|SEMI® Global Update - May 2013|
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FROM THE SEMI EUROPE PRESIDENT
Update: EU Policy Developments Impact SEMI Members
Being able to quickly identify and seize the potential offered by new technologies and new markets is critical in the semiconductor industry. Keeping track of public policy developments is equally important.
Decisions made in a national Ministry or an EU institution can have a direct impact on our industry. A new EU patent procedure, to be introduced by mid-2014, will significantly reduce the cost and time for your company to obtain a patent valid across 25 European states. The outcomes of the current review of substances under European EHS rules, for example, may have an impact on industry’s research priorities or its access to the EU market. This article covers these topics: 7th SEMI Brussels Forum; EU Patent Protection; GaAs and InP under Review (REACH); RoHS Exemptions Expiring; Banned Substances under RoHS; EU Conflict Minerals Debate. (more)
The New GF135 PTI MFC for Increased Wafer Yield
Brooks Instrument's pressure transient insensitive MFC
provides real-time, integrated rate-of-decay flow measurement. It verifies accuracy, checks valve leak-by and monitors sensor drift without stopping production. The result is improved uptime. Read more
North American Semiconductor Industry -- Continuing with High Levels of Investments
While investments and capital spending in Asia-Pacific garner much of the attention regarding semiconductor manufacturing, spending on equipment and materials in North America has totaled more than $100 billion over the past decade as leading device manufacturers expand capacity and invest in new facilities.
Semiconductor Photomask Market: Forecast $3.5 Billion in 2014
By Lara Chamness, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
The worldwide semiconductor photomask market was $3.2 billion in 2012 and is forecast to reach $3.5 billion in 2014.
The R&D Challenge: Tackling the Infrastructure Gap
By Michael Lercel, SEMATECH
Over the past decade, the structural dynamics of the semiconductor industry have changed significantly -- becoming less vertically integrated and more segmented.
450mm and EUV: Critical Challenges Facing the Semiconductor Industry
At the Silicon Valley Lunch Forum on April 25, Applied Materials, ASML, and Intel discussed the challenges of 450mm and EUV.
Related: 450 Central features the Applied Materials/ ASML/ Intel presentations plus many 450 articles, including a 450 Standards Update.
Confronting Sub-20nm Front-end Challenges with the "Duck and Weave"
by Debra Vogler, SEMI
In advance of the 2013 SEMICON West TechXPOTs on lithography and nonplanar transistors beyond 20nm, SEMI asked some of the speakers to comment on the challenges they wanted to highlight.
SEMI Members Earn Vast Majority of Intel Supplier Awards
SEMI Members earned a majority of the 2012 Intel Supplier awards: 13 of 17 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Awards and 6 of 8 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Awards.
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Export Control Reform Regulations Published
An interagency team has been working tirelessly on the largest export control reform (ECR) initiative since 1977. Goal: Regulations that work for equipment and materials companies which export goods with both commercial and military uses (known as "dual-use" goods).
Driving Workforce Development: Eight Reasons to Sponsor High Tech U
By Lisa Anderson, SEMI
Eight reasons that your company should get involved with High Tech U.
North American PV Fab Manager Forum Program Announced
SEMI announced the conference program for the 4th annual SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum to be held at Intersolar North America 2013 in San Francisco on July 8.
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