SEMI Announces SEMICON West 2006 Technology Innovation Showcase Competition Showcase Offers Medium for Innovators to Expose New Technologies to Market

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMI has announced the "call for
 innovations" for the fourth annual Technology Innovation Showcase (TIS) to be
 held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2006.  The application deadline is March
 1, 2006.
     The TIS has proven to be a very effective platform for highlighting
 innovative companies, inventors and entrepreneurs, by exposing their
 innovations to a broad audience of semiconductor manufacturers, suppliers and
 investors.  For 2006, this three-day event will be held Tuesday, July 11,
 through Thursday, July 13, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
     "Bringing new technologies to the marketplace, no matter how innovative,
 can prove a costly challenge for many new companies," said Vicki Hadfield,
 president of SEMI North America.  "The Technology Innovation Showcase was
 designed to address these issues by offering new companies a lower cost of
 entry into the marketplace, while providing them a high level of relevant
 exposure among semiconductor manufacturers."
     SEMI welcomes participation from everyone with a solution to a real
 industry problem, including individual inventors, start-ups, academia,
 research institutions and large companies.  SEMICON West 2006 and the
 Technology Innovation Showcase will focus on four major technical themes:
 emerging technologies (energy systems, MEMS, nanotechnology); materials and
 scaling challenges for 45 and 32 nm process nodes; e-manufacturing (AEC/APC,
 DFM, automation); and advanced test, assembly and packaging.
     Innovations and applications submitted for consideration in the
 competition will be reviewed by judges using a strict set of criteria,
 including technical merit, as well as relevance and significance to the
 semiconductor and related industries.  In addition to the competition, the TIS
 includes technical presentations and displays from all participating
     For testimonials from previous winners like SemEquip and Cybosoft,
 application forms and a complete list of rules and requirements, please visit, or contact Ralph Kirk, SEMI North America at 1.408.943.6992;
     The SEMICON West exposition has been held annually since 1972 and
 attracted about 44,000 industry registrants in 2005.  The exposition continues
 to be the global communication platform for the worldwide semiconductor
 equipment and materials industry.
     SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide
 equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors,
 displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and
 related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels,
 Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and
 Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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