SEMI Global Update, August 2008
August 2008

In This Issue

Domestic Equipment Suppliers in China Seek Both Industry Growth

Wafer-Size Transition to 450 mm? 5 Misconceptions

Semiconductor Materials: Record Volumes and Revenues

A Critical Step to Reduce PV Manufacturing Cost: Standards

View the TechXPOTs Slides: Learn about Emerging Tech, Device Scaling and TAP

SEMI Board Welcomes new Chairman, Appointees

Bucking the Trends, SEMICON West Gets Bigger and Brighter

Flexible and Printed Electronics

Intel's EHS Focus: to Reduce Absolute Environmental Footprint

SEMICON Taiwan Teams Up to Create a More Powerful Venue

From A to Z: Wide Range of Courses Available


Domestic Equipment Suppliers in China Seek Both Semiconductor and Solar Industry Growth
By Lily Feng and Dan Tracy, SEMI Industry Research & Statistics
About 80 domestic companies in China are devoted to semiconductor equipment research and manufacturing. But what's extraordinary is the quiet collaboration between the fabs and the equipment manufacturers on process technologies as the pursuit of growth intensifies.

Wafer-Size Transition to 450 mm? 5 Misconceptions
It seems that everyone in the industry "knows" that bigger wafers mean better productivity and more profits, and everyone "knows" that wafer size changes happen every 10 years, and everyone "knows" that bigger wafers are at least twice as productive as small wafers.

Semiconductor Materials: Record Volumes, Record Revenues
By Lara Chamness and Dan Tracy, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
Semiconductor materials form the base of the $1.5 trillion electronics industry. The explosion of consumer-oriented applications is driving growth in the semiconductor industry and is creating many opportunities for semiconductor materials suppliers.

A Critical Step to Reduce PV Manufacturing Cost: International Standards
By Bettina Weiss, SEMI
Does the world need PV Standards? Yes, because no standards exist and the industry needs them urgently. About 20% of SEMI members are active in the photovoltaic sector, and that's why SEMI formed the PVGroup— and why SEMI is working to develop standards for PV.

Mark Your Calendar!

SEMI, SESHA, ESIA, and ISMI present:
Webcast—Logistics of REACH Pre-Registration
August 11, 2008
For more information, click here.


View the TechXPOTs Slides: Learn about Emerging Tech, Device Scaling and TAP
At SEMICON® West 2008, the TechXPOTs focused on Emerging Technologies, Device Scaling, and Test, Assembly, and Packaging. Each one delved deep into the issues, resulting in animated discussion and collaboration. See what it was all about by viewing the presentation slides.

SEMI Board Welcomes new Chairman, Appointees
During the recently concluded SEMICON West 2008, held in San Francisco, CA in mid-July, SEMI announced that Bob Akins, chairman and CEO at Cymer, is the next chairman of the association's International Board of Directors.

Bucking the Trends, SEMICON West Gets Bigger and Brighter
SEMICON West 2008 visitor attendance increased 19% over 2007 to more than 17,000, while overall registered attendance grew 8% to more than 45,000. Interest in PV soared, with Intersolar co-located at the show and more than a third of exhibitors featuring technology for the PV market.

Quick Poll: The next big, novel semiconductor device will be
Phase Change Memory
RF on CMOS integration
Photonics on CMOS integration
Zero capacitor RAM (ZRAM)
Heterogeneous integration
Nanocarbon Interconnects

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

Flexible and Printed Electronics
By Kevin Cammack, FlexTech Alliance
The microchip has transformed the lives of everyone on this planet in ways that could not have been imagined 50 years ago. Today, a new technological revolution is emerging that could have a similar impact on our lives.

Intel's EHS Focus: to Reduce Absolute Environmental Footprint
Brian Krzanich, VP of Intel, describes the company's desire to reduce its overall environmental footprint on an absolute scale even as the company continues to grow. While early 1980's EHS efforts focused on a "keep us out of jail" mindset, EHS has evolved and is now recognized as a way to improve the company's bottom line.

SEMICON Taiwan Teams Up to Create a More Powerful Venue
SEMICON Taiwan (September 9-11) is the largest microelectronics event in the region, featuring more than 700 exhibiting companies and attracting more than 45,000 visitors. The exhibition showcases technologies used in the design and manufacturing of semiconductors, photovoltaics, nanoelectronics, and related technologies.

From A to Z: Wide Range of Courses Available at SEMI Headquarters
Whether you are technical or non-technical, your career growth depends on your knowledge and skills— and on your management's perception of your knowledge. SEMI provides top training for industry technical and non-technical staff and sales and marketing staff.


Calendar of Events


Asia
Semiconductor Process Technology Tutorial
August 25–28

Semiconductor Packaging Tutorial
August 29

SEMICON Taiwan
September 9–11

PV Power Expo Taiwan
September 9–11

ASTS
October 28–29

FPD International
October 29–31

Europe
SEMICON Europa
October 7–9

North America
IC Design and Fabrication
August 8


ABC's of Basic Electronics
August 19


Silicon Valley Lunch Forum
August 21


Fundamentals of MEMS Design and Fabrication
August 27


Semiconductor Processing Technology
September 16–18


New England Breakfast Forum
September 17


SEMI Pacific Northwest Golf Invitational
September 18


PV Forecast Luncheon
September 18


SEMI Arizona Golf Tournament
October 2


Plasma Etching and RIE
October 9–10


Principles of Selling
October 15–17


Semiconductor Cleanroom Management
October 20–21


Fundamentals of Product Marketing
October 22–24


Introduction to Atomic Layer Deposition
October 23–24


International Trade Partners Conference
November 3–6


Call for Papers
SEMICON Korea 2009
Due: August 31

ASMC 2009
Due: September 29

      


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