Victor K.F. Chia, Ph.D.
Analytical Insight
Winter 2010
During the later part of 2009 the semiconductor industry declined forcing many companies to downsize their production target and workforce. Cost reduction programs were implemented to meet revised financial targets and operating incomes (OI). Typical programs included limiting contamination monitoring of UPW systems, minimizing power to unused cleanrooms and reducing housekeeping. However, in 2010 we all hope to see the industry get back on track with revenue and shipments at substantially greater levels than 2009. In order to efficiently ramp up production output, several integral aspects must be addressed. Read more