SEMI Global Update, May 2008
May 2008

In This Issue

Innovation is at Risk: Losses up to $4 Billion Annually due to IP Infringement

A Glimpse into the SE Asian Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Market

"2007—What a Year!" Due to Materials Market

Displays Enable New Applications and Spur Eco-Friendly Manufacturing

Spansion Exec Sees Beyond "Profitless Prosperity"

Celebrating 35 Years of SEMI Standards

Intel Shares Vision on Manufacturing Strategy and 450 mm

Solar/PV Sector Can Speed Growth—with Lessons Learned in the FPD Industry

Did the Equipment and Materials Industry Empower the Silicon Revolution?

The Era of Semiconductor Materials Has Arrived

High Tech U under Consideration for Austrian-wide Career Initiative

Company Executives Lobby during the 2008 Washington Forum
 


Innovation is at Risk: Losses up to $4 Billion Annually due to IP Infringement
Semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers face serious and mounting challenges in intellectual property (IP) protection, with adverse economic consequences for the entire microelectronics industry, according to a new white paper published by SEMI.

A Glimpse into the Southeast Asian Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Market
by Edwin Hall, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
The Southeast Asia region, especially Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, is most active in the area of assembly and test equipment—and it is the second largest market region for packaging materials.

"2007—What a Year!"
by Lara Chamness, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
Was 2007 the best year ever for the semiconductor equipment and materials industry? Believe it. The lack of fanfare is probably due to the fact that this record year is the result of strength in both the equipment and materials markets.

Displays Enable New Applications and Spur Eco-Friendly Manufacturing
by Craig Addison, SEMI
Flat panel displays are no longer just displays—they are enablers for new and different technology applications, according to Hsuan-bin Chen of AU Optronics.

SEMI Webcast on REACH
May 22—Register Now!


Spansion Exec Sees Beyond "Profitless Prosperity"
Ajit Manocha of Spansion envisions an era of "heterogeneous alliances" delivering innovative business models and improved returns for semiconductor device makers. At SBC 2008, he talked about strategic alliances across the semiconductor value chain as the emergent solution to today's profitability crisis.

Celebrating 35 Years of SEMI Standards
Every tool in every semiconductor fab in the world conforms to SEMI Standards. Over 1,700 committee volunteers work in the Standards Program—representing more than 880 companies and organizations in 36 countries. Congratulations on 35 years of SEMI Standards.

Intel Shares Vision on Manufacturing Strategy and 450 mm
Robert Bruck of Intel gave attendees at SBC 2008 detailed insights on the company's architecture and manufacturing strategies, including plans for "unprecedented collaboration" with suppliers on the evaluation of a 450 mm wafer transition.

Solar/PV Sector Can Speed Growth—with Lessons Learned in the FPD Industry
by Craig Addison, SEMI
Lessons learned in the FPD manufacturing industry can accelerate progress in the solar/PV industry, according to speakers at the SEMI Global FPD Partners conference held in Miyazaki, Japan, from April 9-11.

Quick Poll: What is the most effective way to increase intellectual property (IP) protection on a global basis?
Bring publicity and exposure to unacceptable
IP practices and policies.
Through diplomacy and international relations,
improve legal remedies for clear violations.
Educate markets and potential violators on
IP issues that threaten innovation.
Increase the use of company Best Practices
in developing and managing IP.

View Results
SEMI Quick Polls are statistically invalid and do not necessarily represent the interests or views of SEMI members or the semiconductor industry.

Did the Equipment and Materials Industry Empower the Silicon Revolution?
Did our industry empower the Silicon Revolution? Why did technology in Silicon Valley flourish? What are the big differentiators and drivers going forward? A joint SEMI/ Chemical Heritage Foundation conference held April 1-2 at the Computer History Museum in Mt. View, California discussed all this and more.

The Era of Semiconductor Materials Has Arrived
"Semiconductor material is the foundation of the IC industry and the development of material technology makes IC technology upgrading possible," remarked Cao Jianlin of the Ministry of Science and Technology at the first China Semiconductor Materials International Conference (CSMIC).

High Tech U under Consideration for Austrian Career Initiative
Why did the Austrian Minister of Research and Innovation (Christa Kranzl) attend a High Tech U event? Kranzl intends to launch programs in Austria to increase student interest in technology R&D—and now, SEMI HTU is one of the pilot programs under consideration.

Company Executives Lobby during the 2008 Washington Forum
On April 15-16, SEMI hosted the 2008 Washington Forum. Over 20 industry executives travelled to Washington to participate in more than 30 meetings with Congress, the Administration, and staff of the presidential candidates.


Calendar of Events


Asia
Display Taiwan 2008
June 11–13

PVJapan 2008
July 30–August 1

Europe
SEMICON Russia 2008
June 2–4

SEMI Member Forum
June 12

North America
Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 14–16


SEMI Arizona Breakfast Forum
May 15


Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 21–23


SEMI Austin Forum
May 28


Key Semiconductor Account Selling and Management
June 2–4


New England Breakfast Forum: Market Trend Update
June 4


SEMICON West 2008
July 15–17


Call for Nominations
Akira Inoue Award
Due: July 25

SEMI Award for North America
Due: August 1

    


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