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The semiconductor industry’s use of energy and other resources is increasing as wafer-processing grows more complex and as the industry expands production worldwide. In the face of rising costs and stringent government regulations, it is imperative to operate more efficiently.
Semiconductor fabs are on an ever-tightening schedule to deliver the latest components for consumer-electronics buying cycles. Product lifecycles are shorter and the business risk of being late is greater for each new cycle, so it is more important than ever for all of a fab’s resources to be in place and ready to go when needed.
The era of smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the smart factory promises significant opportunities to reduce cost, boost productivity and improve quality in microelectronics manufacturing. But it also presents the industry with new, unique challenges.
The cost of a new fab today can approach $10 billion, and such a high level of capital expenditure increases the importance of delivering a fast return on that investment. Now, a new early-stage fab-planning offering from the Applied Materials FabVantage™ Consulting group can help customers achieve faster, more efficient startups.
The wireless landscape is becoming far more sophisticated as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and mesh networks such as Zigbee and Thread take hold. When Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Lucio Lanza was asked what the Next Big Thing is likely to be for the semiconductor industry, he gave exactly the right answer: "connectivity."
When you put on a virtual reality (VR) headset you are transported to another world, a place where reality is just a whim of the imagination. What’s far from imaginary, though, is the impact VR is having on all of us, whether we personally use VR headsets or not.