Volume 2, Issue 1




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New Standards Publication Now Available!

North America Standards Meetings

Japan Standards Meetings

MEPTEC 5th Annual MEMS Symposium

Featured Articles

Standards Survey Confirms Usage and Value

SEMI/IEEE Nanoelectronics Standards Workshop Presentations from NanoForum 2006

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From the Director’s Desk

Reaching Out to Move Forward

SEMI International Standards engages in a number of outreach activities with other standards organizations. This allows us to benchmark world-class standards practices, harmonize SEMI initiatives with other groups around the world, and avoid duplication.

  • SEMI has a long standing association with ASTM International and has been able to leverage their standards in health and safety, monocrystalline silicon and other subjects to help the industry grow.
  • In the U.S., SEMI works closely with NIST, the U.S. federal technology agency that develops and promotes measurement, standards, and technology. Currently, NIST works in key areas including lithography, system design and test, interconnect and packaging, and other manufacturing and processing areas.
  • ANSI coordinates the development and use of voluntary standards in the U.S. and has established technical committees in electronics, semiconductors and nanotechnology to interface with ISO, the network of national standards institutes in 157 countries. ANSI is also involved in assisting the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) in their efforts to promote a global approach to industry standards development.
  • The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) works closely with ISO and is another leading global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
  • SEMI is in close cooperation with IEEE to ensure necessary industry standards to foster commercialization of nanotechnology progress in a timely and thoughtful manner.
  • Numerous other regional and technical organizations periodically engage in or influence the SEMI standards process.

All of these relationships require time, attention and commitment. SEMI is currently pursuing ANSI accreditation as a first step to move closer to developments in ISO/IEC and harmonize SEMI Standards with ongoing international work. SEMI Standards volunteers in other regions have already signaled great interest in taking similar steps with their national bodies to ISO/IEC. For our members and their customers, this will provide an additional resource in SEMI to learn about developments around the world with often direct impact on their business.

Come join the many volunteers who are already contributing and reap the benefits of active participation–and influence–on future standards.

Bettina Weiss


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