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SEMICON West: Losing a job I didn‚??t know I had lost!

07 July 2011 | By Mark Osborne | Editor's Blog

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It’s that time of year again, when bags are packed and the semiconductor suppliers head-off to San Francisco for SEMICON West. Though not attending myself this year, due to an inconsiderate eldest daughter being in a stage show in London next week, I did find out that I have been sacked from a job I had undertaken for a few years that is organised by SEMI in conjunction with SEMICON West.

Not that SEMI bothered to tell me, but it would seem the job of judging the best products at the event has been passed to Solid State Technology and ‘a prestigious panel of judges representing a broad spectrum of the microelectronics industry.’

Granted, I hadn’t been the best working judge of the previously revamp judging panel over the last few years, which was due to the workload covering the PV industry on PV-Tech’s website, but it would have been nice to have been formally sacked from the job, like all the other editors in the semiconductor space that had undertaken the same task.

I found out that I was no longer needed when Solid State Technology and SEMI announced the “Best of West” Award Finalists.

These include the ‘WaferSense’ Airborne Particle Sensor (APS) from CyberOptics, the MonolithIC 3D technology from MonolithIC 3D and UltraMap-TSV system from SigmaTech.

On another note, SEMI and SST have rebranded the product awards from BoW to ‘Best of West.’ Having had a conversation last year with Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research when I mistakenly expanded BoW to ‘Best of West’ in an article, he was quick to point out that the research firm had been using that title for many years and appreciated if we didn’t use it as it misled readers into thinking it was their awards.

I can’t believe SEMI and SST were not aware of this and must have contacted VLSI Research over the name change? Just as I can’t believe my notification of being sacked from the judging, somehow got lost in the post?

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