SEMI Members Earn 13 of Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Awards and 5 Intel SCQI Supplier Awards

SEMI Members Earn almost 80% of the Intel Supplier Awards 

Intel has announced the 2012 winners of its awards for Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) and Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI). Key suppliers from thousands of supply-chain partners received the awards. Recipients ranged from capital equipment manufacturers to materials, components, and service providers.

Intel's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award, is now in its 25th year. Recipients had to score at least 95% on a list of performance and ability goals — including cost, quality, availability, delivery, technology, and responsiveness — six of the eight  2012 SCQI recipients were SEMI members:

  • Cabot Microelectronics Corporation: CMP polishing slurries and CMP polishing pads
  • Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.: diffusion furnaces
  • JSR Corp.: advanced lithography solutions, packaging materials and CMP consumables
  • Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.: soldering material (solder sphere, flux, paste, bar, wire)
  • SUMCO Corporation: polished and epitaxial silicon wafers
  • Tokyo Electron Limited: coater-developers, dry etch, wet etch and test systems

Another 17 suppliers scored better than 80 percent to earn Intel's 2012 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award, and over 75 percent of these suppliers are SEMI members. The 13 SEMI members who received the 2012 PQS award are:

  • Applied Materials, Inc.: semiconductor manufacturing equipment, software and support services
  • ASML: semiconductor lithography equipment
  • Carl Zeiss SMS GmbH: Photomask qualification, repair, metrology and tuning equipment
  • DAINIPPON SCREEN Mfg. Co., LTD: cleaning and annealing equipment and services for semiconductor manufacturing
  • Ebara Corporation: plater systems, chemical mechanical polishing systems, dry vacuum  pumps and gas abatement systems
  • FUJIFILM Electronic Materials: formulated chemicals, developers, precursors, slurries and advanced photoresists
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation: CD SEM, dry etching, ashing and defect metrology systems
  • JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation: sputtering targets for physical vapor deposition process
  • KLA-Tencor Corporation:  process control capital equipment and services
  • Linde Electronics, a member of the Linde Group: ultra-high purity gases, equipment and onsite services
  • Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.: multilayer ceramic capacitors and LTCC device products
  • Siltronic: polished and epitaxial silicon wafers
  • Tosoh Quartz Inc.: supplies quartzware for semiconductor wafer processing equipment.

Intel also announced the Supplier Achievement winners (all SEMI members):

  • Amkor: semiconductor assembly and test services
  • Daifuku Co., Ltd.: fab automated material handling systems
  • Lam Research Corporation: wafer fabrication equipment and services

All awardees must adhere to a "challenging" improvement plan and a quality/business systems assessment, as well as comply with the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct and Intel's Green Sustainability Program.

In 1987, Intel launched the SCQI program to improve the systems and output of key suppliers. The goal was to minimize the amount of time and money spent inspecting incoming material, goods, and services purchased.

May 1, 2013