STG and SEMI Announce Partnership to Offer Online Education for Standards


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STG AND SEMI ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO OFFER ONLINE EDUCATION FOR TECHNICAL STANDARDS

First Round of Courses to Cover GEM300, EDA Standards

SAN JOSE, Calif. and WILLISTON, Vermont, May 17, 2005 -- The Standards Technology Group Inc. (STG) and SEMI today announced a partnership to provide SEMI standards training and online courses to the semiconductor industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, the SEMI standards courses will be designed and presented by STG and marketed by SEMI. Seminars are now available for GEM300 and EDA standards. On-line courses will be available starting in July 2005 and will initially cover 200mm and 300mm factory automation standards (E4, E5, E37.1, E40, E84, E87, E90, E94), EDA standards (E125, E132, E134) and the EPT standard (E116).

“Over the past 30 years SEMI has published more than 700 standards for the semiconductor and related microelectronics industries,” said Bettina Weiss, SEMI’s director for International Standards and MEMS. “SEMI is pleased to be working with STG to provide educational courses that have the potential to transform standards beyond traditional reference material, making them easier to learn and readily accessible to the industry.”

“SEMI standards represent an enormous long term achievement by the SEMI standards organization as well as countless industry volunteers and organizations,” said David Walsh, president of STG. “However, much of this wealth of information goes untapped primarily due to the need for extensive training programs and educational material.”

STG’s educational programs will include traditional face-to-face two and three day courses on standards that are of the highest interest to industry. However, STG will focus much of its effort on developing a suite of on-line standards courses and reference resources. SEMI member companies qualify for a 10 percent discount on all courses taken.

The courses are designed so that users learn at their own pace, with reviews and exams conducted at appropriate times to determine when more study is needed. Each course introduces the student to the standard in easy to understand language, and highlights why the standard was developed in the first place. Each course will provide tools to more dynamically access the standard through reports, filters, interrelated linking and search mechanisms.

About SEMI
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology, materials and services used to make semiconductors, flat panel displays (FPDs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related microelectronics. SEMI maintains offices and hosts programs and activities in every major microelectronics and display manufacturing region around the world

About Standards Technology Group
STG, headquartered in Williston, VT, is an organization of industry experts dedicated to developing semiconductor education material and courses in the context of the SEMI standards and IC factory design requirements. STG provides both conventional one and two day regional seminars as well as on-line eLearning training courses on a wide array of SEMI standards and industry related topics.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

STG
David Walsh
Tel: 1.802.764 1270
E-mail: dwalsh@standardstech.com

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