By Dave Mount
At The ConFab 2018, the attendees will be treated to numerous talks on very high level topics that are the principle drivers of the semiconductor industry growth going forward. Subjects such as artificial intelligence, the cloud, virtual reality and quantum computing will be substantially covered during The ConFab keynote talks. Then other important topics will be presented through either panel sessions, or specific talks, such as: advanced packaging, heterogeneous integration, autonomous vehicles, the automotive market segment, advanced memory devices, EUV Lithography in high volume manufacturing, wireless power for implanted medical devices, the potential for artificial intelligence in the semiconductor fab, and the rise of technology foundries. All very interesting stuff, but one of my favorite sessions will be the talks given by the prominent line-up of Industry analysts that will be presenting on the semiconductor industry markets and market sub-segments, semi companies, M&A activities, and regional market dynamics. This year our analyst speakers are: Len Jelinek, Senior Director and Chief Analyst, IHS Markit, who will speak on: â€śGlobal Semiconductor Market Trends: Innovative Technologies Provide the Platform of Industry Growthâ€ť, Jim Feldhan, President, Semico Research, speaking on: â€śEmerging Technology Markets Fueling IC Growthâ€ť, and Robert Maire, President, Semiconductor Advisors presenting on: â€śChina Chips: Trade, Taiwan and Technologyâ€ť given the current political climate and threat of a US â€“ China, trade war, this talk is not to be missed. Throughout the course of The ConFab, our three Analyst Speakers will be available to interact with attendees, during the breakfasts, lunches and networking breaks.