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In This Issue:  


August 2006


  Oral History Interview: James T. Healy  
  New Articles
  • A Glimpse into the China TFT-LCD Market
  • Fuel cell cars running ahead of interim roadmap targets
      U.S. Public Policy  
      Highlighted Events  
      Regional Events  
      International Standards  
      Products and Services  
      Call for Papers  
      Industry Information  
    Oral History Interview

    James T. Healy
    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 key industry figures. In a continuing series Jim Healy, a pioneer in the marketing of semiconductor test products, tells his story.

    Read all other interviews.


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    James T. Healy
    James T. Healy

    New Articles

    A Glimpse into the China TFT-LCD Market
    by Ed Hall, SEMI and David Yu, SEMI
    China has become a major hub in electronics manufacturing and is a dynamic geographic area of the electronics industry. Sizeable investments are occurring in China for the thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) industry sector.


    Fuel Cell Cars Running Ahead of Interim Roadmap Targets
    Fuel cell car technology is ahead of the Department of Energy roadmap’s interim performance targets. The California Fuel Cell Partnership now has 143 hydrogen demonstration vehicles on the road, in use by UPS, AC Transit, and, next, the US Postal Service.

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    U.S. Public Policy

    U.S. Government Proposes New China Export Licensing Policy
    The U.S. Government has proposed several substantive changes to export licensing policy for China, which is open for public comment with input due by November 3, 2006. This is a high priority issue for the industry and SEMI will submit comments. 

    SEMI Forms New IP Working Group
    SEMI recently formed a working group of member company volunteers to provide expertise and guidance on intellectual property issues. The IP working group is focused primarily on U.S. activities as a complement to the efforts in other SEMI regions.

    Best Practices Paper on IP Protection Available
    SEMI North America is working on a range of IP activities, including a commissioned paper called "Intellectual Property Best Practices for a Global Marketplace" to help promote strong IP protection in the industry.

    House SKIL Bill Introduced by Rep. John Shadegg
    Recently, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) introduced the House of Representatives’ version of the Securing Knowledge, Innovation, and Leadership Act (H.R. 5744), also known as the SKIL Bill, which contains critical H-1B visa and green card provisions.


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    SEMI forming a China-based, “China-RoHS Working Group”
    SEMI is forming a working group in China to discuss the implications of “China RoHS” for semiconductor equipment with the Ministry of Information Industry. SEMI members who are interested can contact Rick Row at
    rrow@semi.org for details.

    Access Lead-free Solder Alloy Properties in the ELFNET Database
    ELFNET—European Lead-Free Soldering Network—has just published a database of physical and mechanical properties for the new tin-silver-copper lead-free solder alloys.


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    Highlighted Events

    SEMICON Taiwan 2006
    September 11–13
    Taipei World Trade Center—Taipei, Taiwan
    Show highlights: “CTO Forum--Scale Up and Scale Down”; participants include: Applied Materials, ASML, Inotera, KLA-Tencor, MEMC Electronic Materials, TSMC: “The Exhibitor’s Stage, Packaging and Testing Forum, Standards Meetings” … and more. Register NOW!

    SEMI Expo CIS 2006
    October 3–4
    Moscow, Russia
    SEMI Expo CIS 2006 provides the latest update on a long awaited semi industry upturn, with back-up from the Russian Government to support developments in the State and Commercial Programs, based on employing high volume semi devices' local production.

    Power-Packed Agenda for ITPC 2006
    November 5–8
    The agenda has been set for the International Trade Partners Conference (ITPC) 2006. This year’s conference, “Share the Vision—Solutions for the Future,” will feature keynote speeches by industry luminaries and several informative industry panels.


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    Regional Events


    Industry Strategy and Technology Forum (ISTF) 2006
    October 10–11
    Pacifico Yokohama, Japan
    Join Executives and Experts from the semiconductor industry to discuss "Advances in the Semiconductor Industry--Growth Born from Change", the theme. Keynote speakers include Nissan Motor and Intel. Visit http://www.istf2006.org/

    North America

    A SEMI Night at the Old Ball Game
    August 16
    Frisco, Texas
    Network with your industry colleagues on the Frisco Rough Riders Party Deck while enjoying minor league baseball at its best. It’s food. It’s FREE gifts. It’s fun. It’s baseball the way it was meant to be. Register early.  Maximum capacity is 50 people.

