"SEMI® Global Update" highlights important industry information, events, programs and products. Direct links to www.semi.org provide additional access to registration and other information about SEMI programs, products and services.

In This Issue:  


May 2006

  Oral History Interview: Ed Segal  
  New Articles  
  U.S. Public Policy  
  Highlighted Events  
  Regional Events  
  International Standards  
  Products and Services  
  Interested in Exhibiting?  
  Call for Nominations  
  Call for Papers  
  Partner Event  
Oral History Interview

Ed Segal

Interviewed by Craig Addison, SEMI
To record and preserve the history of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, SEMI presents numerous interviews with industry pioneers. In a continuing series, Ed Segal, a pioneer in sales and distribution, tells his story.

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Ed Segal

New Articles

A Glimpse into the Flat Panel Market
By Ed Hall, SEMI and Charles Annis, DisplaySearch

The flat panel market has experienced a healthy growth in 2005 and is expected to continue for the next few years. As a result, this growth has translated into increased production and larger generation fabs being built.


Optimism at recently concluded SEMICON Europa!
794 exhibitors were showing their latest products and technologies in three halls at SEMICON® Europa 2006. In his keynote speech, Wofgang Ziebart emphasized the competitiveness of Europe in comparison to other regions and advocated for more support from the EU.

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U.S. Public Policy

Sarbanes-Oxley Recommendations for Small Business
A key SEC advisory committee has released its proposed recommended changes to the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements for small companies.

SEMI Lobby Meetings on Nanotechnology
On April 7 and 10, SEMI organized seven meetings with Administration officials, Members of Congress, and Congressional staff regarding nanotechnology policy in the United States. The topics of discussion included environmental, health and safety, R&D funding, and export control.

SEMI Partners with SIA for Workforce Development Meetings
SEMI and SIA met with several Congressional offices to address American Competitiveness as it relates to workforce development and education on April 11–12.


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Will your semiconductor equipment be subject to China RoHS after March 1, 2007?
Look here for links to information on labeling and other specific measures that may be applied to a wide range of semiconductor equipment by China.

Interested in following China RoHS and other product-related EHS legislation and standards?
SEMI members are invited to join an International Compliance and Regulatory Committee to discuss product safety and other EHS issues. Join and speak with one voice on issues relevant to the whole industry.

Conference Program now available for ISESH ’06
June 11–15, St. Julians, Malta
The 13th Annual International Semiconductor Environment, Safety and Health (ISESH) conference brings together EHS experts from the semiconductor industry, suppliers to the semiconductor sector and semiconductor-related research institutes.


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Highlighted Events

SEMICON Singapore 2006
May 9–11
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Listen to the keynotes by Scott Kulicke, Kulicke & Soffa and Scott Jewler, STATS ChipPAC at SEMICON Singapore Technical Symposium. Invited speakers are Jan Vardaman, TechSearch and Charles J Vath III, ASM.  Early-bird discount extended to April 28, so book now!

FPD Taiwan 2006
June 14–16
Taipei, Taiwan
According to DisplaySearch, Taiwan will produce 40.4 percent of TFT-LCD, the largest output worldwide this year, and forecasted to be in the leading position through 2008 at 42.4 percent. Please mark your calendar! Visit the exhibitions and 15 program sessions at FPD Taiwan 2006.

Next is Now—Register now for SEMICON West 2006
July 10–14
San Francisco, California
Find what's next in micro and nanoelectronics manufacturing at SEMICON West 2006. Register now and gain access to new features, new events and new opportunities, including the TechXPOTs—four "shows-within-the-show" highlighting the latest technologies and trends.


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Regional Events


June 12–13
Grand Cube Osaka, Japan
SFJ2006 provides a unique opportunity to explore and discuss current issues in semiconductor manufacturing. All programs are presented in Japanese without simultaneous translation.
North America

Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 8–10
San Jose, California
An A-to-Z course for selling within the industry, this comprehensive workshop provides critical industry knowledge and skills for executing successful sales to semiconductor and OEM customers.

Silicon Valley Lunch Forum Presents:
"Semiconductor Business Challenges: Commercial Opportunities and R&D Funding Perspectives"

May 11
San Jose, California
Face-to-face discussions with Ron Leckie, INFRASTRUCTURE Advisors, and Bruce Rhine, Accent Optical Technologies, on the challenges and opportunities faced by the semiconductor equipment & materials industry to fund the future and seek new growth paradigms.

Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 15–17
San Jose, California
Considered a MUST by previous attendees, this award-winning seminar delivers a thorough understanding of the industry's product marketing process and provides tools for steering products through the complex market place.

