Nearly 25,000 visitors and exhibitors from the microelectronics industry once more converged on the Moscone Center in San Francisco in July for SEMICON West 2015 and Intersolar North America 2015.

The annual show is the must-attend event of the year in the US electronics business, and so it proved yet again as every aspect of the microelectronics supply chain was thrust into the spotlight.

This year’s event focused on the most critical issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing, building on 2014’s theme of Sustainability Meets Innovation. In addition to the exposition of over 650 exhibitors, SEMICON West 2015 featured over 180 total hours of programs — including free technical, applications and business programs, as well as an extensive line-up of exclusive programs.

Almost 25,000 visitors and exhibitors attended the exposition and events between July 14-16, with international interest in the show continuing to increase, representing around 15 percent of total visitors.

The event came on the back of a strong year for the North American semiconductor materials market, according to SEMI, registering the second-largest increase (five percent) in the market in 2014 and contributing to a global market increase of three percent last year — the first such revenues increase in the sector since 2011.

Against this backdrop, SEMICON West 2015 delivered a forward-thinking agenda geared toward the future challenges facing the industry as it seeks to sustain recent momentum and realize new waves of growth.

Day one’s Keynote Panel included Jo De Boeck, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of imec; Mike Campbell, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm; and Subashish Mitra, Associate Professor at Stanford University, who tackled the issue of “Scaling the Walls of sub-14nm Manufacturing.” Day two’s Keynote Panel was presented by Doug Davis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the IoT Group at Intel.

In addition to this, exclusive programs included the three-day Semiconductor Technology Symposium (STS) conference, a comprehensive technology and business conference addressing the key issues driving the future of semiconductor manufacturing and markets. STS was offered as an intensive professional conference, with paid guaranteed classroom-style seating, lunch, and networking breaks.

SEMICON West TechXPOT conference sessions on the exhibition floor were also provided free to exposition attendees, developed for engineers, technologists, and business leaders seeking solutions to key technology challenges — exploring cutting-edge and future technology developments and assessing their impact on the semiconductor supply chain.

Also held in tandem with SEMICON West was the Silicon Innovation Forum Conference, the three-day Sustainable Manufacturing Forum tackling regulatory compliance, sustainable technologies, and sustainable supply chains, and a “Bulls and Bears” session where a panel of technical and financial thought-leaders addressed provocative questions on the state of the microelectronics industry and its outlook.

SEMICON West 2016 will return to the Moscone Center in San Francisco from July 12-14 — let’s hope the show will be once again be held against a scene of industry optimism.