California Read more >>