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Succeed With 200 mm Semiconductor Fabs by Overcoming Three Critical Challenges

Published: 08 January 2018

ID: G00347165

Analyst(s): Samuel Wang , Gaurav Gupta


Industrial, automotive and mobile electronics, coupled with China's internal investments, are driving 200 mm semiconductor fab expansion. Technology strategic planners must address demand uncertainty, availability of used equipment and human resources to succeed.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Running Underutilized Fabs Results in Not Only Revenue Losses, but Also Increased Equipment Maintenance Costs Since Fabs Still Run at the Same Fixed Cost
  • Restricted Availability of Used Equipment for New and Expanding 200 mm Fabs Will Increase Manufacturing Costs, Impacting Profitability
  • The Shortage of a Skilled Workforce Worldwide, Particularly in China, Required for fab Operations Will Cause Delays, Leading to Planning and Schedule Disruptions

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