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Advanced Semiconductors and Contribution to a More Sustainable Future

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By : Markus Vomfelde,Director,Embedded Processing Product Group,Renesas Electronics

Semiconductor technology is at the heart of the digital revolution that has transformed the modern world. From smartphones and industrial devices to self-driving cars and advanced medical devices, semiconductors are a critical component in a wide range of electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, the demand for faster, more powerful, and more energy-efficient semiconductors is only going to increase. However, developing and bringing advanced semiconductors to the market is a complex and time-consuming process. It requires significant investment in research and development, as well as the expertise to design and manufacture these highly sophisticated products. In this article, we will explore recent advancements in semiconductor process technologies in reducing the time to manufacture this wonderful device.

Emerging fabrication technologies enabling high-tech development and lower manufacturing time
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Comparison between planar FET and GAA FET shows how complex a structure of transistors nowadays thus increasing the time to manufacture advanced semiconductors.

Emerging fabrication technologies are playing an increasingly important role in enabling high-tech development and reducing manufacturing time. These technologies are focused on improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the manufacturing process, while also enabling the development of new products with advanced capabilities. Advanced analytics and AI analytics are playing an important role in the manufacturing industry. These technologies enable manufacturers to collect and analyse vast amounts of data in real time, providing valuable insights into the manufacturing process and improving efficiency.

  1. Predictive analytics: Predictive analytics uses data, statistical algorithms, and machine learning techniques to identify the likelihood of future outcomes based on historical data. In the manufacturing industry, predictive analytics can be used to predict equipment failure, detect quality issues, and optimize production processes. By identifying potential issues before they occur, manufacturers can reduce downtime, improve product quality, and increase efficiency.
  2. Prescriptive analytics: Prescriptive analytics takes predictive analytics a step further, providing recommendations on what actions to take based on the predictions generated by the model. For example, if a predictive analytics model identifies a potential equipment failure, prescriptive analytics can recommend the best course of action to prevent the failure from occurring, such as performing maintenance or replacing the equipment.
  3. AI-powered robotics: AI-powered robotics are becoming increasingly prevalent in the manufacturing industry, enabling manufacturers to automate repetitive tasks and increase efficiency. These robots use AI algorithms to learn from human operators and adjust their behavior accordingly. This technology can reduce manufacturing time and improve product quality, as robots can perform tasks with a high degree of precision and consistency.

Emerging fabrication technologies, including advanced analytics and AI analytics, are transforming the manufacturing industry. Predictive and prescriptive analytics and AI-powered robotics are just a few examples of technologies that are improving efficiency and reducing manufacturing time. By adopting these technologies, manufacturers can increase competitiveness and bring new and innovative products to market faster and more efficiently.

Sustainable semiconductors are better for the environment

Semiconductors have become an essential component of our modern world, powering everything from industrial automation and smartphones to electric vehicles. However, the production of semiconductors has traditionally been associated with significant environmental impacts, including the use of toxic chemicals, high energy consumption, and large amounts of waste. As a result, there has been a growing interest in developing sustainable semiconductor technologies that are better for the environment. At Renesas, we are driven by our mission to develop products and solutions that directly contribute to building a more sustainable future.

Here are some ways in which sustainable semiconductor technologies are making a positive impact:

  1. Energy-efficient production: The production of semiconductors requires a significant amount of energy. Sustainable semiconductor technologies are focused on reducing the amount of energy required to manufacture semiconductors, while also increasing their efficiency. For example, the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can significantly reduce the environmental impact of semiconductor production.
  2. Reduced use of toxic chemicals: Traditional semiconductor manufacturing processes involve the use of toxic chemicals, which can be harmful to both human health and the environment. Sustainable semiconductor technologies aim to reduce the use of these chemicals, replacing them with less toxic alternatives. For example, the use of water-based cleaning processes instead of solvents can significantly reduce the environmental impact of semiconductor production.
  3. Recycling and waste reduction: Sustainable semiconductor technologies are also focused on reducing waste and increasing the recycling of materials. This can be achieved through the use of more efficient manufacturing processes, as well as the development of new materials that are more easily recyclable. By reducing waste and increasing recycling, the environmental impact of semiconductor production can be significantly reduced.
  4. Green packaging: Sustainable semiconductor technologies are also focused on developing packaging materials that are environmentally friendly. This includes the use of biodegradable and compostable materials, as well as the development of packaging materials that are made from renewable resources.
  5. Product lifecycle management: Sustainable semiconductor technologies are focused on managing the entire product lifecycle, from design to end-of-life. This includes designing products that are more easily repairable, upgrading components rather than replacing them, and designing for disassembly and recycling.

Sustainable semiconductor technologies are making a significant positive impact on the environment. By reducing energy consumption, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, increasing recycling and waste reduction, developing green packaging, and focusing on product lifecycle management, sustainable semiconductor technologies are creating a more environmentally friendly industry. As the demand for semiconductors continues to grow, it is essential that the industry continues to focus on developing sustainable technologies that can meet this demand while minimizing their environmental impact.

Renesas: Driving advanced device development and environment-friendly semiconductor products

Renesas Electronics Corporation is a leading semiconductor company that is driving advanced device development with accelerated time and sustainable advanced semiconductor solutions.

At Renesas, we strive to foster a sustainable society that can last decades, by providing environmentally friendly semiconductor products and solutions throughout their entire life cycle, from research and development, design, procurement, production, sales, distribution, and use, to disposal.

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and preventing environmental pollution in all areas of our business. At the same time, we will comply with environmental laws and regulations and continue to improve our global environmental management system.

Response to Climate Change

We strive to reduce energy consumption throughout the value chain, use energy efficiently and minimize greenhouse gas emissions, to support the goal of becoming carbon neutral.

Effective Use of Resources

We make efficient use of all resources required for our businesses. In particular, we will strive to use water resources appropriately, minimize waste, and promote recycling.

Biodiversity Conservation

We contribute to biodiversity conservation through our business activities and promote the concept of biodiversity which is critical in supporting a rich and healthy society.

We help build a better society by proactively disclosing environmental information with our stakeholders to establish mutual understanding and by actively communicating with them.

In addition, Renesas’ sustainable semiconductor solutions include its Green Electronics Program, which focuses on reducing the environmental impact of its products throughout their lifecycle. The program covers everything from design and manufacturing to end-of-life disposal and includes initiatives such as the development of energy-efficient semiconductors and the use of environmentally friendly packaging materials.

Renesas’ focus on energy efficiency, sustainability, and innovation makes it a leader in the semiconductor industry and well-positioned to create sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for the future.

 

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