New technology symposium at SEMICON West 2014 to spotlight critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing

SEMI has announced the new Semiconductor Technology Symposium (STS), to be held July 8-10 as part of the SEMICON West 2014 ( technical and business program agenda. The new program addressing the most important and critical issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing in a new and more technical conference format.

The three-day STS conference is a comprehensive technology and business conference addressing the key issues driving the future of semiconductor manufacturing and markets. Aligned with the latest inputs from technology roadmaps, sessions at the STS will focus on the significant trends shaping near-term semiconductor technology and market developments in areas including advanced processes and materials, lithography, metrology, yield, design, packaging, test, and 450mm.

The STS will also incorporate two IEEE sessions — the IEEE/SEMI Test Vision 2020 workshop, a popular technical conference focused on key trends in automated test equipment (ATE) held concurrently with SEMICON West since 2011, and the IEEE CPMT session (Mobility and More: The M&Ms of Cost Beneficial Advanced Packaging).

“The Semiconductor Technology Symposium addresses today’s critical business and technology issues that companies need to understand in order to plan their investments for the next business cycle,” said Karen Savala, president of SEMI Americas, organizer of SEMICON West. “While technical sessions at past SEMICON West events have addressed these topics and areas, we are focused this year on elevating both the content and presentation in a format more conducive to information exchange and peer-to-peer engagement.”

Since 2006, the majority of technical program content at SEMICON West has been presented on the popular TechXPOT stages on the show floor, with select sessions attracting “standing room only” audiences, exceeding the capacity and capabilities of the stage areas. “We have responded to attendee feedback and developed the STS to take these ‘sold-out’ sessions off the show floor into a more traditional and professional conference setting, with paid guaranteed classroom-style seating, lunch, and networking breaks,” Savala added.

The STS agenda is arranged in parallel sessions (both in the morning and the afternoon), with joint networking luncheons held each day. Registration is available for day passes (one morning and one afternoon session on the same day) or as a package for multiple days. Separate registration for the Test Vision 2020 Workshop is also available. For SEMI members, day passes start at $169 and packages start at $380. For non-members, day passes start at $199 and packages start at $449. Test Vision 2020-only registration starts at $240 for members, $300 for non-members.  Early-bird pricing for the STS and Test Vision 2020 ends June 6.

Tuesday, July 8

  • Challenges, Innovations and Drivers in Metrology
  • Mobility and More: M&Ms of Cost Beneficial Advanced Packaging
  • STS Networking Lunch
  • Yield Session: Defectivity and Process Variability-Inspection, Defect Reduction Challenges and Process Controls at the Sub 20nm Nodes
  • Packaging Architectures with TSV

Wednesday, July 9                 

  • Design for Test
  • Getting to 5nm Devices: Evolutionary Scaling to Disruptive Scaling and Beyond
  • STS Networking Lunch
  • Test Vision 2020, Day 1 of 2, afternoon session/panel
  • Readiness of Advanced Lithography Technologies for HVM

Thursday, July 10

  • Test Vision 2020, Day 2, morning session
  • 450mm Technology Development Update
  • STS Networking Lunch
  • Test Vision 2020, Day 2, afternoon session
    • Breakthrough High-Volume Manufacturing Innovations: New Paradigms for the Road Ahead

In addition to the Semiconductor Technology Symposium (, SEMICON West continues to feature complimentary “no charge” keynote addresses and TechXPOT conference sessions on the exhibition floor as part of the free “expo pass.” Sessions at the TechXPOTs are aimed at engineers and technologists looking for solutions to key technology challenges and looking to better understand cutting-edge and future technology developments. Developed in conjunction with SEMI technical committees, partner organizations, and technologists, the TechXPOT agenda will provide a deeper view of key technology developments in areas including MEMS, Variability Control, Supply Chain, Productivity, 3D Printing, Test, 3D, Silicon Photonics, Automotive Applications, and Compound Semiconductors.  SEMICON West will features over 50 hours of free technical, applications and business programs with the critical, need-to-know information presented by industry leaders.

Free registration for SEMICON West 2014 ( ends May 9.  Early-bird pricing for the Semiconductor Technology Symposium (STS) and Test Vision 2020 ends June 6.  Register for SEMICON West here:


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