Professor Eicke Weber Appointed to SEMI International Board of Directors


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Professor Eicke Weber Appointed to SEMI International Board of Directors

Board Level Solar Expertise Bolsters Association's Photovoltaic Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 30, 2008 – SEMI today announced the appointment of Professor Eicke Weber to its International Board of Directors. Dr. Weber is the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and a professor of physics and applied sciences at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany. Weber has an international reputation as a materials scientist and one of the world's leading researchers in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Weber was appointed by a unanimous vote of the SEMI board at its recent annual Policy and Planning board meeting in response to growing involvement of association members in the area of energy and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing.

"Dr. Weber is a highly-regarded materials scientist and an avid proponent of renewable energy. In addition to his deep technical understanding of silicon technology, his perspective and expertise in solar energy will greatly contribute to our board's ability to address SEMI members' growing interest in the field," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Photovoltaic manufacturing and other energy-related markets are key opportunities for a significant number of SEMI member companies that provide the advanced manufacturing technologies and materials to enable microelectronics, PVs, displays, MEMS and related products."

Prior to joining Fraunhofer ISE, Weber spent 23 years at the University of California at Berkeley during which time he served as a professor of materials science and, most recently, chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group. He and his research group have published over 580 papers and he is co-editor of the Academic Press book series “Semiconductors and Semimetals.” In 1997, Weber was a founding member of the “Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science” consortium.

Eicke Weber joins the global association's 18 voting board members, four non-voting ex-officio and nine emeritus directors. He will serve an initial two-year board term and be eligible for subsequent reelection by regular ballot of the association's global membership.

About the SEMI PV Group

The SEMI PV Group was established in January 2008 to enhance member support in this critically important and high growth area. With technologies and an industry structure similar to the semiconductor industry—and with 20 percent of SEMI members currently active in PV, including the industry’s largest equipment and materials suppliers—SEMI is uniquely positioned to drive PV industry growth initiatives that support reduced costs, efficient technology transfer, global market development, industry standards, market statistics, and other services. The SEMI PV Group works with a diverse set of regional industry associations to achieve its member goals. For more information on the SEMI PV Group, visit www.pvgroup.org.

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:
Jonathan Davis/SEMI US
jdavis@semi.org

408.438.6937

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