January 2011

In This Issue

From the SEMI North America President: Ring in the New Year-- and New Legislation

Are LED Manufacturers Adding Too Much Capacity?

Congressional Session Productive in Passing SEMI Public Policy Priorities

New LED Manufacturing Programs Help SEMI Members Know More, Do More, Sell More

New 3D Stacked IC Standards Committee at SEMI; Call for Task Force Volunteers

Opportunities for Suppliers in Printed Electronics

SEMI Advances Russia-European Cooperation on Microelectronics

A Middle East First: Emirate of Abu Dhabi Sends Students to SEMI High Tech U

2012: Disaster Movie or Will the Romance Continue?


From the SEMI® North America President

Karen Savala, SEMI North America PresidentRing in the New Year-- and New Legislation
To ring in the New Year, I'd like to give you a brief update on some recent progress on critical public policy issues for SEMI-- the R&D tax credit, the alternative energy ITC, Conflict Minerals, and Rare Earth Minerals.

In December, Congress approved and President Obama signed off on the $859 billion Obama Tax Compromise Bill. SEMI worked diligently to extend the R&D tax credit so we are thrilled that the tax compromise bill contains a two year extension of the R&D tax credit, one of our top policy priorities. The credit will now be retroactive to January 1, 2010 and will run through December 31, 2011. U.S. SEMI members serving all market segments (including semiconductor, PV, HB-LED, and FPD) support the bill. (more)

Karen Savala
www.semi.org

ISS 2011SMC 2011

Are LED Manufacturers Adding Too Much Capacity?
By Ross Young, IMS Research
Every quarter, IMS Research personnel in China, Europe, Korea, Taiwan and the USA survey companies representing both the supply side and the demand side of the LED market in order to assess the health and outlook of the LED market.

Congressional "Lame Duck" Session Productive in Passing SEMI Public Policy Priorities
With the new Congress set to start on January 5, 2011, Congress used the last few days of the 111th Congress to pass multiple pieces of "must-pass" legislation, handing the semiconductor industry some big wins in the waning moments of 2010.

New LED Manufacturing Programs Help SEMI Members Know More, Do More, Sell More
SEMI has partnered with leading LED organizations around the world to help SEMI members understand, penetrate and serve the high-growth high-brightness LED market.

New 3D-IC Standards Committee at SEMI; Call for Task Force Volunteers
3D-IC Standards are Key to the Success and Early Adoption of TSV Technology
Three-Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits (3D-ICs) are composed of a stack of two-dimensional die, and are viewed as critical in helping the semiconductor industry keep pace with Moore's Law.


Exhibit at SEMICON China 2011 (March 15-17)
This event brings together the leading companies and key decisions makers in the global semiconductor and FPD industries. 40+ government delegations visited last year's show, including mayors of key developing areas.

Supplier Opportunities in PE: Hybrid Solutions Integrate Printed Components with Conventional Electronics/Processes
By Paula Doe, SEMI Emerging and Adjacent Markets
Progress on some of the issues holding back the market for disruptive solution-processed or printed/flexible electronics may create real opportunities for suppliers.

SEMI Advances Russia-European Cooperation on Microelectronics
In December 2010, SEMI Europe hosted and coordinated a delegation of Russian semiconductor leaders in Brussels to discuss greater European Union (EU) cooperation in the development of Russian microelectronics industry.

A Middle East First: Emirate of Abu Dhabi Sends Students to SEMI High Tech U
Calling it a strategic investment in Abu Dhabi's high-tech future, the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) recently sent 50 high school students to Singapore to participate in SEMI High Tech U.

2012: Disaster Movie or Will the Romance Continue?
By Bettina Weiss, Executive Director, PV Group
"2012" is a 2009 American disaster film starring John Cusack that depicts a series of catastrophic natural disasters stemming from a massive solar flare. Some analysts are beginning to talk about a real 2012 solar energy disaster.





Calendar


North America Events
ISS 2011: Role of Capital Efficiency Through Cycles
January 9-12

SMC 2011: Material Innovation: Catalyst for Success
January 12-14

Where will the Road lead us? The ITRS and More Moore
March 23

North America Standards Spring Meetings
March 28-31

Asia Events
SEMICON Korea 2011
January 26-28

LED Korea 2011
January 26-28

SEMICON China 2011
March 15-17

FPD China 2011
March 15-17

Europe Events
ISS Europe
February 27-March 1

PV Fab Managers Forum Europe
March 20-22









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