Industry Insights

Ultrapure Micro is a highly technical community, but we also value the opinions and insights of our industry experts and UPM contributors. The Industry Insights page will provide a space for short observation pieces and interviews, which aim to keep you updated on what’s new and changing in the industry.

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News-in-brief: November 2022

A roundup of essential industry news
Research and Development

The International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) 2022 update was published in late September. The full roadmap can be found on the IRDS website, and the efforts...
November 2022

Chart of the month: Global water-related CAPEX for the microelectronics industry

Forecast growth for water-related capital expenditure through to 2027
Source: GWI WaterData

This month’s chart shows forecast for global water-related capital expenditure for the microelectronics industry. This includes spending on ultrapure water, wastewater,...
November 2022

Best presentation awards: UPM 2021

At the UPM 2022 conference in Phoenix, four presentations from the previous year were awarded best presentation for their respective track. Congratulations to all involved! Here is a summary of their great insights and access to the recordings:
Assaf Harel, Intel, for his presentation Water and Wastewater Supply Chain Management (Water and Wastewater Management track).

A boom in construction across high-tech industries is occurring...
November 2022

Four reasons to collaborate on environmental sustainability: UPM 2022 panel discussion recap

Key takeaways about semiconductor facilities’ environmental footprint in relation to water consumption, energy usage, and site selection considerations.
These points are distilled from the insights delivered by Dane Louvier, Senior Manager – Taylor Fab Design, Construction, and Site Planning at Samsung Austin Semiconductor; Kelly Osborne, Senior...
November 2022

Facility 2.0: Are We Ready?

A summary of the Keynote Address delivered by Zac Rosenbaum, Facilities Director at Samsung Austin Semiconductor at UPM 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The chip shortage has been a constant and predominant focus of semiconductor industry coverage in recent years. The digital revolution is accelerating consumer demand for new technologies, and...
November 2022

Waste to value: what are the opportunities for resource recovery in water?

Key takeaways and discussion points from the UPM 2022 roundtable discussion on resource recovery in water.
According to SEMI estimates, approximately 500 process chemicals are used during the fabrication of semiconductor wafers. The situation is similar for other high-tech industries as well. However,...
November 2022

Net-Zero Water and Sustainability Goals in the Semiconductor Industry

Key takeaways and discussion points from the UPM 2022 roundtable session on Net-Zero Water
Public and pre-public companies have begun reporting on their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals and sustainability targets in annual reports to stakeholders, and there are many...
November 2022

Troubleshooting Quality Issues in UPW Systems

Key takeaways and discussion points from the UPM 2022 roundtable session, where participants discussed troubleshooting quality issues in UPW systems.
Ultrapure water (UPW) systems integrate many unit operations and can be very complex. Understanding what each of the unit operations are designed to do and how they affect downstream unit...
October 2022

Chemical Reuse and Recycling: Challenges and Opportunities

Entegris Applications Engineering Manager Siddarth Sampath and Page Mechanical Engineer Joshua Mulder offer insights regarding why chemical reuse and reclamation is an increasingly important topic for the UPM Community.
The volume and diversity of chemicals required for semiconductor manufacturing are drivers for reclamation and reuse.
A greater variety and volume of chemicals are being used in semiconductor...
August 2022

Emerging trends for UPW and wastewater treatment

Firuza Mir, Vice-President and Regional Head of Americas with Lanxess Corp’s Liquid Purification Technologies business unit, discusses some of the emerging contamination concerns for ultrapure water (UPW) in semiconductor manufacturing.
Semiconductor companies are expanding fab operations and building new plants around the world to meet increasing chip demand, meaning more water will be used to support growing production....
August 2022

From the archive: Taimur Burki on Chemical Reclamation and Reuse

A UPM recap with highlights from the archive. Taimur Burki, Circular Economy and Global Green Building Program Manager at Intel, presented The Challenges of Chemical Waste Reclamation and Potential Reuse within the Semiconductor Industry at UPM 2021.
Intel’s Responsible Inclusive Sustainable Enabling (RISE) goals for 2030 include a goal to upcycle 60% of manufacturing waste streams into the circular economy, with zero...
August 2022

Five potential solutions for time-to-market and supply chain pressures: UPM Community Event recap

A UPM recap of the event Deconstructing the Challenges of Facility 2.0: Time-to-Market and Supply Chain in the semiconductor industry
View the event recording here. Panelists include Assaf Harel, Intel, James Casey, LotusWorks, Alan Knapp, Evoqua, and Dave Buesser, FTD Solutions. The discussion was moderated by Alex Milshteen,...
August 2022

News-in-brief: August 2022

A roundup of the latest industry news

Particle Measuring Systems released its Ultra DI 20 Plus product, which is designed for real-time particle measurement at a sensitivity of 20nm and ultrapure liquid monitoring at a...
August 2022

