What it will mean to work with 450mm wafers?

01/24/2013 | SemiMD.com

Fabricating semiconductors on 450-millimeter wafers is expected to bring a new set of challenges to chip manufacturing. One factor is weight: A 450mm wafer will weigh 2.7 times what a 300mm wafer weighs, according to Olaf Kievit of TNO, a research firm. "Wafer transport pods will be bigger and heavier, both loaded and empty," Katherine Derbyshire writes.

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