In This Issue
Despite falling prices for memory chips, companies spend big time!
Article by Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, Senior Analyst, Lara Chamness Senior Market Analyst, SEMI, Industry Research & Statistics, San Jose, California, August 1, 2007
Companies gamble on increase in demand for DRAM and Flash. Has the industry entered into another period of irrational exuberance? Who are the major players driving capex and why?
Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Launched by SEMI and SIA
To highlight challenges and opportunities in the flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing industry, SEMI has launched FPD Today (www.fpdtoday.com), a website dedicated to fostering growth and profitability across the entire FPD supply chain.
Green to Gold: Be Strategic—not Tactical
How do you build a competitive advantage from being “green”? At SEMICON® West, Daniel C. Esty, co-author of the best-selling book Green to Gold, explained how companies can profit from environmental strategy.
Standards Task Force Established on 450 mm Wafer Handling
In March 2007, the Silicon Wafer Committee approved a Task Force to explore technical requirements—and possibly develop an industry-wide standard—for 450 mm test wafers. A Standards New Activity Request Form (SNARF) was developed, outlining the scope of the activity.
Air Products Promotes Global Philanthropy through Education Initiatives
There are two vital elements required for innovation—money and people. In many cases, venture capital funding is available for the latest and greatest ideas, but an innovation bottleneck comes as the result of a shortage of qualified candidates to fill new technical positions.
Thin-film Solar Edges Close to Production
North America may be transforming into a market for novelty solar cells, after loosing its lead in silicon solar manufacturing. SEMI members can access this story in the July 2007 issue of "Nano News" at www.semi.org/nano, e-newsletters.
MEMS for the Masses
Overall growth outlook is positive for most categories of MEMS, particularly those destined for new consumer applications, such as accelerometers, micro displays, silicon microphones and gyroscopes.
Gyroscopes take on Consumer Electronics Market
Gyroscopes are making their way into more and more consumer electronics applications. SEMI members can access this story in the August 2007 issue of "MEMS Minute" at www.semi.org/mems, e-newsletters.
Nano, MEMS and Energy Presentations Available on semiconwest.org!
If you missed the great presentations at the Emerging Technologies & Markets TechXPOT, they are now available at www.semiconwest.org, select visitors, then TechXPOTs then Emerging Technologies & Markets TechXPOT. Select the session in the agenda and the pdf links are available on the detail page.
Calendar of Events
Industry Strategy and Technology Forum 2007
SEMICON Taiwan 2007
Beijing Advanced Semiconductor Technology Symposium
FPD International 2007
SEMICON Europa 2007
Silicon Valley Lunch Forum
SEMI Pacific Northwest Golf Tournament
New England Breakfast Forum
Semiconductor Processing Technology (SPT)
Fundamentals of Product Marketing
SEMI Awards Dinner
Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
North America Standards Autumn Meetings
October 28–November 1
Call for Papers
Abstract Due: September 14
SEMICON Korea 2008 SEMI Technology Symposium
Abstract Due: September 15
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