SEMI Global Update, March 2008
March 2008

In This Issue

What a Roller Coaster! Fab capex—2008 Down, 2009 Up

Oral History Interview: Lionel Kattner

Overseas Equipment Fuels China's Capacity Growth

Reducing Energy and Carbon Footprint at Fabs

On the Move in Russia: Nano, PV, and Semiconductor

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook

Industry Pioneer Now in the Hall of Fame: Stanley T. Myers

SEMI Hosts Test Advisory Group Workshop

Simplifying the FPD Manufacturing Process

Trade Shows and the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry

A SEMI High Tech U Graduate Sounds Off

SECS/GEM as the Foundation of "Modern Era" Software Standards
 


What a Roller Coaster! Fab capex—2008 Down, 2009 Up
By Christian Dieseldorff, SEMI
After a cycle with positive growth rates for capex for the device makers, we are facing now a huge slow down in 2008. But the next upward cycle is in sight, so memory makers must accelerate capex to gain momentum for a big market to come. Check out who is driving this and why.

Oral History Interview: Lionel Kattner
Interviewed by Craig Addison, SEMI

Lionel Kattner and three others left Fairchild in 1961 to start Signetics, the first company dedicated to making ICs. Kattner tackled many manufacturing problems along the way, but like all pioneers, ended up with a few arrows in his back.

Overseas Equipment Fuels China's Capacity Growth

By Samuel Ni, SEMI
China's fab capacity growth has been facilitated by capacity transfer. This refers to capacity added through the acquisition or transfer of used equipment from overseas, as opposed to capacity added through new equipment purchase.

Reducing Energy and Carbon Footprint at Fabs
By Alex McEachern, Power Standards Lab

Semiconductor tools fabs have always used a lot of energy. But for the last 40 years, increased process throughput and yield has always trumped any considerations of energy efficiency.

Call for Nominations

Bob Graham Award
Nominate a Sales and Marketing Star
Nominations Due: April 29

Akira Inoue Award
For Outstanding Achievement in
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Nominations Due: July 25


On the Move in Russia: Semiconductor, Nano, and PV

Russia is ramping up with increased government support and foreign investments. Angstrem-T has teamed up with AMD to implement a 130-nm CMOS process in a new fab. A Nanotechnology Center in Moscow is in the design stage, and on the PV scene, 10 new polysilicon manufacturing plants are in the works.

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook
SEMI and TechSearch International, Inc. have cooperated in the development of the Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook, a comprehensive market research report on the global semiconductor packaging materials markets.

Industry Pioneer Now in the Hall of Fame: Stanley T. Myers

Only a unique group of Silicon Valley visionaries are inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame. Stan Myers joined this elite group on February 27 and he urged the leaders of today to "inspire the next generation, our leaders of tomorrow."

SEMI Hosts Test Advisory Group Workshop

Seeking input and direction from the Test, Assembly, and Packaging industry segments, SEMI brings executives and thought leaders together to define challenges, opportunities, and the best paths for SEMI support.

Quick Poll:

Which of the following will most accelerate the development of environmentally sustainable fabs?
Accepted industry targets by the Worldwide Semiconductor Council (WSC), SEMI and other organizations for energy use reductions
New industry standards and application guidelines for wafer processing tools, vacuum pumps, facilities, and other critical areas
Higher energy prices, energy-use taxes, carbon credit programs, and other economic incentives that encourage energy efficiency
Unforeseen technological developments and continued industry innovation

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

Simplifying the FPD Manufacturing Process

In a complex world, how does an industry meet and maintain required levels of compatibility while controlling manufacturing cost and improving productivity? SEMI knows.

Trade Shows and the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry

SEMICON trade shows have emerged as a critical component in the purchasing process for every major customer and an essential business activity for nearly all the market leaders. This article will explore why SEMICON trade shows have become—and remain—so essential to the industry.

A SEMI High Tech U Graduate Sounds Off

Sometimes you need to get personal to understand the impact of a program. In 2006, Claudia Musick attended High Tech U, and now she explains how her involvement with the program kept her motivated through some really tough times.

SECS/GEM as the Foundation of "Modern Era" Software Standards
An interview with David Bricker, co-chair for the Information and Control committee and leader of the GEM300 task force. He is also a 2006 recipient of the SEMI Standards Leadership Award.


Calendar of Events


Asia
FPD China 2008
March 11–13

SEMICON China 2008
March 18–20

CSMIC 2008
March 19–20

Global FPD Partners Conference 2008
April 9–12


SEMICON Singapore 2008
May 5–7


Europe
Standards Spring Event
March 5–7

Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum
March 9–11

SEMI Executive Event in Israel
April 2–3

North America
SEMI Austin Lunch Forum
March 19


SEMInvest Analyst Breakfast
March 26


"Empowering the Silicon Revolution" (SEMI/CHF event)
April 1–2


NA Standards Spring Meetings
April 6–10


SEMI Austin Golf Classic
April 16


Strategic Business Conference
April 28–30


Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC)
May 5–7


Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 14–16


Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 21–23


    


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