Awards highlights from SEMICON West Hybrid 2022
The 2022 edition of SEMICON West Hybrid, described as North America’s premier exhibition and conference for the microelectronics supply chain, was held from 12–14 July at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event was run by SEMI, the global industry association that unites the entire electronics manufacturing and design supply chain.
SEMI Standards awards
The show saw the presentation of the SEMI Standards awards, honouring industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in developing standards for the electronics and related industries. The flagship Logo SEMI International Standards Excellence Award recognised the leadership team of the Electron Microscopy Workflow Task Force for identifying gaps in standards needed to modernise the entire transmission electron microscope (TEM) workflow in semiconductor manufacturing lines in 2016, leading to the formation of the task force.
The North American SEMI International Standards Corporate Device Member Award honoured Ryan Bond of Intel, who published the newest cybersecurity standard, SEMI E188 - Specification for Malware Free Equipment Integration. The North American SEMI International Standards Leadership Award meanwhile recognised Albert Fuchigami of PEER Group for helping various group leaders navigate the SEMI Regulations in order to ballot numerous documents successfully.
The North American SEMI International Standards Honor Award recognised Chris Evanston of Salus Engineering International for his 25+ years of participation in SEMI Standards, leading numerous task forces. Finally, the North American SEMI International Standards Merit Award recognised major contributions to the SEMI International Standards Program in solving complex problems at the task force level and driving projects to completion. It was presented to Stacy Ajouri of Texas Instruments and Mark Roos of Roos Instruments; Carlo Luijten of ASML; Michelle Bourke of Lam Research; and Sreeni Rao of TDK InvenSense.
Recognising outstanding accomplishments in flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), SEMI FlexTech, a SEMI Technology Community, presented the 2022 FLEXI Awards at the FLEX Conference and Exhibition, co-located with SEMICON West Hybrid.
The R&D Achievement award went to Dr Sheng Xu of the University of California, San Diego, for developing a fully integrated wireless ultrasound patch that conforms to the human skin and continuously records central blood pressure waveforms and heart rate variability when wearers are in motion. E Ink won the Product Innovation and Commercialization award for its colour-changing car, the BMW iX Flow, which can change between black and white to better reflect UV light to keep the car cooler or absorb UV to keep it warmer while helping extend the battery life and range of electric vehicles.
Dr Robert Praino, co-founder of CHASM Advanced Materials, was named Environmental Sustainability Champion for promoting discussions on environmental sustainability at FLEX Conference executive planning meetings. The Flexible Electronics Industry Leadership award went to Michael Ciesinski for building awareness of FHE and their impact on the larger electronics industry.
SEMI announced that Intel’s Dr Ann B Kelleher received the Foundation Excellence in Achievement Award for her work promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Intel and for her outstanding leadership in the semiconductor industry. Kelleher was described as an advocate and shining example for women in STEM who has upheld diversity, equity and inclusion as core values.
The Best of the West award for innovative new products or services, presented by SEMI and Semiconductor Digest, was meanwhile awarded to the Atlas V optical critical dimension metrology tool from process control company Onto Innovation. The metrology system is designed to measure several key steps that include buried features not visible by CD-SEM and other techniques.
The next SEMICON event, SEMICON Taiwan, will be held from 14–16 September at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. For more information, visit https://www.semicontaiwan.org/en.
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