Copper tools for IC production to reach $1bn mark in 2000

Copper tools for IC production to reach $1bn mark in 2000
Tom Foremski
The market for copper chip processing equipment will triple in value to more than $1bn by next year as chip makers seek higher performance and lower cost production lines.
According to US market research firm The Information Network many chip makers have chosen to shelve 300mm production lines in favour of copper based chip production.
“With 300mm on the back burner, our analysis shows that copper technology is the next market mover,” says Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network. “Most of the major semiconductor manufacturers have announced production plans for copper and with the exception of IBM and Motorola are all scheduled to begin production in mid-1999 to mid-2000 timeframe.”
Although copper chip production is currently a niche process it is expected to become a mainstream technology within five years.


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