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Sematech seeks collaboration, looks into fabless

Posted: 30 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fab tool  lithography  EUV 

Sematech is set on expanding its wings. The chipmaking consortium is now exploring options to attract fabless companies into the fold and is also hoping to expand its collaborative efforts with fab tool makers, according to the new president and chief executive of Sematech.

Daniel Armbrust, the new leader of Sematech, also said the chip-making consortium is currently putting the pieces together to launch an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography mask consortium. Sematech has previously talked about an EUV mask consortium, but the group has provided few details about the subject.

As reported, Sematech, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, earlier this month announced the appointment of Armbrust to serve as its president and CEO. Armbrust was previously responsible for IBM's 300mm wafer fab in East Fishkill, New York.

He succeed Michael Polcari, who has been appointed Sematech's chairman. Polcari succeeds OB Bilous as chairman of Sematech. Polcari had been the CEO for Sematech for the last seven years. The change in management at Sematech "was a personal decision on (Polcari's) part," Armbrust told EE Times.

Sematech is not changing its charter amid the management changes. But rather it is expanding its charter to help develop new and breakthrough manufacturing technologies—and for good reason. As the IC world moves down the process curve, "the costs and technology risks are increasing," he said.

At present, Sematech is involved with a number of initiatives, including 450mm wafers, EUV, materials development, metrology, thru-silicon-via (TSV) technology and others.

Sematech's members include Global Foundries, Hewlett-Packard, Infineon Technologies, IBM, Intel, Micron, National Semiconductor, NEC, Renesas, Samsung, Toshiba, TSMC, UMC and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany. Sematech also has 11 associate members, which include equipment and materials makers.

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