SAN FRANCISCO -- Last week, the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI held its 43rd annual Semicon West tradeshow here.
The show, which has been steadily shrinking in recent years, is still the most important tradeshow for people in the semiconductor equipment industry. And it still boasts its fair share of activity in terms of keynotes, panel discussions, and other newsworthy items.
As has been the case in recent years, discussion of the pending moves to 450-mm wafers, 3D ICs, and and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography were among the dominant topics. Below is a list of several Semicon West related stories posted on EE Times in the past two weeks.
Scroll through the following pages for more photos from the show.
In a keynote address delivered to a packed house, Ajit Manocha, CEO of Globalfoundries, said demand for high-performance semiconductors is being driven by mobile consumer devices. But the increasingly complex technical issues surrounding 20nm and 14nm will require all members of the semiconductor ecosystem to work closely together to ensure customers can get new products to market in a timely and cost-effective manner, he said.