Revitalizing the Regions

Revitalizing the Regions

By Karen Savala, president, SEMI Americas

At SEMI, we have a vision for each of our regions— creating a platform that enables members to connect with each other and with local resources to solve industry problems and demonstrate local leadership for the manufacturing supply chains. Just like the successful SEMI Northeast (Boston and Albany) regions and in the  Southwest (Austin) regions, we want to help other regions create opportunities for collaboration and networking, as well as draw attention to the critical issues that impact the manufacturing supply chain in the microelectronic and PV industries.

So with member guidance, we recently decided to renew our focus on the regions in the U.S.— by re-launching industry manufacturing committees and programs in both the Northwest and Southwest (Phoenix) regions. As in other regions, we hope to draw upon the universities in the regions for R&D support and the economic development organizations in the cities and states.

In both the Portland and Phoenix areas, SEMI will renew activities this fall by holding technology events followed by new chapter SEMI Steering Committee meetings to discuss priorities for the regions. The initial offering involves two technology events, planned on October 6 in the Portland area and October 11 in Phoenix area:  

  • SEMI Breakfast Forum (October 6) in Tigard, Oregon: “Semiconductor Manufacturing Outlook” and features speakers from Intel, Oregon State, and SEMI.  Speakers include: Bill Holt (senior VP and GM, Intel) on “Technology Still Delivers,” Douglas Keszler (professor and director, Oregon State University) on "CSMC: Emerging Materials and Processes for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Beyond,” and Klaus Rinnen (managing VP, Gartner) presenting a market update.
  • SEMI Breakfast Forum (October 11) in Tempe, Arizona: “Semiconductor Manufacturing Outlook and Upcoming Challenges” and features expert speakers from Semico Research, Amkor, and ON Semiconductor. Speakers include Tony Massimini (technology chief, Semico Research) on “Semiconductor Outlook: When Will the Upturn Start?”, Robert Darveaux (CTO, Amkor) on "Challenges and Solutions in Development of New Package and Interconnect Technologies," and Hans Stork, senior VP and CTO, ON Semiconductor on “Technology Integration ON Package.” 

As mentioned, SEMI also has ongoing active regions in the Northeast U.S. (Boston and Albany) and in the Southwest (Austin) areas.  The Northeast region recently concluded its “Succeeding in Solar” event on September 28 which was held at the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) featuring a New York Congressman, CNSE, Lux research, Konarka, and DuPont PV.  

In the Austin area, their annual “Industry Outlook” event is coming up soon:

All the SEMI regional events are focused on the complex issues in semiconductor and photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing and supply chain issues, delving into market and technology trends, R&D and innovation, and economic development issues.  The events signify SEMI’s continued commitment to specific critical technology regions in the U.S.

I encourage you to get involved in your region’s steering committee and events. Please contact me with your ideas and comments at

October 4, 2011