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SPIE Photomask Technology logo

11-13 September 2012
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott 

Starting with the end user

SPIE Photomask Technology opened Tuesday morning with perspective from the end user, with a well-received talk by NVIDIA Corp. Vice Presidnet of Technology and Foundry John Chen on "Transforming design to chips: an end user's point of view on mask making. Noting that today's definition of doing it right "means perfection," Chen emphasized the necessity for performance, precision, and perfection for the continuation of Moore's Law.

John Chen at SPIE Photomask Technology


Always an important part of the conference experience, networking events included (below, top to bottom) lunches hosted by DNP America, KLA Tencor, Mentor Graphics, and SPIE; a well-attended reception; and the perennially popular banquet.

Networking Lunch-Wednesday

PM12 Reception-Wed

Photomask Reception


Kevin MacLean of PDF Solutions and Roger Sturgeon of FF Transfroms (below, left to right) were awarded the 2012 BACUS Prize for their creation of the CATS mask data preparation software. The prize is awarded annually in recognition of contributions to the photomask industry that are enduring, enabling, and represent a fundamental change in photomask manufacturing, technology, or use.



Best poster winners

Symposium Chair Frank Abboud (Intel) awarded best poster awards for three papers. Accepting, top to bottom, are Abbas Rastegar (SEMATECH North), Zhengqing John Qi (IBM Corp.), and Thomas Klimpel (Synopsys).

Frank Abboud, Abbas Rastegar

Frank Abboud, Zhengqing (John) Qi

Frank Abboud, Thomas Klempel

Poster reception

Two days poster viewings were offered along with an evening poster reception on Tuesday during the exhibition, enabling attendees to share their research and ideas, view poster papers and talk with the authors, and visit exhibition booths.

Poster session

In Monterey

Conference attendees enjoyed their surroundings in Monterey, California. Below, a beautiful sunrise starts the day off; a view of the harbor.

Monterey sunset

Monterey Bay