4th Annual MEPTEC MEMS Packaging Symposium
May 17–18
San Jose, California
Explore the impact of MEMS packaging technology. Be sure to attend the SEMI sponsored workshop on MEMS packaging standards. This half-day workshop will lay the groundwork for developing a proposed set of MEMS packaging standards.

ASMC 2006
May 22–24
Boston, Massachusetts
ASMC 2006 is back in Boston! Register now for the leading conference on semiconductor manufacturing. From fab productivity and profitability to advanced process controls and device yield, ASMC presents hands-on information—direct from the fab. 

SEMI New England Breakfast Forum—Market Trend Update
June 7
Woburn, Massachusetts
The SEMI New England Breakfast Forum presents “Market Trend Update” on March 8, 2006. Join industry experts from Dataquest, IC Insights and Semico for the latest update on the semiconductor industry.  




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International Standards

SEMI North America Standards Meetings at SEMICON West 2006
Look here for the latest schedule and information on the NA Standards Meetings at SEMICON West, including the Karl Urbanek Award Presentation.

Standards Training Classes
Next classes available May 24–26 at ASMC in Boston, Massachusetts. SEMI and Standards Technology Group (STG) have a partnership to provide SEMI standards training seminars and on-line courses to the semiconductor industry.

Manufacturing Technology Forum (MTF) Advisory Board Kick-Off Meeting
Invitations to serve on the MTF Advisory Board were sent to suppliers and device manufacturers for the inaugural meeting scheduled for May 25, 2006 in Boston, MA, immediately following ASMC. Contact Bettina Weiss at bweiss@semi.org for more information.




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Products and Services

Featured Products

A comprehensive database providing detail and summaries of the costs for construction and equipment spending by individual fab for the next 12 months. 

Industry Research and Statistics

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook
This comprehensive market research study examines semiconductor packaging technology trends and their impact on the packaging materials markets. Packaging materials markets are quantified and new opportunities are highlighted.

Equipment Market Data Subscription
Complete source for semiconductor equipment market information, including China. Data based on direct inputs from the majority of equipment suppliers around the world. These reports can help you understand market trends and benchmark current business activity.

Material Market Data Subscription
Your only source of regional materials data, including fab materials and packaging materials from global companies on a quarterly basis.


NEW SEMI Member Benefit to Help Your Business get to Market FAST!
SEMI and Advanced Technology Development Facility, Inc. (ATDF) have partnered to bring SEMI members world-class processing and prototyping capabilities at a great discount. 





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Interested in Exhibiting?

Emerging Technologies TechXPOT @ SEMICON West 2006—New!
July 11–13
San Francisco, California
Showcase your company in this special exhibit area focused on enabling technologies and emerging market opportunities in nanotechnology, MEMS and energy. Featuring FREE presentations from industry experts, TIS winners, exciting displays and more!

To view the press release, click here.




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Call for Nominations

SEMI Award for North America
Deadline: May 12
Nominate an individual who has produced an advancement of significant value to the progress of the semiconductor equipment and materials supplier community.     
Bob Graham Award—A Symbol of Marketing Excellence
This global award is given to recognize and honor an individual for outstanding contributions to marketing within the semiconductor equipment and materials industry.

Akira Inoue Award
Recognize an outstanding individual contributor to the semiconductor industry in the area of environment, health and safety. Submit a nomination for the prestigious Akira Inoue Award now.



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Call for Papers

Global Care Forum at SEMICON West 2006
Deadline: May 8
Share your successes for turning your company’s commitment to the environment, health and safety into better business performance. Submit an abstract for the Global Care Forum at SEMICON West. 

International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing (ISSM) 2006
Deadline: May 15
ISSM 2006 will be held Sep. 25–27, 2006 in Tokyo. Submit your abstract now for this symposium sponsored by JSAP, IEEE, and SEMI.

SEMI Technology Symposium (STS) 2006 at SEMICON Japan 2006
Deadline: June 30
SEMI is soliciting papers from authors around the world for STS 2006. The Symposium has been providing a unique opportunity to discuss the latest and most advanced technology. Please submit an abstract and biography by June 30 to SEMI Japan. 





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Partner Event

2nd Annual International Nanotechnology Conference on Communications and Cooperation
SEMI Sponsored event
May 15–18
Arlington Virginia
Meet with key European, Japanese and U.S. policy makers and technologists to discuss future nanotechnology priorities. Topics include R&D activities, education and society, nanotechnology in electronics, biotechnology, materials science, NEMS, and self assembly.



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