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Just Around the Corner

Stampede of the Giants: Equipment Spending Growth Flat in 2012

Slowing LED Market Spurs Disruptive Manufacturing Solutions

Southeast Asia Fab Capacity to Grow 10% in 2012

European Policy Considerations for Supporting the 450mm Supply Chain

SEMI Acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

Silicon Valley Supports Chinese Developments Efforts; Opportunities for SEMI Membership

President Obama Releases 2013 Budget

Manufacturing Community to Address Common Challenges at PV Production and Tech Hall



March 7
SEMI Northeast Forum: Wafers to Wall Street

March 27
Webinar: Semiconductor Trends and Outlook

April 2-5
North America Standards Spring Meetings

April 4
SEMI Northeast Forum: A 450mm Update

April 19
Silicon Valley Lunch Forum

April 24
Arizona Breakfast Forum

May 1
Pacific Northwest Breakfast Forum

May 9
Austin Breakfast Forum: "Securing Austin's High Tech Future"

May 15-17
Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference


Business Modeling

Finance and Acctg Concepts (For the Non-Financial)

Pricing and Costing

Product and Product Line Profitability Modeling

Account Support Boot Camp

Combating Aggressive Supply Chain Management

Fundamentals of Product Marketing


March 20-22

March 20-22
FPD China

March 20-22

April 14-17
Global FPD Partners Conference

April 24-26
SEMICON Singapore


March 25-27
PV Fab Managers Forum

March 27-28
Europe PV Standards Mtgs

April 24
Beyond 300mm Workshop

April 25-26
MiNaPAD conference

May 12-13
CS Europe

May 15-16
SEMICON Russia 2012


Just Around the Corner

Karen Savala The early signs of spring are already here in California, and for us at SEMI that means SEMICON West is not far behind. Before too long, engineers, executives, and buying teams will be gathering at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for our annual showcase of the latest technologies and trends in microelectronics design and manufacturing.

Based on the numbers and the growing agenda, SEMICON West 2012 is already on target to exceed last year's successes. With more than 1,300 booths and over 600 international exhibitors already assigned, the show will be larger than last year's event and is on pace to sell out soon. To date, nearly 10,000 combined visitors have registered for SEMICON West and Intersolar North America, a number also well ahead of our numbers from a year ago.

The buzz this year is clearly centered on technologies that will push Moore's Law beyond the 22nm node and to its limits, with a strong interest in 450mm, EUV, and new device architectures including vertical transistors and 3D-IC. Technical programs at SEMICON West will again be showcased at the three TechXPOT presentation stages on the show floor, including the "Extreme Electronics" stage. (more)

Karen Savala


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Stampede of the Giants: Equipment Spending Growth Flat in 2012
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research & Statistics
In January, SEMI analyzed fab spending and capacity growth for 2012 and 2013. At that time, fab equipment spending was expected to improve from -11 percent year-over-year to -4 percent depending on announcements from key spenders.

Slowing LED Market Spurs Disruptive Manufacturing Solutions
By Paula Doe, SEMI Emerging Markets
With the LED TV backlight market slowing, and the general lighting market yet to take off, LED makers are looking to all sorts of innovative ways to improve cost and performance to drive adoption.

Southeast Asia Fab Capacity to Grow 10% in 2012--Leading the Packaging Materials Spending
By Clark Tseng and Karen Lo, SEMI Singapore
The industry forecast for semiconductor revenue growth for 2012 is expected to reach a range of 3 to 10 percent. With positive demand in the electronics sector, SEMI expects the semiconductor industry to continue growing.

European Policy Considerations for Supporting the 450mm Supply Chain
By Heinz Kundert, SEMI Europe
European competitiveness in the semiconductor industry was the focus of the SEMI ISS Europe 2012 recently held in Munich. Over 200 delegates from 20 countries discussed issues of concern for chip manufacturing in Europe, including the implications of the industry-wide transition to 450mm manufacturing technologies.

ASMC 2012

SEMI Acquires Plastic Electronics Conference
SEMI recently acquired the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition, which has co-located with SEMICON Europa since 2010. The goal will enhance SEMI member value and advance the successful commercialization of new products in the field of organic and inorganic large-area electronics.

Silicon Valley Supports Chinese Development Efforts; Opportunities for SEMI Membership
Government officials and company representatives led by Li Hongzhong, Party chief of Hubei province, signed 17 collaborative MOUs (memos of understanding) with companies, research organizations and associations, mostly based in Silicon Valley.

  • Semiconductor Trends and Outlook
    March 27, 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern
  • LED Manufacturing Outlook (available online now)

    Call for Papers
  • March 15 Deadline: Opportunity to Present at SEMICON West

    President Obama Releases 2013 Budget; Focus on Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Energy
    Although it will be certain to face fierce opposition from Congress, President Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget request on February 13. This proposal contains many of SEMIís public policy priorities.

    Manufacturing Community to Address Common Challenges at PV Production and Technology Hall
    Following the success and recent expansion of the PV Production and Technology Halls at Intersolar Europe, Intersolar North America 2012 will showcase the latest developments and innovation solutions in Moscone North Hall on July 10-12 in San Francisco, California.

    SEMICON Singapore 2012

  • MEMS Executive Congress SilcoTek

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