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SEMI TO LAUNCH "HIGH TECH U" IN SINGAPORE IN 2006

Industry Association to Host its First Technology Programme for High School Students Outside U.S.

SINGAPORE, 3 May 2005 – SEMI, a global industry association, will introduce its acclaimed "High Tech U" in Singapore next year. The programme is a partnership among SEMI, local academic institutions, government and semiconductor industry companies to introduce high school students to the science of making semiconductors and to career opportunities available within the high-tech industries. It will be the first SEMI High Tech U programme to be held outside of the United States.

The announcement was made today by SEMI President and CEO Stanley Myers at SEMICON Singapore 2005. The annual exposition of semiconductor manufacturing, testing and assembly technology is being held 4-6 May at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

High Tech U was created by SEMI and is administered by the SEMI Foundation as a way of increasing student interest in science, math and careers in high-technology. The highly-interactive three-day curriculum includes hands-on experiments that demonstrate semiconductor manufacturing concepts and explain microchip logic, as well as sessions on educational pathways and career planning.

A planning group including representatives from Allegro Manufacturing, Hermes-Epitek Singapore, the Singapore Economic Development Board, and SEMI is finalizing details about Singapore host companies and locations.

Since the SEMI Workforce Development Institute programme began in 2001, 29 "High Tech U" programmes have been held in the U.S. states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and Texas. The programme's success has attracted international interest and SEMI is planning to introduce it in Europe and parts of Asia, beginning with Singapore.

Companies that have hosted prior editions of the SEMI High Tech U include: AMIS, ASML, Advantest, Applied Materials, IDT, Intel, Lam Research, LSI Logic, Novellus, Teradyne, Ultratech, Wacker, and WaferTech. Additionally, Albany Nanotech, International Sematech and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) have partnered with SEMI to sponsor the programme.

"International expansion of the programme is a major milestone, and we’re extremely pleased that the first SEMI High Tech U outside the U.S. will be held here in Singapore," said George C.T. Lin, president of SEMI Southeast Asia. "In the highly competitive field of microelectronics manufacturing, Singapore is renowned for its highly skilled workforce. This programme complements other domestic educational priorities aimed at retaining this key competitive regional advantage."

"High Tech U has proven to be a highly successful means of exciting students about math and science, and motivating them to pursue high tech careers," said Lisa Anderson, vice president of workforce development for SEMI. "Survey results of 1,000 participating students affirms the programmes’ effectiveness in broadening interest and awareness of a complex industry that may not be well-understood by young people who will soon be making important life decisions."

About the SEMI Foundation:
The non-profit SEMI Foundation was established in 2001 to encourage students to stay in school; take math, science and technology courses; and see that they can have a bright future in the microelectronics industry. The Foundation accomplishes its mission through several workforce development initiatives, including the “High Tech U” for high school students, “High Tech U Teacher Edition” and educational scholarships. The Foundation has embarked on an ambitious three-year strategic plan to introduce the beneficial programmes to semiconductor manufacturing regions within Asia, Europe and the U.S.

SEMI is a global 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:

George Lin/ SEMI Southeast Asia
Tel: 65.6339.6361
E-mail: glin@semi.org

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