February 2010

In This Issue

Productivity Transfer Propels Further Growth of China Packaging Industry

PV Group Advances Solar Policy Best Practices

Korea Targets the Recovery and Beyond

Printed Electronics Executives Discuss 2010 Predictions

Can Government Help High Tech and Spur Economic Growth?

MEMS Webinar Series: Energy Harvesting Technologies

2010 ISS-US Executive Blue Chip Panel: A "Perfect Storm"

SEMI Seeks RoHS Exclusion for Semiconductor and PV Manufacturing Equipment

SEMI Export Control Proposals Approved Globally


Productivity Transfer Propels Further Growth of China Packaging Industry
By Bin Chou, SEMI Shanghai China
There has been strong growth of China's semiconductor assembly industry over the past several years as foreign semiconductor companies increase their manufacturing presence in China. This trend will continue as the intense pressure to reduce costs drives advanced packaging production to China.

PV Group Advances Solar Policy Best Practices at Congressional Briefing, International Webcast
In support of the PV Group's policy position on feed-in tariffs (FIT), the PV Group recently took part in a renewable energy policy briefing on Capitol Hill and organized an online webcast on FIT Best Practices with leading policy experts around the world.

Korea Targets the Recovery and Beyond
Optimism about the short and long term prospects for the semiconductor industry was heard throughout SEMICON Korea, held on February 3-5 in Seoul. "Rapid demand growth in developing countries and new and emerging electronics applications will be the primary growth drivers for the industry," said Dr. Joo-Tai Moon, senior VP of Samsung Electronics, at the Day One keynote speech.



Printed Electronics Executives Discuss Predictions for Massive Development in 2010
Over 200 of the leading companies in the emerging Printed Electronics (PE) industry will gather at the Printed Electronics Summit taking place May 10-11 in San Diego, California. Tim Lovatt from PE Futures interviewed some of the conference's presenters.

Can Government Help High Tech and Spur Economic Growth?
As governments around the world try to create the next great boon in economic growth, we wondered, "Do these efforts really help and what specifically can governments do to boost entrepreneurial activity in the private sector?" SEMI interviewed Josh Lerner, the author of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," about some key issues.

MEMS Webinar Series: Energy Harvesting Technologies
Power consumption presents long-term technical challenges for the semiconductor industry. These SEMI MEMS webinars take place on February 17, March 17, and April 14. Register now for one or all three Webinars.


2010 ISS-US Blue Chip Panel: A "Perfect Storm"
By Scott Landstrom, SCI Consulting
On January 12 at the annual SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS), the Executive Panel session focused on "The Structural Evolution of the Semiconductor Equipment Industry." Panelists were from: Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, Lam Research, Mattson Technology, Novellus Systems, and Teradyne.

SEMI Seeks RoHS Exclusion for Semiconductor and PV Manufacturing Equipment
By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI Europe
Europe's RoHS regulation restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. While semiconductor and PV manufacturing equipment are currently excluded from the scope of RoHS under the LSIT exclusion, a new proposal would include them in RoHS.

SEMI Export Control Proposals Approved Globally
The export control requirements for etch equipment and cluster tools will be reduced as a result of SEMI's public policy work. Each year SEMI works closely with member companies to push for improvements to the export control list maintained by the multilateral Wassenaar Arrangement as part of their annual list review.


Calendar


Asia Events
SEMICON Korea
February 3-5

SOLARCON Korea
February 3-5

LED Korea
February 3-5

SEMICON China
March 16-18

SOLARCON China
March 16-18

China FPD Conference
March 16-17

FPD China
March 16-18

CSTIC 2010
March 18-19

Global FPD Partners Conference
April 8-9

Europe Events
ISS Europe
February 7-9

PV Fab Managers Forum
March 7-9

North America Events
Austin Tech Tuesday
February 16

Austin Solar PV & Alternative Energy Review
February 22

New England Breakfast Forum
March 10

Standards Spring Mtgs
March 29-April 1

Silicon Valley Lunch Forum
April 1

Call for Papers
ASMC 2010



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