ISMI Announces Speakers for Symposium on Manufacturing Effectiveness

Talks by ranking executives in the semiconductor industry, including Douglas Grose of AMD and Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research, will highlight the 4th ISMI Symposium on Manufacturing Effectiveness here Oct. 24-25. Grose, senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain for AMD, will deliver the Symposium’s keynote address opening the Symposium at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Austin Airport Hilton. Grose is responsible for AMD’s manufacturing and technology operations and supply chain management on a global scale.

The following day, Hutcheson will lead an executive panel consisting of Michael Polcari, SEMATECH president and CEO; Paul Farrar, vice president for semiconductor process development at IBM; Frank Robertson, Intel’s manager of external programs/technology; and Larry Sumney, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Hutcheson, who is well regarded in the semiconductor industry for his insights on industry economics, will focus the discussion on “R&D productivity,” or the practice of doing R&D cost-effectively.

“The quality of our speakers this year illustrates how the ISMI Symposium has emerged as one of this industry’s must-attend meetings on productivity and cost-reduction in manufacturing,” said Mike Schwartz, Symposium Chair. “This year, we’re offering more opportunities than ever before in workshops, courses, papers, networking, and supplier exhibits.”

“Productivity in Depth” is the theme of this year’s ISMI Symposium, which will provide leading data on fab and equipment productivity, yield and metrology, environmental design, simulation and modeling, and lean manufacturing.

The Symposium is the centerpiece of ISMI Manufacturing Week, which begins Oct. 22 with two days of short courses and workshops on leading-edge technologies and real-world manufacturing issues. Topics include equipment chamber matching; predictive and preventative maintenance; second-source parts; surplus capital equipment; emerging environmental regulations; supplier energy; and equipment reliability.

Also offered will be a special course designed to prepare semiconductor engineers and other high-tech professionals for the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) exam for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) certification. The course, “Understanding LEED(R) for High-Tech Facilities,” is co-sponsored by the USGBC’s Central Texas Chapter.

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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.