Evaluation Process for Semiconductor Fabrication Materials That Are Better for the Environment
The successful future of the semiconductor industry is dependent upon the development of an array of new and novel materials to make semiconductor devices. In parallel, there is a growing sentiment in public policy and regulatory forums for a highly conservative precautionary approach to approving the introduction of new chemicals into commerce. Intel's business model of Copy Exactly! requires new material development very early in the technology development cycle. Therefore, Intel's approach to chemical development, and selection of materials, must incorporate consideration of the environmental impact of its policies and materials extremely early.