A state-of-the-art semiconductor factory that makes full use of artificial intelligence and AR technology is about to start operation, and a '360-degree movie overlooking the factory' is also on sale

Bosch , a technology company headquartered in Germany, announced that it will start full-scale production activities in July 2021 at a semiconductor factory built in Dresden. The factory uses state-of-the-art technology that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with the Internet of Things (IoT), and the production of 300mm wafers is also drawing attention.

Bosch chip factory Dresden | Bosch Global

Bosch opens wafer fab of the future in Dresden --Bosch Media Service

Bosch reaches milestone on the way to opening new wafer fab in Dresden --Bosch Media Service

Concept of total floor area of 72,000 square meters of Bosch of the new plant is in 2017 and rose over 1 billion euros, including a grant from the German government and the European Union (approximately 130 billion yen), 2018 Construction started in June of the year. 700 people will work as employees in the factory, using the latest AI, IoT, and state-of-the-art technology that makes full use of augmented reality (AR) to analyze the manufacturing process in real time and perform machine maintenance remotely. It is said that work is possible.

In the following movie released by Bosch, you can get a 360-degree view of the inside of the factory. If you use a smartphone or VR device, you can tour the factory from home.

Welcome to the factory of the future: 360 ° tour through our wafer fab in Dresden, Germany --YouTube

Employees change clothes and move into a completely clean factory to handle semiconductors that are one-fiftieth as thick as human hair.

The inside of the factory looks like this. It is said that it is illuminated with yellow light in order for the

photoresist used for the wafer to function normally.

Since it is necessary to supply materials to the wafer day and night, it is said that the

subfab installed in the factory has a mechanism to supply special gas, chemicals, electricity, etc.

There is also a tank that stores water, which is indispensable for semiconductor manufacturing. It is said that 1200 cubic meters of water is used every day.

Wafers begin with the work

of reducing silicon dioxide contained in sand to produce high-purity metallic silicon (silicon). After that, silicon is sliced into discs and the surface is coated with photoresist. Wafers manufactured by Bosch are molded to a thickness of 60 micrometers and a diameter of 300 mm over a period of about 6 weeks after undergoing approximately 250 manufacturing processes such as exposure, development, and etching. After about 700 processes, it will take 10 weeks to complete the semiconductor chip. Bosch explains the wafer manufacturing process in the video below.

Semiconductor production process explained --YouTube

Bosch carried out the first wafer manufacturing process in January 2021 for a full-scale mass production system, from July 2021 to chips for power tools, and from September to the operation of mainly automobile automatic braking systems. We plan to manufacture a dedicated power management chip designed to perform only a single task and an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that acts as the brain of the vehicle. However, Reuters reports that microcontrollers and other devices that are in short supply worldwide will not be manufactured.

'Why does Bosch manufacture semiconductors for automobiles?' Is explained in the following video.

Travel back in time: Semiconductor development history at Bosch --YouTube

Bosch, which began researching semiconductor technology in the 1950s, set up the world's first mass production system for automotive integrated circuits in 1970. Bosch's integrated circuits, which developed a technology called Jetronic and provided ABS , which had been researched for a long time, were first installed in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as part of ABS in 1978.

Demand for semiconductors installed in automobiles is increasing due to advances in electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology, and Bosch is appealing that semiconductors that bring various uses will be a key technology in the IoT society. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said, 'Semiconductors are a core technology for Bosch, and it is strategically important to develop and manufacture them in-house. The factory built in Dresden will manufacture semiconductors with the help of artificial intelligence. We will take it to the next level. '

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