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Our mission is to engage outside organizations in addressing Intel's research and development needs for "n+2 and beyond" generation technology. Intel participates in the following external consortia:

Semiconductor Industry Association

Board of Directors' Member: Craig Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Intel Corporation

The Semiconductor Industry Association

The Semiconductor Industry Association** is the leading trade association representing the computer chip industry. The mission of the SIA is to provide leadership for U.S. chip manufacturers on the critical issues of trade, technology, environmental protection, and worker safety and health. With the assistance of its members, the SIA strives to:
  • Achieve free and open markets worldwide
  • Maintain U.S. leadership in technology
  • Drive state-of-the-art programs to protect the environment and provide safe working conditions
  • Maintain the U.S.'s top ranking in worldwide market segment share.
Founded in 1977, the SIA was established by five groundbreaking innovators who stand as icons in the history of microelectronics:
  • Robert Noyce, Intel Corporation
  • Wilfred Corrigan, LSI Logic Corporation
  • Charles Sporck, National Semiconductor Corporation
  • W.J. Sanders III, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • John Welty, Motorola, Inc.
Today, the semiconductor industry has become the leading manufacturing industry in terms of value added to the U.S. economy -- contributing 20 percent more than the next industry. SIA member companies comprise 90 percent of U.S.-based semiconductor production. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of more than 260,000 people.

International SEMATECH

Board of Directors' Member: Mike Splinter, Executive Vice President and General
Manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation
Executive Steering Council: Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow
Program Manager: Mike Ryan, Intel Corporation

Intel has been a charter member of International SEMATECH since that consortium's inception in 1987. Intel co-founder Robert Noyce served as the first CEO of SEMATECH. Over 150 assignees have cycled through SEMATECH since then. Intel assignees have spearheaded many of the major programs in Lithography, Advanced Interconnect, and Front End Processes. These three thrust areas represent over 75% of the program funding. Intel assignees transfer the information generated by these efforts back to our development organizations. Intel has been a very active member of International SEMATECH and will continue to participate in and reap benefits from this world-recognized consortium.

International SEMATECH

International SEMATECH** is a unique endeavor by 13 semiconductor manufacturing companies from seven countries. Located in Austin, Texas, the consortium strives to be the most effective global consortium influencing semiconductor manufacturing technology.

Originally created to reinvigorate the U.S. semiconductor industry, International SEMATECH has evolved into the world's premiere research consortium, recently entering into globalization with the formation of International SEMATECH from the original consortium, SEMATECH. Member companies cooperate pre-competitively in key areas of semiconductor technology, sharing expenses and risk. Their common aim is to accelerate development of the advanced manufacturing technologies that will be needed to build tomorrow's most powerful semiconductors.

International SEMATECH's leading-edge work encompasses essential areas of semiconductor science, including lithography, interconnect, front end processes, advanced technology, manufacturing methods, and environment, safety and health. International SEMATECH also provides important resources to the semiconductor industry, including coordinating global standards for 300 mm manufacturing, enhancing relationships between manufacturers and tool suppliers, and developing application-focused statistical training for the industry.

The Semiconductor Research Association

Board of Directors' Member: Sunlin Chou, Vice President and General Manager,
Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation
Executive Technical Advisory Board (ETAB): Gerald Marcyk, Director of Components
Research, Intel Corporation
Program Manager: Frank Robertson, Intel Corporation

The Semiconductor Research Association

The SRC** was established as a not-for-profit consortium in 1982 by leaders of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to nurture and grow university capability in performing pre-competitive research. The SRC plays a crucial and valued role by contributing to the continuous flow of research results and technical talent for the information age economy.

Currently, the research portfolio is targeted at the full spectrum of semiconductor technologies including circuit and system design, design tools, test and testability, materials, process, devices, modeling, and simulation. The SRC creates forums for members of its constituency to review and analyze technology trends and set the strategic direction of research investments and value delivery. The SRC sponsors research at more than 60 universities and funds more than 600 Ph.D. students annually.

Focus Center Research Program

Program Manager: Scott Sibbett, Intel Corporation
Interconnect Focus Center: Ian Young, Intel Fellow
Design and Test Focus Center: Shishpal Rawat, Intel Corporation
Materials, Devices & Structures: Scott Sibbett, Intel Corporation
Circuits Systems & Software: Scott Sibbett, Intel Corporation

Focus Center Research Program

In 1997, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in cooperation with members of the U.S. semiconductor equipment, materials, software and services industry, and the U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD), launched a new initiative to expand certain long-range applied microelectronics research at U.S. universities.

This initiative, called the Focus Center Research Program**, was structured to address industry and DoD needs using the university research system, i.e. long-range, innovative applied research.

The Focus Center itself is "virtual" in that it consists of multiple universities. This allows for tapping the best expertise at a number of institutions in order to build the greatest overall capability in a particular technology area. Each Center is managed by a full-time university Center Director, and addresses one of the major technology focus areas of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS)**.

Interuniversity Microelectronics Center

Intel Representative: Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow

Independent Interuniversity Microelectronics Center

IMEC** develops production processes for next-generation integrated circuits. Research is also oriented towards new design methodologies for advanced integrated circuits with growing complexity.

Future technology generations demand major breakthroughs in new materials, new lithography, interconnection, and transistor concepts. The cost of this research increases substantially with every new generation and therefore compels excellent collaboration between industry, independent research institutes such as IMEC, and academics. IMEC initiates research programs to share the cost and risk related to this advanced research.

Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technology (ASET)

Intel Representative: Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow

The Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technology (ASET)

The Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technology (ASET)** was set up in February 1996. ASET, with the most talented and brilliant researchers from the industry and academia, has promoted the development of future foundation technology for semiconductors, magnetic recording media, displays, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, electronics system integration, and other relevant technology that form the core of the next generation of electronics technology.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology

Intel Representative: Mike Ryan, Intel Corporation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology** is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration.** Established in 1901, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. It carries out this mission through a portfolio of four major programs: Measurements and Standards Laboratories**, Advanced Technology Program,** Manufacturing Extension Partnership,** and The Baldrige National Quality Award.**

NIST has an annual budget of about $800 million, employs about 3,330 people, and operates primarily in two locations: Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo.

National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI)

Intel Representative: Paolo Gargini, Intel Fellow

National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI)

National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI)** is a partnership of the North American electronics manufacturing industry, including commercial and consumer electronics manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, substrate suppliers, materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and electronics service providers. Other NEMI affiliates include electronics industry associations, government agencies, and research universities.

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