Bucking the Trends, SEMICON West Gets Bigger and Brighter
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – In a difficult economic year which has seen other major technology trade shows weather declines in exhibitors and attendance, the sun shone brightly on SEMICON West 2008 in San Francisco last month, where the global microelectronics industry gathered for its annual exploration of the latest trends and technologies in high-tech manufacturing.
Bucking the trade show industry trends, SEMICON West posted a second-straight year of double-digit attendance growth. Verified visitor attendance grew 19% over 2007 to more than 17,000, while overall registered attendance (including exhibitor personnel) grew 8% to more than 45,000.
Among the highlights at SEMICON West this year was the increased focus and attention on solar photovoltaic technology, including the co-location of the new Intersolar North America exposition and conference. In addition to Intersolar, more than a third of SEMICON West exhibitors featured or showcased technologies for the PV manufacturing market.
While the co-location with Intersolar helped contribute to the success, attendance was up among all job function, job title and product interest categories. Fully 96% of SEMICON West/Intersolar attendees were interested semiconductor equipment and materials, and specific interest in wafer processing equipment, test equipment, materials, software, subsystems, and all other categories was significantly up. International attendance also increased by 5%, and VIP buyers (high-level IDM/foundry buyers identified by exhibitors) rose nearly 30%.
Among the programs generating high-interest was the first SEMI Packaging Summit, attracting more than 600 attendees for a discussion on the emerging trends in 3D through-silicon via (TSV) packaging. Another panel session titled "How to Breathe New Life Into Old Fabs" explored the opportunities for extending the productivity of 200mm fabs. This topic was echoed at the Emerging Technologies TechXPOT, which featured sessions on emerging market opportunities in areas including solid state lighting and fuel cells.
Another new program this year was the "Best of West" Award, which was established by show organizer SEMI to highlight and recognize the best new technologies to debut at SEMICON West. An awards panel of industry technologists, journalists, and academicians selected eight finalists and then chose technologies from Alchimer and Jenoptik as recipients of the first Best of West Award.
Vicki Hadfield, president of SEMI North America, says that plans for SEMICON West 2009 are already underway. "In addition to continuing our partnership with the organizers of Intersolar North America and promoting PV technology within SEMICON West, we are also looking to advance other emerging market segments to reach new audiences and to keep SEMICON West at the forefront of new innovations and technologies."
For more information on SEMICON West 2008, please visit: www.semiconwest.org.
Aug 5, 2008