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September 2006



  Oral History Interview: Mary Law  
  New Articles
  • A Bright or Bleak Future: Semiconductor Fabs in China
  • Domestic Fab Equipment Suppliers Look to Collaborate with Fabs in China
  • Nano Materials and Manufacturing Technology a Key Driver in Biotechnology Advancement
  • Nanotech Offers Solutions to Solar Challenges
      SEMI Foundation  
      U.S. Public Policy  
      Highlighted Events  
      Regional Events  
      International Standards  
      Products and Services  
      Interested in Exhibiting?  
      Call for Papers  
      Industry Information  
    Oral History Interview

    Mary Law

    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 figures. In a continuing series Mary Law, the first executive secretary of SEMI, tells her story.

    Read all other interviews.


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    Mary Law

    New Articles

    A Bright or Bleak Future: Semiconductor Fabs in China
    By Samuel Ni
    Some previously announced fab projects in China did not get off the ground; though in no means does this mean that half of the fabs will fail there in the future. New projects are moving forward, especially those that bring advanced technology.


    Domestic Fab Equipment Suppliers Look to Collaborate with Fabs in China
    By Lily Feng
    Collaboration between fabs and domestic equipment companies has quietly taken shape to co-develop fab equipment for 0.25 µm–0.18 µm process technologies and for 200 mm and 300 mm wafer diameters.


    Nano Materials and Manufacturing Technology a Key Driver in Biotechnology Advancement
    By Doug McKesson
    Nano materials are rapidly changing the face of drug discovery and delivery. Learn how materials improvements are needed to advance nano fluidics, how nano particles are improving drug delivery, and what opportunities await new advancements in materials.


    Nanotech Offers Solutions to Solar Challenges
    By Sara Wagner
    There are many questions regarding the success of viable solar technology:  Will the polysilicon shortage ever equalize, or will alternate substrates and materials be necessary?  Can nanotechnology help overcome this hurdle?


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    SEMI Foundation

    SEMI Foundation Moves to Significantly Extend Its High Tech U Program to More Students and Teachers
    The SEMI Foundation has developed a High Tech U curriculum replication model with Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC), allowing SEMI to keep up with the growing demand. MATEC delivered its first program in Phoenix earlier this year.


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    U.S. Public Policy

    SEMI Prepares for Return of Congress—R&D Tax Credit Extension Among Top Priorities
    SEMI is working hard to secure a strengthened extension of the R&D tax credit, an important component of American competitiveness. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, 2005. The current proposal would extend it through 2007 and make improvements.

    A Combined $6.4 Billion in Proposed Funding Levels for NSF and NIST Looks Promising
    Current legislative proposals align with the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). SEMI continues to advocate for increased government investment in basic research, a backbone of innovation.

    SEMI Encourages Public Policy Efforts with Member Companies
    Government decisions can affect the way your company does business. Get involved in the public policy efforts. Recently, SEMI met with member companies to discuss the importance of its efforts such as export control, IP protection and innovation issues.


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    China-RoHS Working Group Meets with Chinese Ministry of Information Industry

    The group seeks to understand the implications of China RoHS for semiconductor equipment and its possible effects on SEMI Member companies. Contact Rick Row at rrow@semi.org for details.

    Are You Affected by Developments in Global Product-Based EHS Legislation?
    Implementation of the EU’s RoHS Directive on July 1, 2006 marks the beginning of a global wave of product-based EHS legislation and standards.  Review these presentations from the EHS Interest Group Meeting at SEMICON® West 2006.

    Practical Approaches to Improving Your EHS Management System
    View presentations on practical improvements in EHS management systems from leading companies (Air Products, PRTM, Dow Corning, Axcelis and Asyst) at the Global Care Forum during SEMICON West 2006.


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    Highlighted Events

    SEMICON Taiwan 2006
    September 11–13
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Visit the region’s premiere showcase for the semiconductor and microelectronics industry. Exposition includes: over 650 exhibitors, CTO Forum, SEMI Stage with exhibitor’s presentations, education seminars and International Standards meetings.

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

    Collaboration Creates Opportunity at International Trade Partners Conference (ITPC) 2006
    November 5–8
    The ITPC 2006 on November 5–8 in Hawaii is specifically designed to create and grow the collaborations that will shape the future of the semiconductor industry.  For conference and registration information visit www.semi.org/itpc




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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", which is also the theme.  Keynote speakers from Nissan Motor and Intel.  Visit www.istf2006.org/

    North America

    SEMI Austin Lunch Forum:  Forecasts, Markets, Applications September 19
    Austin, Texas
    Join us at Spansion's Austin facility for a lively 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 Wall Street analyst panel share their perspective on our industry and its future. Take this opportunity to meet and share ideas with the analysts and peers. Register online.

    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, 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.

    Key Semiconductor Account Selling
    November 13–15
    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.




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    International Standards

    SEMI Europe Standards Autumn Event
    November 8–9
    Dresden, Germany
    Discover, participate and influence standards under development. Attend conference on "Bridging Semiconductor & Related Technologies".  Standards meetings are free and open to all. Supported by Qimonda.

    Upcoming Standards Events





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    Products and Services

    China TFT-LCD Industry Report—NEW!
    This comprehensive market research report examines the TFT-LCD industry in China and provides extensive insight into China's TFT-LCD fabs, TFT-LCD equipment and material spending. 

    Global Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities
    For a limited time, access the latest nanotech research from SEMI at a special discounted price of U.S. $3,000. This report provides definitions, technical requirements, market size and forecasts for nano materials tools and equipment for electronics. 




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    Interested in Exhibiting?

    FPD China 2007
    March 13–15
    Shanghai International Exhibition Center (INTEX)
    Find your direct access to the dynamic China FPD market in FPD China 2007, a comprehensive exposition with extensive influence.  Register your booth now! Download the Application Form Here.

    Click here for other exhibit opportunities.



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    Call for Papers

    EMI 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.

    11th Annual IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) 2007
    Abstract deadline: October 19
    Technical abstracts are being solicited for ASMC 2007, which will take place June 11-12 at a new location--Milan, Italy. To obtain a preliminary call for papers please visit www.semi.org/asmc

    FPD China 2007 Technology Seminar
    Abstract deadline: October 27
    Papers are being solicited from worldwide manufacturers, academia or research institutes who are interested in conducting business in China and present information on the state-of-the-art FPD technologies satisfying current manufacturing requirements. 





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    Industry Information

    MEMS Packaging Online Database
    A MEMS packaging online database is being developed by ASM International to provide authoritative materials, properties, and processing data for MEMS design.  Materials producers and others are invited to contribute data.

    ISSM 2006
    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.

    Solar Power 2006 (SEMI Sponsored Event)
    October 15–20
    San Jose, California
    The Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association invite you to Solar Power 2006expo and conference to find out what's new under the sun in the areas of solar technology, energy policy, and market opportunities.

    Solar Energy: Driving the Cost Down (SEMI Sponsored Session)October 17
    San Jose, California
    Find out how semiconductor players can help the solar industry become more competitive. Join in the panel discussion featuring Ersol AG, Intel, Nanosolar and Applied Materials followed by a networking reception. SEMI members eligible for GABA member rate.



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