The digital world is built on silicon foundations. The fundamental enabling technology for today’s smart products, connected businesses and advanced services is the transmission of signals through countless nanometer-scale transistors etched into the surface of silicon wafers.
It is testament to the success of the global semiconductor industry that end users rarely give a thought to the complexity and sophistication of the manufacturing processes and supply chains used to create its products.
Yet semiconductor production requires a carefully orchestrated sequence of processes that stretches from mines in some of the most remote regions of the world to the heart of its largest cities.
Every link in that chain comes with its own demands. The materials, chemicals and intermediate products used in semiconductor production are costly and often fragile. The finished products are highly valuable and sensitive to shock, extremes of temperature and electrostatic discharge. That calls for extremely careful handling during transportation and storage, with logistics and supply chain processes that support the industry’s goal of zero defects and relentless quality improvement.