IQE's Roy Blunt presented with Semi Europe Standards Honour Award
13 October 2008
Cardiff, 13th October 2008: Roy Blunt, Special Projects manager at IQE, is the 2008 recipient of the SEMI Europe Standards Honour Award for establishing the SEMI Europe Standards Compound Technical Committee and his contribution to the development of Compound related standards and guidelines. The award was presented at the SEMI Executive Summit at last week's SEMICON Europa in Stuttgart, Germany.
Blunt, working in conjunction with Wolfgang Jantz, established the SEMI European Standards Compound Committee in 1998. Prior to that, he was actively involved with the association since the early 1980s, when he worked on magnetic bubble memories and attended a SEMI GGG (Gadolinium Gallium Garnet) committee meeting at one of the big magnetics conferences in the USA.
As co-chair of the SEMI European Standards Compound Committee he led several task forces and contributed to the development of several other standards on both a European and international level.
“Mr. Blunt was presented the Honour Award for his long-standing dedication and to the advancement of SEMI Standards,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “SEMI would like to express its gratitude for his unselfish contributions, perseverance, commitment and enthusiasm toward the SEMI International Standards Program, and the overall success of our industry.”
The SEMI International Standards program has long provided a mechanism for industry experts to develop key standards for equipment and materials used in semiconductor factories. Standards are required to achieve commonality, decrease manufacturing costs, increase reliability and productivity, reduce rework, and facilitate access to global markets.
Involvement in the standards development process helps participants to influence important industry trends and remain competitive. The SEMI Standards development program facilitates valuable pre-competitive technology discussions, and the work conducted in developing these consensus specifications is vital to the health and development of the semiconductor manufacturing and related industries.
“The Standards program is a success thanks to commitments by several thousand of individuals assigned by their companies that represent all sectors of the industry, across all regions of the world,” said Kundert. “To every volunteer, and to their management – SEMI expresses its appreciation for their efforts, contribution and dedication.”
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NOTE TO EDITORS
IQE plc is this year celebrating its twentieth anniversary as the leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers with products that cover a diverse range of applications. It is able to provide a 'one stop shop' for the wafer needs of the world's leading compound semiconductor manufacturers, who in turn use these wafers to make the chips which form the key components of virtually every high technology system. IQE has particular focus on the growing global wireless sector for applications including; mobile handsets, wireless infrastructure, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, base stations, GPS and satellite communications; as well as for the optical communication sector including; optical storage (CD, DVD), laser optical mice, laser printers & photocopiers, thermal imagers, leading-edge medical products, bar-coding, high efficiency LEDs and advanced solar cells.
The manufacturers of these chips are increasingly seeking to outsource wafer production to specialist foundries such as IQE in order to reduce overall wafer costs and accelerate time to market. IQE is unique in being able to supply wafers using all of the leading crystal growth technology platforms including Metal Organic Vapour Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and the Group is able to leverage its global purchasing volumes to reduce the cost of raw materials.
IQE also provides bespoke R&D services to deliver customized materials for specific applications and offers specialist technical staff to manufacture to specification either at its own facilities or on the customer's own sites. This is backed by a strategy of duplicating each key product processes over multiple sites to assure customers of security of supply as well as provide compelling customer benefits in terms of flexibility and predictability of cost, thereby significantly reducing operating risk.
IQE operates six manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff and one in Milton Keynes in the UK; two more in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Somerset, New Jersey in the USA; and its most recent acquisition in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.
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