SEMATECH to Host 2009 SEMATECH/ISMI Symposia

SEMATECH and its subsidiary, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), will host their annual 2009 SEMATECH/ISMI Symposia in Hsin-chu, Taiwan, on 15 September, and in Tokyo, Japan, on 17 September.

“We believe that global collaboration is the key to our industry’s long-term success, especially given the current economic challenges, and we look forward to continuing the many excellent relationships we have forged with members, partners, and colleagues in Japan and Taiwan,” said Dr. Michael Polcari, SEMATECH president and CEO. “The Symposia are forums for exchanging ideas on how we can work together to speed the development of advanced technology in areas such as EUV lithography, 3D interconnects, advanced gate stacks, new materials, and future transistors.”

On the afternoon of 15 September, the 2nd Annual SEMATECH/ISMI Symposium Taiwan will be held at the Ambassador Hotel in Hsin-chu. The event, designed to foster interaction with Taiwan semiconductor manufacturers and equipment/materials suppliers, will feature presentations on critical areas of advanced and emerging technologies, as well as program updates and technology development highlights from senior management of SEMATECH and ISMI.

Additionally, SEMATECH/ISMI will host the 5th Annual SEMATECH/ISMI Symposium Japan on the afternoon of 17 September at the Hyatt Regency, Tokyo. The Symposium will feature executive presentations on ISMI’s progress in increasing manufacturing productivity, reducing costs, and driving sustainable manufacturing in today’s and tomorrow’s fabs, as well as interactive technical sessions during which SEMATECH and Japanese industry and university colleagues will present various perspectives on some of the industry’s most critical lithography, interconnect, and materials challenges.

Leading up to the Japan Symposium will be ISMI Manufacturing Week, a series of sessions on 15-17 September at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, devoted to special technical workshops and forums open to employees of ISMI member companies and invited supplier participants. Scheduled Manufacturing Week events include:

  • Alternate Source Supplier Workshop and Exhibition
  • Implant Productivity Improvement Workshop
  • ISMI Metrology Technical Update Meeting
  • 450mm Briefing (open to the public)
  • ISMI Facilities Council Japan Meeting
  • ISMI Mature Fabs Committee Japan Meeting

“Our collaborative ISMI programs cover the spectrum from fundamental cost-saving activities in today’s fabs to strategies for transitioning to next-generation 300mm and 450mm factories,” said Scott Kramer, Vice President of Manufacturing Technology. “We appreciate the opportunity in both Taiwan and Japan to share perspectives on how to drive manufacturing improvements, build infrastructure for the transition to 450mm, and find ways to conserve resources and reduce the industry’s environmental footprint while still improving productivity and profitability.”

To register for these events or for more information about SEMATECH/ISMI Taiwan and Japan Symposia, please visit


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