SEMI Global Update, March 2006


"SEMI® Global Update" highlights important industry information, events, programs and products. Direct links to provide additional access to registration and other information about SEMI programs, products and services.

In This Issue:  


March 2006

Application deadline extended to March 10.

  Oral History Interview: James E. Gallagher  
  New Article: "Packaging Materials: Regional Markets"  
  U.S. Public Policy  
  Highlighted Events  
  Regional Events  
  Products and Services  
  Interested in Exhibiting?  
  Call for Nominations  
Oral History Interview

James E. Gallagher

Interviewed by Craig Addison, SEMI

To record and preserve the history of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, SEMI presents oral history archives featuring interviews with industry pioneers. In this interview conducted in 2005, the late Jim Gallagher, who served as head of the IC Systems Group at GCA, tells his story.

Read all other interviews.


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James E. Gallagher

New Article

Packaging Materials: Regional Markets

by Dan Tracy and Jan Vardaman

The worldwide plastic materials market is forecasted to reach $13.4 billion in 2006, with the regions of China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Taiwan expected to experience double-digit growth.


Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook
(2005 Edition) 

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U.S. Public Policy

Innovation Policies Gaining Traction in Washington
SEMI is encouraged by this gathering momentum to address policy challenges affecting the climate for innovation in the United States.

SEMI Meets with Key Officials on Nanotechnology
On February 16–17, SEMI joined the NanoBusiness Alliance for an intensive set of meetings with Members of Congress and Administration officials to discuss nanotechnology.


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Register for Environmental Stewardship and Safety in China and Emerging Markets Symposium
Register for the Second EHS Symposium at SEMICON® China to be held Tuesday, March 21. Learn about practical, cost-effective solutions to EHS problems from the experts.

Need Help Tracking EHS Regulations, Codes and Standards?
Find information on proposed, new and amended EHS legislation, regulations, codes and standards from different jurisdictions in which the semiconductor industry operates. Many of these sources are free and offer email newsletters.

Register for the Semiconductor Environmental Safety & Health Association (SESHA)
April 18–22
Santa Clara, California
Hear Stan Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, deliver a keynote address on April 20 on International Industry Trends and the Role of EHS. Visit the SEMI display at SESHA’s International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exposition.

Revised SEMI FAQ on the RoHS/WEEE Directives Now Available
Newly revised and updated by Dr. Paul Goodman of ERA Technology. SEMI FAQ is available as an MS Word document on the SEMI Web site and includes many useful links to other key references on the Web.


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Highlighted Events

SEMICON China 2006
March 21–23
Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC)
Shanghai, China
Come see over 940 global companies showing equipment, materials and services for the microelectronics industry. Attend business and technical programs, and events. Visit the “IC Design Suppliers Pavilion” for the IC design/fabless semiconductor industry.
FPD China 2006
March 28–30
Shanghai Mart
Shanghai, China
Meet FPD industry suppliers from around the world. Along with the exhibits you can participate in FPD manufacturing and business programs to advance your industry knowledge. Find out about China’s growing display industry at FPD China. 

SEMICON Europa 2006
April 4–6
The New Munich Trade Fair Centre
Munich, Germany
Address the European market in one location and meet attendees from the global microelectronics industry. Three focused tracks: Advanced Semiconductors Manufacturing and Packaging, MEMS/Nanotechnology, and Photovoltaic.

SEMI Strategic Business Conference
April 24–26
Napa, California
SBC—where customer insights build strategic relationships. SBC 2006 features speakers representing a broad range of IDMs and quality one-on-one networking, all at a landmark resort in the heart of the California Wine Country.

SEMICON Singapore 2006
May 9–11
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Visitor registration is now open.  For Singapore residents, register before April 7 to receive your badge in the mail. Level 4 Exhibitor Corner—this is an opportunity for level 4 exhibitors to make presentations during the show.  For details, email SEMI Singapore at


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Regional Events

North America

New England Breakfast Forum Presents: “Technology—Future Visions, Current Concerns”
March 8
N. Reading, Massachusetts 
Join industry experts for an informative overview of the Industry Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and SEMATECH.

Supporting Semiconductor Manufacturing in the Metroplex
March 30
Richardson, Texas
Executives from four local IDMs discuss the regional requirements necessary to effectively compete with semiconductor manufacturing centers in other parts of the world. Networking receptions precedes lunch.

Tenth Annual SEMI Austin Golf Classic
Benefit the SEMI Frank Squires Scholarship Program at Austin Community College
April 19
Austin, Texas
The tournament is sold out, but corporate sponsorships are still available—call Terry Berke at 1.512.241.4070.

First Annual SEMI Arizona Invitational Golf Tournament
April 27
Phoenix, Arizona
Join your customers and colleagues at this first annual charity event. Proceeds benefit the SEMI High Tech U, an innovative program that introduces promising students to high-tech careers. 

