SAN JOSE, Calif. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will join the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) as the newest member of the manufacturing semiconductor consortium, effective April 1, the companies said on Thursday (March 31).
Samsung (Seoul) will augment an ISMI roster that also includes AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Freescale, Panasonic, Philips, Spansion, Texas Instruments, and TSMC.
In 2003, ISMI, a subsidiary of Sematech (Austin, Texas), was formed as a new consortium dedicated to helping semiconductor manufacturers improve factory productivity and reduce cost per wafer, and ultimately cost per die (see Nov. 20, 2003 story).
"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, in a statement. "We are especially impressed with ISMI's focus on equipment productivity, which provides significantly greater leverage for our capital investments. This fits well with our goal of making strong efforts to maintain our leading position in international markets."