Volume 7, Issue 1


In This Issue for March 2012

HB-LED Update

Recent Progress in SEMI Standards Global Traceability Technical Committee Activity

450mm Polished Wafer Spec

450mm Update

450mm Process Module Physical Interface Survey

450mm Standards Technical Education Program

New PV Standards Published

PV Cell Vibration Task Force

New Guide for Heater Jackets

PV Supply Chain Traceability

ERSC Planning Meeting

Upcoming Regional Meetings

SEMI Europe PV Standards Meetings at PV Fab Managers Forum

SEMI North America Standards Spring 2012 Meetings

SEMI North America Standards Meetings at SEMICON West 2012

Workshop on SEMI Test Methods for Si Feedstock Materials, Bricks and Wafers at Intersolar Munich 2012

Full Calendar of Events

From the Director's Desk
James Amano
Senior Director
SEMI International Standards & EHS

PV Standardization Efforts Continue to Move Forward

Since formation of our first committee in 2007, PV standardization at SEMI has grown rapidly. Committees are now active in China, Europe, Japan, North America, and Taiwan, and the SEMI Standards PV volume now contains over 30 standards developed specifically for PV. This release of Standards Watch charts progress recently made in several areas, including PV wafer and cell traceability, test methods, chemicals and vibration testing.

As reported in the previous Standards Watch release, formation of a China PV Standards Committee was recently approved. The new Committee recently held its first meeting at Suntech in Wuxi, China, with over 50 attendees from China industry participating. The committee approved the formation of the Crystalline Silicon PV Module Task Force and the PV Silicon Wafer Task Force, as well as three new activities to develop a Specification for Mono-Like Silicon Wafer for Use in Photovoltaic Solar Cells, a Test Method for Vinyl Acetate (VA) Content for Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) applied in photovoltaic modules--Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), and a Specification for Package protection technology for PV Modules. These three activities are just the beginning; several more are expected throughout 2012 as the China PV industry familiarizes itself with the SEMI Standards consensus process and integrates with the rest of the global committee.

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