Pacific Northwest Outlook Dinner

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2008 SEMI Pacific Northwest Outlook Dinner


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Registration and cocktails at 6:00pm
Program and Dinner 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon


$95 per ticket, Table of Ten $850

Online registration for this event is now closed. We will have limited seats available for onsite registration.

Click here for a downloadable event flyer

Silicon Forest Forecast: IC Early, Then Sunny

Solar energy is here to stay. The Pacific Northwest’s legal and social climate ushered in solar manufacturers like SolarWorld and Solaicx that are poised to give the Silicon Forest a second life. After our last year’s discussion about the factors that will drive the silicon and solar industries forward, we are back again to emphasize more synergies industry players could pursue to ride the renewable energy wave and hopefully smooth out the silicon cycles.

Come hear two informed perspectives on the business prospects for local high-tech companies. Semiconductor market analyst, Sherry Garber, Convergent Semiconductors, LLC, will share her forecast for the semiconductor industry and Applied Materials executive, Mark Pinto, will speak about Applied Materials’ alternative energy initiatives.

Master of Ceremonies: Michael W. Wright, President and CEO – Advanced Inquiry Systems, Inc.

Featured Speakers:

Sherry Garber
Convergent Semiconductors, LLC

Recovery Ahead:  Identifying Growth Opportunities Now

The challenge of operating in a dismal economy is to be able to recognize the potential of the nascent and niche market opportunities.  The new features of an end-market product stimulate the development of semiconductors to meet its new parameters.  Memory is a great example of what causes new product development.  Enabled by composite memory, the convergence of memory functions, and new packaging technology, the stage is set for the introduction of new end products, and for semiconductor industry growth.

The semiconductor industry has lived off the PC market for more than a quarter of a century.  The replacements markets—consumer—have not offered as rich an IC bill of materials as the base market PC products.  The next growth cycle will provide real opportunity to nimble competitors.  The market will no longer tolerate 18-month lag times for a new, improved, but more expensive widget.

Now is the time to set up the business structure for the next growth opportunities and the new companies that will be launched.

Mark Pinto
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
General Manager, Energy and Environmental Solutions
Applied Materials, Inc.

Has The Sun Finally Risen on Photovoltaics?

The idea of solar generated electricity dates to discovery of the photovoltaic (PV) effect in 1839 through to the first silicon solar cell in 1954. But even with concerns about oil and the environment, PV currently generates less than 0.1% of the world’s electricity. We present here the case that PV is on the verge of becoming a major source of electrical power through a principle similar to that which underlies VLSI – the reduction of unit cost through nanomanufacturing.

The SEMI Pacific Northwest Outlook Dinner is a yearly event that gives attendees from high tech, renewable energy, and local government opportunities to network, share insights and ideas, and strike business collaborations. The speakers, experienced industry leaders and researchers, keep the audience updated on trends, concerns and possible opportunities.

The Pacific Northwest Steering Committee hosts this event with the strong support of local companies and organizations as one of the many initiatives they undertake to bolster our region. If you are interested in hearing more about our committee or would like to join this volunteer group, please contact Greg Cole at

If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact Marlene Sibley at 1.408.943.6988 or . Please click here for a full list of sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, contact Anna Morais at

Thank you to our sponsors: