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Semiconductor Industry Primer: The Stages of Production and Business Models

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Feb 25, 2015 2:00:00 PM

[Note: This is part one of a series on the semiconductor manufacturing process and the associated industry business models.]

Often, I am asked by people new to the semiconductor industry how semiconductors are made. While the science and engineering behind how semiconductors are made is akin to modern day alchemy and the process is quite complicated, I try to answer this question by outlining the three basic stages of semiconductor production and describing how semiconductor firms choose to participate in this production process.

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Topics: semiconductors 101