Semiconductors are nowadays so ubiquitous that the ability to fabricate them rapidly, efficiently and reliably has recently been the limiting factor in the production capacity of many goods. These include personal computers, phones, cars, connected objects and more, with current supply challenges affecting the likes of GM, Ford, Apple and more. As we transition from an era in which any computer had several users to one in which a single person may own thousands of computers all at once, several questions are raised about the sustainability of the semiconductor industry as a whole: What is its impact on the environment, and how can it be reduced? How can we ensure robust and predictable processes that support sustainable growth for customer markets? Finally, how can answers to these questions be leveraged to address today’s struggles to match supply and demand?
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