SEMI Establishes Manufacturing Technology Forum


Bookmark and Share

SEMI Establishes Manufacturing Technology Forum to Prioritize High-Value Industry Standards

New Advisory Body Coordinates Device Maker and SEMI Member Input Into Industry Standards Priorities

SAN JOSE, Calif. – September 11, 2006 – SEMI has established the Manufacturing Technology Forum (MTF) to provide additional oversight and coordination with semiconductor device makers into the industry standards process. The new advisory body will improve the SEMI standards process by providing a forum for collective understanding and collaboration of user requirements during the standards development process.

The MTF, a SEMI Special Interest Group, was established with the support of the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), JEITA, individual device manufacturers, and SEMI member companies. The 20-member MTF advisory board includes a broad cross section of the industry, including balanced participation from device manufacturers, equipment suppliers and industry consortia. Advisory board members have been selected for their ability to represent far-reaching industry needs, rather than the specific position or interest of their individual companies. Device manufacturers on the MTF board include representatives from Intel, TSMC, NEC, AMD, and Infineon. SEMI member companies participating in the MTF include Applied Materials, Hitachi High Tech, Tokyo Electron, Asyst Technologies, Murata Machinery, KLA-Tencor, Dainippon Screen Manufacturing, and Nikon. Major industry consortia such as ISMI and JEITA have a permanent seat on the MTF Advisory Board.

“Manufacturing standards have become such an important contributor to profitable industry growth that additional strategic guidance from a select group of industry leaders charged with analyzing and prioritizing standards based on their economic impact is essential,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “The MTF will further integrate critical financial considerations into the industry standards setting process with the already well represented long-term planning inputs provided by the ITRS and the outstanding technical support provided by the over 1500 volunteers currently engaged in SEMI standards.”

The SEMI Standards Program, established in 1973, covers all aspects of semiconductor process equipment and materials, from wafer manufacturing to test, assembly and packaging, in addition to the manufacture of flat panel displays and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). About 1,500 volunteers worldwide participate in the program, which is made up of 17 global technical committees. Visit www.semi.org/standards for further details about SEMI Standards.

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.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Bettina Weiss/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6998
E-mail: bweiss@semi.org

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: smith@semi.org