August 23, 2005 11:00 ET

ISMI Symposium to Feature VLSI's Dan Hutcheson Among Key Industry Leaders

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Semiconductor visionary Dan Hutcheson and two senior executives, Mark Liu of TSMC and Paul Farrar of IBM, will speak on emerging chip industry issues at the ISMI Symposium on Manufacturing Effectiveness Oct. 24-26 at the Hilton Austin Airport.

In the first-day keynote, Liu, vice president of Operations II at TSMC, will offer insights on running an advanced foundry in the era of consumer electronics. The second-day keynote from Farrar, vice president for Semiconductor Process Development at IBM, will emphasize the importance of accelerating innovation through development and manufacturing partnerships. Hutcheson, CEO of VLSI Research and known for his frank analysis of industry issues and challenges, will be the closing keynote speaker on Oct. 26.

With "Accelerating Manufacturing Productivity Through Innovation" its theme, this public Symposium is the second annual conference sponsored by International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI). A subsidiary of SEMATECH, ISMI was formed in 2004 with a mission to provide solutions to current and future fab challenges for manufacturing-oriented chip-makers.

The Symposium will offer 13 instructional sessions and more than 70 technical papers, all sharing data and methodologies for lowering manufacturing expenses in both existing and next-generation fabs through advances in equipment, process, resources, fab design, and manufacturing methods. Challenges will be addressed in several parallel sessions dealing with fab and equipment productivity, future fab design, statistical methods, modeling and simulation, e-manufacturing, manufacturing sustainability, factory integration, yield and metrology, and environment/safety/health design.

Two special sections of the Symposium will include:

--  A panel of distinguished industry experts moderated by Tom Cheyney,
    editor-in-chief  MICRO magazine. Speaking to a theme of "Helping Today's
    Factory and Shaping Future Factories," panel members will include: Mani
    Janakiram, Intel; Eric Englehardt, Applied Materials; Arieh Greenberg,
    Infineon; Shige Kobayashi, Renesas Technology; and Michael O'Halloron, IDC.
--  A review of the 2005 "International Technology Roadmap for
    Semiconductors" (ITRS)

"The ISMI Symposium is part of ISMI's goal to reduce manufacturing costs and increase productivity for our members and the semiconductor industry," said Scott Kramer, ISMI director. "This is truly a one-of-a-kind forum where you can work with people who have hands-on experience in trying to solve our industry's most pressing manufacturing issues."

More details are available at or by contacting Mike Schwartz at 512-356-3926 or

ISMI is a global alliance of the world's major semiconductor manufacturers, dedicated to reducing cost per wafer, and ultimately cost per die, through cooperative programs focused on manufacturing effectiveness. The consortium conducts programs in manufacturing infrastructure, methods, standards, and productivity, with the aim of reducing the costs of producing finished wafers and chips and driving solutions to major productivity challenges. ISMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMATECH of Austin, TX.

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