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Celebrating 1000 Standards

Spririts were high for the 1000th Standards Reception and Awards Ceremony at SEMICON West 2019.

Explore the Value of SEMI Standards in this series of blogposts

Performance Art Mural for SEMI Standards

SEMICON West 2019 Activities

SEMI Standards have played a vital role in the ability of the semiconductor, PV, FPD and HB-LED industries to drive down manufacturing costs, accelerate innovation and propel industry growth.

During SEMICON West 2019, we announced the publication of our 1000th SEMI Standard, and commissioned a graphics artist to render the broad impact and expectations for the next 1,000 SEMI Standards. Thank you to all who contributed to the effort!

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SEMI’s 1000th Standard: A Stable Foundation for Energetic Materials

The semiconductor industry has learned to expertly control its facilities, equipment and components. The next logical step is materials. It’s common knowledge that the industry drives innovation with new process materials and enabling safer material exploration is critical to the industry’s success.

Automotive needs driving traceability

Chip traceability. It’s one of the next big things for the technology industry. The benefits are enormous, and the upsides — which include enhancing yields by identifying the sources of reliability issues, fighting counterfeiting, and growing the overall technology market by enabling new applications — are plentiful.

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Standards: Innovation Accelerator for the Electronics Industry

Bob Noyce called standards a bellwether to surges of innovation in critical process technology. This is still true today as, for example, important standards-setting activity is afoot in panel-level packaging, electron microscopy and energetic materials. Will a surge of innovation follow?

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The Semiconductor Industry’s Secret to Success

What distinguishes the semiconductor industry from healthcare and education in the capacity to deliver so much for so much less over time? After all, even in other parts of the technology sector that are heavily regulated, such as cable television, we have not witnessed the same price decreases as in microelectronics.

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Taiwan Helps Cut Chip Manufacturing Costs with SEMI Standards

For many technologies, standards unshackle them from patents and enable their mass production – an idea close to the heart of Wendy Chen, associate vice president of the R&D Center at King Yuan Electronics Corp. and vice chair of the SEMI Taiwan Test Committee. More importantly, standards are crucial to a product’s commercial success: Producing it in high volume reduces its price and helps drive widespread adoption.


The first SEMI Standards Committee was formed in 1973 to address silicon wafer dimensional specifications. At the time, there was a proliferation of over 2,000 different wafer specifications, leading to major inefficiencies at a time when the industry was just getting underway. Wafer suppliers banded together under SEMI to solve this problem and rapidly developed consensus specifications for 2-inch and 3-inch wafers, and by the mid-1970s over 80% of wafers being shipped conformed to these new standards.

Learn More about SEMI Standards

SEMI Standards are the foundation for innovation and collaboration in the microelectronics industry. The SEMI Standards process has been used to create more than 995 industry approved standards and guidelines, based on the work of more than 5,000 volunteers.