|SEMI® Global Update - January 2014|
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FROM SEMI SOUTHEAST ASIA
Showcase of Southeast Asia's Competitiveness
While there is always a bit of uncertainty in the market in the new year, one thing is clear this year -- semiconductor manufacturers are investing in advanced process technologies for both wafer fabrication and device packaging. Some market leaders in both the front- and back-end of the industry are spending at record levels. (more)
Kai Fai Ng
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Crisis? What Crisis? New Paradigm Adjustments for Capacity and Equipment Spending
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research & Statistics
In 1975, the rock band Supertramp titled its fourth album "Crisis? What Crisis?" reflecting the economic situation. In the semiconductor industry now, there's a paradigm change -- more money is spent on upgrading existing facilities...
Substrate and Interconnect Materials Trends in Packaging
By Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International, and Dan Tracy, SEMI
The electronics industry trend towards smaller and thinner form factors, coupled with green initiatives and cost reduction efforts, has resulted in many changes in packaging materials.
450mm an Economic Issue: according to SEMICON Japan 450mm Executive Forum
By Yoichiro Ando, SEMI Japan
On December 5, more than 580 attended the 450mm Executive Forum at SEMICON Japan featuring speakers from G450C, imec, Nikon and Tokyo Electron.
--Related: 450 Central Features PPTs from SEMICON Japan
--Related: 450mm EHS Summary from SEMICON Japan
Outstanding Suppliers Honored at TSMC: 8 of 9 are SEMI Members
TSMC held its annual Supply Chain Management Forum and recognized nine equipment and materials suppliers. Eight of the nine awardees are SEMI members: ASML Holding, Applied Materials, EBARA, Hitachi High-Technologies, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, JSR, ORGANO, and SunEdison.
SEMI Members Dominate World's Top 100 Most Innovative List
Thomson Reuters announced its 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators list, honoring 100 corporations and institutions around the world. Twenty-seven of the companies are SEMI members.
SEMI Testifies in Support of U.S. Manufacturing Legislation
On December 12, SEMI urged Congress to support efforts to revitalize America's manufacturing sector. SEMI VP Jonathan Davis gave testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives.
SEMICON West "Call for Papers"--Technology Symposium, Science Park and TechXPOTs
The SEMICON West 2014 "Call for Papers" focuses on the new Semiconductor Technology Symposium, popular TechXPOT programs, and a new Science Park program. Presentation abstracts are due March 17.
2014 and Beyond--What is the Next Level for PV Manufacturing Technology?
By Stephan Raithel, Director, SEMI Europe
Compared to a few short months ago, media and analysts alike have been buzzing about the positive the status of the PV industry. There are reports of module manufacturers coming back into a positive margin zone, record installations projected over the next several years and new investment cycles for PV equipment.
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