Volume 5, Issue 3





In This Issue for September 2010

Eight New PV Standards Published

New PV Automation Committee Formed

3D IC Standards Update

Updated SEMI Safety Guidelines Address Conformance Findings, Equipment Evaluations, and Evaluators

Korea Facilities, I&C Committees Formed

SEMI Standards Volunteers Recognized at SEMICON West 2010

Procedure Guide Revised

Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force to Tackle Putting a Trace on Solar PV Panels

Upcoming Regional Meetings

Japan Fall Traceability and Micropatterning Standards Meetings- September 24-29, 2010

SEMI Europe Fall Meetings - October 18-21, 2010

SEMI North America Fall Meetings - November 8-11, 2010

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From the Director's Desk
James Amano, Director, SEMI International Standards

The Need for LED Standards

Today, artificial lighting consumes about 20 percent of the world's electricity. This will change as solid-state lighting, enabled by high-brightness light emitting diodes (HB-LEDs), replaces conventional light sources, with impressive economic and environmental savings. Reaching the full potential of HB-LEDs, however, will require the global LED manufacturing supply chain to collaborate on industry standards and technical roadmaps to increase efficiency, reduce costs and spur innovation.

HB LEDs are critical, semiconductor-based technologies for energy efficiency, safety and next generation displays. Improvements in cost per lumen and lighting quality of HB-LEDs are similar to those of Moore's Law, following Haitz's Law (every decade $/Lumen = 10X Lower, Lumen/Package = 20X Higher), promising huge opportunities in solid-state lighting, display backlighting and other high-brightness applications. For example, HB-LEDs have the potential to lower lighting expenses by $100 billion between now and 2020 by reducing the amount of electricity used for lighting by 50 percent.

Previous LED market expansions have been driven by automotive and consumer electronic indicators, but the current expansion is based on the push for green technology [LED backlight is also a strong driver]. LEDs are the most efficient lighting source ever, yet are free of the toxic material disposal issues associated with fluorescent lighting. While huge gains have been made in brightness and cost of lumen per watt, the pace of these efficiency improvements is predicted to slow down, so additional cost reductions will require productivity and yield improvements, and standards will play a big role.

Given the potential of the HB-LED market, a SEMI LED Manufacturing Steering Committee was formed earlier this year to investigate opportunities in standards and other areas. Over 30 industry stakeholders from companies such as Veeco, Kulicke & Soffa, Semilab, Brewer Science, and Phillips Lumiled participate, discussing issues such as:

  • Technology Roadmap- Globalizing and elaborating on the DOE Roadmap
  • Development of a Cost of Ownership/Manufacturing Model for time monitoring and supplier targeting
  • SEMI Standards needs assessment
  • Public Policy





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