Infineon Announces 300 mm Thin Wafers

According to the manufacturer, these Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) offer the same behavior as those previously manufactured on 200 mm wafers (in diameter, not thickness), but will enable the company to produce the chips much more efficiently.

“Our engineers’ achievement marks a quantum leap in production technology,” said Reinhard Ploss, Operations, Research & Development and Labor Director at Infineon Technologies. “Innovation lays the foundation for profitable growth. Innovation secures our edge over the competition.”

300 mm wafers have been used for common chips such as CPUs for more than a decade, but certain individual segments still rely on 200 mm technology as the production volume does not justify a switch to the more expensive 300 mm technology.

However, Infineon had the advantage of already having a 300mm production plant; the thin wafers are produced in the former Qimonda DRAM plant in Villach, Austria.

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  • I think we should stop using the term 'quantum leap' when talking about semiconductor tech unless the leap in question is in fact quantum in nature.
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  • I think people should stop using the term "quantum leap" altogether when they don't know what it means, and they actually apply it in situations when what they do mean is actually the total opposite. You would think that an R&D and Labor director would have a background with a degree in physics, in which case he should know that quantum leaps are very small, not very large.
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  • I think we should stop using the term 'quantum leap' when talking about semiconductor tech unless the leap in question is in fact quantum in nature.
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  • I think people should stop using the term "quantum leap" altogether when they don't know what it means, and they actually apply it in situations when what they do mean is actually the total opposite. You would think that an R&D and Labor director would have a background with a degree in physics, in which case he should know that quantum leaps are very small, not very large.
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  • So from what I read, they are making an already existing technology that was already being used to make CPUs more affordable for other types of chips. Even if you could say a "quantum leap" meant a very big advancement, I don't see how it would apply here.
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