European IC manufacturing equipment has 24% world market share.
The European semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry holds a 24% world market share, says SEMI, and has been steadily increasing share from the 18% held in 1998. It needs EU support.
“Although much is contributed by ASML,” says Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI, “Europe has a diversified industry with leading positions in many areas. More than 40 European equipment and material suppliers have joined forces and formed the EEMI 450 initiative.”
The goal of EEMI 450 is to keep Europe’s semiconductor industry competitive. The EU is willing to support this but needs industry input on the complexities of 450mm, EUV and 3D-IC.
The proposed Horizon 2020 — the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 — proposes multi-billion support for R&D, and will include co-financing pilot-lines to make sure there is a timely transition from R&D to mass manufacturing in Europe.
The two legs of future semi evolution – ‘More Moore’ – smaller geometries larger wafers – and ‘More than Moore’ – packaging, more efficient 300mm fabs etc – both need EU support says SEMI..
“The equipment and material industry badly needs to support the early adopters of 450mm, EUV and 3D-IC to remain globally competitive,” says Kundert.
At the same time, adds Kundert, makers of “More than Moore” products also need support.