Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2014
For over 25 years, ASMC has been a leading international technical conference for exploring solutions to improve the collective microelectronics manufacturing expertise. Solving the challenges presented by semiconductor manufacturing is an ongoing collaborative effort by users, device makers, equipment and materials suppliers and academia. ASMC provides an unparalleled platform for semiconductor professionals to network and learn the latest information in the practical application of advanced manufacturing strategies and methodologies. The conference is now soliciting abstracts in 18 topic areas from professionals involved in all areas of semiconductor manufacturing. In addition to publication in the conference proceedings, select papers will be invited to participate
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Eniac INTEGRATE project
Integrated Solutions for Agile Manufacturing in High-mix Semiconductor Fabs
European IC manufacturers are on the way to become suppliers of customized products for OEM companies, which means high flexibility and product diversity. The project aims at conducting research to support the development of new manufacturing procedures, new organizations and new information and control tools to enable IC production lines to efficiently manage a high product and technology mix and heterogeneous lots of different size and priority for development, engineering and prototyping.
INTEGRATE will thus consider the development of integrated process control and equipment control optimization tools, together with advanced lot flow control techniques that interact with lower and upper decisions levels but also consider various elements of the fab (tool status, auxiliary resources, qualifications, …).
INTEGRATE will therefore especially focus on: factory operation methodologies, data acquisition and analysis concepts, factory information and control system, and process data analysis from heterogeneous samples. The objective is to develop procedures that can be implemented on existing Fab information and control system, improving the management of heterogeneous WIP and increasing the quality and processing speed of fast lots, while maximizing the total fab throughput.
Actually, the former IMPROVE project allowed developing the algorithms to make the move “from Reactive to Predictive Operations” (ITRS Roadmap). INTEGRATE will go further by addressing the needed improvements of the high mix production environment allowing putting the pieces together and lifting them to the fab level.
Implementation will also include considerations on the adaption of day-to-day manufacturing rules and habits to the new operation methodologies. This will help bridging the gap between novel control technologies and the operators and engineers in the fabs.
The research activities will be preceded and supported by survey workshops to summarize the status and detailed requirements at the user sites and to transform those specifications into general architectures. This will support the sustainability of the R&D activities and help to avoid island solutions and duplication of development efforts.
Dissemination of results will include “traditional” means such as publications or talks, but also active communication via an “open forum” towards other stakeholders in the semiconductor food-chain, such as equipment manufacturers, and training approaches towards engineers and operators.