New SEMICON Europa in Grenoble to emphasize innovation and applications

SEMICON Europa, the region’s largest event for the microelectronics manufacturing and innovation supply chain, will be held 7-9 October 2014 in Grenoble. Now in its third decade, SEMICON Europa’s new location this year leverages the growing strengths of Grenoble’s technology businesses, academia and institutions  to showcase a diverse array of products, solutions and opportunities spanning the most advanced innovations in the European microelectronics industry.  SEMICON Europa will highlight — in addition to the traditional semiconductor manufacturing segment — new areas like electronic components and design as well as electronic applications for energy efficiency, imaging, healthcare and security. Many of these technologies are emerging from the innovative companies in and around Grenoble.

The Grenoble region, with established and emerging technology companies, has been characterized as “one of the Top 5 most innovative areas in the world” by Forbes Magazine.  SEMICON Europa — with its Grenoble location and focus on innovation and applications — is expected by event organizers to invigorate SEMICON Europa and leverage the energy of the region.

The move to Grenoble occurs in a cyclic growth year for the industry. SEMI forecasts the market for new semiconductor manufacturing equipment to increase by 23 percent for 2014. Total spending in Europe on semiconductor equipment and materials is forecasted to top US$ 5 billion for the year. Furthermore, the aggressive growth strategy (Key Enabling Technology and 10/100/20 initiative) of the European Commission aims to support and regional industry expansion.

Key industry trends and technological advancements such as EUV, 450mm transition, and 3D-TSV (through-silicon-vias for three dimensional device architectures) are driving industry investment. The exposition’s focus on new applications, devices, manufacturing technologies, and markets represent opportunities for equipment, materials, components, systems, and services companies. More than 4,000 industry professionals that influence technology purchasing decisions attend SEMICON Europa and 70 percent of participants are engineers, fab managers, and c-level executives.

The SEMICON Europa technical conference agenda will highlight energy efficiency (low power and power electronics) and imaging segments with focused conferences, speakers who are industry experts, and dedicated exhibition areas.

The renewed format and program of SEMICON Europa 2014 will offer new opportunities for equipment, materials, components, systems, and services companies such as:

·        Semiconductor Manufacturing and Technology: Materials; Equipment; Services

·        Secondary Equipment and Services

·        Science Park for Research Institutes and Universities

·        NEW: Electronic Applications — Energy Efficiency; Imaging; Healthcare; Security

·        NEW: Electronic Components and Design — IC, MEMS, Sensors

·        NEW: Innovation Village — matching start-ups and investors

·        NEW: “Allée des Clusters” — networking European and International Clusters

·        Plastic Electronics Conference

With a broader array of materials, technologies, products, innovative solutions and opportunities spanning the most exciting developments in micro and nanoelectronics, SEMICON Europa brings new applications,  devices, and manufacturing technologies together. For more information on exhibition opportunities, visit www.semiconeuropa.org.  For more information on SEMI Europe, visit: www.semi.org/eu.

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