Three Key Reasons to Attend SEMICON Japan

Three Key Reasons to Attend SEMICON Japan

By Yoichiro Ando, SEMI Japan

SEMI organizes eight SEMICONs every year to serve customers around the globe, but each SEMICON has its own unique strength that attracts visitors from other regions. SEMICON Japan is not an exception. This year, SEMICON Japan will observe its 40th anniversary, and over the past four decades, the show has developed along with global semiconductor supply chain. SEMICON Japan has unique strengths that attract attendees from all regions of the world.

Reason 1: Japan is the home of equipment and materials

Japan is known as the home of semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers who provide one third of the new equipment and more than a half of the materials to the global market.

You may find most of the Japanese leading suppliers at many of the SEMICON shows around the world because they serve a global customer base. But their exhibits at SEMICON Japan are different in many ways. Their booths are typically attended by more engineers because they work in Japan. To accommodate engineers and their product information, the booths tend to be larger compared to booths at other SEMICONs. Also, many Japanese suppliers target their new product developments at SEMICON Japan.

Those key players with large booths ─ Tokyo Electron, Ebara, Nikon, Hitachi High-Technologies, Screen, Advantest, Disco ─ will locate along the innermost wall of the show floor, generating heavy attendee traffic along the aisle, along with other leading suppliers’ booths.

You may also find Japanese local players with unique technologies and products. An example is the Minimal Fab project booth. A national project in Japan with participation by 25 companies develops equipment to process a one-half inch wafer at very low cost. The Minimal Fab equipment even does not require a cleanroom environment. The complete processes by Minimal Fab equipment are expected to become available shortly.

Connect with engineers face-to-face at these global and regional players based in Japan to learn more about their products and technologies. Also, the SEMI Presidents Reception on the first day evening will provide an ideal opportunity to connect with people at executive level across the global electronics value chain.

Reason 2: Meet up with the key Internet of Things players

Internet of Things or IoT is expected to drive the semiconductor demands in the coming years. WORLD OF IOT, a show-within-the-show at SEMICON Japan, will connect IoT players with the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain on the rest of the show floor, conference rooms and stages.

The first WORLD OF IOT was held in 2014 and the show continues to expand in terms of quality and size every year since then. This year, more than 30 new exhibitors from various IoT segments will make the show even powerful. Key exhibitors include:

Industrial IOT/

Smart Manufacturing

  • Fanuc (new)
  • Hitachi
  • Konica Minolta (new)
  • Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor
  • Panasonic (new)
  • SAP Japan (new)
  • Siemens


  • NVidia (new)
  • Toyota Motor



  • Cisco Systems
  • IBM Research – Tokyo


  • Analog Devices (new)
  • Murata Manufacturing (new)
  • Sony Semiconductor Solutions (new)


WORLD OF IOT this year also expands its coverage to include flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) value chain. FHE is considered as a key enabling technology for IoT devices, especially wearable applications. Thirteen companies and associations will participate in the area to showcase their new technologies and products.

Reason 3: Leading experts will present at the SuperTHEATER

The SuperTHEATER is an exceptional addition to the show at SEMICON Japan. It features the world’s top executives and leading technology experts to share the latest information and insights through nine forums over three days that include:

The Semiconductor Executive Forum on December 14 will feature executives from Toshiba, TSMC and Murata Manufacturing to discuss the creation of new business opportunities in the semiconductor industry:

  • Yasuo Naruke, president and CEO of Storage & Electronic Devices Solution Company, Toshiba, will present on Toshiba’s storage business strategy utilizing big data to win productivity at its Yokkaichi fabs.
  • Jack Sun, VP of R&D, CTO, Research and Pathfinding at TSMC, will discuss a new era of 3Dx3D system scaling, starting with “3D Moore’s Law” and “3D-IC heterogeneous integration.”
  • Hiroshi Iwatsubo, EVP, Corporate Technology & Business Development Unit at Murata Machinery, will talk about their business strategy and technology trends of functional ceramic devices. 

The Industrial IoT Forum on December 15 will address long-term technological and business outlook and growth strategies for the industrial IoT through presentations by German, US and Japanese leading companies.

  • Taro Shimada, Senior Executive Officer, Digital Factory/Process Industries and Drives Division at Siemens Japan, will present their Digital Enterprise concept which realize Industrie 4.0.
  • Mayoran Rajendra, Solution Architect at GE Digital, will explain the architecture and basic functionality of the cloud platform, “PREDIX”, which has been developed by GE based on IoT for industry.
  • Kiyonori Inaba, General Manager, Robot Business Division at Fanuc, will discuss future manufacturing in keeping with the IoT era that Fanuc envisions through its intelligent industrial robots. 

The Technology Trend Forum on December 16 will explore what science and technology do to ensure that visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are able to share the emotion and excitement of the Games, regardless of language and cultural difference.

  • Eizo Matsumoto, deputy director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, will talk about nine scientific and technological innovation projects that Japanese government is promoting for 2020.
  • Yasuhiro Kanatani, director of Department, Health Crisis Management at National Institute of Public Health, will report the findings in the field of healthcare services through the recent industry-government-academia joint studies to construct “Beyond Smart Society Platform”.
  • Masahiro Ido, director of Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Enterprise Division at Panasonic, will present their “future life” proposal with technological solutions at the great changes in Tokyo and Japan that Tokyo Olympics will bring about.  

Do not miss the forums and speakers that will address your area of interests to find your own roadmap into the future. The other forums will cover semiconductor market analysis, autonomous & connected cars, cyber security for the manufacturing industry, and semiconductor devices for IoT by prominent speakers.

This article covers only three of the many reasons that you should attend SEMICON Japan. Visit the SEMICON Japan website for more information on exhibits and programs. Registration for the exhibition and SuperTHEATER forums are free. Pre-registration is highly recommended especially for SuperTHEATER forums that are expected to be full prior to opening date of the event.

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Global Update
November 1, 2016