Viewpoint - Abdul Lateef
March 1, 2023

VIEWPOINT 2023: Abdul Lateef, CEO, Plasma-Therm

VIEWPOINT 2023: Abdul Lateef, CEO, Plasma-Therm
Abdul Lateef, CEO, Plasma-Therm
What Will 2023 Bring to the Semiconductor Industry?

Although the semiconductor industry struggled in 2022, Plasma-Therm grew our sales and customer base. Our exceptional customer service directly correlates to our success, supporting all our equipment, regardless of ship date. Combine this with our newly redesigned Heatpulse rapid thermal processing (RTP) platform, which helps existing Heatpulse customers mitigate any supply-chain challenges or system-obsolescence issues, and you get a glimpse into why we had such a successful year.

In 2023, the semiconductor industry is poised for a comeback, especially as our daily lives continue to become more digitized and we return to pre-Covid normal. Consumer applications will continue to grow this year, and markets that have been driving growth (e.g., electric and autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and hyper-scale data centers) are expected to escalate with increased demand. Our core competencies play to these specialty markets, supporting processes for photonics, wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, and power device applications.

New R&D projects are starting up, enabled by the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act and the European Chips Act. We look forward to participating in these projects, building on our nearly 50 years of actively supporting advanced R&D efforts at universities, government institutions, and research labs.

Overall, 2023 will mark another exciting period of technological advances in the semiconductor industry, especially for companies specializing in advanced materials and process technology and with strong track records of collaboration. Chipmakers will increasingly need to work with suppliers possessing the tool and material expertise to optimize processes that produce high-performance, energy-efficient chips. Maintaining a competitive edge in such a variable growth cycle requires agility and focus on supporting customers to help them solve their business challenges — key differentiators for Plasma-Therm.

Abdul Lateef, CEO
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