Sustainability & Sustainable Fabrication in the Semiconductor Industry
Embracing Sustainability and Sustainable Fabrication
The semiconductor industry is increasingly focusing on sustainability, often referred to as the "Green IC Industry" or "Green Energy." This shift is driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions, combat climate change, and create more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and facilities.
Companies like Infineon have set ambitious sustainability goals, including a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 compared to 2019 levels. They also aim to improve water and waste management practices and save 50 million tons of CO2 equivalents through product usage.
Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions extend to semiconductor fabrication. Strategies include minimizing the number of photomasks used and replacing emissions-heavy gases with greener alternatives. Additionally, the transition to energy-efficient storage solutions like NAND FLASH SSDs helps reduce power consumption.
Sustainable memory devices are gaining importance, especially in applications like automobiles, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Innovations such as PLC and HLC 3D NAND are increasing memory bit density while operating at lower temperatures. Technologies like EUVL and hybrid-bonded memory with TSV structure are facilitating memory device scaling and high-performance chiplet packages, aligning with sustainability goals.
Overall, sustainability is becoming a driving force in the semiconductor industry, with companies actively pursuing eco-friendly practices and solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.
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