SEMI Global Update, October 2007
November 2007

In This Issue

Oral History Interview: Morris Chang

Packaging Materials: Market Challenges and Opportunities

Jerry Coder asks, "Are SEMI Members Sustainable?"

GENESIS Project: Desert PV Network to Meet Global Energy Needs

Turmoil in Financial Markets May Reduce Semiconductor Demand

SEMICON® Europa's Stuttgart Premiere—Quality Prevails

SEMICON Japan Goes Green: Event to Use Renewable Energy

Semiconductor Museum to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of SEMICON China

U.S. Government Reduces Export Controls for Selected Companies

High Tech U Program Benefits Both Students and AMIS Employees

New Standards Improve Quality Control and Increase Reliability

Be a Lifelong Learner—Industry Courses from Introductory to Advanced
 


Oral History Interview: Morris Chang
Fifty years ago Morris Chang's job was making transistors for Texas Instruments. After 25 years with TI, he returned to Taiwan and co-founded TSMC, the first pure play foundry. Today he's still making transistors for TI, among many others.

Packaging Materials: Market Challenges and Opportunities
By Dan Tracy, SEMI and Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International

Materials content is increasing in advanced packaging, with materials being critical in delivering the performance and reliability requirements demanded of electronic packaging.

Jerry Coder asks, "Are SEMI Members Sustainable?"
Are SEMI members sustainable? Is the semiconductor industry sustainable? Jerry Coder ponders these questions. Coder is chairman of the SEMI Board of Directors and his concerns carry weight. And hes not alone. Leaders in other industries are also questioning the future sustainability of their own business operations ...

GENESIS Project: Desert PV Network to Meet Global Energy Needs
PVTEC President Kuwano discusses connections between the semiconductor and PV industries, and his plan to meet global energy needs. He believes that greater synergy is needed between the PV and semiconductor industries to realize photovoltaic power generation on a global scale.

Turmoil in Financial Markets May Reduce Semiconductor Demand
"Turmoil and trauma in the financial world have caused us all to pause and reflect on the near term outlook for the chip and chip equipment industry," according to Carl Johnson, director of research for Infrastructure.

SEMICON Europa's Stuttgart Premiere—Quality Prevails
SEMICON Europa featured 800 exhibitors including 150 new companies, 160 companies showing photovoltaic related products, 189 companies presenting new products, and 150 product demonstrations.

Quick Poll: In the next 5 years, which of the following areas will produce developments with the greatest impact on consumer electronics?
Developments in device scaling and system-on-chip solutions
Innovations in multi-chip packaging
Power management and storage technologies
Unanticipated breakthroughs in areas not yet widely discussed

View Results
SEMI Quick Polls are statistically invalid and do not necessarily represent the interests or views of SEMI members or the semiconductor industry.

SEMICON Japan Goes Green: Event to Use Renewable Energy
An event the size of SEMICON Japan uses a lot of electricity. This year, the 4,600-booth exhibition, programs and events will consume roughly 30,000 kWh. Under a trial project, 90 percent of that will come from renewable energy sources—qualifying SEMI for Green Power Certification from the Japan Natural Energy Company.

Semiconductor Museum to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of SEMICON China
Acknowledging SEMI members and show exhibitors who have contributed to the growth of the China IC industry over the past two decades, the Semiconductor Museum serves as a free showcase—demonstrating each process in the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain, as well as the milestone of China's flourishing market.

U.S. Government Reduces Export Controls for Selected Companies
The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has announced that five companies in China have been approved for the newly created Validated End-User (VEU) program.

High Tech U Program Benefits Both Students and AMIS Employees
In what has become an annual tradition at AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, the High Tech U program developed by SEMI returned for the fourth time this past October.

New Standards Improve Quality Control and Increase Reliability
SEMI published eight new technical standards including guidelines for precursors used in low-K CVD processes, a guide for equipment training best practices, and a test method to determine the strength of wafer-wafer bonds.

Be a Lifelong Learner—Industry Courses from Introductory to Advanced
If you need to upgrade your technical knowledge and skills for your job, these courses offer an excellent opportunity. Even if you think that you "know it all", you can always learn more. Sign up soon—and educate your body and soul.


Calendar of Events


Asia

Standards Meetings at SEMICON Japan 2007
December 4–7

SEMICON Japan 2007
December 5–7

SEMICON Korea 2008
January 30–February 1

North America

Industry Strategy Symposium
January 13–16, 2008


Strategic Materials Conference
January 16–18, 2008


ROW

2007 Lithography Workshop
December 9–13

Call for Papers

    


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