Volume 3, Issue 4



In This Issue for August

Dr. Paul Langer Awarded Karel Urbanek Award

A Critical Step to Reduce PV Manufacturing Cost

New FPD Metrology Committee Formed

Reliability of MEMS and Standards

Upcoming PV Standards Committee Meetings

SEMICON Taiwan Standards Events

SEMICON Europa Standards Activities

North America Standards Activities at SEMICON West 2008


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From the Director's Desk

SEMICON® West and Beyond

As the world's premier trade show for semiconductor materials and equipment, SEMICON West is the ideal backdrop for the largest SEMI Standards event of the year. This year proved to be no different, as 10 committees and over 60 task forces met during the week, with a broad distribution of attendees from all regions. As I wrote in the last issue, the SEMI International Standards Program is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and SEMICON West was the perfect venue to express our gratitude to two of our founding fathers, Bob Scace and Win Baylies, who were presented with the 35th Anniversary Legacy and Honor Awards respectively. In addition, another outstanding long-time contributor, Dr. Paul Langer, was chosen to receive the Karel Urbanek Memorial Award, the SEMI International Standards Program's most prestigious honor.

Even though Standards meetings during SEMICON West attract the biggest crowds, vital standardization work takes place throughout the year in all regions. The Korea FPD Committee will be meeting in early September, along with the newly formed FPD Metrology Committee.

SEMICON Taiwan is right around the corner, and the EHS, FPD, and Information & Control committees will be gathering in Taipei along with the PV Standards working group, which is eager to join the international collaboration work happening in PV Standards.

The month of October brings SEMICON Europa, and a full set of Standards meetings along with multiple Standards workshops, in Stuttgart, Germany. October also sees the start of fall meetings in the North America region, which will be in a different format this year. Rather than the traditional one-week timeframe, committee and task force meetings will be held over a two month period at SEMI Headquarters in San Jose, California.

Committees and task forces will be meeting in a similar fashion throughout the fall in Japan, and December, of course, means SEMICON Japan make sure to check the next Standards Watch for a full schedule of Standards Events that will be happening in Makuhari!

For up-to-date information on committee activities and meetings, please contact Standards staff in your region. Remember, there is true value in participation.

Best wishes,

James Amano


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