SEMI Announces Recipients of 2006 SEMI European Award

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SEMI Honors Industry Leaders for Excellence in the Development of Photolithography Technology and Advancement of Worldwide Processor Design

MUNICH, Germany – 5 April 2006 – Winfried Kaiser of Carl Zeiss and Martin van den Brink of ASML were honored with the European SEMI Award for 2006 for their leadership in the development of photolithography technology and Sir Robin Saxby of ARM received the SEMI Special Services Award for his exemplary contributions to the European and worldwide processor design industry. The awards were presented during a reception at the SEMICON Europa 2006 exposition last night.

Winfried Kaiser has taken an extremely active role in driving the roadmap for leading-edge lithography tools, and has been a relentless advocate of these tools for chipmakers worldwide. Recognizing the option of water immersion for 193nm, he helped push the first full field tool for water immersion to market in August 2003, which was followed shortly by the first commercial immersion tools, and ultimately, the first hyper-NA tool. As a result of Kaiser’s work in this area, there has been a tremendous impact on revenues generated in Europe and worldwide, with end customers generating revenues in the hundreds of billions of Euros through the use of these tools.

Martin van den Brink began his career at ASML in 1984. He progressed through the ranks extremely quickly, and is now the only member of the Board who started working at ASML as a technical engineer. He was the key engineer in the development of the PAS 5500 stepper platform, which was the first system with which ASML obtained its first large market penetration. Martin has demonstrated superior technical expertise, for which he is widely recognized among his peers and ASML customers alike.

Sir Robin had a significant role in taking ARM from a twelve person startup in 1991 to great success as a multi-billion pound company listed in the FTSE-100. He served the company as President and CEO until 2001, when he took over as its Chairman. Prior to joining ARM, Sir Robin worked for companies such as ES2, Motorola Semiconductors and Henderson Security Systems Limited. Over the years, he has received many high industry awards and honorary doctorates. In 2002, Sir Robin received Britain’s highest honour when he was knighted in the New Year’s Honour List in recognition of his successes.

“All three recipients have made tremendous contributions to advances in technology and helping to establish Europe as a driving force in the worldwide semiconductor industry,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “We are pleased to recognize and express our sincere thanks to these individuals for their significant industry accomplishments through the SEMI European Awards.”

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


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