March 18, 2008 15:54 ET

Symposium to Explore Contribution of Equipment and Materials Sector

CEOs of K&S, Lam, Novellus Systems, TEL, Ultratech to Speak

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Past and present leaders in the global semiconductor manufacturing industry will gather in Silicon Valley early April to discuss the critical role of the equipment and materials industry in the silicon revolution.

A symposium, titled "Empowering the Silicon Revolution: The Past, Present, and Future of the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry," will be held April 1-2, 2008 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California. The event is presented by SEMI and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), a Philadelphia-based public charity dedicated to advancing the understanding of the role of chemical and molecular sciences in shaping society.

Participating speakers and panelists who are currently serving in leadership positions in the equipment industry include Tetsuro Higashi, chairman and CEO of Tokyo Electron, Rick Hill, chairman and CEO of Novellus Systems, Scott Kulicke, chairman and CEO of Kulicke & Soffa, Steve Newberry, president and CEO of Lam Research and Arthur Zafiropoulo, president and CEO of Ultratech.

Other speakers include Harry Sello, formerly of Fairchild Semiconductor, Bob Lorenzini, founder of Elmat and Siltec, Tsugio Makimoto, formerly with Hitachi and Sony, Griff Resor, a lithography pioneer, and Jerry Coder, president emeritus, DuPont Electronic Technologies.

"For the past 40 years, the equipment and materials industry has served as the hidden foundation of the semiconductor device industry, which in turn has enabled the proliferation of electronic products that make up the digital age," said Hyungsub Choi of the CHF. "The goal of this event is to highlight the place of the equipment and materials sector within the broader semiconductor industry."

Registration costs $199, including lunch and the keynote and reception on April 1. For more information contact Hyungsub Choi, Chemical Heritage Foundation,, telephone 1-215-873-8231, or visit

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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