£2.4m AI project to boost plastic chip production

£2.4m AI project to boost plastic chip production

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By Nick Flaherty

PragmatIC Semiconductor is leading a £2.4m (€2.5m) UK project to develop new AI technologies to produce plastic chips and makes fabs more environmentally sustainable.

The INSPIRE project will develop and deploy new digital technologies within PragmatIC’s FlexLogIC plastic chip fabs. This aims to drive efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing operations. Plastic chip production already has less environmental impact as it does not need corrosive chemicals.

This funding will focus on technologies to optimise the consumption, quality, and recovery of resources across wafer processing, tools, and facilities.

The project, with partners DevTank, Innoflow and Suez, will integrate new manufacturing technologies with existing systems using sensors. These will capture usage and quality data for water, chemicals, gases and energy. It will also use artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, aggregating operational, tools and facilities data to drive optimisation.

This will allow active water and energy management, minimising consumption and maximising recovery and boost performance. This will include measures of capacity, cycle time, equipment performance, process variation and yield improvement

The data from the project will show how sustainability can become a measure of fab performance by manufacturers globally.

“We have already developed semiconductor devices that are significantly more cost-effective and sustainable than traditional silicon chips – and now we are excited to lead the way in new manufacturing technologies that will reduce our environmental impact even further,” said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC Semiconductor.

“Ultimately, we aim to develop and define best-in-class sustainable semiconductor manufacturing practices, to accelerate decarbonisation and improve resource efficiency within the industry,” he said.

“Water scarcity and carbon emissions are issues that impact us on a global scale. INSPIRE is a unique opportunity to apply our Insight digital monitoring platform to measure and optimise consumption, determining best practices for minimising carbon footprint and environmental impact within microelectronics and other manufacturing sectors,” said Ben Harding, Regional Vice President for UK and Ireland at Suez Water Technologies & Solutions.

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