SEMATECH today announced
the content of its 2009 SEMATECH Knowledge Series (SKS), a lineup of seminal
public meetings designed to increase global knowledge and collaboration in key
areas of nanoelectronics R+D.
“We recognize the current economic crisis and have aligned this year's
SKS lineup to focus on the most critical challenges facing the semiconductor
industry,” said Michael Polcari, President and CEO of SEMATECH. “Especially
in these areas, it is more important than ever for our industry to come together,
share ideas, build consensus, and drive actionable solutions. We believe we
do that best with our SKS series.”
The focus of this year’s meetings will be on the critical challenges
and technology developments in next-generation lithography, materials and methods
to enhance transistor and back-end development, and ways to improve manufacturing
efficiency and yield.
During SKS meetings, participants will:
- Review and rank critical issues required to bring R&D concepts to commercial
- Focus on ways to extend the use of current materials and technologies in
the face of increasing costs
- Share data and methodologies for lowering manufacturing expenses both in
existing and next-generation fabs through advances in equipment, processes,
resources, fab design, and manufacturing methods
- Guide the industry in seeking effective solutions for future technology
- Build on critical university, supplier and manufacturer relationships required
to accelerate innovation
The 2009 SKS meetings include the following, grouped by technology focus.
Other meetings may be added during the course of the year, and all will be open
to the public, with several accepting sponsorships and exhibits.