FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SEMI AMERICAS
Pipeline of Innovation--Coming Up in July
Innovation is the hallmark of the microelectronics industry and it is always the focus of SEMICON West. This is especially true in 2011. New designs, processes, and materials development, including vertical transistors (FinFETs) and 3D-IC, as well as advances in III-Vs, substrates, EUV, and test, are driving Moore's Law beyond traditional device scaling technologies and opening new opportunities and new markets across the microelectronics supply chain. All of these technologies and more will be spotlighted as SEMICON West literally becomes a "pipeline of innovation" in San Francisco next month. ( more)
Rock 'n Roll Continues: 2011 Rocks with Growth Rate of 31% for Equipment, 9% in Capacity; 2012 Keeps on Rolling
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
Recently, I was listening to an old "Rock'n Roll" record by "Bill Haley and his Comets" that included the song "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Taking a look at what's happening in our industry, there really is a "whole lot of shaking" going on.
Aggressive New LED Lighting Roadmap Target of 8X Cost Drop by 2015 Counts on Innovation in Manufacturing Technology
By Paula Doe, SEMI Emerging and Adjacent Markets
Getting packaged LED die costs down to the new more aggressive roadmap target of $2.20/klm within five years will take some major innovations in manufacturing technology. Luckily, the manufacturing supply chain is making some major progress.
Japan Semiconductor Industry Responds Successfully to Earthquake/Tsunami Crisis
Following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and electrical power crisis that severely impaired both the Japan and world semiconductor industry, many supply chain players now report that production has reached pre-earthquake levels with minimal risk to future shipments.
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Taiwan Boasts World's Largest LED Capacity in 2011; 27 New LED Fabs Going Up In Asia This Year
LED application products -- tablet computers, LED TVs and smartphones -- are all the rage, fueling the rapid rise and proliferation of Taiwan-based LED businesses. Corporations such as AU Optronics (AUO), TSMC and CHIMEI have all crossed over into the LED industry, forging yet another trillion-dollar industry in Taiwan.
SEMI PV Group and VDMA Release Global PV Manufacturing Equipment Book-to-Bill Report
SEMI PV Group and the German Engineering Federation VDMA recently released their new quarterly Worldwide Photovoltaics (PV) Equipment Market Statistics report. It is the industry’s only book-to-bill report based on direct inputs from PV equipment manufacturers around the world.
Help SEMI Eliminate Tariffs
SEMI is working with more than 40 industry associations around the world...urging governments to launch negotiations to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Are your company's products subject to tariffs when sold overseas? Do you pay import duties on parts and components that you purchase? Let us know by June 10! Let's eliminate tariffs on semiconductor equipment and materials.
An Update from EHS
Learn the latest about EHS activities at SEMICON West 2011. Plus information on Conflict Minerals legislation, EHS Committees in Korea and Taiwan for LED/SSL, and new SEMI Korea EHS Committee.