By Dave Anderson, president, SEMI Americas
As the new president of SEMI Americas, I bring great enthusiasm to the mission of forging a new path to the future in our increasingly interconnected electronics manufacturing supply chain. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, while increasing outreach with existing and prospective members to better understand how SEMI Americas can better influence the growth and prosperity of its members across the region’s extended semiconductor ecosystem.
SEMI for Smart Applications
The ubiquity of semiconductors in daily life is fostering advances in exciting, new areas of data, sensing, AI, robotics, healthcare, and others that could barely have been imagined just a few years ago. The Americas is the crucible for these innovations and SEMI members provide the fuel that enables the creation of the “smart” products we love to use.
SEMI is uniquely structured to enable our members to access and lead countless opportunities for growth in the World of IOT, Smart Automotive, Smart MedTech, and Smart Manufacturing. January’s tremendous Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) focused on disruptive technologies in these emerging markets, and as we implement the SEMI 2020 strategy we will be focusing more program content around these four pillars of smart growth. In effect, Smart Starts Here!
SEMI for Smart Partners
One of SEMI’s objectives is to advance the interests of the extended electronics manufacturing supply chain. With the additions of FlexTech, the MEMS and Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), and the Fab Owners Association (FOA), we will deliver a broad and deep set of technical and business programs and platforms in our core semiconductor segments as well as in developing adjacent segments, to help our members grow and prosper in developing market sectors across the ecosystem. Here’s a preview of major upcoming events in the Americas:
- MEMS and Sensors Technical Congress (MSTC), May 10-11 at the Bechtel Conference Center, Stanford, Calif. Working Together to Solve Technical Challenges and Increase Value across the MEMS and Sensors Supply Chain.
- Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC), May 15-18 at the Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York. The leading international technical conference for exploring solutions to improve collective microelectronics manufacturing expertise.
- Flexible Electronics, Accelerating to Manufacturing (FLEX), June 19-22 at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, Calif. Building an innovative ecosystem for flexible electronics.
- SEMICON West, July 11-13 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif. The premier industry event connecting the entire extended supply chain in one place, at one time.
- Strategic Materials Conference (SMC), September 19-20, San Jose, Calif. Where key players from the semiconductor ecosystem share insights on the latest developments in Advanced Materials.
- MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress, November at 1-2 at the Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, CA. The only MEMS and Sensors event where executives can talk shop, make deals, engage with competitors, and relax with colleagues.
- All upcoming SEMI events: www.semi.org/en/events
SEMI for SMART Communities
SEMI is a great place to connect, collaborate, and solve problems. In addition to conferences and shows, there are many other opportunities for member engagement. Our special interest groups are very active in the Americas, driving connections to common, global interests. Our regional committees in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, the Midwest, and Northeast develop timely content for local events that support business growth, workforce development, and networking.
SEMI for SMART Action
As the electronic manufacturing supply chain becomes more interconnected, SEMI members expect us to take a proactive, central role in representing their interests across the breadth of the global supply chain. The SEMI North American Advisory Board (NAAB) actively supports the efforts of our office in Washington, D.C., in promoting a collective industry position on critical global policy issues. With changes coming from the new administration and lawmakers and policies, SEMI’s Washington Forum in March will provide an exceptional venue for member executives to understand the new political climate and provide direction to these important issues.
I have been in the heart of the semiconductor industry for more than thirty years through leadership roles at Fairchild and National Semiconductor, the SEMATECH consortium, atdf, SVTC Technologies, and Novati Technologies. I have a passion for technology development, value chain partnerships, business and market growth, and industry collaboration, and I’m thrilled to be leading SEMI Americas during a time of transition.
I strongly encourage all members to increase their involvement in SEMI programs and events to take full advantage of the value of membership and participation.
Indeed, “Smart Starts Here,” and it begins with you.
February 7, 2017