SEMI Global Update, October 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:


October 2006


  Oral History Interview: Sheldon Weinig  
  New Articles
  • Third Quarter 2006 Equipment and Materials Update
  • China on a Mission to Build More 300 mm Semiconductor Fabs
      SEMICON Europa 2007 Change of Date and Location  
      U.S. Public Policy  
      Highlighted Events  
      Regional Events  
      International Standards  
      Products and Services  
      Interested in Exhibiting?  
      Call for Papers  
      Industry Information  
    Oral History Interview

    Sheldon Weinig

    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 a continuing series, Shelly Weinig, founder of Materials Research Corporation (MRC), tells his story

    Read all other interviews.


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    Sheldon Weinig

    New Articles

    Third Quarter 2006 Equipment and Materials Update
    by Dan Tracy
    2006 has so far proven to be a very healthy growth year in terms of semiconductor unit demand. Silicon wafer shipments remain at record levels. Equipment bookings, however, are beginning to slow.

    China on a Mission to Build More 300 mm Semiconductor Fabs
    by Samuel Ni
    Questions remain about 300 mm fab construction in China. What is clear is that China is making every effort to lure investors to build 300 mm fabs. With a new model of cooperation emerging between carefully selected foreign partners and Chinese entities chances of success will improve.


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    SEMICON® Europa 2007 Change of Date and Location

    SEMICON Europa 2007

    New Date: 9-11 October 2007
    New Location: New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Stuttgart, Germany
    SEMI is excited by the opportunities this move presents for both the exhibitors and visitors and for SEMICON Europa. Find out more about the change and new opportunities at SEMICON Europa at


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    SEMICON Europa 2006

    U.S. Public Policy

    SEMI Urges WTO Members to Adhere to Information Technology Agreement
    The ITA signed by 68 countries provides tariff-free treatment for an estimated 90 percent of global trade in high-tech goods, including semiconductor manufacturing equipment.  Some countries are reclassifying products to apply tariffs.

    SEMI Member Companies Rally to Extend the R&D Tax Credit
    In a letter to Congressional leadership, SEMI and 19 of our member companies joined nearly 650 companies and associations as the voice of the idea generators and risk takers who want to continue investing, hiring and conducting research in the United States.

    SEMI Appeals to Congress for Full Funding of Focus Center Research Program
    The FCRP prepares the next generation of scientists and researchers for the continued innovation and evolution of semiconductor technology. The program supports over 200 research faculty and 400 graduate students at 35 universities nationwide.


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    SEMI Members Face Compliance with China RoHS Measures by March 1, 2007
    China’s Ministry of Information Industry officials confirmed to SEMI members at Beijing meeting that labeling is required for a wide range of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and components. Are you prepared? Review updated links to documents.

    Global Care Welcomes B&H Engineering
    B&H Engineering is the 63rd Global Care member. Bakir Begovic, CEO, formally committed his company to join other leading companies in the semiconductor industry in demonstrating its commitment to the environment, health and safety under Global Care.

    Participate in the SEMI U.S. Industry-Wide Work Illness & Injury Benchmark System Project in 2007
    Join this SEMI-sponsored project in 2007 and receive detailed analysis of your workplace performance benchmarked against your peers. This ongoing project represents approximately half of the U.S. semiconductor equipment manufacturing workforce.


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    Highlighted Events

    SEMI Expo CIS 2006
    October 3–4
    Moscow, Russia
    SEMI Expo CIS 2006 provides the latest information on a long awaited local semiconductor industry upturn and gives you direct access to all novel processes in Russia’s electronics industry!

    SEMI NanoForum® 2006—Early Bird Registration Expires October 6th!
    October 31–November 2
    San Jose, California
    Register today for SEMI NanoForum 2006 to hear the latest in nanotechnology business developments in bio, energy, defense and electronics.  Member discounts and early bird rates expire this Friday.

    International Trade Partners Conference (ITPC) 2006
    November 5–8
    No More Moore?  No, More Moore? More Than Moore?  Paradigm Shift  for 45 nm is just one of the vital topics at the International Trade Partners Conference, November 5-8, 2006, Fairmont Orchid Resort, Hawaii.  Find out more (or is that Moore?) at

    SEMICON Japan 2006
    December 6–8, 2006
    Chiba, Japan
    SEMICON Japan is the region’s premier tradeshow for semiconductor and related microelectronics manufacturing. Register NOW for three full days of exhibits, education and networking—see and hear what’s driving the industry in Japan. 




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    SEMI Expo CIS 2006



    Regional Events


    Industry Strategy and Technology Forum (ISTF) 2006
    October 10–11
    Yokohama, Japan
    Join executives and experts from the semiconductor industry to discuss the theme "Advances in the Semiconductor Industry—Growth Born from Change". Keynote speakers from Nissan Motor and Intel.  Visit

    North America

    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.

    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.


    SEMI Brussels Forum
    November 20–21
    Brussels, Belgium
    During the “Brussels Public Policy Forum,” the European Advisory Board will meet with EU key officials and policy-makers to discuss current EU policies and regulations that impact the competitiveness and the development of our industry.



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    International Standards

    SEMI Europe Standards Autumn Event
    November 8-10, 2006
    Dresden, Germany
    Discover, participate and influence standards under development. Attend the conference on "Bridging Semiconductor & Related Technologies".  Standards meetings are free and open to all. Supported by Qimonda, Deutsche Solar and Silicon Saxony.

    Upcoming Standards Events

    Standards Watch—New Standards Newsletter
    Don't miss the first issue of Standards Watch due in mid-October. This new SEMI e-publication is focused on critical developments, events, new activities and ideas from our 1,700 volunteer experts. For information contact Bettina Weiss, Director, International Standards at

    SEMI Standards Benchmark Survey
    We are conducting a benchmark survey as the basis for continuous improvement of the SEMI Standards Program.  Your participation is important to us. Thank you for making SEMI Standards a true value to SEMI Members and the industry.





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    Products and Services

    Featured Products:

    FabFutures—October 2006 Edition
    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.

    Flat Panel Fabs—October 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—October 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
    This comprehensive market research report examines the TFT-LCD industry in China providing insight into fabs, equipment and material spending. An essential reference for any company considering entry into or currently doing business in this growing market.

    China Domestic Fab Equipment Suppliers
    This new report from SEMI provides an update of fabs and foundry projects in China; which projects are real, and others that are yet to start.

    Nanotechnology and MEMS information now on!

    For the latest in nanotechnology and MEMS information, including the Summer issues of our new Member Only e-newsletters: Nano News from SEMI® and the MEMS Minute from SEMI®, visit and

    Nano and MEMS Market Research from SEMI
    Two comprehensive reports designed to help you capitalize on these emerging market segments. Get market sizes and forecasts and learn about application trends and opportunities to help your business grow.




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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

    SESHA Annual Conference
    Call for Papers Closes October 18, 2006
    Papers are being sought for the 29th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium to be held in April 2007 in Santa Clara, California.

    11th Annual IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) 2007
    Abstract deadline: October 19, 2006
    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

    FPD China 2007 Technology Seminar
    Abstract deadline: October 27, 2006
    Papers are being solicited from worldwide manufacturers, academia or research institutes who are interested in conducting business in China and wish to present information on 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.

    Solar Power 2006 (SEMI Sponsored Event)
    October 15–20, 2006
    San Jose, California
    The Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association invite you to Solar Power 2006 expo 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, 2006
    San Jose, California
    SEMI members eligible for GABA member rate
    Find out how semiconductor suppliers and manufacturers 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.



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