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SEMI Foundation/High Tech U
The SEMI Foundation delivered a total of 18 programs in 2010 reaching over six hundred students and teachers. Programs were held in Austria, France, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. An overall total of students reached first-hand now exceeds 4000. In the fourth quarter, we were proud to welcome three new sponsors, ATIC (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Novellus (San Jose, Calif.) and KLA-Tencor (Milpitas, Calif.). We anticipate rolling out at least 18-20 programs per year for the next three years.
New SEMI Members in Q4 2010
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SEMI International Standards Forms 3D-IC Standards Committee
SEMI worked with SEMATECH to gather industry input and identify standardization issues for the new 3DS-IC Standards Committee. The committee will create consensus-based specifications and guidelines that will promote improved communication, enhance the manufacturing efficiency and shorten 3DS-IC time-to-market, and reduce manufacturing cost. The 3DS-IC Standards Committee will initially consist of three Task Forces: Bonded Wafer Pair, Inspection and Metrology, and Thin Wafer Carrier.
SEMI Advances Russia-European Cooperation on Microelectronics
In December 2010, SEMI Europe coordinated and hosted a delegation of Russian semiconductor leaders in Brussels to discuss greater European Union (EU) cooperation in the development of Russian microelectronics industry. The delegation received press coverage in Russia and Europe and emphasized the critical role that semiconductor manufacturing plays in economic development. SEMI is working with Mikron and other Russian companies to overcome barriers. EU support, research initiatives, and local and national support from Russian governments and institutions are all being addressed.
International Trade Partners Conference 2010
At the 25th International Trade Partners Conference (ITPC) 2010 (November 8-10), industry leaders from all over the globe convened in Hawaii to discuss and collaborate on global manufacturing, technology and trade issues for the semiconductor and adjacent industries. The program featured keynote speaker Yoon-Woo Lee, vice chairman and chairman of the Board of Directors at Samsung Electronics, and three executive panels: Pan-Asian Economics, Adjacent Markets, and Semiconductor Technology.
SEMICON Japan 2010
SEMICON Japan 2010 was held December 1-2 in Tokyo. Attendance was up 21 percent with over 39,300 verified visitors and 900+ exhibitors. The event featured four keynote speeches by executives from METI, NTT DOCOMO, Toshiba, and Toyota. Also new for 2010: a Secondary Equipment and Services Pavilion and co-location with Automotive Telecommunications Technology Tokyo.
SEMICON Europa 2010
SEMICON Europa 2010 (October 19-21) increased attendance from 7,000 to 7,500 attendees, with 350 exhibitors in 2010. The conference was praised for the high quality of the speakers. This year's event also inaugurated the first co-location with the Global Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition. The importance of the event was recognized with the presence of Saxony's Minister President Stanislaw Tillich.
Teradyne Gives SEMI License to STDF to Develop Industry-wide Datalog Standards
Teradyne granted SEMI a worldwide royalty-free license for Standard Test Data Format (STDF) along with any intellectual property rights. SEMI can use, distribute, modify and support STDF. Under the supervision of SEMI International Standards, the license of STDF will ensure standards development and new products using STDF and future extensions will be unencumbered by IP ownership conflicts.
KGD Packaging & Test Workshop 2010
The 17th Annual International KGD (Known Good Die) Packaging and Test Workshop 2010 (October 28-29) focused on semiconductor die products test, assembly, manufacturing, and business issues in the microelectronics industry. Co-organized by SEMI and TechSearch International, the theme was "Challenging Issues for KGD as the Industry Moves to Finer Geometries." The keynote presenter was Dr. Bill Bottoms, chairman and CEO of Third Millennium Test Solutions and chairman of the ITRS Roadmap Committee.
SEMI Coorganizes the Beijing International Microelectronics Symposium
With the Beijing Semiconductor Industry Association and CASPA, SEMI coorganized the Beijing International Microelectronics Symposium (BIMS) conference which took place on November 4-5, 2010.
U.S. Public Policy Update
In December, President Obama signed off on the $859 billion Obama Tax Compromise Bill, which contains a two-year extension of the R&D tax credit, one of SEMI's top policy priorities. Regarding the move to ban Conflict Minerals, SEMI submitted comments to the U.S. SEC about our industry concerns, including our recommendation that companies should report only the minerals directly incorporated or specified for inclusion in products. In terms of Rare Earth Minerals, SEMI supports the DOE goal of developing substitutes for Rare Earth Minerals, lobbying for continued appropriations.
SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
Heinz Kundert Presents at Rusnanotech 2010
Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe, gave the solar PV industry overview speech at Rusnanotech 2010, one of the most influential technology forums in Russia. Dmitry Medvedev, president of the Russian Federation gave the keynote address. There are many solar initiatives in Russia and Rusnano is engaged to push this market up from silicon production to installations. The Rusnano forum, which is supported by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), provides a platform for scientists and tech industry players from around the world to discuss Russia's developing innovation sector and the outlook for its nanotechnology industry. More than 10,000 people from over 38 countries are estimated to have participated.
SEMI International Standards
SEMI published three new PV standards addressing test methods for Lifetime Measurement in Silicon Wafers, Ingots, and Bricks; Chemicals; and Measurements for PV Materials. In addition, an auxiliary report for Test Method for Measuring Trace Elements in Silicon Feedstock was approved. SEMI also announced the formation of new PV Automation Standards Committees in Japan and Europe. The new PV Automation Committees will initially focus on efforts related to equipment-to-equipment communication, cell transport carriers, and single substrate tracking. Initially formed in 2007, the PV Standards Committee has rapidly become one of the most active committees in the SEMI International Standards Program, and has now developed and published a total 15 PV Standards.
PV Taiwan 2010
PV Taiwan (October 26-28), which grew 25 percent over the previous year, hosted 11,437 visitors from 57 countries. The PV Taiwan CEO Forum was the highlight of the conference where distinguished speakers from Motech Industries, Gintech Energy Corporation, Topcell Solar International (a subsidiary of UMC), Auria Solar, Manz Automation AG, and MEMC discussed their business strategies and future prospects for the PV industry.
Fifth SEMI Photovoltaic Technology Symposium
On December 3, in conjunction with SEMICON Japan, the 5th SEMI Photovoltaic Technology Symposium was held. During this symposium chaired by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), leading companies discussed their strategies and advanced technologies for achieving lower manufacturing cost and higher efficiency to survive in the competitive global PV market.
Top U.S. Solar Policy Extended
A big win for our policy initiatives included the extension of the Sec. 1603 Treasury grant program that allows alternative energy projects, such as Solar PV, to claim the 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) as a grant. This was one of our top four solar PV priorities. The one year extension of this program will allow many solar projects to be funded that otherwise would not have the necessary upfront capital to get started. In addition, it keeps the program alive marking the first time it has been renewed, thus giving it a greater chance of being renewed again when it expires at the end of 2011.
Joint Forces for Solar
PV Group joined forces with EuPD Research and Intersolar North America to present the "US Photovoltaic Intelligence Breakfast Briefing Forum" on October 14. The event covered an "Overview of the U.S. Photovoltaic Market", "Insights into the U.S. Downstream Market – California" and finished with a panel discussion.
SEMI International Standards Forms HB-LED Standards Committee
The SEMI International Standards Committee approved the petition for the HB-LED Standards Committee on November 4, 2010. The Committee met for the first time on November 11 and initiated standards Task Forces on wafers, carriers/automation, and assembly. The Committee and Task Forces are comprised of industry leaders in HB-LED devices, sapphire wafers, MOCVD wafer processing, and key equipment and materials suppliers to the LED industry.
MEMS Technology Forum at SEMICON Europa
A successful MEMS Technology Forum, organized by the SEMI MEMS Europe Committee, was held at SEMICON Europa in October with 75 attendees. Speakers included key industry leaders from Bosche, X-Fab, Analog Devices, Nokia, STMicroelectronics, Multitest, EV Group, Freescale, Colibrys and more.
Plastic Electronics Co-located with SEMICON Europa 2010
The successfully concluded first co-location of the Global Plastic Electronics Conference & Exhibition at SEMICON Europa brought the latest developments in organic, printed and flexible electronics to our key European stakeholders. The keynote speech was provided by this year's Nobel Prize winner for Physics, Dr. Kostya Novoselov, for his work on graphene.
Next Generation Technology Pavilions at SEMICON Japan 2010
Approximately 16,000 people visited the first New Technologies Pavilion at SEMICON Japan 2010. The event included 65 exhibitors from LED, MEMS and other emerging industries. Complementing the exhibition was a dedicated presentation area that included a MEMs technical symposium (200 attendees) and a special presentation/exhibit area supported by the Japan LED Association.
SEMI Opto/LED Fab Watch Database Updated in November 2010
Looking at year-over-year capacity growth by industry segment, since 2004, the LED segment stood out. The LED industry has shown huge growth rates of installed capacity, in the double-digit range for the past six years. From 2007 to 2010, at least 12 LED fab projects began construction annually with 22 beginning in 2010.
Extreme Electronics Online Communities Continue to Grow
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