Why Do Industry Leaders Attend ISS?

Why Do Industry Leaders Attend ISS?

By Karen Savala, President, SEMI Americas

The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS), to be held in Half Moon Bay, California on January 12-15 has become the premier executive conference in the semiconductor industry.  Why do industry leaders from around the world continue to support the conference?  Why do they attend? According to last year’s attendee survey, the top reasons for attending ISS are: 1.) economic trends, 2.) industry forecasts, 3.) technology trends, and 4.) networking with customers and colleagues.  Meeting these objectives continues to be our top priority and that’s why we are excited by this year’s conference.  ISS will feature the top experts in the key economic, political and technology forces affecting our industry and will be attended by one of the largest contingent of influential chip manufacturing executives we’ve ever seen.

Executives from leading chip manufacturers such as Intel, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Micron, IBM, Nvidia, Xilinx, Qualcomm, SanDisk and more will attend to develop their strategic outlook for the year, explore risks and opportunities, and get the latest updates on critical technology trends. Leading research consortia like imec, SEMATECH and G450C will attend ISS to align their research priorities with industry needs.  Top tier equipment manufacturers like Applied Materials, Lam Research and TEL will use ISS to anchor their business planning processes, and many key technology, systems and components suppliers use ISS to sharpen their strategic plans.  Others attending ISS include financial analysts and investors, international economic development organizations, leading software companies, consumer electronics companies, industrial conglomerates, and many more.  They come to ISS to plan their year, enrich their strategic outlook and build valuable relationships with the most knowledgeable and influential executives in the industry.

One recent addition to the program is Young Sohn, president and chief strategist from Samsung Electronics, a business that develops the fundamental, underlying technologies for a $188 billion enterprise employing more than 270,000 people in 79 countries. He will speak at the ISS Banquet where the SEMI Award for North America, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors, will be announced.

With enormous change and uncertainty in the industry, this year’s ISS will be abuzz with facts, opinions and debate about the key trends and expectations for advanced microelectronics manufacturing.  While capital spending is projected to rebound as much as 23 percent in 2014 (SEMI Year-end Forecast), questions abound about 450mm wafer processing and EUV development.  Industry roadmaps have never been more uncertain, particularly in memory, and 3D-IC has been slow to rollout in high-volume applications.  Even Moore’s Law, such a reliable constant over the past 40 years, has come under increasing scrutiny as cost targets for future nodes appear nearly impossible to reach.  How these and other developments will affect customers, suppliers, downstream manufacturers, investors, and others will be the focus of the conference, both in formal presentations and during private conversations and impromptu debates.

Keynotes at ISS will be provided by Rick Wallace, president and CEO of KLA-Tencor and Manish Bhatia, senior VP at SanDisk. Among the chip companies providing their perspectives on the program include Nick Yu, VP of Engineering, Qualcomm; Lama Nachman, principal engineer, Intel Corporation; Pablo Temprano, senior director, Samsung Semiconductor; Rod Morgan, VP of Procurement, Micron Technology; Dr. Michael  Mayberry, VP, director, Components Research, Intel Corporation; Dr. Jon Casey, IBM Fellow, System Scaling Technologies and Opportunities, IBM; Dr. Ivo Bolsens, senior VP and CTO, Xilinx; Bryan Rice, senior director of R&D Transformation, GLOBALFOUNDRIES; Dr. John Chen, VP of Technology and Foundry Operations, Nvidia; and Paul Farrar, general manager,  Global 450mm Consortium. ISS will also feature a CEO Panel of leading suppliers, top industry analysts, and much, much more.  For a complete agenda, please visit www.semi.org/iss

Led by co-chairs Hamid Zarringhalam of Nikon Precision and Gene Karwacki from Air Products & Chemicals, the ISS organizing committee has done a great job of putting together a great speaker line-up that I’m confident will help shed both heat and light on our industry’s future. I hope you can join us. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

January 8, 2014