ISS U.S. 2006 Returns to Half Moon Bay January 8-11

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Annual SEMI Conference Features Leading Financial and Industry Presenters

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – November 21, 2005 – The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS U.S. 2006) returns to the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, January 8-11, 2006. ISS U.S. is presented by SEMI, a global industry association.

With the theme of “What’s Driving the Industry?” the conference features presentations by financial analysts, industry executives, and guest speakers, examining trends in the global microelectronics industry and the future of technology development and market growth. The opening session on January 8 features noted economists discussing the impact of the economic trends on the semiconductor industry. Speakers include Richard Iley, Senior US economist, BNP Paribas, and Duncan Meldrum, economist, Air Products & Chemicals.

Industry keynotes during ISS U.S. 2006 include Rick Tsai, CEO of TSMC, Kevin Kettler, CTO of Dell, Michael Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials, and Brian Halla, chairman and CEO of National Semiconductor. The industry forecast session features six analysts presenting their updates for the year ahead. The session concludes with a forecaster panel moderated by Michael Wright, president and COO of Entegris.

Other conference highlights include a presentation on the High Tech Investment Environment in China by Albert Yu, former senior vice president of Intel, and a look at the Convergence of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Semiconductor Technology, presented by Paul Peercy, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin.

The final day of ISS U.S. 2006 focuses on financial issues, beginning with a keynote from Bill Hambrecht, chairman of WR Hambrecht Co. The Bulls and Bears Panel that follows features leading equities analysts in a discussion moderated by John H. Kispert, executive vice president and CFO of KLA-Tencor.

The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium costs $1,700 per person for SEMI members ($1,900 for non-members) for registrations received before December 1. After December 1, registration is $1,800 for members and $2,000 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
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