"SEMI® Global Update" highlights important industry information, events, programs and products. Direct links to www.semi.org provide additional access to registration and other information about SEMI programs, products and services.

In This Issue:  


April 2006

  Oral History Interview: Ken Rygler  
  New Article: Singapore Student Score with High Tech U  
  U.S. Public Policy  
  Highlighted Events  
  Regional Events  
  International Standards  
  Products and Services  
  Interested in Exhibiting?  
  Call for Nominations  
  Call for Papers  
  Partner Event  
Oral History Interview

Ken Rygler
Interviewed by Craig Addison, SEMI

To record and preserve the history of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, SEMI presents oral history archives featuring interviews with industry pioneers. In a continuing series Ken Rygler, who founded DuPont Photomasks, tells his story.

Read all other interviews.


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Ken Rygler

New Article

Singapore Students Score with High Tech U—
SEMI Foundation’s Program For High School Students And Teachers Goes International.

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U.S. Public Policy

Upcoming Washington Forum
SEMI is organizing the annual Washington fly-in for senior industry executives on May 9–10 to meet with policymakers on innovation, export control and intellectual property protection.
New Export Control and Customs Working Group in Shanghai
SEMI and AeA are partnering to form an informal networking and professional development working group in Shanghai for trade compliance professionals.

Potential Sarbanes-Oxley Changes
An SEC Advisory Committee has issued a draft of recommended changes to Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 internal reporting requirements for small businesses.


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Register for the SESHA Annual Conference
April 18–22
Santa Clara, California
Hear Stan Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, deliver a keynote address on April 20 and visit the SEMI EHS booth at SESHA’s 28th Annual International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exposition. Register now!

Register for ISESH ’06
June 11–15
St. Julians, Malta
The 13th Annual Intl. Semiconductor Environment, Safety and Health (ISESH) conference is the premier global forum for the latest innovative ideas in EHS in the semiconductor industry. This year’s conference is hosted by the EECA-ESIA in Malta.

Need help tracking EHS regulations, codes and standards?
The SEMI Web site has a new Web page listing many Web sites providing proposed, new and amended EHS legislation, regulations, and standards from many jurisdictions in which the semiconductor industry operates. Many are free and offer email newsletters.


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Highlighted Events

SEMICON® Europa 2006
April 4–6
The New Munich Trade Fair Centre
Munich, Germany
Address the European market in one location and meet attendees from the global microelectronics industry. Three focused tracks: Advanced Semiconductors Manufacturing and Packaging, MEMS/Nanotechnology, and Photovoltaic.

SEMI Strategic Business Conference
April 24–26
Napa, California
SBC—where customer insights build strategic relationships. SBC 2006 features speakers representing a broad range of IDMs and quality one-on-one networking, all at a landmark resort in the heart of the California Wine Country.

SEMICON Singapore 2006
May 9–11
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Mark your calendar! Come see the UK Pavilion, Singapore Pavilion, A-Star, SEMI Theatre and Booth. New this year is the Exhibitor Corner, hear presentations from exhibitors—FREE. All can be found in Exhibition Hall 401 on level 4. Click here to register online.

FPD Taiwan 2006
June 14–16
Taipei, Taiwan
According to DisplaySearch, Taiwan will produce 40.4% of TFT-LCD, the largest output worldwide this year, and forecasted to be in the leading position through 2008 at 42.4%. Please mark your calendar! Visit the exhibitions and 15 program sessions at FPD Taiwan 2006.


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Regional Events


SEMI Forum Japan (SFJ) 2006
June 12–13
Grand Cube Osaka, Japan
SFJ2006 provides a unique opportunity to explore and discuss current issues in semiconductor manufacturing. All programs are presented in Japanese without simultaneous translation. 
North America

Tenth Annual SEMI Austin Golf Classic
Benefit the SEMI Frank Squires Scholarship Program at Austin Community College
April 19
Austin, Texas
The tournament is sold out, but corporate sponsorships are still available—call Terry Berke at 1.512.241.4070.

First Annual SEMI Arizona Invitational Golf Tournament
April 27
Phoenix, Arizona
Join your customers and colleagues at this first annual charity event. Proceeds benefit the SEMI High Tech U, an innovative program that introduces promising students to high-tech careers. 

Key Semiconductor Account Selling
May 1–3
San Jose, California
This industry-focused workshop teaches a comprehensive process for understanding and managing key semiconductor customer drives, challenges and internal decision-making roadmaps, as well as the development of winning strategies and tactics.

Principles of Selling to the Semiconductor Industry
May 8–10
San Jose, California
An A-to-Z course for selling within the industry, this comprehensive workshop provides critical industry knowledge and skills for executing successful sales to semiconductor and OEM customers.

