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By Dave Mount
At The ConFab 2018, the attendees will be treated to numerous talks on very high level topics that are the principle drivers of the semiconductor industry growth going forward. Subjects such as artificial intelligence, the cloud, virtual reality and quantum computing will be substantially covered during The ConFab keynote talks. Then other important topics will be presented through either panel sessions, or specific talks, such as: advanced packaging, heterogeneous integration, autonomous vehicles, the automotive market segment, advanced memory devices, EUV Lithography in high volume manufacturing, wireless power for implanted medical devices, the potential for artificial intelligence in the semiconductor fab, and the rise of technology foundries. All very interesting stuff, but one of my favorite sessions will be the talks given by the prominent line-up of Industry analysts that will be presenting on the semiconductor industry markets and market sub-segments, semi companies, M&A activities, and regional market dynamics. This year our analyst speakers are: Len Jelinek, Senior Director and Chief Analyst, IHS Markit, who will speak on: “Global Semiconductor Market Trends: Innovative Technologies Provide the Platform of Industry Growth”, Jim Feldhan, President, Semico Research, speaking on: “Emerging Technology Markets Fueling IC Growth”, and Robert Maire, President, Semiconductor Advisors presenting on: “China Chips: Trade, Taiwan and Technology” given the current political climate and threat of a US – China, trade war, this talk is not to be missed. Throughout the course of The ConFab, our three Analyst Speakers will be available to interact with attendees, during the breakfasts, lunches and networking breaks.
November 20, 2017
by David Mount
The ConFab staff is presently lining up speakers and VIP guests for our 2018 Agenda/Program and networking event, which will be held May 20-23 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Many different topics have been considered for the sessions and Keynote addresses, as there are many new drivers and technologies in the semiconductor industry to be considered.
Exploring the hot topics — consider that EUV lithography has long been awaited, and is finally here. George Gomba, VP of Technology Research at GlobalFoundries, has been working diligently with the researchers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in the CSNE –Albany, and lithography tool suppliers to develop the processes and equipment for EUV lithography. George, will deliver a talk on that research program that has finally found its way into advanced semiconductor manufacturing. Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) is another hot topic area; Dr. Kou Kuo Suu of ULVAC Japan will deliver a session on manufacturing various types of NVM memory chips, including Phase-Change memory (PCRAM).
Given the considerable M&A activity in the semiconductor industry – with large companies merging, larger companies acquiring smaller companies, and considerable numbers of start-ups receiving funding – we have enlisted industry expert, Dan Armbrust, CEO and Co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s first incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions startups, to speak on the factors and drivers fueling M&A activities as well as startup launches.
Smart manufacturing ecosystems based on big data platform, predictive analytics and IoT will be addressed by Tom Sonderman, President of Sky Water Technology Foundry. We are also very pleased to have Rama Divakaruni, an IBM distinguished Engineer responsible for IBM Advanced Process Technology Research, as opening Keynote talking on how Artificial Intelligence is driving the “new” semiconductor era.
In this era of tremendous growth, we are seeing a robust automotive market segment for semiconductor devices, a rapidly growing MEMS and sensors segment, and Advanced Packaging continues to expand in revenue generation and technical importance. Quantum computing will also have a big impact in the market.
Stay Tuned! We will be announcing more top speakers and naming panelists for these (and more) very crucial and interesting topics.
August 24, 2017
By Dave Mount
The ConFab 2018 is returning to Las Vegas. The ConFab will be held May 20-23, at THE COSMOPOLITAN of LAS VEGAS, a fabulous property, with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. Regarding the conference program and agenda, we will be covering a lot of the emerging and leading-edge technologies, and applications that are driving the semiconductor Industry and related industries that are involved with solid-state electronics and device manufacturing.
We will explore, through keynote talks and technology presentations, a lot of the applications drivers for the industry, such as: artificial intelligence, 5G, virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, etc. What kinds of chips will be required, and what kinds of equipment and materials will be used in their manufacture? How can we keep everything secure in “smart” devices and systems?
We will also cover current industry/market trends, like the rapid rise of the semiconductor device content in the automotive market segment, MEMS/Sensors/IoT related growth and activities, “More Than Moore” activities related to heterogeneous integration in advanced packaging, new non-volatile-memory applications, optical and silicon photonics applications, and EUV Lithography…. which has finally arrived.
One of the very important features of The ConFab; year-in and year-out, are the talks given by the Industry Analysts. These talks are always a great take-away for conference attendees. For 2018 we will feature an industry analyst speaker on each day (3) of The ConFab.
To quote Pete Singer: “There is a strong need for strategic collaboration across the entire supply chain. Empowering that collaboration is a high priority goal for The ConFab 2018. We do that through private, pre-arranged meetings among interested parties. The ConFab also includes well-attended evening receptions; plus breakfasts, lunches and refreshment breaks. These offer exceptional networking opportunities for people to meet in a relaxed environment.”
We look forward the seeing you at the ConFab 2018!
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