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Improved quality is a primary objective of semiconductor development, throughout the entire ecosystem.  The push to Zero PPM and the impact on our bottom line combined with improved customer satisfaction, make continuous improvement of quality principles paramount.
To understand quality best practices from all aspects of the semiconductor supply chain
To improve quality best practices throughout the semiconductor ecosystem
  • Achieve alignment between C-Level and Customers
  • Best Practices Review, Development, and Sharing
  • Balanced group representing Semiconductor and System suppliers & users.


  • Analyze, improve, and share
    • Factors impacting product development quality
    • Factors impacting manufacturing/operations quality
    • Factors impacting Customer Experience
  • Analyze case studies of excellent best practices
  • Analyze case studies of problems areas
  • Review and analyze effective transitions (organization changes, customer programs, etc.)

Contact Information

Kole Giles
Membership Manager
972.866.7579 x111

Working Group Chair
Hem Takiar, VP, Corporate Quality, SanDisk

Meeting Schedule

What's New in this Group?


Q4 2015 Meeting

Host: SanDisk
Date: December 9, 2015
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location:  951 SanDisk Dr, Bldg 1, San Jose, CA

Overview & Registration

Q1 2016 Meeting

Host: SanDisk
Date: March 16, 2016
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location: 951 SanDisk Dr, Bldg 1, San Jose, CA

Q2 2016 Meeting

Host: SanDisk
Date: June 15, 2016
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location:  951 SanDisk Dr, Bldg 1, San Jose, CA

Q3 2016 Meeting

Host: SanDisk
Date: September TBD, 2016
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location: 951 SanDisk Dr, Bldg 1, San Jose, CA


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September 23, 2015

March 25. 2015

Dec 11, 2014

Sep 11, 2014

Jun 19, 2014

Mar 27, 2014

Dec 10, 2013


What's New in this Group?
2014 Meeting Minutes
2013 Meeting Minutes


What's New in this Group?

Introduction to the Quality Monitors Checklist

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) formed a Quality Technology Team in December 2013. This team meets quarterly to review Quality Best Practice and develop tools that enhance the quality process throughout the supply chain.

As its starting point, the team developed the Quality Monitors Checklist. This checklist is revisited at least once a year to keep up with changes in quality processes due to customer and product diversity.

Objective of this document

  • Provide a quality-check framework for semiconductor testing before product is shipped.
  • Define the tests and parameters required to minimize the level of bad product shipped to an end customer.

Checklist Usage

  • This checklist is not intended to be a requirement for product testing
  • This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but can be useful to:
    • Analyze gaps in testing
    • Provide the top 3-5 test areas for each line of defense against shipping low quality product
    • Improve Customer Awareness, by providing a guideline for customers to better understand the test environment
  • Provide insights to tests that may be used; not all tests are applicable to all products and markets
  • As part of overall quality system
  • As a Requirements document used at beginning of product development
  • Use to compare to existing internal processes and improve / modify where necessary; internal process gap analysis
  • High level reference document
  • Checks and Balances document
  • To confirm FMEA and Control Plan is comprehensive
  • Defined as “collective output of our quality experiences”


  • This checklist may be used as a gauge for procurement discussions
  • Additional testing insight may be acquired for high-reliability markets. For example, please see Automotive Electronics Council* website for automotive quality test requirements.
  • This checklist is openly available to anyone in the industry.
  • Feedback should be sent to

* AEC Website –

Initial Release Date: October 15, 2014


What's New in this Group?

Quality Maturity Model
Modeled after the Capability Maturity Model (CMMI / SEI), the Semiconductor Quality Maturity Model (SQMM) provides an assessment tool to evaluate sub-contractors and supply chain companies. As suppliers improve their SQMM capability level, the oversight needed to ensure delivery of quality product diminishes. This reduces costs for both the supplier and receivers of services.

The Quality Maturity Model provides maturity level requirements for Incoming and Outgoing Supplier Quality, Supplier Operational Quality, and Supplier Change Management Process maturity.

Draft is available on request.

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