What to expect from the European MEMS Summit Conference

As Bosch, InvenSense and STMicroelectronics continue to go head-to-head in an attempt to capture the biggest shares of the growing MEMS market, SEMI has announced that it will bring these MEMS giants together in an unprecedented European conference & exhibition to discuss the future of MEMS and Sensors.

The SEMI European MEMS Summit will take place on September 17-18, 2015 in Milan Italy. Featuring international speakers, exhibitors and attendees, the event is expected to tackle the most pressing issues currently facing the industry. Click here for a detailed agenda and to register.

Sensing the Planet, MEMS for Life

SEMI will be hosting some of the most influential decision-makers in MEMS and Sensors as they discuss the European MEMS Summit’s theme: Sensing the Planet, MEMS for Life. Constant innovation in the realm of MEMS is helping to define a new relationship between people, their devices and the world around them, a world that they can now sense, measure and monitor with just the push of a button. A few kilometers away, cultural and political figures from around the globe at Milan EXPO 2015, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – insisting on the need for more intelligent resource distribution. It is not a stretch to think that MEMS technology will be instrumental in the efficient management of our planet’s resources in years to come.

SEMI endeavors to give its members and the ecosystem in the industry a platform for presenting some of the most important challenges and promising technologies that will define the future development of MEMS and Sensors.

What to expect from the European MEMS Summit conference

Business

Yole Développement recently announced that the MEMS market is projected to grow to $22 billion by 2018. Applications for MEMS continue to expand in the automotive and personal electronics sectors, giving MEMS manufacturers a favorable environment for growth. In this growing market, what are the most promising business prospects and of which opportunities do companies need to take advantage?

SEMI will give attendees an in-depth view of the challenges and opportunities for the MEMS industry today. Attendees will hear from six experts, including keynote speaker Benedetto Vigna, Executive VP of STMicroelectronics, who will share their insights into the business of MEMS today. Speakers will share, among other things, strategies for improving the MEMS value chain, the opportunities and risks associated with the development of highly individualized MEMS devices and the important innovations in the sector that will present big opportunities in the near future.  Of note: a presentation from SITRI will demonstrate China’s ambitious investment in microelectronics these days and the country’s deep interest in sharing their development of MEMS and Sensors with European and international companies.  Not coincidentally, a Chinese delegation composed of domestic device makers, foundries, OSAT and equipment suppliers will be present at the Summit to meet with members of the European industry.

Technology

Conference-goers will also learn all about the today’s cutting-edge innovations & processes in the development of MEMS devices. The segment will include a keynote address by Kees Joosse of TSMC Europe. Invited speakers will discuss current MEMS technology and the trends on the horizon that will make MEMS smaller, smarter and less expensive. Most notably, attendees will hear about MEMS and CMOS co-integration, sensors hubs and sensor fusion, MEMS manufacturing on 300mm wafers, thin film piezoelectric and magnetic materials, TSV/TGV, interposers, and Wafer Level Packaging. TSMC, ASE, Silex, CEA-Leti and STMicroelectronics will be among the companies addressing the above-mentioned topics.

Applications

The key for the continued growth of the MEMS sector is the increasing pervasiveness of the technology in everyday devices and its now systematic integration into new devices. The applicative segments of the MEMS Summit will focus on the IoT, consumer electronics, wearables and the automotive sector, with keynote talks given by Bosch Sensortec’s CEO and GM, Steffen Finkbeiner and InvenSense’s CEO, Behrooz Abdi. Finkbeiner and Abdi will respectively talk about “MEMS Sensors: Enabler of the IoT” and “Internet of Sensors”, each sharing his vision of the current state and the potential evolution of the IoT. In addition, speakers from ams AG and ARM will share their viewpoints and value propositions for the IoT. Infineon and Huawei will also be present to give talks on consumer electronics.

The session will end with a noteworthy session dealing with the changes in the MEMS automotive landscape, featuring James Bates, VP Sensor and Analog at Freescale, Gina-Maria Espinoza-Garcia from Sensata (the new number 2 company in Automotive MEMS) and Jérémie Bouchaud from IHS.

More than just a conference!

In addition to a high-caliber conference, the European MEMS Summit will offer an industry exhibition as well as a wealth of good networking opportunities. The exhibition will host 30 companies that are important actors in the field of MEMS. A series of coffee and lunch breaks will give visitors a chance to acquaint themselves with the summit exhibitors and their products, and will also give them the opportunity to meet fellow colleagues working in MEMS. Held at the Atahotel Expo Fiera, attendees will be just steps away from EXPO 2015, Milan’s Universal Exposition.

Join SEMI for this important industry event to stay on the cutting edge of MEMS & Sensor technology!

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