    SEMI SVLF Presents: "2006 Annual Silicon Valley Forecast Luncheon: How Long Will the Good Times Last?"
    August 23
    San Jose, California
    Will we continue on this upswing? Are there any indicators for the next down turn? Come to the annual Silicon Valley Forecast Luncheon and hear top analysts discuss their views on the state of the industry.

    Inside the Semiconductor Value Chain: Forecasts, Markets, Applications
    September 19
    Austin, Texas
    Join us at Spansion Semiconductor for the next SEMI Austin Lunch--a lively, insightful and thought-provoking panel discussion featuring leading semiconductor industry voices from Austin and across the country.

    Semiconductor Processing Technology
    September 19–21
    San Jose, California
    Explore the semiconductor processing technology in detail, presented in language you can understand. The instructor presents the basics of wafer manufacturing for IC technology, while in-class team assignments enable you to practice what you've learned.

    SEMInvest™ Analyst Breakfast: Wall Street Looks at the Industry
    September 21
    Palo Alto, California
    SEMI invites you to attend the SEMInvest Analyst Breakfast to hear a panel of Wall Street analysts provide their perspective on our industry and its future. Take this opportunity to meet and share ideas with the analysts and other attendees.

    SEMI New England Breakfast Forum presents “Wafers to Wall Street”
    September 27
    Woburn, Massachusetts
    A panel of expert industry analysts will provide the Wall Street perspective of the semiconductor and equipment and materials industries.

    Fundamentals of Product Marketing
    October 16–18
    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.

    Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
    October 23–25
    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.

    SEMI NanoForum™ 2006
    October 31–November 2
    San Jose Marriott, Silicon Valley
    San Jose, California
    SEMI NanoForum will unite executives from the semiconductor manufacturing and nanotech communities to share expertise and speed commercialization of nano-enabled products across industries.


    SEMI Europe Member Forum
    September 1
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Executives from SEMI Member companies and SEMICON Europa stakeholders are invited to join the first SEMI Europe Member Forum to be held at the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel in Stuttgart.




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    International Standards

    Upcoming Standards Events

    Recent Standards Events




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    Products and Services

    FabFutures—July 2006 Edition
    Conduct efficient market research, identify target customers and analyze construction. The FabFutures database focuses on fabs planned to open next year, includes detailed information about new fab expenditures, capacity, and ramps trends by company.

    Flat Panel Fabs—July 2006 Edition
    This database provides the latest information on global Flat Panel Display fabs and assembly plants, compacted in a user-friendly and comprehensive database ideal for your market research needs.

    World Fab Watch—July 2006 Edition
    This comprehensive database delivers the latest trends on 900-plus fabs worldwide--providing a dynamic range of information and quick-and-easy access of valuable data to empower your market research.

    Industry Research and Statistics

    China TFT-LCD Industry Report—Now Available!
    This comprehensive market report examines the TFT-LCD industry in China providing extensive insight into fabs, equipment and material spending. The report is an essential tool for companies considering or currently doing business in this growing region.





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    Call for Papers

    11th Annual IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) 2007
    Technical abstracts are being solicited for ASMC 2007, which will be held June 11–12 in Milan, Italy. To obtain a preliminary call for papers, please visit www.semi.org/asmc.

    SEMI Technology Symposium (STS) 2007 at SEMICON Korea 2007
    Abstract deadline: September 15
    Abstracts are being solicited on Advanced Lithography; Dielectrics, Metals, New Materials and their Processes; Device Technology; Etching Technology; Contamination-free Manufacturing CMP Technology; Electropackage System and Interconnect Product.


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    Industry Information

    ISSM 2006 Early Registration is Available Now!
    September 25–27
    Tokyo, Japan
    ISSM is the industry's largest forum of semiconductor manufacturing professionals dedicated to sharing technical solutions and opinions on the advancement of manufacturing science.

    Micromanipulator Acquired by Flywheel Ventures
    -- Receives $1 million cash infusion for future growth and acquisitions --
    The Micromanipulator Company, a leader in analytical probing equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced today that Flywheel Ventures, a New Mexico-based venture capital firm, has acquired a majority interest in the company.

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