SEMICON® West 2013 and Intersolar North America


Dynamic changes to R&D processes, tools, technical challenges, and funding/business models will highlight the upcoming SEMICON West 2013 (semiconwest.org) exhibition. Product displays of the latest semiconductor manufacturing technology, components, and subsystems will also be an integral part of SEMICON West, the Western Hemisphere’s largest microand nano-electronics conference, being held July 9–11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The event will feature over 500 exhibitors, 50 hours of conference programs, and more than 30,000 industry attendees.

The semiconductor industry is simultaneously addressing the most complex challenges in its history: EUV lithography, new transistor architectures, stacked 3D-ICs, and 450mm wafer transition. At the same time, adjacent markets in LED, MEMS, and printed/flexible electronics are approaching technology crossroads—and new, post-CMOS alternatives to extend Moore’s Law are in the early stages of development. The reconciliation of these multiple R&D demands is transforming old R&D strategies and accelerating new organizational models, skill set requirements, consortia options, partnership strategies, global sourcing tactics, and other approaches to managed innovation.

SEMICON West addresses these new R&D approaches through a variety of keynote presentations, panel discussions, technical presentations, and collaboration sessions. This year, for the first time, there will be a Silicon Innovation Forum organized by the industry’s leading strategic investment groups to provide a platform to connect new and emerging companies with strategic investors, venture capitalists, and industry leaders. Another collaborate session, Consortia Views, will bring leaders from the industry’s top consortia—SEMATECH, imec, and CEA-Leti—to share their views on collaborative R&D and the future of semiconductor technology. As in the past, industry leaders will share the latest updates on technology as well as the most critical technology innovation targets as identified in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. At the conference’s New Technology Sessions, attendees can learn about the latest R&D opportunities and challenges in LEDs, MEMS, printed/flexible electronics, silicon photonics, and more.

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