SEMICON West 2006 Set for July 10-14 in San Francisco "TechXPOTs" Among New Features Added to the Industry's Annual

Showcase for Micro and Nanoelectronics Manufacturing

    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMICON West, the world's most
 comprehensive event devoted to the global supply chain for semiconductor and
 related microelectronics manufacturing, will be held the week of July 10-14,
 2006 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Visitor registration is
 available at
     Expanding on the success of the 2005 event, and in response to visitor and
 exhibitor input, SEMICON West 2006 will feature four new technology-focused
 exhibit areas called the TechXPOTs ("tech spots"). These TechXPOTs are "shows-
 within-the-show" that feature a combination of exhibits, live technical
 content, displays and presentations by winners of the Technology Innovation
 Showcase, and special interactive displays. The four TechXPOTs locations are:
     -- Emerging Technologies (nanotechnology, MEMS and energy applications):
        West Hall, Level 3
     -- Test, Assembly & Packaging: West Hall, Level 2
     -- Manufacturing Productivity & Effectiveness (EDA, DFM, e-manufacturing):
        Esplanade Hall
     -- Challenges in Device Scaling to 45 and 32 nm: North Hall
     Also new for 2006 will be a "matchmaking" service for visitors called
 SEMICONNECT. This online service automatically searches the SEMICON West
 community of exhibitors, products, programs and people, and delivers
 personalized justification reports and show plans based on each visitor's
 self-defined profile. The exhibitor component of the system (called
 SmartBooth(TM)) allows exhibiting companies to search the visitor database for
 attendees who match their lead profile and interact with those contacts online
 before, during and after the show.
     "SEMICON West has been the industry's flagship show for more than 35
 years, however we feel that it is paramount for us to continue to bring in new
 features and new services to expand the overall value of the show and to meet
 the changing needs of our visitors and exhibitors," said Vicki Hadfield,
 president of SEMI North America.
     Another "new" feature is one borrowed from the early days of SEMICON West:
 The SEMICON West, Beer Hall, located on West Hall Level 3, is a casual
 networking venue, providing visitors and exhibitors a place to meet
 colleagues, friends and business partners in a festive environment.  "People
 have commented that SEMICON West needed more 'fun' and was missing the
 atmosphere of the days the show was in San Mateo," Hadfield says.  "The fact
 is, the beer garden of the San Mateo days was a place where real business got
 done.  The new beer hall is intended to bring back that spirit and allow our
 visitors and exhibitors that chance to have fun while strategizing over
 business deals and technology development."
     SEMICON West will feature more than 1500 exhibiting companies from 25
 countries, showcasing the latest developments in semiconductor and related
 microelectronics manufacturing equipment, materials and services.  The
 exposition will offer an extensive schedule of programs and events to
 facilitate increased networking and collaboration within the global
 semiconductor community.  In 2005, more than 40,000 people registered for the
 show, making it the largest microelectronics technology exposition in North
     Further information and a comprehensive agenda will be published in late
     For more information about SEMICON West 2006, including exhibits-only and
 paid program registration, visit the SEMICON West 2006 Website at, or call SEMI Customer Service at 1.408.943.6901.
 Qualified journalists interested in attending SEMICON West 2006 must pre-
 register for media accreditation, and may contact Jennifer Tarabichi, SEMI
 Public Relations at 1.408.943.7988, or by email at
     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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