Semiconductor output on 12-inch wafers to nearly double by 2015, says IHS

August 23, 2011 
Semiconductor manufacturing using 12-inch (300-millimeter) wafers will see production nearly double from 2010 to 2015 as chip producers increasingly employ them for older, more mature products, according to the  IHS iSuppli Global Silicon Forecast Market Tracker from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).

By 2015, foundries and integrated device manufacturers (IDM) will produce 8,753 million square inches of silicon on 12-inch wafers, up from 4,799.4 million in 2010, equivalent to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8 percent during the five-year period. This year alone, IDMs will produce some 5,608.5 million square inches of silicon on 12-inch wafers.

“Initially, 12-inch wafers were employed only for the most advanced products,” said Len Jelinek, research director and analyst for semiconductor manufacturing at IHS. “However, that’s been changing over the course of the past two years, with both foundries and IDMs having determined that 12-inch wafers represent the most cost-effective manufacturing method for mature products. As a result, IHS forecasts a new period of rapid growth for 12-inch wafers.”

For semiconductor makers using mature technologies, high-volume 12-inch wafer manufacturing is the key to success. But as this ramps up, the prospect of moving to the next level—the 18-inch wafer—now is being raised, following discussions during the past few years among key suppliers about a potential transition.

From a wafer manufacturer’s perspective, the transition to 18-inch represents the most logical approach to achieve the cost reductions necessary to stay on track with Moore’s Law, which stipulates that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles every two years.

Nonetheless, major questions remain regarding the benefits and costs of adopting the next-generation wafer size. For instance, it’s still unknown if semiconductor manufacturers, tool suppliers and silicon suppliers can profit from 18-inch wafers—all signs point otherwise. Yet this doesn’t mean that some of the leading companies won’t undertake the transition, which IHS anticipates will begin in 2015 regardless of the economics involved. Already, several industry leaders are building facilities in preparation for alpha tool installation.

Learn More >  Silicon Suppliers Face Uncertain Second-Half Demand




Review Article Be the first to review this article
CST Webinar Series

EMA:

Featured Video
Editorial
Peggy AycinenaWhat Would Joe Do?
by Peggy Aycinena
Retail Therapy: Jump starting Black Friday
Peggy AycinenaIP Showcase
by Peggy Aycinena
REUSE 2016: Addressing the Four Freedoms
More Editorial  
Jobs
AE-APPS SUPPORT/TMM for EDA Careers at San Jose-SOCAL-AZ, CA
ACCOUNT MANAGER MUNICH GERMANY EU for EDA Careers at MUNICH, Germany
FAE FIELD APPLICATIONS SAN DIEGO for EDA Careers at San Diego, CA
Development Engineer-WEB SKILLS +++ for EDA Careers at North Valley, CA
Manager, Field Applications Engineering for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, CA
Upcoming Events
Zuken Innovation World 2017, April 24 - 26, 2017, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa in Hilton Head Island, SC at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island NC - Apr 24 - 26, 2017
CST Webinar Series



Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy