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ASEMEP holds 12th National Technical Symposium

Posted: 03 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Association of Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing Engineers? ASEMEP? semiconductor? Semiconductors and Electronics Industries of the Philippines? SEIPEI?

The 12th Association of Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing Engineers (ASEMEP) National Technical Symposium was held last June 27 to 28 at the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel, amid the recent slowdown in the Philippine semiconductor industry. Co-organized with the Semiconductors and Electronics Industries of the Philippines (SEIPI), the symposium carried the theme "Creating opportunities through technical excellence, innovation, and competitiveness."

The symposium aimed at improving the Philippines' position in the ASEAN semiconductor industry, as well as producing technically-competent engineers, through a series of technical paper presentations, lectures, and product exhibits.

In his keynote speech, Virgilio Peqa, presidential assistant for Information and Communications Technology and executive director of the Information Technology and E-Commerce Council, encouraged delegates to spur economic growth by manufacturing better products.

"If we are to succeed in being part of the global economy, the key here is to increase the level of Internet penetration," said Peqa. Particularly, he says that the Internet penetration can be increased by manufacturers producing products that can turn cellphones into Internet-access devices.

Currently, only about 2 million of the Filipino population has access to the Internet, while there are 12 million mobile phone subscribers.

Peqa also challenged manufacturers to produce better hardware products that are cheaper but have more functions. "The strength that we have is not really the [lower] cost but on the quality of service we can provide," he added.

He also said that government is luring more contact centers, medical transcription (digitizing medical information), animation, outsourcing, and software development businesses to help the ailing semiconductor industry.

Peqa also underscored the government's effort to spur growth by focusing on human resources development, improving infrastructure, and "providing a legal and regulatory environment in the country which will attract foreigners to invest into e-business ventures."

A total of 53 technical papers were accepted in the symposium, with topics ranging from assembly technology, manufacturing technology, failure analysis, and assembly technology. Philips Cabuyao plant had 11 papers, while Fairchild Semiconductor had 10.

Twenty-five companies also displayed their products including CIGI, Hitachi, Kemtronix, Mitsui, and Small Precision Tools. Other exhibitors were Agilent Technologies, Pycon Technologies, and Kemtronix.

The symposium also saw Intel Corp.'s Richard Platt give an overview on the TRIZ process and the induction of the incoming ASEMEP officers.

? Gerwin Gil Co

Electronic Engineering Times ? Asia

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