SEMI NanoForum 2006 Scheduled for October 31-November 2 in San Jose, California

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Third Annual Conference Offers an Effective Platform for Collaboration and Commercialization of Nanotechnology

SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 13, 2006 – SEMI today announced details for the third annual SEMI NanoForum, scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2006 at the Marriott in San Jose, California. Pre-conference events, including SEMI Nano University (Nano U) and the SEMI/IEEE Nano Standards Workshop will be held October 31, with the executive conference November 1-2.

SEMI NanoForum brings executives across four major industrial markets including Bio/Pharma, Energy, Defense/Aerospace and Electronics/Displays together with the SEMI membership (semiconductor and nano manufacturing and materials community), to build awareness of existing capabilities and near-term innovations that can help speed commercialization of nano-enabled products across industries. Nanotechnology is forecasted to contribute $2.6 trillion of manufactured goods globally in 2015, and the production of these goods will require nano materials, metrology and manufacturing equipment, which will be supplied by SEMI members.

“Bringing semiconductor equipment and materials experts together with leaders in nanotechnology will help to foster partnerships, accelerate product development and provide the quickest route to commercialization” said Alan Rae, Ph.D., vice president of market and business development at NanoDynamics and SEMI NanoForum committee chair.

The SEMI NanoForum, agenda is designed to accelerate nanotechnology commercialization by facilitating relationships with business, technology and manufacturing experts across industries. Conference sessions include:

Nanotechnology and Medicine: The New Frontier!

NanoEnergy: Powering the Future

Nanotechnology: The New Era of Defense

Nanoelectronics: The Era Beyond CMOS.

Sessions feature presentations by experts who will provide their perspectives on the status of nanotech commercialization and applications, the most promising near-term market opportunities, nano metrology, materials and manufacturing capabilities, innovations and visionary applications.

Pre-conference activities begin on October 31 and include a full day Nano U, designed to educate business executives on the leading nano research efforts at universities, and encourage partnerships to minimize duplication of efforts and improve time to commercialization. Nano U begins with an overview of university nanotech research programs, followed by detailed presentations from five leading universities including Rice University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA (invited) and UCSD. Also on October 31, SEMI and IEEE will host a half-day Nano Standards Workshop to help guide the development of nano standards that are most critical to near-term commercialization, and provide an overview of the Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap.

“The SEMI NanoForum committee is comprised of executives who run businesses developing nanotech products, and they have leveraged their networks to secure the highest caliber speakers for this event,” said Lubab Sheet, senior director of nanotechnology at SEMI. “The committee has streamlined the conference agenda to focus on the most promising and innovative near-term applications and opportunities in nanotechnology.”

A complete conference agenda can be found at In addition to the conference sessions, there will be ample time for networking and exploring partnerships, including three nights of receptions, beginning with a Halloween themed welcome reception on October 31 and ending with a joint SEMI/IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council and the MIT/Stanford/UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum reception on November 2.

The conference also offers sponsorship and table top exhibit opportunities for those companies wanting to gain additional exposure. A limited number of table top displays are available. Exhibitors interested in registering may contact Sara Wagner at, or by phone at 408.943.6986.

Attendee registration for SEMI NanoForum 2006 is now open, and additional information is currently available at

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 (California), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Scott Smith/SEMI US
Tel: 408.943.7957