SEMI Global Update, April 2007
April 2007

In This Issue

Oral History Interview: John Robinson and Mike Grimes

Flash Fabs Costing $7 billion and More Roar with Capacities Never Seen

Intel China Fab Puts Spotlight on U.S. Export Policy

SEMI Delivers Industry Leaders' Views on Challenges and Opportunities

New SEMI Member Benefits: Instream Partners and Semiconductor Job Network

Renewable Energy and Politics: a Tale of Two Technologies

Photovoltaic Standards: an Opportunity for Real Win-Win Collaboration!

Solar goes Boom Boom Boom
Good for Business, Good for the Planet


Analog Devices Target: MEMS Microphone Market

SEMI Offers Guidance on Upcoming Nano Events


Oral History Interview:
John Robinson and
Mike Grimes

Interviewed by Craig Addison, SEMI
There was a time when chipmakers did everything in-house, from growing crystals to assembling finished devices. Texas Instrument veterans John Robinson and Mike Grimes tell the story of silicon production at TI, and why it eventually went away.

New Report on Pricing Practices
in the Semi Industry

Accenture surveyed senior sales executives at the world’s leading IDMs and Fabless companies to distill their leading pricing management practices. Click here to request the full report!

Flash Fabs Costing $7 billion and More Roar with Capacities Never Seen
How Megafabs change the landscape: Less fabs generate more capacity.
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, senior analyst,
Industry Research and Statistics, SEMI

Less semiconductor fabs produce more capacities and shape the landscape; headed by Flash fabs such as the Toshiba-Sandisk JV and the Intel-Micron JV. Where in the past three to four fabs were used, now one fab is doing the job leaping to superlatives never before seen.

Intel China Fab Puts Spotlight on U.S. Export Policy
Intel's announcement on March 26 to build a 300 mm fab with 90 nm technology in Dalian, while China has called attention to U.S. restrictions on exporting high technology to China.

SEMI Delivers Industry Leaders’ Views on Challenges and Opportunities—New Audiocast Series Offers Perspectives, Insights
New SEMI audiocast series examines challenges and opportunities in advanced manufacturing from a frontline perspective

SEMI Members Receive Two New Benefits!
SEMI is happy to announce our two new affinity programs with Instream Partners and Semiconnect Job Network.com. Join today and enjoy the benefits of SEMI membership. Learn more about these new benefits: Instream Partners and Semiconductor Job Network.

Renewable Energy and Politics: a Tale of Two Technologies
The role of politics in renewable energy is significant. While government tariffs and subsidies have sparked hockey stick growth in photovoltaic, government policies are hindering fuel cell progress.

Photovoltaic Standards: an Opportunity for Real Win-Win Collaboration!
The key challenge in PV is cost reduction—standardization can help drive down manufacturing costs as it has done in the semiconductor industry.

Solar goes Boom Boom Boom
Good for Business, Good for the Planet

Many of the same issues facing the PV industry are the same as 20 years ago in the semiconductor industry. Future improvements and cost reductions will require more radical innovations, particularly in manufacturing and equipment.

Analog Devices Target: MEMS Microphone Market
With consumer electronics applications driving strong growth in MEMS devices, companies historically supplying traditional MEMS automotive markets are hoping for a piece of the action.

SEMI Offers Guidance on Upcoming Nano Events
If you are interested in learning more about nanotechnology, but overwhelmed with nano conference notices, fear not, SEMI can help.
 
Where will the industry benefit most from productivity improvements in the next 5 years?
300 mm Prime Initiatives
Design-for-Manufacturing
Lithography
Metrology and Inspection
Other


Calendar of Events


Asia
Global FPD Partners Conference 2007
April 11–14


 
SEMI Forum Japan
June 18–19


Europe
SEMI Executive Conference in Israel
April 16–17


SEMI Dinner at SMT
April 25


SEMI Europe Spring Standards Meetings
April 25–27


SEMI Member Forum
May 23


ASMC
June 11–12


North America
SEMI Arizona Golf Invitational
April 5


SESHA High Tech ESH Symposium & Expo.
April 10–14


IP Strategy Course
April 17


SEMI Austin Golf Classic
April 18


Strategic Business Conference (SBC)
April 23–25


Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 7–9


MEMS in the Mainstream: $50 Billion and Growing
May 16–17


Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 16–18


SEMI New England Breakfast Forum
May 30


Key Semiconductor Account Selling and Management
May 30–June 1


Call for Nomination
Bob Graham Award
Deadline: May 1


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