Join the Front Lines of the Electronics Revolution
By Karen Savala, president, SEMI Americas
With an election year upon us and the stock market blowing hot and cold, there’s been a lot of talk about innovation lately. As you know, innovation is overwhelmingly about semiconductors and how Moore’s Law has enabled the dominant mega-trends in high-tech today, such as mobile and cloud computing, biomedical electronics, electric vehicles, smart grid and solar, solid state lighting, and much more. SEMI members are the driving force behind Moore’s Law, delivering the manufacturing efficiencies and improvements that make innovation possible and affordable.
One way to more actively participate in the electronics revolution is through participation in SEMI Standards activities. The SEMI Standards process brings together stakeholders from all sectors of the industry to tackle the complex problems of next generation semiconductor, solar and LED manufacturing. In semiconductors, SEMI Standards committees and task forces are working hard to enable cost-effective and profitable solutions to the biggest challenges in advanced semiconductors, including 450 wafer processing and stacked 3D-ICs. In LEDs, SEMI Standards are establishing the critical manufacturing infrastructure of the modern LED fab with sapphire wafer standards, factory automation interfaces, defect and impurity characterization, and other key areas. In PV, SEMI Standards are linking the global supply chain together to drive cost reduction and speed new technology adoption.
To take an active and “insider” role in the future of microelectronics, please join us for the upcoming SEMI North America (NA) Standards Fall 2012 meetings taking place on October 28-November 1 at SEMI Headquarters in San Jose and Intel corporate offices in Santa Clara. This meeting set will host 12 committees and over 60 task forces engaged in various standardization activities including:
- 450mm Wafer Physical Interfaces and Carriers
- Three-Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits (3DS-IC)
- HB-LED (wafer geometry, factory automation, defects and impurities)
- Environmental, Health, and Safety
Participation in these standards activities not only allows you to shape the industry and protect your company interests, they also provide valuable insights into critical industry issues. The standards development process brings manufacturers, key suppliers, technology providers, academic and consortium specialists, and other industry experts together to discuss ways to reduce cost, accelerate innovation and address barriers. The process requires effort—but also provides rich insights, diverse perspectives and valuable contacts.
Many participants see the standards process as an outstanding learning opportunity contributing to practical, actionable business and technical knowledge, as well as professional development experience where you can learn to be effective in collaborative problem-solving. Individual participants who see a problem or opportunity that can be solved through collaborative standards can directly affect change and help speed the transition to new processes and technologies.
I can attest to the value of active participation in the SEMI Standards process. I began my own career in SEMI many years ago as a Standards staff member. I was able to see how both companies and individuals could benefit from participation. It gave me a priceless appreciation for the complex, diverse and synergistic supply chain that enables today’s innovation, and a great respect and knowledge for the power of collaboration.
To learn more about the SEMI North America Standards Fall Meetings, including committees meeting at a separate venue, please visit: www.semi.org/en/node/42316. If you have any questions on how you can benefit from SEMI Standards and help shape the future of innovation, please contact me or our SEMI Standards Staff.
October 2, 2012