ISS Japan 2005 Scheduled for June 6-7: Theme is Collaboration and Competition


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ISS JAPAN 2005 SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 6-7: THEME IS COLLABORATION AND COMPETITION

Annual Event be Held in Conjunction with SEMI FORUM JAPAN

TOKYO, Japan, March 23, 2005 -- ISS Japan 2005, featuring speakers from STMicroelectronics, Applied Materials, Fujitsu and Samsung Electronics, will be held June 6-7 at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Osaka, Japan. The theme of this year’s conference is “Collaboration and Competition in the Asian Semiconductor Industry”.

ISS Japan will this year be held in conjunction with the SEMI FORUM JAPAN 2005, scheduled for June 7-8 at the adjacent Osaka International Convention Center. Both events are presented by SEMI and co-sponsored by the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ).

“By staging these two important conferences during the same week, SEMI seeks to facilitate the exchange of technical and market information within the Japanese semiconductor community,” said Dennosuke Uchida, president of SEMI Japan.

ISS Japan 2005 features a keynote address from Alain Dutheil, corporate vice president of STMicroelectronics, who will discuss market penetration strategies for China.

The session on business strategy -- addressing the topics of China’s semiconductor industry, the foundry market, and Asian market strategies -- will include presentations by David N.K. Wang, executive vice president, Applied Materials; Shigeru Fujii, group president, LSI Group, Fujitsu; and Il-Ung Kim, vice president, memory division, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics.

The market trends session, focusing on semiconductor cycles, will be presented by Klaus-Dieter Rinnen, managing vice president, Gartner Dataquest.

A session on application trends, covering mobile phones, digital consumer electronics, and automotive electronics, will feature presentations by Takashi Kamono, director, Customer and Market Operations, Nokia Japan; Satoru Fujikawa, director, CE Architecutre development center, Matsushita Electric Industrial; and Takashi Shigematsu, managing officer, Toyota Motor.

Another key feature of ISS Japan 2005 will be the panel discussion on the topic of "Collaboration and Competition in the Asian Semiconductor Industry". It will be moderated by Yoshihisa Toyosaki, president, iSuppli Japan K.K., with five panelists participating.

Traditionally, ISS Japan was held annually in February, providing a forum for senior executives from suppliers and device manufacturers to discuss future business and technology trends in semiconductors. The SEMI FORUM JAPAN, traditionally held in Osaka every June, addresses the industry’s value system, including semiconductor systems, devices, equipment and materials.

This year the SEMI FORUM JAPAN, with the theme of “IT Systems and ULSI Technology”, will feature 19 programs and two standard related conferences. The SEMI Forum is supported by the Japan Society of Applied Physics, VANS (Virtual Advisory Network for Semiconductor Industry), SSIS (Society of Semiconductor Industry Seniors), and JASVA (Japan Semiconductor Ventures Association). All SEMI FORUM JAPAN programs are in Japanese without simultaneous interpretation.

Online applications for ISS Japan 2005 and SEMI FORUM JAPAN open March 22. Visit www.semi.org/issjapan-e for ISS Japan and visit www.semi.org/sfj-e for SEMI FORUM JAPAN. Or, for more information about ISS Japan 2005 and SEMI FORUM JAPAN 2005, contact the program information desk of SEMI Japan, email jeventinfo@semi.org, or phone 81-3-3222-5993.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org

Shigeko Tatsuma/SEMI
Ph: 81.3.3222.6020
E-mail: statsuma@semi.org