Environmental and Operational Sustainability in Facility 2.0: UPM Community Event Recap

A summary of insights provided by panelists Aaron Blawn, Intel; John Painter, Georg Fischer; Andreas Neuber, Applied Materials and Joshua Best, FTD Solutions. Moderated by Slava Libman, FTD Solutions
Environmental and Operational Sustainability was the fourth in a series of UPM Community Events deconstructing the challenges of Facility 2.0 – a term describing...
August 2022

Addressing water circularity in the microelectronics industry

Climate-driven water scarcity is causing the microelectronics industry to get serious about water reuse. Look no further than SEMICON West where >50% of the invited “Start-ups for...
July 2022

Water circularity in semiconductor facilities: three key themes

Insights from Victoria Yun, Senior Project Engineer at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, and Deena Starkel, Principal Water Engineer at Micron Technology, from the Global Water Summit 2022
1. Challenges posed by UPW quality requirements can be offset by other reuse avenues
The semiconductor manufacturing process demands huge quantities of ultrapure water (UPW), but the extremely...
June 2022

News-in-brief: June 2022

A roundup of relevant industry news May 9 - June 19
CEA-Leti and Intel have optimized a breakthrough process for die-to-wafer self-assembly which relies on a water dispense technique. The surface tension of the water is appropriate for...
June 2022

Chart of the month: June 2022

What does the increase in UPW water demand mean for equipment suppliers? Presented by Intel’s Alex Milshteen and Evoqua’s Alan Knapp at the Global Water Summit 2022
Source: Intel

This chart was taken from a panel presentation given by Alex Milshteen, Global Engineering and Commissioning Manager at Intel, and a roundtable discussion led jointly by Alex...
June 2022

Gas abatement: environmental driver and constraints

Adam Stover, Vice President of Applications and Technology at centrotherm clean solutions, and Josh McCrory, US Applications Engineer at DAS Environmental Expert, spoke to UPM.
Gas abatement is critical for the semiconductor industry to meet emissions regulations. The chip manufacturing process uses high quantities of a diverse mixture of gases for wafer deposition, but...
June 2022

UPM Community Event Series – Facility 2.0: Webinar #2 – Expertise in Semiconductor Facilities Operations

May Community Event recap
In preparation for the UPM 2022 Annual Conference, UPM has launched a Community Event series: ‘Deconstructing the Challenges of Facility 2.0’.
The series’ second webinar – ‘Expertise in...
June 2022

News-in-brief: May 2022

A roundup of essential industry news April 4 - May 9 2022
ACM Research announced the start of mass production of its new wafer wet cleaning tool, the Ultra C VI. The single-wafer cleaning tool is suitable for use in several wet clean...
May 2022

Chart of the month: May 2022

An example of predictive yield modelling, as presented by Dan Wilcox, Principal – Director Process Engineering at Page, at the last UPM Community Event.

Taken from a presentation by Dan Wilcox, Principal of Director Process Engineering at Page, at the last UPM Community Event. Watch the April UPM Community Event recording: 'Deconstructing...
May 2022

5 examples of industry change: April UPM Community Event

On April 12th 2022, UPM held an Community Event with a panel of IRDS experts. Below are some interesting examples of how the semiconductor manufacturing industry is evolving, as well as implications for defect control and yield enhancement.
The semiconductor manufacturing industry is evolving fast, which has spurred greater collaboration between experts. This event brings together experts from three different areas of the...
May 2022

Expert perspectives: What are the industry’s most pressing metrology challenges?

UPM Community Platform Manager Orla McCoy caught up with experts at the 2022 Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference to understand why metrology is such a significant challenge for the industry.
Siddarth Sampath, Applications Team Lead Liquid Filtration and Purification, and Jennifer Braggin, Director of Technical Training from Entegris agree that metrology is the biggest challenge...
May 2022

The latest on SEMI standards

SEMI standards update for the month of April 2022
New standards
SEMI MS14 – An important publication for UPM members, SEMI newly released a guide for gas sensors in April 2022. With the state of technology of gas sensors in evolution, this guide...
May 2022

UPM Webinar Series – Facility 2.0: Webinar #1 - Enabling Yield in Next Generation of Semiconductor Manufacturing

An insight co-authored by some of the IRDS experts who gave their insights at the last UPM Community Event
Watch the event recording here.

In collaboration with semiconductor industry experts, UPM has launched its new webinar series in preparation for the UPM 2022 Annual Conference in September. The...
April 2022

Upcoming UPM Community Event Series - Facility 2.0

Upcoming UPM Community Event Series - Deconstructing the Challenges of Facility 2.0
April 2022

What's New in UPM? April 2022

Most viewed resources and new members
Most viewed - a rundown of our most popular resources this month

April 2022

Chart of the month: April 2022

Materials sales worldwide