Silicon Valley Lunch Forum Presents:
"Semiconductor Business Challenges: Commercial Opportunities and R&D Funding Perspectives"
May 11
San Jose, California
Face to face discussions with Ron Leckie, INFRASTRUCTURE Advisors, and Bruce Rhine, Accent Optical Technologies, on the challenges and opportunities faced by the semiconductor equipment & materials industry to fund the future and seek new growth paradigms.

Fundamentals of Product Marketing
May 15–17
San Jose, California
Considered a MUST by previous attendees, this award-winning seminar delivers a thorough understanding of the industry's product marketing process and provides tools for steering products through the complex market place.

4th Annual MEPTEC MEMS Packaging Symposium
May 17–18
San Jose, California
Explore the impact of MEMS packaging technology. Attend the SEMI sponsored workshop on MEMS packaging standards. This half-day workshop will lay the groundwork for developing a proposed set of MEMS packaging standards.

ASMC 2006
May 22–24
Boston, Massachusetts
ASMC 2006 continues a long tradition of unveiling breakthroughs in semiconductor manufacturing—from fab productivity and profitability to advanced process controls and device yield.

SEMI New England Breakfast Forum—Market Trend Update
June 7
Woburn, Massachusetts
A panel of research analysts, including Gartner Dataquest and IC Insights, provides a perspective of the chip industry, equipment and materials suppliers and future markets.




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International Standards

Spring Meetings
Don’t miss the Standards Spring Meetings coming to a location near you. Meetings will be held in North America, Japan, Europe, and China. For a complete listing visit the Standards Calendar of Events.

New Task Forces and Activities
Interested in recently created Standards task forces and new activities? View SEMI New Activity Report Forms or Task Force Organization Forms relating to your particular area of interest.

Standards Training Classes
April 20–21
San Jose, California
SEMI and Standards Technology Group (STG) have a partnership to provide SEMI standards training seminars and on-line courses to the semiconductor Industry. Enroll now for Spring classes.




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Products and Services

Featured Products

Flat Panel Fabs—April 2006 Edition
This database provides the latest information on global Flat Panel Display fabs and assembly plants, compacted in a user-friendly and comprehensive database ideal for your market research needs.

World Fab Watch—April 2006 Edition
This comprehensive database delivers the latest trends on 900-plus fabs worldwide—providing a dynamic range of information and quick-and-easy access of valuable data to empower your market research.

Industry Research and Statistics

Global Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities
This comprehensive market research study developed specifically for capital equipment and electronic materials suppliers. This study identifies and quantifies the opportunities in nanotechnology.

Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook—2005 Edition
This comprehensive market research study examines semiconductor packaging technology trends and their impact on the packaging materials markets. Packaging materials markets are quantified and new opportunities are highlighted.





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Interested in Exhibiting?

Emerging Technologies TechXPOT @ SEMICON West 2006—New!
July 11–13
San Francisco, California
Is your company involved in MEMS, nanotechnology or energy markets?  Showcase your technologies at The Emerging Technologies TechXPOT at SEMICON West. Participate in the industry’s can’t miss event by exhibiting, sponsoring or speaking.




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Call for Nominations

SEMI Award for North America
Nominate an individual who has produced an advancement of significant value to the progress of the semiconductor equipment and materials supplier community.      
Bob Graham Award—A Symbol of Marketing Excellence
This global award is given to recognize and honor an individual for outstanding contributions to marketing within the semiconductor equipment and materials industry.

Akira Inoue Award
Recognize an outstanding individual contributor to the semiconductor industry in the area of environment, health and safety. Submit a nomination for the prestigious Akira Inoue Award now.



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Call for Papers

Global Care Forum at SEMICON West 2006
Deadline: May 8
Share your successes for turning your company’s commitment to the environment, health and safety into better EHS and business performance. Submit an abstract by May 8 for the Global Care Forum in San Francisco, California during SEMICON West.

SEMI Technology Symposium (STS) 2006 at SEMICON Japan 2006
Deadline: June 30
SEMI is soliciting papers from authors around the world for STS 2006. The symposium has been providing a unique opportunity to discuss the latest and most advanced technology. Please submit an abstract and biography by June 30 to SEMI Japan.





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Partner Event

2nd Annual International Nanotechnology Conference on Communications and Cooperation 
SEMI Sponsored event
May 15–18
Arlington Virginia
Meet with key European, Japanese and U.S. policy makers and technologists to discuss future nanotechnology priorities. Topics include R&D activities, education and society, nanotechnology in electronics, biotechnology, materials science, NEMS, and self assembly.



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