SEMICON West 2010 “Extreme Electronics” Links Supply Chain in LED, MEMS, and Flexible Electronics Markets


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SEMICON West 2010 “Extreme Electronics” Links Supply Chain in LED, MEMS, and Flexible Electronics Markets

Emerging Markets are Growing at “Warp Speeds”; Big Opportunities for Companies to Bridge the Gap between Theory and Practice

SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 21, 2010 – The Extreme Electronics program of SEMICON West 2010 returns in July to the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This “show-within-the-show" features exhibits, online and onsite networking events, and a series of mini-conferences focusing on emerging market opportunities in printed and flexible electronics, MEMS, high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), nanoelectronics and other areas.

Industry leaders, market analysts and technologists from companies driving commercialization of new and emerging technologies will discuss market trends, innovations, and new material and process technology requirements. New solutions, products and technologies for Extreme Electronics will also be on display, with emerging technology exhibitors clustered around the “Extreme” stage this year.

The SEMICON WEST Extreme Electronics programs and exposition will leverage the expected attendance of over 4,000 R&D engineers, 4,500 manufacturing and production managers, and 6,000 senior executives from the world’s leading technology companies to connect the technologies, solutions and buying power in these fast-growing markets.

“The ‘Extreme Electronics’ markets are ramping up for high, long-term growth,” said Tom Morrow, vice president of Global Expositions and Marketing at SEMI. “Manufacturers of high-brightness LEDs, MEMS, and printed electronics are looking for new solutions and partners who can help bridge theory and practice. Today’s challenge is to connect the R&D lab to the production line and ramp to high volume and profitability.”

The Extreme Electronics technology stage features a series of mini-conferences that provide an update on emerging market opportunities for semiconductor manufacturing-based technology. Sessions include an overview of market trends and growth potential, an update on key recent technology developments, and a look at new applications, with some focus on what companies need from the semiconductor supply chain. These technologies will be featured:

  • Opportunities in MEMS: Integration with CMOS and Other Solutions for Faster Growth to Volume: The $7B MEMS market will pick up by the second half of 2010 and see 14% CAGR through the next four years as companies continue to find more ways to use MEMS sensors and actuators. Achieving profitable manufacturing of these devices for volume markets means increased emphasis on software functionality, innovations in packaging, and exploring how to move beyond a unique manufacturing process for each product.
  • Opportunities for Micro-Manufacturing in Energy Applications: Demand for longer battery life and lighter portable devices is driving innovations in energy storage. Major recent progress in MEMS and thin-film energy harvesting devices, innovative solid-state thin-film batteries, and ultra-low power systems is enabling practical wireless systems for everything from medical applications to industrial monitoring. Sector leaders will report on progress on commercial systems and on the opportunities presented for the supply chain.
  • More Lumens per Dollar: The Road to More Efficient HB-LED Manufacturing Progress and Next Challenges in Substrates, Deposition and Metrology: Demand for LEDs for LCD backlights is driving 30 percent annual growth in the HB-LED market, now headed towards a $20.2B market by 2014. Growth will come from solid state lighting, but only if better manufacturing technology can increase brightness and cut costs to make products competitive in the general illumination market. SEMI programs will focus on the opportunities in manufacturing technology.
  • Flexible Electronics: What’s Now and What’s Next in the Manufacturing of Flexible Displays, Lighting and PV Products: Innovations in deposition techniques and in solution-based, continuous processes for making electronics on flexible substrates open up new form factors, price points and performance possibilities. Companies driving these innovations will discuss current progress for the manufacture of high-performance, large-area, flexible electronics across sectors, and what’s needed next from the supply chain.

“It’s critical to reach customers in these hot new markets, so SEMI is dedicating conference programs, exhibit space, audience recruitment marketing, and online community support,” Morrow continued. “Media and association organizations from each of the segments are sponsors, increasing impact and visibility.”

In addition to the onsite events at SEMICON West 2010 in July, SEMI has launched online groups for the areas of MEMS, LEDs and printed electronics using the SemiNeedle social networking site. To learn more, visit: http://www.semi.org/en/EventsTradeshows/CTR_029333.

Free visitor registration for SEMICON West 2010 is open through June 4, 2010, after which there will be a $100 onsite registration charge. This year, Extreme Electronics will be located on the SEMICON West show floor in South Hall at Moscone Center. All SEMICON West 2010 registered attendees can attend Extreme Electronics sessions, visit the Extreme Exhibitors, and participate in the online Extreme Electronics communities at no charge. For more information about Extreme Electronics and SEMICON West 2010, please visit www.semiconwest.org.

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org

Association Contact:

Steve Buehler/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7049
E-mail: sbuehler@semi.org

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