More than 29,000 attendees pushed the turnstiles at Moscone Center in San Francisco last week for the 42nd annual Semicon West, the semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials vendors' annual tradeshow, and Intersolar North America, the solar equipment show that has been co-located with Semicon West for several years.
Attendance was down from 30,985 at last year's event, according to SEMI, the fab tool vendor trade group that organizes the event each year. About 14 percent of this year's attendees came to the event from overseas, according to SEMI.
The event featured 1,307 exhibition booths, up from 1,273 in 2011, according to SEMI. Some 690 companies from 21 countries exhibited at this year's show, including 51 new exhibitors, according to SEMI.
This year's show also featured a host of technical presentations on everything from packaging and yield management to lithography and was punctuated by keynote addresses from Intel Fellow Shekhar Borkar, Xilinx Chief Technology Officer Ivo Bolsens and Mark Pinto, general manager of Applied Materials' Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit, among others.
There was plenty of news, too. Though Intel and ASML made the most noise with the announcement that Intel is taking a 15 percent stake in the lithography tool supplier to boost R&D for 450-mm capable lithography tools and extreme ultraviolet systems, there were several other noteworthy developments.
A collection of EE Times' coverage from Semicon West appears bellow. For more photos captured during the event, scroll through the following pages.
Intel Fellow, Shekhar Borkar, director of extreme-scale technologies at the chip making giant, presents the Semicon West opening keynote on July 10. Borkar said exascale computing would become a reality before the decade is out, but that it won't live up to its full potential unless fundamental power consumption barriers are overcome (click on image to enlarge).
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.