Industry Ecosystem at Inflection: Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) 2013 Addresses Perils and Opportunities

SAN JOSE, Calif. — December 12, 2012 — The most influential leaders in microelectronics will convene at the Industry Strategy Symposium 2013 to discuss and debate the future of the semiconductor industry on January 13-16, in Half Moon Bay, Calif.  The unusual format of ISS brings industry executives together to hear diverse perspectives from IC design, manufacturing, foundry, R&D, and consumer electronics. Economists and industry analysts will present contrasting views of global economic and industry forecasts and their implications on the semiconductor supply chain, while industry leaders will present the current status of the major technological and economic challenges to continued scaling and 450mm wafer development. As the large global business, technology and ecosystem trends that affect the semiconductor industry become increasingly complex, companies today must focus on strategy to prosper. 

In the past, companies could rely upon operational excellence — focusing on execution, niche markets, ability to be fast-followers, skills at riding key customers, or relying on future profits — to compensate for expensive R&D.  However, today, operational excellence no longer overcomes strategic imperfection. Today, new funding options, changing foundry models, increasing technology risk, evolving supply chain relationships, new customer requirements, and menacing macroeconomic transitions all combine to make strategy ever more important.

This year’s SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) agenda features sessions on macroeconomic trends, semiconductor markets, strategic materials, emerging markets, and supply chain dynamics.  Keynote and featured presentations will be provided by:

  • Ajit Manocha, CEO of GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Dr. John Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Andy Oberst, senior VP, Strategy & Corporate Development of Qualcomm
  • Luc Van den hove, CEO, imec
  • Ana Hunter, VP of Foundry Services at Samsung Semiconductor
  • Michael Bell, VP and GM, Mobile and Communications Group at Intel Corporation
  • Simon Segars, executive VP and GM of Processor & Physical IP Division at ARM
  • And many other top speakers (see detailed agenda).

Another popular session at ISS is the Street Views panel where “buy and sell side” analysts from Houlihan Lokey, AGC Partners, TCW, and RBC Capital Markets present.  Bill McClean of IC Insights, G. Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research, Jan Vardaman of TechSearch International, and Klaus Rinnen of Gartner will also share their views on the coming year.

ISS attendees are high-level executives in the semiconductor equipment, materials and device communities, and related industries. This includes these positions: chairman, president, CEO, vice president, and other senior executives. In addition, typically the conference includes financial analysts, consulting firms and market researchers.

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About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. Our 2,000 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

Association Contact 

Deborah Geiger 
Phone: 1.408.943.7988

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