Four executives in the field of wafer fabrication facility construction and equipment describe various challenges that will be presented in the semiconductor industry transition to manufacturing with 450-millimeter wafers, in this interview by Mark LaPedus. Michael Brain of Brooks Automation said, "The tools are getting larger, and so, the cost of the facilities is going up. And we are going to have to find ways to not just grow the facilities by the same factor as the area of the wafer."

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