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Can fab costs be controlled? Part 1

01 September 2003 | By Mark Osborne | White Papers > Edition 19, Cleanroom

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ABSTRACT

This is the first article in a series that will look at the many facets that make up the design, construction and cleanroom installation aspects of the state-of-the-art 300mm fab. The focus will be on initiatives that help to control the rising costs and maximise the return on investment (ROI). We start the series where all fabs must start, on the drawing board or as we have today the CAD computer screen. Here we interview one of the most experienced and creative fab architects in the world today with no less than 20 fabs to his name. We asked Dr. Alfonso Mercurio President of A.M. Architetti S.r.l, part of the AMA Group, to reveal the often forgotten or underestimated importance of design in fabs of today.

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