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  • EIAJ Sets Up Microchip Tech Roadmap Committee of Japan
  • December 23, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Electronic Industries Association of Japan (EIAJ) established the Semiconductor Technology Roadmap Committee of Japan to propose new perspectives on semiconductor technology.
    An initial meeting of the committee was held Dec. 15.

    The EIAJ examines technologies according to sector in the electronics industry, and it decided to establish the roadmap committee for an across-the-board analysis of trends and technology in the semiconductor arena.

    The committee will address various issues on technologies ranging from the 0.18 micron design rule through know-how to be used around 2010. It aims to draw up a blueprint for a comprehensive semiconductor technology roadmap by the end of 1999.

    The committee consists of ten specialized working groups.

    The members of the working groups total 135 experts from ten semiconductor makers -- Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., NEC Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Fujitsu Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. -- and from two government agencies, three universities and nine industry groups. The experts from the corporate sector will serve as the central force in the working groups.

    The committee plans to participate in writing an international semiconductor technology roadmap in cooperation with the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) of the United States.

    "Japan's lithography technology and other forms of IC know-how are being sought by microchip makers throughout the world," an EIAJ spokesman noted.

    (Nikkei Electronics)

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    Updated: Tue Dec 22 20:55:36 1998 PDT