When it comes to the highly dynamic world of technology, the semiconductor industry has always been at the forefront. The sector has an impressive past and the present, and is no less impressive either. It is only natural because it is one of the industries which by designing and fabricating semiconductor and semiconductor devices, literally provides the base of numerous tech products. The very names like Intel and Samsung resonate the power of the industry without much doubt. It is also a fact that, with the coming of the silicon chips, the semiconductor industry found new and most decisive eive challenge to move on. The zeal to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction is evident in the industry more than ever before. Let us have a close-up of the fundamentals of the industry and explore how it may have a bright future as well.
The two prime areas that drive the semiconductor industry may be described and categorized as foundations (they are also known as ‘pillars’). Let us identify and briefly introduce them. The foundational structure of semiconductor industry is three dimensional, composed of the front end, the middle end, and the back end. There are both manufacturing angles and business angles to such foundations. Technically speaking, front end semiconductor manufacturing essentially involves extensive research and development for designing a product in a methodical manner based on the ideas. It refers to the fabrication from a blank wafer to a completed wafer. In the competitive environment, it also signifies a leap forward towards manufacturing and marketing next generation products. Incidentally, in the language of electronics wafer, also called slice, is a thin part of semiconductor utilized for the fabrication of integrated circuits. The middle end connects the design sphere to the manufacturing sphere, and then to the marketing world for offering to end-consumers. Back end manufacturing is where the wafer is cut, assembled, and packed into different packages. Concerned more with logistics it is associated with efficient assembly team effort in which meeting the specifications earmarked and maintaining the delivery timeline are prioritized.
The importance of the above foundations is determined by several crucial factors. First, innovation. Creativity-propelled innovation has a vital role because there in the world of fast moving technology and cut-throat competition little purpose will be achieved unless the industry is able to generate cutting-edge products and solutions. Second, cost. While innovation and production are to be conducted, it is also important to adopt a cost-effective approach. Otherwise amidst stiff competition having more expensive products with the same functions made available by competitors will spell trouble. Third, punctuality. There can be no compromise with the time importance insofar planning and executing projects are concerned. The process is important both for in-time manufacturing and delivery. Fourth, another key factor is quality. Here too the same logic of ruthless competition comes to the picture. Any compromise with quality, intentional or otherwise, may result in a lot of damage. On the other hand, high quality will ensure a good reputation and henceforth, good market. All these foundational factors are intimately connected with yet another foundational factor, the growth imperative. It is marked by industry and its relentless endeavour to not only synchronize the front end, middle end and the back end foundations but also to match the set goals keeping in mind not only the existing market but also paying thorough attention to the changing nature of demands in the market.
In a networking-driven world in which technology is married to business an argument is being recently flagged with much zest that the idea and the process of fabrication in the semiconductor industry should go beyond the traditional/orthodox approach to the foundations, that is, the front end, middle end and the back end systems, and develop a better understanding of the existing and possible connections of each of them with progressive technology. It may be described as the emerging pragmatic approach in the domain of semiconductor industry.