SEMI China Equipment and Materials Committee Advocates Renewed Focus on Building the Semiconductor Supply Chain
By SEMI China
On June 2, SEMI China’s Equipment and Materials Committee held its first conference in 2017. Committee members gathered for lively discussion about the future of the industry and their roles in developing the Chinese semiconductor market.
The president of SEMI China, Mr. Lung Chu, introduced SEMI’s Strategic Innovation and Investment Forum (SIIF), stating that “The development of semiconductor equipment and materials is a critical factor for the entire semiconductor industry” and that investment in technology is very important. To learn from the best and the brightest, SEMI gathered industry colleagues and investment elites from around the world to discuss the state of technology investments. Domestic and overseas investment leaders will share their profound insights on market trends, investments, and mergers and acquisitions in the global IC industry at the China Strategic Innovation and Investment Forum (SIIP) will be held on July 11th at SEMICON West 2017.
Chen Jie, President of TEL Shanghai, shared information on the ITPC 2017 Conference that will be held November 5-8 in Hawaii. Each year about 200 C-level executives from the semiconductor industry attend the meeting with the aim of promoting industry cooperation and exchange, building a strong semiconductor and electronic manufacturing industry eco-system, and boosting industry prosperity. Chen Jie pointed out that China's semiconductor materials and equipment industries are still in their infancy, but China's semiconductor market has been booming and has become an important market in the world. He stressed that it is essential to promote the exchange of industry knowledge both at home and abroad. He said he hoped the platform would be a summer camp for China's semiconductor industry.
SMIC senior vice president Ji Minghua offered a brief introduction to technology development trends in the semiconductor industry and the technical preparations SMIC has made to cope with future developments. He underscored that IoT technology is critical to the future development of the semiconductor industry and shared that SMIC has made active deployment and corresponding technical preparation in the field of IoT a priority in recent years. Examples of SMIC’s efforts include: ultra-low power consumption, RF, image, and MEMS. Ji Minghua believes that SMIC is at a time of transition and will achieve rapid growth in the wider IoT market.
Chen Yonghui of Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment Co., LTD. (SMEE) gave a presentation on “Projection Lithography and Total Solution” at the meeting. He expressed that centering “photolithography” is the principal line for technology development at SMEE. In the face of the “fast” and “small” core requirements of electronic and information products, SMEE aims to achieve the "small" goal through lithography. Regarding development of the semiconductor industry, he stressed that all of the businesses in the industrial chain from foundries and material enterprises to equipment factories need to support each other in order to obtain growth together.
Shanghai Sinyang Semiconductor technical director Wang Su shared his views on semiconductor material supplier service from the perspective of local supplier in a presentation titled, “China's IC industry vs. Weak Domestic Supply Chain." He said that semiconductor supplier localization is an inevitable trend, but the current problem is that the domestic IC industry does not have a solid technical foundation. It is difficult to form competitive products, to integrate complex systems, and to compete in an intense market when lacking technical knowledge and this deficit of “know-how” has raised a new challenge for all industrial players. Therefore, the key to future industry development is to increase R&D investment, focusing on lifting basic ability and improving the whole supply chain system of the Chinese semiconductor industry including upstream and downstream enterprises. Only by increasing the technical capabilities of the complete supply chain system can China be truly changed into a semiconductor superpower.
Attendees also discussed the committee system and decided to establish a group that will explore these issues further in Japan later this year.
Window on China
June 30, 2017