SEMI and ATDF to Provide Cost-Effective Services to Chip Industry Suppliers


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SEMI AND ATDF TO PROVIDE COST-EFFECTIVE SERVICES TO CHIP INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS

San Jose, CA and Austin, TX – December 7, 2005 – SEMI and ATDF, a leading technology R&D center, will collaborate in extending advanced wafer processing and testing capabilities to semiconductor industry suppliers under an agreement announced today.

The agreement authorizes SEMI, the global industry association leader for microelectronics, MEMS, display and emerging technologies, to offer preferential ATDF services to SEMI members. In return, SEMI will help communicate ATDF’s capabilities throughout the global supplier community.

“Part of our charter is to provide a broad range of services to help industry suppliers meet the mounting costs of manufacturing R&D,” said Dave Anderson, ATDF general manager. “By working with SEMI, we can reach the broadest possible audience of suppliers with rates and timetables that will work for them.”

Anderson added, “This agreement is an example of two leading organizations working together for the common good of the industry. “As a wholly owned SEMATECH subsidiary we are part of a cooperative tradition, and we realize that the success of our industry in sharing the burden of escalating R&D costs depends more and more on these kinds of creative collaborations.”

"We are pleased to collaborate with ATDF in order to provide increased value for SEMI members and reduce their cost of research and development," said Stan Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "The ATDF's experience, capabilities and concern for intellectual property protection makes this service very attractive for suppliers looking to outsource wafer processing and materials research."

ATDF offers a wide range of technology development services, including non-classical CMOS, custom projects, prototyping, and university projects. It also offers services in wafer processing, analysis, and electrical testing and characterization for advanced materials and devices.

About SEMI
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. 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.

About ATDF
ATDF, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMATECH, is a leading technology R&D center where research meets manufacturing for semiconductor manufacturers, equipment and materials suppliers, and others. ATDF customers can confidentially test new designs, integration methodologies, and prototype systems while protecting their own intellectual property, and development partners can work closely with one another in a custom manufacturing environment. ATDF also develops baseline processes, accepted industry-wide, that bring new tools and materials to manufacturing faster, at lower cost. More information can be found at www.atdf.com.

SEMI Contact:
Scott Smith
650.943.7957
ssmith@semi.org

Media Contact:
Dan McGowan
512-356-3440
media.relations@atdf.com