Review of Korea Standards Meetings at SEMICON Korea 2010

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Review of Korea Standards Meetings at SEMICON Korea 2010

In February 2010, the Korean semiconductor industry held its largest annual event, consisting of SEMICON Korea 2010, SOLARCON Korea 2010, and LED Korea 2010. Despite recent economic turmoil, over 450 participating exhibitors and over 33,000 visitors made these exhibitions a success. SEMI Standards meetings and related events such as STEPs (Standards Technical Education Programs) and workshops were held in conjunction with the shows, further increasing Korea industry’s awareness of the SEMI Standards Program.

Standards Meetings

The Korea FPD Metrology committee adjudicated ballots on Backlight Unit reliability, image sticking measurement for FPDs, and perceptual angle measurement for OLEDs. The committee also appointed 3D Display subcommittee leader to lead efforts in 3D Display standardization. (Go to the meeting minutes)

The Automation & Information Working Group (formerly the Factory Automation Working Group) has drafted Doc. 4824 (Revision to SEMI E5, Equipment Communications Standard Part 2 (SECS-II)), aiming to issue their first ballot in Cycle 4 of 2010. They also addressed the carrier transport prediction issue and drafted a proposal to develop a new standard, which will be submitted to an upcoming GEM300 Task Force (under the NA Information & Control Committee) meeting for comments.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Health and Safety Working Group have decided to focus on industry education to train engineers rather than developing standards. They are currently planning to have a STEP on SEMI S2 in 2010.

Standards Related Events

STEPs were held for SECS (SEMI Equipment Communications Standard) & GEM 300 (Generic Model for Communications and Control of Manufacturing Equipment) and EDA (Equipment Data Acquisition).

The GEM300/SECS program provided insights into the GEM300 standards and how they interact. This was a great chance for those who are new to these standards and wish to get the "big picture" of how factory software automation works.

The EDA program covered the new suite of EDA standards known as Interface A. It introduced the semiconductor industry’s latest trends for data handling and related standards such as Common Equipment Model (E120), Equipment Client Authentication and Authorization (E132), Equipment Self Description (E125), and Data Collection Management (E134).

These programs, possibly the first public education sessions on semiconductor equipment automation software to be held in Korea, were welcomed by over 150 engineers. These programs are also considered as a valuable new employee training course especially for small companies which cannot develop their own.

To fulfill Korea semiconductor industry’s needs, SEMI Korea plans to have this kind of program more frequently.

For more information on SEMI Korea Standards activities, contact Natalie Shim (

Standards Watch, April 2010