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

In This Issue:


November 2006


  Oral History Interview: Dennosuke Uchida  
  New Article: Book-to-Bill Figures and Trends  
  SEMICON Europa 2007 Change of Date and Location  
  U.S. Public Policy  
  Highlighted Events  
  Regional Events  
  International Standards  
  Products and Services  
Oral History Interview

Dennosuke Uchida

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 Dennosuke (Dennis) Uchida, retired president of SEMI Japan, tells his story.

Read all other interviews.


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Dennosuke Uchida

New Article

Book-to-Bill Figures and Trends
By Dan Tracy, senior director, and Lara Chamness, senior market analyst, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics group
Both SEMI and the SEAJ issue monthly Book-to-Bill reports to indicate early trends for semiconductor equipment orders and spending. This brief article highlights common features and some differences contained in the two reports.


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SEMICON Europa 2007 Change of Date and Location

SEMICON Europa 2007

New Date: October 9-11, 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 by visiting www.semi.org/semiconeuropa


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SEMICON Europa 2006

U.S. Public Policy

SEMI Preparing Comments on China Licensing Policy
SEMI is preparing detailed comments to lend support to the U.S. Government’s proposal to create an expedited export licensing process for pre-approved customers in China and to express concern about possible new controls.

Positive Outlook for Government FY07 R&D Investments
Congress has endorsed increased R&D funding for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has finalized funding for the Focus Center Research Program.

Hope Remains for R&D Tax Credit and H-1B Visa Relief
Washington could see a rush of legislative activity this fall, depending on the election results. This could include an R&D tax credit extension and targeted H-1B and employment-based visa reform.


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SEMI Regulatory Alert on “China RoHS”
If you manufacture or import semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, components or materials into China, you may be required to meet new environmental labeling requirements by March 1, 2007. SEMI members can contact us for information.

European Parliament Backs Substitution Principle for PFOS
The use of PFOS in producing photo resists or anti-reflective coatings for photolithography processes has been recognized as requiring an exemption from a general ban because a safer alternative substance is not yet technically or economically available.

EHS programs at SEMICON Japan

  • 7th Annual SEMI Global Environment Symposium: Energy Saving in Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • International EHS Compliance and Regulatory Seminar EU and Asian RoHS

Global Care Welcomes Three New Members
Brooks Automation, Lion Precision, and Nano Green Technology, Inc. have formally joined other leading companies in the semiconductor industry in demonstrating their commitment to environment, health and safety improvement.

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

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. 

SEMICON Korea 2007
January 31–February 2, 2007
Seoul, Korea
SEMICON Korea connects you to the technologies, trends, ideas and opportunities driving the growth of Korea’s microelectronics and display industries with more than 1,000 of the most innovative technology companies in the world.




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Regional Events

North America

Key Semiconductor Account Selling
November 13–15, 2006
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 Arizona Breakfast Forum
R&D Funding: Big Opportunities for Small Tech Companies
November 15, 2006
Tempe, Arizona
Learn about federal programs that open new opportunities for SEMI members to develop and commercialize new technologies.   

Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) 2007
January 7–10, 2007
Half Moon Bay, California
Don't miss the industry's leading forecast conference, where top executives, analysts and economists explore market opportunities and the shifting business environment.

Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) 2007
January 10–12, 2007
Half Moon Bay, California
Plan now to attend SMC, the only conference that addresses the broad-ranging business opportunities and challenges confronting semiconductor materials suppliers.


SEMI Brussels Forum
November 20–21, 2006
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.

SEMICON Japan 2006 Standards Events

  • December 7, 2006, SEMI Standards Friendship Reception and Member Recognition Awards Ceremony
  • Standards Meetings and STEP Programs

Standards Watch—New Standards Newsletter
The new SEMI e-publication is focused on critical developments, events, new activities and ideas. View the October 2006 issue.

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. Survey closes November 10, 2006.

10% Discount on Web Download Packages and Single-User CD-ROMs
Is it time to update your collection of SEMI Standards? Take advantage of this year-end offer. SEMI International Standards are available in a variety of packages to suit your needs. Act now before November 15 and save 10%. Reference promo code STE06.





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Products and Services

Featured Products:

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.

Industry Research and Statistics

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. 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.

Nanotechnology and MEMS

Interested in MEMS?
Visit www.semi.org/mems to view the replay of the MEMS webcast, find out how to get your copy of Global MEMS Market and Opportunities, subscribe to the MEMS Minute e-newsletter, and more!

What’s Nano at SEMI?
Check out www.semi.org/nano to get the latest issue of Nano News e-newsletter, view global nano standards updates, nano EHS updates and check out the new ad campaign www.semigrows.org to get your copy of the extended nanoelectronics market report summary.




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