April 1, 2005 – Samsung Electronics will join the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) as the newest member of the consortium, effective today, ISMI officials said. A subsidiary of SEMATECH, ISMI was formed last year to help chip manufacturers improve factory productivity and reduce cost/wafer, and ultimately cost/die.
Samsung will arrive alongside other new ISMI members Panasonic and Spansion LLC, which joined ISMI in October 2004 and January 2005, respectively. ISMI’s nine other members originated as SEMATECH member companies.
“Samsung Electronics is pleased to become part of a consortium as wide-ranging and robust as ISMI,” said Byoung H. Park, manager of the Technology Planning Group for Samsung Electronics. “We are especially impressed with ISMI’s focus on equipment productivity, which provides significantly greater leverage for our capital investments.”
“Samsung’s arrival at ISMI will give us tremendous momentum in changing semiconductor manufacturing for the better,” said John Schmitz, VP and COO of Manufacturing Technology at SEMATECH. “ISMI’s member companies now represent about 50% of world silicon capacity, which gives us considerable influence in helping guide the industry.”
ISMI membership is open to all semiconductor manufacturers with fabs. Participating companies continuously evaluate and refresh the consortium’s program content, which includes cycle time reduction, equipment productivity improvement, and fab benchmarking.