Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

The silicon photonics industry is ready for take-off. Objective: a multibillion dollar market

November 08, 2016, anysilicon


Datacenters with few other emerging applications will become a multibillion dollar market for silicon photonics by 2025. Transporting high level of data with existing technologies will soon reach its limit and photons will continue replacing step by step electrons throughout networks. Growing investments made by VCs have been identified by

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Austria’s ams acquires Heptagon become a worldwide leader in optical sensing

October 25, 2016, anysilicon

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Premstaetten, Austria (24 October 2016) – ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide manufacturer of high performance sensor and analog solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Heptagon, the worldwide leader in high performance optical packaging and micro-optics. With this transaction, ams becomes the

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Number of 300mm Wafer Foundries Increases

October 07, 2016, anysilicon


Enormous financial and technology hurdles continue to plague the development of 450mm wafers. Ambitious goals to put 450mm wafers to use have been scaled back.  IC manufacturers are instead maximizing their manufacturing efficiency using 300mm and 200mm wafers.  IC Insights’ Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report shows that

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Top Semiconductor Foundries Growth 2015-2016 (per process node)

October 02, 2016, anysilicon


IC Insights recently released its September Update to the 2016 McClean Report. This Update included Part 2 of an extensive analysis of the IC foundry business.  An excerpt from the September Update, describing foundry sales by feature size, is shown below.
The following 2 charts show

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Semiconductor Wafer Mask Costs

September 15, 2016, anysilicon

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Semiconductor lithography and wafer mask set have developed dramatically in recent years. As technology migrated into nanometer geometries mask set price has increased exponentially.
The good news is that mask cost is decreasing every year due to maturity in production process and other factors such as market demand, competition

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Unveils 12nm FD-SOI Process Node

September 09, 2016, anysilicon

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced a new 12nm FD-SOI semiconductor technology mode, extending its leadership position by offering the industry’s first multi-node FD-SOI roadmap. Building on the success of its 22FDXTM offering, the company’s next-generation 12FDXTM platform is designed to enable the intelligent systems of tomorrow across a range of applications, from mobile

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