SEMI Announces SEMICON West 2005 Technology Innovation Showcase Competition

Showcase Helps Innovators Overcome Market Entry Barriers and

Features Potential Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Solutions

Nov 19, 2004, 00:00 ET from SEMI

    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,
     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 or contact Ralph Kirk, SEMI North
 America, at 1-408-943-6992;
     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
     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