The semiconductor industry is rapidly evolving and changing. Consolidations, mergers and acquisitions in the entire supply chain, the end of Moore’s Law (as we knew it), and the success of the foundry model has led us to seek new directions and expansions for The ConFab. Concurrent with our 2017 change in venue from Las Vegas to San Diego, we will be making some changes to The ConFab program.
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March 3, 2017
by David Mount
Survey results that will be posted in the March Update to the 20th anniversary 2017 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report show that eleven (11) companies are forecast to have semiconductor capital expenditure budgets greater than $1.0 billion in 2017, and account for 78% of total worldwide semiconductor spending this year. Bill McClean, President of IC Insights, will be delivering a Keynote at The ConFab this May, which is certain to include additional insights and other key IC Industry forecast data. The forecast of only eleven potential customers for the semiconductor supply chain controlling 78% of the spending, points out very profoundly why The ConFab 2017 has expanded its agenda/program to include several other “Small Wafer Technologies”. That includes the MEMS & Sensors and IoT markets that are growing at a high CAGR, and include many new potential customers in the supply chain that can be served by equipment and materials suppliers which are currently serving the IC industry.
Also at The ConFab, we’ll hear from Dr. Kevin Shaw, CTO/FOUNDER of Algorithmic Intuition, speak on what MEMS is, how it relates to the semiconductor industry and why it is a critical component for emerging growth. Dr. Shaw will explore examples of new products that are leveraging MEMS and see how existing products are being reimagined in a world where sensors are everything.
In addition, The ConFab will welcome Keynote speaker, Dr. Alissa Fitzgerald of A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates. She will discuss Next Generation MEMS Manufacturing; where in order to meet the demands of consumer electronics or automotive OEMs, sensors will need to be developed and produced in high volume 200mm wafer facilities. Dr. Fitzgerald will share how a generational change in manufacturing is coming, and which high-volume foundries will need to break some of their traditional CMOS process rules or risk missing out on the next wave of growth in MEMS. Included on the 2017 agenda will be a Small Wafer Technologies panel session moderated by Tom Bondur, Corporate Vice President of Lam Research, and panelists with wide and diverse experience and backgrounds in device fabrication, and other solid-state technology manufacturing areas.
See you at The ConFab 2017 !
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