Volume 4, Issue 2



In This Issue for June 2009

North America Standards Activities at SEMICON West 2009

Key Safety Guideline (S2) Updated

PV2 - Equipment Communication Interface Standard for PV Production Systems

New Metrology and PV Technical Committees in Japan

Automated Test Equipment Technical Standards Committee Formed in North America

Advancement of the Semiconductor and Display Industries in Korea

Task Force on PV Materials Forming

Report on PV Group/DOE Crystalline c-Si Workshop

Three Factory Automation Software Standards to be Withdrawn

Survey Results for Nano-electrotechnologies Standards

Call for Companies to Host NA Standards Fall 2009 Meetings

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From the Director's Desk
James Amano

Intellectual Property Rights and SEMI Standards

While the standards development process at SEMI has historically focused solely on technical aspects, intellectual property (IP) concerns have become prevalent in recent years, mirroring the industry's increasing awareness of the value and handling of IP. Several instances of IP-related issues in the standards development process have been widely reported notably the case involving Rambus and JEDEC. In 2002, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleged that Rambus violated antitrust laws by deliberately not disclosing key patent applications while it was a member of a JEDEC standards committee. (Read more...)

Technical Education Programs at SEMICON West 2009
North America SEMI Standards is proud to present five educational opportunities this year at SEMICON West. Three educational opportunities will be led by our partners at NIST, ISMI, and STG (Standards Technology Group). NIST is co-hosting the Product Authentication Information Management (PAIM II) Workshop, ISMI is co-hosting the e-Manufacturing Workshop and EDA User Group, and STG is holding the SEMI PV Standards Equipment Performance and Communications seminar.

  • MEMS Hermetic Packaging Workshop
  • Wafer Edge Profile Specification and Measurement STEP
  • NIST-SEMI Product Authentication Information Management Workshop (PAIM II)
  • PV Standards - Equipment Performance and Communications
  • e-Manufacturing Workshop and EDA User Group Presented by SEMI Standards / ISMI

To register or for more information about the Standards meetings during SEMICON West click here.

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