AIDL – NEW BUSINESS MODEL OF INTELLECTUAL MICROELECTRONICS
Modern life is impossible without electronics. The present market situation doesn’t allow small and even medium companies to place the order for a small batch of chips for their respective items. Mega factories (megafabs) are not interested in placing small orders, they are keen to churn out same-type microchips consistently for large manufacturers. They have no time for small batches. This is why the synthesis of new chips is getting more complicated, costly and time-consuming, impeding the progress and the industry development. Today’s world demands the newest microchips and IP-modules, which can be manufactured on-site in single or small batches at a reasonable price and within a short period of time.
VITIM has transformed production model IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturer) into an altogether new format AIDL (Agile Integrated Device Laboratory). Such approach allows elimination of huge mega factories, turning them into compact, cutting-edge mini-laboratories.
The uniqueness and innovation of the AIDL business model is centered around fragmentation of all key intellectual and production chains of modern electronics. We have re-engineered the entire scope of all technological cycles and separated each production process into standalone production mini-factories. The AIDL model is the integration of engineering intellectual centers and all key mini-factories of modern electronics within one technological laboratory.
One of the key component, such format requires are minimal FAB equipment, focused on production of various microchips in small batches. Wafers with diameter 0.5 inches correspond to the size of the majority of integrated circuits and semiconductor devices, providing extremely compact size of devices for wafer fabrication with just 30 cm in width.
The entire technological process of chip manufacturing, starting from machining to polishing of a substrate and packaging, is divided into separate operations. For every technological operation, there is a certain module or unit, capable of fulfilling its operation within a minute automatically in accordance with a built-in software application. Shuttles moving from one unit to another is carried out by a special robot. The shuttle contains only a single substrate, on which one of several microchips may be positioned. Placement of laboratory-production technological network requires no special cleaning system of air in the room and production waste utilization systems. To improve the performance, several identical production lines for manufacturing of one item can be positioned, and if necessary, each technological line can be easily reconfigured for production of another type of microchips.