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In This Issue:


January 2007

  Oral History Interview: Karl Lang  
  New Articles
  • A Glimpse into the Korean Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Market
  • Industry Forecasts Mixed at ISS 2007
  • SEMI Embarks on a Global IP Support Program
  • SEMI Foundation Announces Ambitious Q1 2007 Schedule for its High Tech U Program
      U.S. Public Policy  
      Highlighted Events  
      Regional Events  
      International Standards  
      Products and Services  
      Emerging Technologies and Markets  
      Call for Nominations  
      Partner Event  
    Oral History Interview

    Karl Lang
    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 Karl Lang, founder of Thermco Systems, tells his story

    Read all other interviews.


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    Karl Lang

    New Articles

    A Glimpse into the Korean Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Market
    by Edwin Hall, Sr. Business Development Manager
    Korea has grown significantly as a manufacturer of consumer electronic products resulting in healthy growth in the last few years of the region’s semiconductor equipment and materials. This trend will most likely continue in the years to come.

    Industry Forecast Mixed at ISS 2007
    Industry analysts forecasted semiconductor equipment revenues to moderate in 2007 compared to robust 2006. Revenue forecasts for the semiconductor device market this year ranged from 7 to 9 percent compared with 10 percent in 2006.

    SEMI Embarks on a Global IP Support Program
    To address threats and concerns surrounding Intellectual Property (IP), SEMI has undertaken a number of programs to enhance IP value and strengthen IP rights for members worldwide.

    SEMI Foundation Announces Ambitious Q1 2007 Schedule for High Tech U Program
    With a momentous and action-packed first quarter planned, the SEMI Foundation is getting ready to present High Tech U programs in Japan, France, and Portland, Oregon. Additionally, two High Tech U graduate reunions will be held and the Foundation will release its 2006 Report.


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    U.S. Public Policy

    SEMI Weighs in on Proposed China Licensing Policy
    The U.S. government is considering changes to China’s export licensing policy that could significantly affect our industry. SEMI supports the proposed “validated end-user” program and opposes the new controls.

    R&D Tax Credit Renewed
    Prior to adjournment, Congress extended the R&D tax credit through 2007. Congress also approved retroactive application to its 2005 expiration and an Alternative Simplified Credit starting January 1, 2007.

    SEMI Joins Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
    SEMI has joined the Coalition against Counterfeiting and Piracy. This U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led group includes 200+ companies and associations working to promote intellectual property protection.


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    Congratulations to Akira Inoue Award Winner—Samsung’s Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang
    Dr. Hwang received the Akira Inoue Award for his exceptional EHS leadership and business performance at the SEMICON® Japan 30th Anniversary Gala.

    FREE Seminar on China-RoHS and REACH
    23 January 2007
    Veldhoven, The Netherlands
    This seminar, hosted by ASML, will provide information and initiate an exchange of best practices on the upcoming implementation of the China-RoHS and REACH legislations. All SEMI Members are invited.

    • European Union Council Adopts Final REACH Text
      New EU chemical legislation will come into force on June 1, 2007, placing new obligations not only on chemical manufacturers, but users of chemicals as well. Learn more.


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    2006 Akira Inoue Award
    Chang-Gyu Hwang






    Highlighted Events

    Flat panel display suppliers from all over the world will present their latest and greatest products. FPD China combines exhibits with industry specific programs that focus on the growing display industry in China.

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    Regional Events


    20th ISS Europe
    February 4–6
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Join us for this unique 20th edition on the theme of “Mobilizing Europe’s Strengths.” Speakers include the CEO of NXP and Infineon, representatives from Qimonda, ST, AMD, Bosch, Intel, and IBM.

     1st SEMI Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum
    March 12
    Hosted by Q-Cells, Leipzig, Germany
    The 1st SEMI Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum, an exclusive one-day conference with invited upper management, will be hosted by Q-Cells. This event is differentiating itself through the intimacy of the platform. Registration is limited to 150 participants.

    North America

    SMC 2007—Expert Insights on Semiconductor Materials
    January 10–12
    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. A discount package is available for attending both SMC and ISS.

    SEMI New England Breakfast Forum presents “Alternative Technologies—Emerging Markets”
    March 7
    N. Billerica, Massachusetts
    A panel of experts will discuss alternative market opportunities for equipment and materials suppliers.




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    International Standards

    New Standards Watch Newsletter Now Available!

    SEMI S1 Update—Five-year Review and Revision in Progress
    S1, released in 2001, was a leader in equipment safety labeling, as it created a unified design able to be used anywhere in the world. Follow the committee action and progress as they work to modify the standard in concert with ISO and ANSI changes.

    Standards Activities at SEMICON Korea 2007

    • Korea FPD Standards Committee Meeting
      The Korea FPD STD Committee is now focusing on standards for LCD BLU (Backlight Unit) and planning to extend to all fields of FPD such as PDP and OLED. The major LCD panel manufacturers and BLU manufacturers are participating in this activity.
    • FPD (Flat Panel Display) Workshop: Post LCD Technology
      The workshop will examine the future display technology trends after LCD. Distinguished speakers from industry and academia will discuss e-paper display, OLED, 3D, and flexible display technology.

    Attend the North America Standards Spring Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts
    March 4–8

    Standards Training at North America Spring Meeting Presented by STG

    NIST Conducting Adoption and Economic Impact Surveys
    Your participation is requested in a survey to determine the impact of measurement and metrology capabilities. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the economic value of the measurement infrastructure supporting the U.S. semiconductor supply chain.





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    Products and Services

    Market Research & Statistics

    FabFutures—January 2007 Edition
    Conduct efficient market research, identify target customers and analyze construction easily. FabFutures database focuses on fabs opening next year, includes details about new fab expenditures, capacity, and ramps trends by company.

    Flat Panel Fabs—January 2007 Edition
    This database provides the latest information on global Flat Panel Display fabs and assembly plants in a user-friendly, compact, yet comprehensive database ideal for your market research needs.

    World Fab Watch—January 2007 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.




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    Emerging Technologies and Markets: Nanotechnology, MEMS & Energy

    Latest Issue of Nano News from SEMI on www.semi.org/nano
    Learn about equipment and materials opportunities in bio and energy markets, a review of R&D facilities, and meet newest members. View the 2007 nano, MEMS and energy calendar too!

    SEMI-IEEE Nano Standards Workshop Presentations on www.semi.org/nanoforum
    Miss the SEMI-IEEE workshop? You can access overviews of nano standards programs, nano materials proposals and a case study by visiting www.semi.org/nanoforum.



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    Call for Nominations

    European SEMI Award 2007
    Is there someone whose work you highly value or you have benefited from that would be an ideal candidate for the European SEMI Award of 2007? SEMI is accepting your nominations of worthy candidates through January 10, 2007.





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    Partner Event

    Vision Summit 2007
    February 5–6
    Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, India
    Vision Summit 2007 is a two-day business conference for the Indian semiconductor and electronics design industry bringing together Indian and global business leaders from industry, venture firms, government and academia. SEMI members receive a 10 percent discount.



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