Despite current global market conditions in the semiconductor sector, the annual SEMICON West conference ended on July 14 in San Francisco on a relatively positive note. Simply put, the shows featured almost 31,000 attendees (a five percent increase from last year’s attendance) from 64 countries displaying their wares in 1277 booths. Who said trade shows are dead?
At the time of printing, we did not have the attendance split between Intersolar and the SEMICON side, however, organizers of Intersolar had expected around 800 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors ahead of the event. Full details will be released by SEMI at a later date.
Major topics at the show included the 450mm wafer transition, which some players are spending serious bucks on, while others were less enthusiastic and wondered what the double whammy of extreme ultra violet (EUV) and 450mm wafers means. In other words, which comes first?
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