December 2009

In This Issue

Capitol Commentary—What a Year in Washington D.C.

2010 Fab Spending Accelerates to 65%, but No New Fab Plans in Sight

Interview with Dr. Mauro Ferrari

Member Insight: A New Approach to Yield Enhancement

Growing Packaging Materials Market under Pressure

Large Area Flexible Electronics Roadmap— SEMI Member Input Needed

ISS 2010 to Feature Blue Chip CEO Panel and Industry Luminaries

Summary of Federal and State Funding Opportunities

SOLARCON India 2009: A Success Story


Capitol Commentary

Maggie HersheyWhat a Year in Washington D.C.
By Maggie Hershey, Sr. Director, NA Public Policy
The year began with a new President taking office and a new Congress getting sworn in. The flurry of political activity this year has kept the SEMI Washington office on its toes and we don't expect things to let up any time soon. The first major policy initiative this year was the massive stimulus bill followed by House passage of a climate change and energy bill. Congress continues the debates about health care reform and changes to financial regulations and is working to finalize the spending plans for fiscal year 2010. Before we know it, the 2010 mid-term campaigns will be well underway. (more)



2010 Fab Spending Accelerates to 65%, but No New Fab Plans in Sight
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
It appears that 2010 will be a much better year for the semiconductor industry. 2010 fab spending is expected to increase 65% over 2009 levels. However, with new fab plans put on hold, one major concern surfaces: Are we are doing enough to meet future demand?

Interview with Dr. Mauro Ferrari
By Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group
Dr. Ferrari is sometimes called 'the father of BioMEMS.' Karen Lightman from the MEMS Industry Group interviewed Ferrari after his keynote address at the 2009 MEMS Executive Congress.




A New Approach to Yield Enhancement
By Paul McLaughlin, Rudolph Technologies, Inc.
Rudolph Technologies' recent history and long-term future strategy include significant growth through acquisition. In addition to basic financial value, we have identified a number of key attributes that guide our search for acquisition candidates, all pursuant to our underlying strategic goal of occupying a dominant position in every market we serve.


Growing Packaging Materials Market under Pressure
By Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International, and Dan Tracy, SEMI
While the semiconductor packaging materials market will contract in 2009, a recovery in unit shipments and materials consumption occurred in the second quarter of the year and looks to continue through the fourth quarter.


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Large Area Flexible Electronics Roadmap— SEMI Member Input Needed
While waiting for a breakthrough application (flexible displays, PV, lighting, RFID) and commercial success, flexible and large area electronics remain one of the most promising emerging markets for equipment and materials suppliers in the next 3 to 5 years.

ISS 2010 to Feature Blue Chip CEO Panel and Industry Luminaries
The Industry Strategy Symposium 2010 will feature the top executive talent in the North American Semiconductor Equipment industry, with 5 of the top 6 firms represented. These panelists represent nearly $10 billion in equipment revenues. Industry "luminaries" will also participate in the Panel. Moderated by Scott Landstrom (SCI Consulting).

Summary of Federal and State Funding Opportunities
It's difficult to stay up to date on key state and federal government opportunities. Here's a brief summary of the latest.

SOLARCON India 2009: A Success Story
SOLARCON India 2009, the first exhibition dedicated to India's PV industry, was held November 9-11 in Hyderabad. India's growing energy needs and its ability to tap the power of the sun, combined with the event's timing (before the National Solar Mission announcement) helped drive up interest and make it a success.



Calendar


North America Events
SEMI Austin Technology Tuesday
December 15


ISS US 2010
January 10-13


SMC 2010
January 13-15


Asia Events
SEMICON Japan 2009
December 2-4

SEMICON Korea 2010
February 3-5

SOLARCON Korea 2010
February 3-5

LED Korea 2010
February 3-5

Europe Events
ISS Europe 2010
February 7-9

Call for Papers
ASMC 2010
Abstract Due: February 2, 2010



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