From the President of SEMI Americas: SEMI— from Sea to Shining Sea

From the President of SEMI Americas

SEMI— from Sea to Shining Sea

In addition to the many programs in Silicon Valley, SEMI also produces events and regional networking opportunities in regional locations across the United States.  Many of these are coordinated by local volunteer committees of SEMI members, such as the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and Austin Committees. 

This month, in Phoenix, Arizona, we hosted a SEMI Breakfast Forum entitled, “Creating an Innovative High-Tech Workforce” held at Arizona State University.  Morry Marshall, VP of Strategic Technologies at Semico Research Corp, presented the latest forecast on the state of the industry and made the case that a high-tech industry helps improve the local economy. Lisa Anderson, VP of the SEMI Foundation, provided an overview of the SEMI High Tech U program, a three-day career awareness program for high school students promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and math-based careers. The meeting was attended by SEMI members, academia, and government officials with the objective of supporting local workforce development programs. As a result, several High Tech U programs will be delivered in the Phoenix area in the coming months, thanks to the generous support of sponsoring member companies and affiliated organizations.

In Albany, New York, the SEMI Northeast (formerly called New England) Committee presents “Where Will the Road Lead Us? The ITRS and More Moore” on March 23.  Industry experts discuss the International Technology Roadmap on Semiconductors (ITRS) and where the road is leading manufacturers and suppliers. Speakers will focus on several key areas, including EUV lithography, contamination, metrology, and 3D test. Speakers hail from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), Dow Electronic Materials, IBM Research, SEMATECH and Teradyne.

Also in New York, the IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC 2011) continues to fill a critical need in the industry. It takes place in Saratoga Springs from May 16-18 and provides a venue for industry professionals to network, learn and share knowledge on new and best-method semiconductor manufacturing practices and concepts. ASMC includes keynotes by Norm Armour (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) and Gary Patton (IBM).  

The Northeast Committee regularly produces Breakfast Forums in the Boston and Albany (NY)   areas that are well attended and well-received by local SEMI members and others from the high-tech community in the region.

In Austin, Texas, the SEMI Austin regional committee regularly puts on business and technology events and networking forums in Texas.  The group also holds a golf outing to raise money for regional educational programs.  The Austin committee is planning a regional luncheon event during the week of May 9 that will feature speakers providing an update on manufacturing and business trends from Austin area fabs. For more information, see the SEMI website at

For other SEMI members not in these regions, and for all SEMI members who are busy and need important information on-demand, we will be increasing the number of webinars.  For example, SEMI and Yole Developpement have teamed up to present a webinar series: “HB-LED Manufacturing Growth & Transition—Challenges, Solutions & Opportunities.” It’s a great opportunity to learn about the latest manufacturing trends, challenges in LED cost reduction, and technology demands. Registration is open for the March 2 (Front End Manufacturing) and March 23 (Testing, Binning, and Packaging) webinars. The February 9 webinar (Substrates and Raw Materials) is available in the “Members Only” area of the SEMI website ( The webinars and archives are available at no charge for SEMI members. Register here or visit  

Another upcoming webinar is scheduled for this Thursday, March 3 at 10:00am. It will provide an update on SEMICON West keynotes and TechXPOT programs). The webinar will feature: Paula Doe, SEMI Adjacent Markets; David Lammers, editor-in-chief of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design; and Franciose von Trapp, editorial director of 3D InCites. They will address key technology trends in the areas of: Advanced IC Manufacturing, Fabless Design/Manufacturing Solutions & Services, High-Growth Adjacent Markets (LED, Printed, MEMS), 3D-IC and Wafer-Level Packaging, 450 mm, EUV, and New/Advanced Materials. To register for the SEMICON West Preview Webinar, click here or visit 

In San Jose, a number of activities are planned, including North American Standards Meetings on March 28-31, training programs and other special events. On March 8, a meeting of the SEMI special interest group, the Collaborative Alliance for Semiconductor Test (CAST) will be held.  On May 11, a PV-focused luncheon in Santa Clara will feature analysis of global market trends and developments in crystalline silicon and thin film, preview SEMI PV Group’s new market research report, and provide an industry perspective on solar manufacturing and U.S.  competitiveness in the global economy. Check the SEMI website (, the PV Group website (, and email newsletters for upcoming programs.

For more information on regional committees in Austin, Northeast and developing groups in the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and other locations, and to offer other ideas that will help you to stay connected with SEMI, contact me at

Karen Savala
March 1, 2011