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Industry Joins Forces to Chip Away at R&D Costs

9:38 AM MDT | August 4, 2008 | Michelle Bryner in San Francisco

Demand for smaller, faster, and multi-functional electronics is causing R&D costs to skyrocket. That in turn is driving collaboration between and among suppliers and their customers, say attendees at Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International’s (Semi; Santa Clara, CA) electronics manufacturing industry show, held at San Francisco last month. Limited: The size of the transistor is nearing its limit. “The costs of developing a [technology] node are going through the roof because of the complexities” of new devices, says Bernie...

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