Rapid Thermal Processing Of Semiconductor Wafers
I'm interested in learning more about the commercial relationships between semiconductor rapid thermal processing (rtp) equipment manufacturers and chip makers specifically related to how advances in rtp are integrated into the market and how the development of new equipment influences innovation in chip making. I'm looking for someone with experience either with a chip maker (intel, samsung, globalfoundries, tsmc, or related), or with an equipment manufacturer (i.E., applied materials, koyo, tokyo electron, or related), or with other relevant industry experience, who can speak to the following questions:
1. How do advances in rtp factor into increasing chip complexity? As fabs move towards sub 14nm feature sizes and larger wafers (450mm) do they look to advances in rtp equipment to enable these transitions or do they have other, larger concerns?
2. How often do chip makers replace their rtp equipment?
A. Is it every time a new, better system comes out? Whenever they design a new fab? When they switch to a new design that requires it?
B. What are the relationships like between equipment manufacturers and chip makers? Are they locked into deals or do the chip makers shop around?
3. Are the equipment suppliers integral to the innovation process at the chip fabs? Who has the influence there, does intel set the spec and lead design of the new equipment or does the equipment manufacturer innovate and then sell to intel?+undefined Other Responses
I'm looking for industry expert in surface metrology and process inspection in semiconductor manufacturing for a consulting based project work.
I'm managing a startup that develops new optical surface metrology technology based on white light interferometry that has some unique features like large fov and up to 100mm step heigh measurement ability and would like to clarify if there are potential applications in any of semiconductor process stages for our technology or not.
Ideal candidate should be able to understand and evaluate our technology and make a summary for potential applications, as well as be able to make some first introductions to relevant contacts from industry with whom ot discuss further.
There is a potential for the industry expert to become our business partner and manage this business direction independently.
Feel free to contact me if you have any other ideas or proposal.+10 Other Responses