Handy Guide to MEMS at SEMICON West

Handy Guide to MEMS at SEMICON West

By Paula Doe, SEMI

There's such a wealth of programming to navigate at SEMICON West, it can be easy to miss out on the full lineup of sessions for some specialty markets.

If your focus is MEMS, here’s a convenient guide to what’s likely of most interest for the MEMS community at SEMICON West 2015.

TUESDAY, July 14

10:30-12:30  What’s Next for MEMS

TechXpot South, Moscone South, back right corner

  • Invited speakers from leading players across the value chain discuss what’s coming next for the sector from their diverse viewpoints. Yole Developpement’s Jean-Christophe Eloy, god father of MEMS and investor Kurt Petersen, Teledyne DALSA’s Claude Jean, CEA-Leti’s Hughes Metras, ASE’s Christophe Zinck, EVG’s Thomas Uhrmann.

2:00-4:30  STS Packaging issues for digital health markets

Moscone North, Hall E, Room 133  (paid program)

  • Medicustek’s Jonathan Tong, GE Global Research’s Jonathan Short, Medtronic’s Shawn Shi, and Jawbone’s Ilas Mohammed talk about coming semiconductor, sensor and packaging requirements for medical devices, wearables, drug deliverables and implants.


9:00-9:45  Intel IoT Keynote

Keynote Stage, Moscone North Hall E, Room 135

  • Intel’s SVP & GM of IoT Doug Davis talks about the future  impact of the Internet of Things

All through the show:  Freescale Internet of Tomorrow Truck

Moscone North, front right side

  • Freescale brings its touring display of IoT solutions, with more than 120 demos from components to wearables and robots to network infrastructure to the floor of the show. It’s open all through the event,  but it’s probably the most interesting option for MEMS folks during the Wednesday morning block. 

1:00-5:00  MIG/SEMI workshop: Creating Solutions to Address Common Challenges Facing the MEMS, Sensor and Semiconductor Industries

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Room C2

  • Alissa Fitzgerald, AM Fitzgerald & Assocs; Dave Thomas, SPTS; and Michael Nagib, Si-Ware will speak, followed by a panel discussion on the sector challenges. Breakout sessions follow where smaller working groups will explore potential collaborative efforts.  

5:30-7:30  MIG member networking reception


10:30-12:30   Monetizing the IoT: Opportunities and Challenges for the semiconductor sector

TechXpot South, Moscone North, back right corner

  • Not strictly MEMS-centric, but still an excellent chance to get a high-level look at the impact of the IoT from some leading thinkers across the value chain, including Cisco, IBM/Ernst & Young, Gartner, Cadence Design, Freescale, and Amkor.       

1:00-3:00  The Semiconductor Sector Factory of the (Near) Future: Impact of IoT and 3D printing

TechXpot South, Moscone North, back right corner

  • Afternoon half of IoT program then takes a more specific look at potential changes to the fabs and factories within the greater microelectronics manufacturing sector, with speakers from TSMC, Applied Materials and Air Liquide looking at it from the foundry, equipment and materials viewpoints respectively, followed by suppliers and researchers of 3D printing speaking on the capabilities of printing components in plastics and metals, and issues of quality control.

For more details and to register, see http://www.semiconwest.org/