SEMICON Europa 2005 Opens 11 April in Munich, Germany


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SEMICON EUROPA 2005 OPENS 11 APRIL IN MUNICH, GERMANY

Exposition Hosts ITRS Conference and Highlights Photovoltaic, MEMS, R&D and Nanotechnology Exhibits, Programs; 30 Standards Events

Munich, Germany, 7 March 2005 -- More than 800 companies will display the latest manufacturing technologies for the production of semiconductors, flat panel displays (FPDs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology devices at SEMICON Europa 2005, which runs 11-14 April at the Messe Muenchen International, Munich, Germany.

In addition to the exhibits, more than 25 business and technical programs and events run concurrently at the adjacent International Congress Centre (ICM).

"While Europe's strength is innovation, our main challenge is to speed up cycle times between R&D and production," said Walter Roessger, President of SEMI Europe/CIS. "SEMICON Europa provides SEMI members and the entire microelectronics supply chain with an efficient network to generate ideas and solutions to address this challenge."

For the first time, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) conference will be held in conjunction with SEMICON Europa, running 12-13 April. 15 ITRS working groups will discuss progress in technical areas from Design & System Drivers, Overall Technology Characteristics, Devices & Process Integration, Front-end & Interconnect Technologies to Factory Integration, Test and Assembly & Packaging.

The show floor at SEMICON Europa will be supplemented by additional special exhibit platforms focusing on Global R&D and Innovation, MEMS/Nanotechnology and Photovoltaic Manufacturing.

A new concept for this year’s expo, the Technology Arenas, provide opportunities for companies to present displays on selected technology themes as well as host invited speakers to discuss related challenges and opportunities. Technology themes at the expo include MEMS and nanotechnology automation, lithography in manufacturing, advanced solutions for front end processing, and interconnect reliability. All arena events are free of charge for visitors who pre-register for the exhibition.

Business programs during SEMICON Europa include the How to do Business in China seminar and the Intellectual Property Seminar, both on 13 April. The IP seminar will cover the management of patent portfolios in R&D consortia.

EHS related programs include an Energy Conservation Workshop on 13 April and an EHS Regulatory and Compliance Seminar on 14 April.

The 9th annual Fab Managers Forum, to be held 15 April at the New Dresden Conference Center in Dresden, Germany, will feature presentations from Advanced Micro Devices, Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Bosch, Altis Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Philips Semiconductor and Freescale Semiconductor. Presentations will also be given by market research firm Future Horizons and European research institutes CEA-LETI of France and IMEC of Belgium. In addition to debating issues in semiconductor manufacturing, this year’s Fab Managers Forum will discuss technology challenges in factory integration, as defined by the ITRS.

Other programs during the week of SEMICON Europa 2005 include the 7th European Manufacturing Test Conference on 11-12 April, the Advanced Packaging Conference on 11 April, the International MEMS/MST Industry Forum on 11 April, the 16th Annual IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) on 11-12 April, the SEMI Market Briefing on 13 April, and SEMInvest on 12 April.

In addition to the exhibits and programs, the European SEMI Award will be presented during the SEMICON Europa International Reception on 12 April. The SEMI European Standards Award will also be presented at this venue.

SEMICON Europa also serves as the preferred industry venue to advance semiconductor manufacturing standards. More than 30 SEMI International Standards events, including workshops and Standards Technical Education Programs (STEP) will be held during the week. The focus this year is on Automation, Energy Conservation and Silicon Wafer substrate issues. A one-time program on Ethernet-Based Sensor Actuator Networks, featuring speakers from North America and Europe, will take place on 13 April 2005.

SEMI is a worldwide industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Vincent Dubois/SEMI
Tel: 32.2.289.6495
E-mail: vdubois@semi.org

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org