Key Semiconductor Account Selling
May 1–3
San Jose, California
This workshop teaches a comprehensive process for understanding and managing key semiconductor customer drives, challenges and internal decision-making roadmaps, as well as the development of winning strategies and tactics.

Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 8–10
San Jose, California
An A-to-Z course for selling within the industry, this comprehensive workshop provides critical industry knowledge and skills for executing successful sales to semiconductor and OEM customers.

Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 15–17
San Jose, California
Considered a MUST by previous attendees, this award-winning seminar delivers a thorough understanding of the industry's product marketing process and provides tools for steering products through the complex market place.

4th Annual MEPTEC MEMS Packaging Symposium
May 17–18
San Jose, California
Explore the impact of MEMS packaging technology. Attend the SEMI sponsored workshop on MEMS packaging standards. This half-day workshop will lay the groundwork for developing a proposed set of MEMS packaging standards.

ASMC 2006
May 22–24
Boston, Massachusetts
ASMC 2006 continues a long tradition of unveiling breakthroughs in semiconductor manufacturing—from fab productivity and profitability to advanced process controls and device yield. 


Events at SEMICON Europa 2006
Munich, Germany

10th Fab Managers Forum
April 3
Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel
The Fab Managers Forum is celebrating its 10th anniversary! This well-established one-day meeting where Fab Managers and their suppliers share issues of mutual interest will take place this year in Munich, on the first day of SEMICON Europa.

International MEMS/MST Industry Forum
April 3
Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel
In conjunction with SEMICON Europa 2006
“MEMS Manufacturing in Europe: Where Business and The Technology are Going” is the theme of this year’s International MEMS/MST Industry Forum.

Intellectual Property (IP) Seminar
April 4
International Congress Centre
Find and launch the best strategies to manage your company by having an overview of patent and intellectual property issues that apply to the semiconductor supply chain.

2nd International Advanced Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Conference
April 5
Munich, Germany
As photovoltaic manufacturer or R&D Managers, come and share your solutions on PV production and PV material and equipment development at the 2nd International Advanced Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology Conference.

Lead-Free Solutions for Assembly and Packaging
April 5–6
SEMI Technology Arena in Hall A3
July 1 is the deadline to implement the EU Directive on the Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). "Lead-Free Solutions for Assembly and Packaging" will be presented with the joint support of SEMI Europe and European Lead Free soldering NETwork.




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April 3, 2006
SEMICON Europa 2006

April 5, 2006
SEMICON Europa 2006





SEMI Standards Training
April 3–4
Munich, Germany
Organized by the Standards Technology Group in conjunction with SEMICON Europa 2006.

  • E142 Sort Map Understanding and Usage
    Learn the details of standards and how it might be applied in a factory to automate inkless assembly, strip mapping, and single device tracking.
  • Metrics (E10, E116, E79 and RAMP)
    - Understand equipment reliability standards and discipline.
    - Understand RAM (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability) Metrics.

SEMI International Standards Spring Meetings
Don’t miss the Standards Spring Meetings coming to a location near you. Meetings will be held in North America, Japan, Europe, and China. For a complete listing visit the Standards Calendar of Events.

14 New Specs Including Several Relevant to Emerging Growth Area of Compound Semiconductors
The new March 1 edition of SEMI Standards includes a specification for round 200 mm polished monocrystalline gallium arsenide wafers, and a test method for the determination of particulate contamination from mini-environments.

SEMI International Standards, New Task Forces and Activities
Interested in recently created Standards task forces and new activities? View SEMI New Activity Report Forms or Task Force Organization Forms relating to your particular area of interest.




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Products and Services

Conduct efficient market research, identify target customers and analyze construction easily. The FabFutures database focuses on fabs planned to open next year, includes detailed information about new fab expenditures, capacity, and ramps trends by company.

Equipment Market Data Subscription
Accurate, relevant, reliable, affordable data—the Equipment Market Data Subscription is your complete source for semiconductor equipment market information, including China. These reports can help you understand market trends and benchmark current business activity.

Material Market Data Subscription
This is the only source of regional materials data, including fab materials (such as silicon, SOI, and gases) and packaging materials (such as leadframes and substrates) from global companies on a quarterly basis.





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Interested in Exhibiting?

Emerging Technologies TechXPOT @ SEMICON West 2006—New!
July 11–13
San Francisco, California
Is your company involved in MEMS, nanotechnology or energy markets?  Showcase your technologies at The Emerging Technologies TechXPOT at SEMICON West. Participate in the industry’s can’t miss event by exhibiting, sponsoring or speaking.


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Call for Nominations

SEMI Award for North America
Nominate an individual who has produced an advancement of significant value to the progress of the semiconductor equipment and materials supplier community.      
Bob Graham Award—A Symbol of Marketing Excellence
This global award is given to recognize and honor an individual for outstanding contributions to marketing within the semiconductor equipment and materials industry.

Akira Inoue Award
Recognize an outstanding individual for his or her contribution to the semiconductor industry in the area of environment, health and safety. Submit a nomination for the Akira Inoue Award now.

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