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SEMI Pacific NW Breakfast Forum: The Future of Communication

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Attention – Semiconductor professionals in the Pacific Northwest! SEMI 2017 is having another half-day breakfast forum:

The Future of Communication: from Smart & Connected Devices to Artificial Intelligence and Beyond — Thanks in large part to recent advances in semiconductor technology, the world is on the verge of an unprecedented volume of information exchange that promises to reshape our future.  From Smart Cars to Smart cities, to Artificial Intelligence and Beyond, the so-called 4th industrial revolution will provide us with the means to create new methods of communication with unprecedented capability.

Please join the SEMI breakfast forum to hear their distinguished guest speakers explore both the technology breakthroughs required to realize this future and the potential changes that it portends.  It is also a great event to network with leaders in the local community.

Time: Friday, April 21, 2017  7:30 to 11:30am

Location: Qorvo, 2300 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, Oregon, United States – 97124

Visit the Semi site for details. See you there!

Here are the list of speakers:

  • Leading Technology RF Solutions for 5G and the IoT — Glen Riley, General Manager Filter Solutions Business Unit, Qorvo
  • RF Front End Modules and Components for Cellphones: A Market and Technology Perspective — Claire Troadec, Activity Leader for RF Devices and Technologies, Yole Développement
  • 5G Technologies: Enabling the Next Generation Devices and Networks — Geng Wu, Ph.D., Intel Fellow, Communication and Devices Group, Chief Technologist, Wireless Standards, Intel
  • Jon Maroney — Partner, Oregon Angel Fund
  • ​​​Mounir Shita — Entrepreneur, CEO & Founder, Kimera Systems
  • Eimar Boesjes — CEO, Moonshadow Mobile
  • Stephen A. Ridley — CEO/CTO, Founder,  Senrio

World of Sensors Highlights Pacific NW Semiconductor Industry

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Line-up of semiconductor and embedded IOT experts to talk at SEMI Pacific NW “World of Sensors” event.

The Pacific NW Chapter of SEMI will be holding their Fall 2016 event highlighting the world of sensors. Mentor Graphics will be hosting the event on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7:30 to 11:30 am.

The event will gather experts in the sensor professions who will share their vision of the future and the impact it may have on the overall semiconductor industry. Here’s a brief list of the speaker line-up:

  • Design for the IoT Edge—Mentor Graphics
  • Image Sensors for IoT—ON Semiconductor
  • Next Growth Engine for Semiconductors—PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Expanding Capabilities of MEMS Sensors through Advanced Manufacturing—Rogue Valley Microdevices
  • Engineering Biosensors for Cell Biology Research and Drug Discovery—Thermo Fisher Scientific

Register today and meet and network with industry peers from these companies, Applied Materials, ASM America, Brewer Science, Cascade Microtech, Delphon Industries, FEI Company, Kanto, Microchip Technology, SSOE Group, VALQUA America and many more.

See the full agenda and Register today.

Semiconductor’s Sustainability Promise

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The Imec-Semi keynote highlighted how the semiconductor collaboration model and technical advances are addressing critical world issues.

Luc Van Den Hove, CEO and president of Imec, opened the ITF keynote at Semicon West with both humor and caution about our technology-based world. A short BBC One film clip parody of fruit confused for personal computing devices was followed by a collage of grim images depicting the worlds problems, from natural disasters to an aging population, global pollution and even social unrest.

Luc Van Den Hove, IMEC CEO and President.

The common thread in both visuals was the effect of change wrought by technology upon our world. Is this rate of change sustainable by our planet? According to Van Den Hove, the answer lies in our ability to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Technology has contributed to unsustainable changes in our environment, healthcare and social life. Making these changes sustainable in the future is the goal and the promise of the business model and technical advances created by the semiconductor community.

Focusing first on the environment, Van Den Hove observed that the world continues to consume more and more energy. In 2010, consumption had increased by 5 percent. This unsustainable energy rate shows no evidence of slowing down. It has prompted calls for energy reduction, renewable energy sources and a smarter energy grid.

“Semiconductor technology can contribute to implementing more sustainable changes,” noted Van Den Hove. For example, energy generating photovoltaic (PV) solar cells are predicted to reach 1 Terra-Watt of power output by 2020. They will meet 5 percent of the world’s electric energy production. But PV solar cells still face the challenges of efficiency (less than 21 percent) and cost. They must be made more efficient and at consumer-level costs. He noted that materials are a big driver in the cost of PV.

Today, silver is used in 7 percent of PVs. But silver is very expensive and scarce. Once solution would be to replace silver with copper (Cu). In addition to be cheaper and providing greater energy efficiencies, the semiconductor industry is well versed in the use of Cu materials.

Other avenues of exploration by Imec and their partner are organic solar cells, which could be integrated in very flexible form factors.

This is an ongoing report … – JB

Nano-technology in a Macro-world

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Imec, Belgium’s R&D leader, will join with global partners at Semicon West to showcase nanotechnology advances in almost every imaginable market.

This year at the beginning of the Semicon West conference, the best and the brightest from Belgium’s premier nanotechnology R&D center and their worldwide partners will gathered again to share their latest successes.

Last year’s Imec Technology Forum (ITF) showcased emerging nano-technology across a wide range of markets, from as ICT, healthcare, imaging & visualization, and energy. For me, two technology areas really stood out. One was advances in process, sensor and wireless design (see, “IP That Senses and Cares”). The other area concerned developments in the RF world – a key enabler for our modern connected work (see, “MEMS And Packaging Hold Keys To Radio Connectivity“).

Looking to build upon last year’s successful attendance, the Imec Technology Forum (ITF) will again be jointly organized with SEMI in conjunction with Semicon West. This year it is sponsored by the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI).

Luc Van den hove, Imec’s president and CEO, will set the stage at this year’s event with opening remarks about connections, collaboration and innovation. Industry speakers will share their expertize throughout the event. Specific topics include logic and memory scaling beyond 15nm; silicon-photonics; CMOS in life science applications; CMOS for wearable diagnostics and monitoring; and the next consumer applications.

ITF takes place on Monday (7/9/12) in Salon 8 and 9 at the downtown Marriott Marquis. This forum is by invitation only for all CEO, CTO and executive staff level professionals. Look for highlights from the forum in my blog after the event.

Originally posted on “IP Insider

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