Driven by value-creating applications in mobile phones, automotive, displays and other systems, the global MEMS industry has grown to over $11 billion in 2012, a 10 percent compound annual average growth rate since 2008. The next stage of MEMS industry development is forecast to grow even faster, but industry drivers will diversify to include new technologies, new business models and new manufacturing strategies. How these new growth drivers will impact MEMS device manufacturers, fabless MEMS companies, MEMS foundries, MEMS equipment and materials suppliers will be the focus of the SEMI International MEMS/MST Industry Forum, held in conjunction with SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org), on October 7-8, 2013 in Dresden, Germany.
Under the theme, “Taking MEMS to the Next Level,” leaders from all sectors of the MEMS value chain will address the critical issues enabling and challenging industry growth prospects for the coming 3-5 year period. Keynote speakers include:
- Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president, STMicroelectronics
- Ulrich Krumbein, senior principal, Device Physics Discretes, Infineon
- Ali Foughi, vice president, Marketing and Business Development, InvenSense
- Barnett Silver, senior vice president, ATREG
- Dave Thomas, marketing director, Etch Products, SPTS
Other speakers at the two-day conference include technology, manufacturing, application, and business executives from MEMS industry leaders such as, Freescale, IHS, X-Fab, Yole Developpment, Tronics, Lewel Group, Si-Ware Systems, Veeco, EV Group and more. Topics to be discussed include application trends in inertial sensors, microphones, optical, automotive, bio-medical, and other areas. Technology subjects include advanced packaging, system-on-a-chip, advanced deposition and etch processes, wafer bonding, and inspection/test. A special session has been organized that will look at the rise of fabless MEMS companies and the new foundry services and capabilities that have arisen to meet the needs of this sector.
“We are moving beyond the mobile and automotive era to a new level in MEMS industry development,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “The next era has not yet been defined, but will be characterized by the emergence of a multitude of new markets and applications, enabled by advanced sensing, manufacturing and integration technologies. No other MEMS conference will be as rich in expertise, diverse in perspective or informed in technology trends as the SEMI International MEMS/MST Industry Forum.”
SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org) is the leading exhibition and conference dedicated to the future of micro- and nanoelectronics design and manufacturing in Europe. Leading companies will exhibit and showcase the latest equipment, materials, software and solutions and over 100 speakers will share information on the latest trends, technologies, processes and techniques in electronic applications, design and manufacturing. SEMICON Europa will be held on Oct 8-10, 2013 in conjunction with the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition (www.plastic-electronics.org) to showcase Europe’s most innovative companies, institutions and people.