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When Dan Hutcheson, CEO of market research firm VLSIresearch, remarked that "200 is the new 450," he was not just poking fun at the nearly stillborn wafer size transition. "200[mm] is hot," he explained, noting that it is attracting more of the industry’s energies toward innovations ranging from new process chambers to advanced automation techniques.
Much of today’s leading-edge semiconductor development is being done, not by using the most advanced design rules, but by integrating disparate chips to meet system-level performance goals. Often done in the vertical dimension, this heterogeneous integration is now among the core competencies of Austin, Texas-based Novati Technologies, a relatively small company with outsized importance in the 3D development field.
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