Every once in a while, a small modification or upgrade to an existing piece of equipment can have a huge positive impact on production and output. Such is the case with Ichor’s new collimated endpoint upgrade for the Lam Research TCP® 9400 and TCP® 9600, used for Conductor and Metal Etch applications.
Ichor Systems Ltd has shipped its first SCE 4520XL Advanced Dielectric Etch System, to Finland.
Ichor Systems Ltd has shipped its 30th refurbished TCP 9600 system, expanding its leading role in the semiconductor tool refurbishment market.
This press release was originally written for Ichor Systems Ltd., U.K.
Ichor Systems Ltd is set to attend Semicon Europa next week, November 14th - 17th in Munich, Germany. We will be exhibiting at booth B-143 and will also be hosting our famous whisky tasting event as in years past – see exhibitor list.
Semiconductor fab equipment spending shattered predictions in 2017, with a stunning 37% growth forecasted. In our previous article on Semiconductor Trends to Watch, we highlighted expectations for 11% growth in 2017 based on analyst projections. The record-breaking growth has been fueled by demand for memory and other leading-edge technology.
When it comes to semiconductor manufacturing equipment obsolescence, there’s no good way to avoid the issue. With the significant expansion of the IoT and MEMS markets as well as the continuation of MtM, the demand for devices on legacy equipment is increasing. Semiconductor fabs using this legacy equipment will inevitably lose part of their supply lines to obsolescence every year.
Semiconductors are the unseen enablers of everyday life. They are the essential building blocks for integrated circuits used in computing devices, and we find them in everyday technology such as mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets and bank ATMs. They play an important part in all types of machinery from washing machines and refrigerators to airplanes and space vehicles.
Equipment and spare parts obsolescence in semiconductor manufacturing stems from a continuous push for higher performance and greater efficiency in an increasingly interconnected world. As technology advances at an accelerating pace, manufacturing managers are always faced with a looming problem of obsolescence. Before their equipment reaches end of life, parts and support are often discontinued for key components of the production line.