Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), a San Jose, Calif.-based industry association serving companies in the semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD) equipment and materials markets, has published 25 new technical standards. The new standards, which are published three times a year, join more than 670 standards that have been published by SEMI during the past 30 years. Included in the new standards are guidelines for defining the quality area of an LCD mask, formats for data management in the semiconductor exposure process and specifications for polished monocrystalline silicon carbide wafers. "SEMI is pleased to introduce this new round of standards that will contribute to increased productivity in semiconductor and FPD manufacturing," says Bettina Weiss, SEMI's director for International Standards and MEMS. "A large number of the standards . . . were initiated by the Japanese standards committees, highlighting the international nature of the SEMI Standards Program."