Air Products Executive Calls for Collaboration to Maintain Pace of Innovation
in Semiconductor Industry
Materials Suppliers and OEMs Need to Work Together to Develop Next Generation
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Feb. 26, 2014
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --True collaboration between
material suppliers, OEMs and semiconductor manufacturers is necessary to
develop solutions needed to maintain the pace of innovation in the global
semiconductor industry. That was the message from Ed Shober, vice president
Advanced Materials and Delivery Systems for Air Products (NYSE: APD) who
recently spoke at SEMICON Korea's Executive Forum.
For years, materials have played a critical role in the scaling of IC devices.
Looking ahead, as device geometries continue to shrink, materials will play an
increasingly more critical role in semiconductor manufacturer's success. The
move to 3-D structures such as FinFETS and Vertical NAND have created
additional material processing steps that require chemical mechanical
planarization (CMP), etching and atomic layer deposition to coat and fill
"This increasing need for new materials is taxing all of us along the
development supply chain," said Shober. "New materials are needed, they must
be integrated and the result must not impact cost per wafer, not increase
capital cost, not impact yield but must enable high throughput."
Materials suppliers have generally assumed the lion's share of the development
costs of new materials. These include discovery, applications testing, scaling
to manufacture, packaging and analytical, safe and reliable shipping and
support at the customer's site. All without the promise of a market and with
the risk of materials being quickly commoditized.
"We as material suppliers, because of the importance materials are playing in
scaling, have reached a critical fork in the road," said Shober. "We can
continue down the road we know which will most likely not result in a suitable
return on investment or we can choose the road that many have spoken about yet
not many have chosen—strategic partnerships. True collaboration can address
the problems at hand and develop solutions which enable everyone to share in
Device scaling has enabled affordability and far-reaching technologies that
has improved countless lives. To continue to make these improvements possible,
the pace of innovation must be maintained.
"This requires genuine and close collaboration with a shared vision, so all
members of the team know what is required, when it is needed and the economics
for the same," noted Shober.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE: APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases;
performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the
company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and
sustainable. Recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by
both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 21,000 employees in over
50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and
emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen,
coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and
adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more
information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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