SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMI has announced a "call for innovations" for the third annual Technology Innovation Showcase to be held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2005. The application deadline is February 6, 2005. The Showcase is designed to highlight innovative companies, inventors and entrepreneurs, and expose their innovations to a broader audience of semiconductor manufacturers, suppliers and investors. This three-day event will be held Tuesday, July 12, through Thursday, July 14 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. "It can be difficult and costly to get new ideas introduced in our industry," said Vicki Hadfield, president of SEMI North America. "While the barriers to entry for smaller companies and entrepreneurs are especially high, the technical challenges and need for innovative manufacturing concepts is of paramount interest to semiconductor manufacturers. The Technology Innovation Showcase has been developed to help lower the cost of entry and give valuable exposure to the companies, groups and individuals who are working to develop tomorrow's technologies." SEMI encourages participation by individual inventors, small companies and start-ups, academia, and research institutions, as well as large companies. Innovations can include new software, processes, service, equipment or materials used by the semiconductor or related industries including MEMS and Nanotechnology. Innovations must be novel to the semiconductor field, provide practical solutions to real problems in the semiconductor or related industries, have data validating the innovation, and should not be a fully released product within the semiconductor industry (innovations may be fully released within another industry). A panel of industry experts will review applications and select innovations based on technical merit, relevance, and significance to the semiconductor industry. The Technology Innovation Showcase incorporates technical presentations as well as an exhibit pavilion featuring displays from each of the participating companies. For more information, applications and for a complete list of rules and requirements, visit www.semi.org/tis or contact Ralph Kirk, SEMI North America, at 1-408-943-6992; email@example.com. The SEMICON West exposition has been held annually since 1971 and attracted about 50,000 industry registrants in 2004. The exposition continues to be the global communication platform for the worldwide semiconductor industry. SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.