SEOUL, Korea — April 27, 2011— SEMI has signed an agreement with Korea Polytechnic University (KPU) to discover and cultivate quality talent for the LED and photovoltaic industries. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on April 21 by the SEMI Korea president Hyun-dae Cho and the KPU president Jun-young Choi. The first LED manufacturing process training program will take place at the COEX in Seoul from October 24-26, 2011.
High-brightness LEDs are critical semiconductor technologies for energy efficiency, safety and next generation displays. Improvements in cost per lumen and lighting quality of high-brightness light-emitting diodes (HB-LEDs) parallel those of Moore’s Law, promising huge opportunities in solid state lighting, display backlighting and other high-brightness applications. SEMI believes that for LEDs to reach their full potential, the manufacturing supply chain must collaborate on technology roadmaps and industry standards to reduce costs and spur innovation.
The MOU between SEMI and KPU launches a training program for LED manufacturing process technology, a field vital for the growth and development of the LED industry. KPU was founded by the government and created near major industrial parks to produce outstanding industrial engineers and improve the nation's competitive edge in industrial technology through active cooperation between university and industries.
The two organizations will jointly develop the curriculum which will be based on both theoretical and practical training. The program will provide opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the LED manufacturing process technology using KPU LED facilities and equipment. The curriculum will reflect the current needs and trends of the industry, including input from the SEMI global network of more than 1,900 member companies worldwide.
To advance LEDs in the marketplace, SEMI is involved in several key areas. SEMI offers LED events all over the world that present the latest in LED technologies, as well as solutions for increasing manufacturing productivity and reducing cost. In 2011, SEMI is offering LED events in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S. In addition, SEMI has standards Task Forces on sapphire wafers, carriers, assembly and automation. These groups are comprised of industry leaders in HB-LED devices, sapphire wafers, MOCVD wafer processing, and key equipment and materials suppliers to the LED industry. SEMI is also involved in LED research (Opto/LED Fab Watch and Opto/LED Fab Forecast) and public policy.
For more information, the SEMI website (www.semi.org and www.semi.org/led) and publications (www.semi.org/en/About/Newsletters) bring important news on LED manufacturing to members worldwide. SEMI also has an online LED community for HB-LED— please visit Extreme LED at: extremeled.infoneedle.com
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 Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.
Ha-Yeon (Agnes) Choi
San Jose, California
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