SMC Returns to Half Moon Bay January 11-13

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Annual SEMI Conference Features CASMAT Presentation, Industry Keynotes

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.– November 21, 2005 – The SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) 2006 returns to the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, January 11-13, 2006. SMC 2006 is presented by SEMI, a global industry association.

With the theme of “Materials Suppliers: Enabling Innovation for the Future,” SMC 2006 features presentations by analysts, industry executives, and guest speakers, examining trends in the global microelectronics materials industry and future technology development and market growth.

Keynote speakers include Thomas N. Theis, director, Physical Sciences, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Gerald Ermentrout, general manager, Electronics Division, Air Products & Chemicals; Mike Garner, director, materials technical operation, Intel; and Arthur Zafiropoulo, chairman and CEO, Ultratech. The industry forecast session features semiconductor materials analysts presenting their business and technology outlooks for the year ahead.

A special feature of this year’s SMC is a session titled “The CASMAT Business Model and Collaborative Overview,” presented by Yoshifumi Kawamoto, director general manager of the R&D department at CASMAT, a Japanese consortium of materials suppliers.

Other highlights include a panel discussion on the topic of “Partnerships: Objectives, Opportunities and Obstacles,” comprised of participants including Theis of IBM; Ermentrout of Air Products; A.N. Sreeram, CTO of DuPont Electronic Technologies; and David Bennett, director of strategic equipment technologies for Advanced Micro Devices. The panel will be moderated by Tom Cheyney, editor of Micro Magazine.

SMC 2006 costs $595 per person for SEMI members ($750 for non- members) for registrations received before December 1. After December 1, registration costs $695 for members ($850 for non-members). To register or for more information, including an updated conference schedule, visit or call SEMI Customer Service at 1.408.943.6901.

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel.: 408.943.7957