|SEMI® Global Update - February 2014|
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FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SEMI AMERICAS
Driving Innovation: From Talk to Action
During the recent SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium, one of the themes focused on the challenges of building an innovative workforce with fresh ideas.
KLA CEO and president Rick Wallace's opening keynote address included an appeal for industry to actively recruit more young talent to foster greater levels of innovative thinking. He said that only four percent of the U.S. workforce is composed of scientists or engineers and the number is not increasing. When the best and the brightest do make the decision to pursue science and technology, they may associate excitement with Apple, Facebook and Google. Wallace said that our work is just as exciting, challenging and interesting. (more)
Terry Brewer, president and founder of Brewer Science, talked about his dissatisfaction with the emphasis on cost reduction that is so pervasive in industry dialog. He fears the industry is drifting away from true innovation as a driver of technology. (more)
Key questions answered at CS International in March
The compound semiconductor industry continues to evolve, developing and manufacturing new devices. Learn what the leading industry insiders are thinking. Attend CS International 2014. www.cs-international.net
Silicon Reclaim Wafer Market Increased 14% in 2013
By Lara Chamness, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI
The worldwide reclaim wafer market is estimated at $460 million in 2013 and is forecasted to reach $493 million by 2015, according to SEMI.
Obama State of the Union Address Highlights Multiple SEMI Priorities
By Jamie Girard, SEMI
In his recent 5th State of the Union address, Pres. Obama called for a "Year of Action"-- specifically mentioning number of key issues for SEMI member companies.
Semiconductor Plastic Packaging Materials Market to Approach $21 Billion by 2017
By Dan Tracy, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI
The market for semiconductor packaging materials, including thermal interface materials, is expected to maintain its $20 billion value through 2017.
Taking a Lean Approach to Innovation
By Dan Armbrust, president and CEO, SEMATECH
Ever since the discovery of the integrated circuit in the late 1950s, our industry has experienced turbulent periods of technological and economic change. Although these periods of transition pose threats, they also open the door for tremendous opportunities.
The 2014 European 3D TSV Summit: Get Ready for the Domino Effect
By Francoise von Trapp, 3D Incites
I attended the 2014 European 3D TSV Summit -- 332 attendees from 21 countries, 24 presentations, and several face-to-face interviews. Here are key observations.
ISS-US 2014: Executives Debate Innovation Drivers and Cost Reduction in Supply Chain
The closing Executive Panel discussion at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium on January 15 provoked diverse views on the drivers and future of innovation.
--Related: Economic Recovery and Pervasive Computing Propel Semiconductor Manufacturing Supply Chain
Xilinx and U-Florida Honored with SEMI Award
Two teams, from the University of Florida and Xilinx, are recipients of the 2013 SEMI Award for North America -- Xilinx for commercialization of the silicon interposer, U-Florida team for developing FLOOPS.
SEMI Publishes New Standards to Reduce Time Waste and Improve Cycle Time in Fabs
New SEMI Standards are available for identifying "Wait Time Waste" for semiconductor equipment, to measure when the lot or wafer is waiting, or when it is active.
--Related: SEMI Japan Standards Awards
New Edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV
The latest edition of the Int'l Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV) will be presented in March at the PV Fab Managers Forum in Shanghai, organized by SEMI.
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