SEMI Japan Honors Industry Leaders with Awards at SEMICON Japan 2012

SEMI Japan Honors Industry Leaders with Awards at SEMICON Japan 2012

SEMI Japan honored nine industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the microelectronics and related industries. The SEMI Standards awards were announced at a reception held during SEMICON Japan 2012.

SEMI Standards Awards at SEMICON Japan 2012

The 2012 SEMI Japan Standards Award, given to the most dedicated members in recognition of outstanding contributions in Japan, was awarded to Mr. Masaaki Yamamichi of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Mr. Yamamichi was involved in the standardization of 300 mm wafers since 1994, displaying his great ability to drive consensus among critical North American, European and Japanese device makers. As chair of both the Silicon Wafer Committee and the Material Division, he initiated efforts to communicate with related committees in order to ensure alignment of standardization activities.

He also showed his great leadership skills in driving the formation of the Japan PV Committee, creating a forum for the viewpoints of key Japanese stakeholders. As the Japan Regional Standards Committee (JRSC) chair, Mr. Yamamichi led the improvement of standardization processes in Japan since 2010, and has also strived to increase Japanese influence in the International Standards Committee (ISC).

This year, the SEMI Japan International Collaboration Award was presented to Mr. Takashi Murakami of Tokyo Electron and Kiyofumi Tanaka of Shin-Etsu Polymer, Akihito Kawai of Disco, Sumio Masuchi of Disco, Kenichi Watanabe of Lintec (as a group).

Mr. Murakami has been actively involved in the Photovoltaic Automation (PV) committee as one of the co-leaders of the Japan PV Equipment Interface Specification (EIS) Task Force since December 2010.  He contributed in crafting the specification for horizontal communication between equipment for PV fabrication systems, which was jointly developed with the European PV EIS Task Force. Although there were many contentious issues between Japan and Europe, Mr. Murakami overcame them with his strong will and dynamic personality. His efforts established the Global Task Force, accelerating the development of SEMI PV35, Specification for Horizontal Communication between Equipment for Photovoltaic Fabrication System, published in September 2012.

Mr. Tanaka, Mr. Kawai, Mr. Masuchi and Mr. Watanabe were strongly involved as leaders of the 450 mm Assembly & Test Die Preparation Task Force. They fostered a cooperative relationship with the North America Physical Interface & Carriers (PI&C) committee, effectively forging global consensus prior to the ballot process. As a result, SEMI G88, Specification for Tape Frame for 450 mm Wafer, was published in February 2011 and SEMI G92, Specification for Tape Frame Cassette for 450 mm Wafer was published in April 2012.

The SEMI Special Appreciation Award recognized Mr. Yoichi Iga of Renesas Electronics and Hirokazu Tsunobuchi of Keyence as a team for their enthusiastic involvement led to the publication of SEMI T21, Specification for Organization Identification by Digital Certificate Issued from Certificate Service Body (CSB) for Anti-Counterfeiting Traceability in Components Supply Chain and SEMI T22, Specification for Traceability by Self Authentication Service Body and Authentication Service Body. In addition, their activities drew the attention of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 247, further increasing visibility of SEMI Standards globally.

The JRSC Honor Award was sent to Shigeru Kobayashi of Renesas Electronics and Shigehito Ibuka of Horiba this year.

Mr. Kobayashi contributed significantly to standards activities for many years in the PI&C, Information & Control and Metrics Committees. He has been dedicated to collaborating with device maker organizations such as International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) and Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) to achieve global consensus for the development and implementation of 300 mm standards. In addition, he served as a JRSC co-chair and a member of the Audits & Reviews subcommittee.

Mr. Ibuka joined SEMI Standards activities in 1993.  He served as Japan Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Committee co-chair, Facilities and Safety Division co-chair and helped globalize SEMI Standards activities. He always identified critical topics and developed standards that effectively addressed them. He spearheaded standards workshops in many regions to raise awareness globally, also creating useful networking opportunities for members. In addition, Mr. Ibuka contributed as a member of the Audits & Reviews subcommittee.

SEMI, Standards Watch, December 2012