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Metrology-based control and profitability in the semiconductor industry
Author(s): Charles Weber
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This paper summarizes three studies of the semiconductor industry conducted at SEMATECH and MIT's Sloan School of Management. In conjunction they lead to the conclusion that rapid problem solving is an essential component of profitability in the semiconductor industry, and that metrology-based control is instrumental to rapid problem solving. The studies also identify the need for defect attribution. Once a source of a defect has been identified, the appropriate resources--human and technological--need to be brought into the physically optimal location for corrective action. The Internet is likely to enable effective defect attribution by inducing collaboration between different companies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2001
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4275, Metrology-based Control for Micro-Manufacturing, (5 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.429358
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Charles Weber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4275:
Metrology-based Control for Micro-Manufacturing
Kenneth W. Tobin Jr.; Fred Lakhani, Editor(s)

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