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1st 450mm Wafer, Business Incentives and Decision Making at Intel, and Equipment is Going to Get Expensive

Posted on: 25-Jan-2008

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Three new postings that I know you’ll enjoy.


450mm Just how big is it? Dan Hutcheson is presented with one of the world’s first 450mm wafers by Daisuke Oka of Nippon Mining & Metals. Intel’s Mike Goldstein is also on-hand as they discuss the importance of having these wafers and what development work they will enable. To view this video, you must have Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or above. 01-23 (video)


Business Incentives and Decision Making at Intel: Bill Holt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of TMG at Intel, discusses the business incentive for developing semiconductors in the nanochip era. To view this video, you must have Microsoft Windows Media Player 9.0 or above. 01-21 (video)

A Blast from the Past:
In the News: Equipment Is Going to Get Expensive — Litho, Testers, and BONDERS, Oh My: Expect a five-fold increase in the cost of a chip fab, which might go from $5 to 25 . . . million (not billion) . . .  and “every dollar made by the industry will have to be ploughed back into capital equipment.”  The vision of factories being too expensive has been as mythological as the end of Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law has been the proverbial Wizard of Oz that has made it all possible. Or as Dorothy said, “Toto, were not in Kansas anymore!”


The Chip History Center:  Every day thousands of people attend this virtual museum to find out about how the making of semiconductors transformed the world.


weSURVEY at Checkout our new quick survey tool. Now you can run your own Internet surveys and best of all it’s free.

To start your survey, first log-on as a member. Then click on weSURVEY, which is the drop down window under My weSRCH in the menu bar on the top right.

It’s real easy to use once you’re there. Type in the Survey Name in the first box, which is how you’ll be able to remember it. Then type in your Question. Check if you want the respondents to get a preview once they answer.  Either us the Default Answer of Yes/No/Don’t Know . . . or check custom and enter the number of answer options you wish to enter. The a series of boxes will pop up allowing you to enter you own Answers, such as 0-20%, or Very Satisfied, etc. we hope you find this new tool useful.



weConference at By now, you probably know about the conference organizing tools at It really does work. You can really run a conference from it. You really don’t need to know html to program it. And, it really is free. To prove it out, I used it for my upcoming WildPhotons gallery showing. Here is the link.

Click on it and you can find out about my show and even register for the artist’s reception the evening of March 8 (it’s really my gallery show and you’re welcome to come). I created it in 1-2 hours and that included my own creative time of doing the writing. I did no HTML programming at all. I just used the standard templates. So, you can use the tools to organize anything from a small meeting/users group to an entire technical conference. So try it out, it should make your life easier while saving you loads of money on costly web consultants. If you want to find out more, click on: About weConference



About weQuest:
weQuest's are written by G Dan Hutcheson, his career spans more than thirty years, in which he became a well-known as a visionary for helping companies make businesses out of technology. This includes hundreds of successful programs involving product development, positioning, and launch in Semiconductor, Technology, Medicine, Energy, Business, High Tech, Enviorntment, Electronics, healthcare and Business devisions.

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