Pervasive Computing: Are You Ready?

Pervasive Computing: Are You Ready?

Uncharted Waters for Everyone in the Ecosystem

By Karen Savala, president, SEMI Americas

Pervasive computing is changing the landscape of the microelectronics industry, fragmenting the future of both Moore’s Law and More-than-Moore technologies.  At the leading edge, we have FinFETs versus FD-SOI; in memory, every roadmap involves novel devices and novel material sets; in 3D stacking, we have foundries, OSATs and IDMs developing alternative paths.  In markets, the smart phone and tablet boom is moderating, China and India are cooling, but new markets, such as the all-connected Internet of Things, have the potential to create an entire new ecosystem of buyers, technologies and business models. 

Pervasive Computing will be the theme for this year’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) held on January 12-14, 2014 in Half Moon Bay, California.  You will want to register early to take advantage of discount pricing and ensure yourself a seat and what is sure to be a sold-out event.

Already we are seeing some dramatic responses to this new frontier of technologies, applications, markets, and business models.  Mega-mergers, massive supply chain investments by manufacturers and governments, new consortia and collaboration models, to name a few, are changing the rules for everyone in the ecosystem. These are uncharted waters without the benefit of a GPS system.

Underscoring the new collaboration and partnership environment, ISS will feature one of the most impressive line-up of device manufacturer and industry leader participants in its 30 year history. From chip companies, speakers from IBM, Intel, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Qualcomm, Micron, Nvidia, Samsung, and Xilinx will give their perspectives on the emerging markets, technology challenges, and opportunities at the edge.  Technology leaders, including Mike Splinter, executive chairman of Applied Materials, Rick Wallace, chairman and CEO of KLA-Tencor, Terry Brewer, chairman and CEO of Brewer Science, and Paul Farrar, general manager of G450C, will discuss the near-, mid-, and long- term prospects for the industry.  No other event in the world brings together a more senior group of executives or more comprehensive participation from device makers, technology companies and supply chain leaders. To see this impressive agenda in detail, please visit the website at www.semi.org/iss

ISS will also feature a comprehensive economic outlook from leading analysts including Dr. Robert C. Fry from DuPont; Matthew Gertken, Ph.D., senior East Asia Analyst from Stratfor; Bill McClean, IC Insights; Bob Johnson, Gartner; Mark Thirsk, Linx Consulting; Dr. Handel Jones, International Business Strategies, and Dale Ford, IHS.  Dan Hutchinson will moderate a CEO panel and, finally, ISS will have thought-provoking presentations on location-based services, the coming transformation on public displays, wearable computing, and more.   

The proven format for ISS — macro-economic outlook, industry outlook, key trends and inflexion points — has probably never been more valuable than today.  While the industry is consolidating, many technologies and business opportunities are fragmenting.  Strategic decision-making, and establishing strong relationships with industry leaders, have never been more important and more complex.  The ISS organizing committee, led by co-chairs Hamid Zarringhalam of Nikon Precision and Gene Karwacki from Air Products & Chemicals, has done a great job of assembling one of the best agendas in ISS history.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

For more information on ISS and to register, please visit www.semi.org/iss

November 5, 2013