SEMI Global Update, December 2007
December 2007

In This Issue

Japan Continues to Spend Big

Oral History Interview: Jay T. Last

The Market Takes its Toll—but Monster Fabs Bare their Fangs

Beijing—Center for Advanced Semiconductor Technology

Regional Trends in Packaging Materials

Russia's Technology Industry Enters New Era

TI's "Green Fab" Costs 30% Less—to Save $4 Million/Year

Panel Focuses on Sustainability and Innovation

Develop the High-Tech Workforce—be a SEMI Foundation Sponsor

SEMI Urges Complete Overhaul of U.S. Export Control List

FPD Factory Automation Standards Workshop in Japan

"I Heard It through the Grapevine"...Hot Tips on Hot Topics
 

 
Japan Continues to Spend Big on Semiconductor Equipment
By Dan Tracy, Lara Chamness, and Edwin Hall, SEMI
Japan’s economy is rebounding from difficulties in the late nineties and the early 2000s. On the semiconductor equipment front, Japan has been the spending leader for the last five years.

Oral History Interview: Jay T. Last
Call him "The Man Who Built the Microchip." Jay Last was one of the "Traitorous Eight" who left Shockley Labs to start Fairchild Semiconductor, where he was put in charge of developing the first planar IC.

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The Market Takes its Toll—but Monster Fabs Bare their Fangs in 2008
By Christian Dieseldorff, SEMI

Prices for memory chips keep falling while demand keeps growing. Most companies are cutting their capital spending in 2008, but some are fueling the market with larger fabs. Who is cutting back—and who isn't?

Beijing—a Center for Advanced Semiconductor Technology

Beijing, home to the first 300 mm fab ever built in China, plays a leading role in advanced manufacturing technology and IC design.

Regional Trends in Packaging Materials
By Dan Tracy, SEMI and Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International

A number of regional trends have emerged in the $15.5 billion packaging materials market—given growing consumption of laminate substrates and on-going investments in materials manufacturing in China.

Russia's Technology Industry Enters New Era
The Russian technology industry is progressing from strength to strength on the back of robust economic growth, greater political stability, expanding university/ state funding programs, and increasing foreign investments.

TI's "Green Fab" Costs 30% Less—and Will Save $4 Million per Year
A typical wafer fab uses as much energy as 10,000 homes. Energy bills run as high as $25 million annually. Given the cost of energy, TI decided to go as "green" as possible when it built its fab in Richardson, Texas.

Quick Poll: What is the status of "Sustainable
Development" at your company?
I am not aware of any corporate initiative relating
to Sustainable Development.
My company has various environmental awareness
and resource conservation programs, but the term
"Sustainable Development" is not used.
We have a Sustainable Development initiative, but
I am not sure what is or what it involves.
My company is committed to practical Sustainable
Development business practices.

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

Panel Focuses on Sustainability and Innovation

At ITPC 2007, the semiconductor manufacturing industry acknowledges the opportunities, the challenges, and the immediacy of the need to be sustainable. It will be difficult, but it is necessary.

Help Develop the High-Tech Workforce—Be a SEMI Foundation Sponsor
The SEMI High Tech UTM program is reaching a growing audience of high school students and their teachers globally, and 2008 is slated for the program’s most ambitious expansion ever.

SEMI Urges a Complete Overhaul of U.S. Export Control List
SEMI recently submitted recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce on how to modernize the Commerce Control List (CCL). This list outlines which "dual-use" products, software and technology require an export license.

FPD Factory Automation Standards Workshop in Japan
In conjunction with FPD International, the FPD Factory Automation Workshop (subtitled “FPD Manufacturing using Ultra Large Size Substrate”) was held on October 24 in Yokoyama.

"I Heard It through the Grapevine"...Hot Tips on Hot Topics
The Grapevine is an email-based discussion list with over 500 registered members. In the eight years since its inception, the Grapevine has hosted over 800 EHS discussion topics.


Calendar of Events


Asia
SEMICON Korea 2008
January 30–February 1

North America
Industry Strategy Symposium
January 13–16, 2008


Strategic Materials Conference
January 16–18, 2008


Silicon Valley Lunch Forum
February 12, 2008


ROW
2007 Lithography Workshop
December 9–13

Call for Papers
Call for Nominations

European SEMI Award
Due: January 18, 2008



     


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