SEMICON West is the flagship event for one of the driving industries of the Digital and Information Revolutions.
SEMICON West 2015 opens its doors July 14-16 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. With over 650 exhibitors and 65 hours of technical programs, SEMICON keeps attendees up-to-date with what is new and upcoming in microelectronics.
There is no doubt about the impact of the transistor and the integrated circuit on life today. From modest beginnings, the semiconductor industry has grown a technology that is not only pervasive, but also synonymous with innovation. Since the 1st event in 1971, SEMICON West is a place that brings together all of the elements of technology and manufacturing expertise to exchange ideas and collaborate on industry challenges. Attendees come to learn about new products and technologies for microelectronics design and manufacturing, featuring technologies from across the microelectronics supply chain – from electronic design automation, to device fabrication (wafer processing), to final manufacturing (assembly, packaging, and test). More than semiconductors, SEMICON West is also showcase for emerging markets and technologies born from the microelectronics industry, including micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), photovoltaics (PV), flexible electronics and displays, nano-electronics, solid state lighting (LEDs), and related technologies.
In keeping with the innovation theme, the SEMICON Innovation Village features 20 startup companies and 10 research organizations in an interactive showcase setting. Co-located with the Innovation Village is the Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) where investors and technology partners participate in a two-day program of investor panels, startup pitches and research sessions. SIF session topics include 3D printing, power management, sensors and new biomedical applications.
According to Karen Savala, president of SEMI Americas, SIF is an important extension to the SEMICON program. “Investment in semiconductor equipment and materials is increasingly crowded out by VC’s interest in software, media and entertainment and biotechnology segments. Traditional venture capital and private attention to advanced semiconductor technology development has declined in recent years, putting the future of microelectronics innovation at risk. SIF helps accelerate R&D in our industry and encourages continued innovation from new sources,” said Savala.
This year’s keynote sessions highlight both the technical and industry focus of the conference. On Tuesday, J. De Boeck, Sr. VP of Corporate Technology from imec, along with panelists from Qualcomm, Stanford University, ASE and the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center will present a keynote session on Scaling the Walls of Sub-14nm Manufacturing. On Wednesday, Doug Davis, Sr. VP & GM of the Internet of Things Group from Intel will talk about The Internet of Things and the Next Fifty Years of Moore’s Law.
Numerous companies have previewed their planned announcements and demonstrations at SEMICON West 2015. And for those that cannot attend the upcoming show in San Francisco, other SEMICON events will be held this year in Moscow, Taipei, Dresden and Tokyo. For microelectronics professionals, SEMICON is a must attend.