With a 13% CAGR over the period of 2013-2019 (predicted by Yole Développement), and the expected of the Internet of Things (IoT), the MEMS market has taken on a new importance — making collaboration around new business and technologies critically important.
The European MEMS Summit was born from a need expressed by the industry to have a high-level event platform to present ideas and exchange viewpoints on MEMS technologies, manufacturing and business challenges. SEMI, already active in MEMS and with a proven track record in microelectronics, has answered this need by reinforcing its dedication to MEMS and by launching a new flagship event to focus on MEMS: the European MEMS Summit.
The first European MEMS Summit, themed, Sensing the Planet, MEMS for Life, will address MEMS technologies, manufacturing, applications and time-to-growth. Over the course of the two-day event, more than 20 keynote and invited speakers from the entire supply chain will share their perspectives and latest updates, including participation by European MEMS leaders. Fabless, foundries, IDMs, OSATs, equipment and materials companies will deliver talks on MEMS and sensors. In addition, a focused industry exhibition will complement the conferences offering with additional networking opportunities.
Industry issues to be discussed at the conference:
- Market drivers for MEMS applications and technology
- Impact and opportunities arising from IoT and sensor-centric applications
- Innovations in technology including new detection principles
- Managing quick ramp up and product changeover — challenges for the supply chain
- Standardization as a driver for cost reduction?
- Trends relative to fabless and foundries business model
These issues are increasingly critical to maintaining MEMS growth and leading executives support this new SEMI event. “Bosch highly welcomes this new SEMI event in Europe since European manufacturers play a leading role in this industry,” says Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec.
Conference speakers will address innovation in technology, with presentations covering new detection principles, new technologies, increased importance of software, as well as new types of MEMS devices. Challenges in the supply chain and the need for a more efficient MEMS-based ecosystem will also be explored during the Summit. Speakers will examine the potential evolution of MEMS fabless and foundries and the need for deeper collaboration between partners.
Business topics will cover macro market trends and feature specific talks on MEMS business challenges, possible industry consolidation and the expected advantages of standardization. Applications of MEMS in different segments including consumer, automotive, industrial, healthcare, and wearable will be discussed. IoT, the sensor-centric phenomenon, will present significant opportunities for MEMS
The first edition of the European MEMS Summit will be located in downtown Milan, at the Atahotel Fiera, which is conveniently connected to all major airports and is also close to the underground from where you can easily reach downtown Milan in just 20 minutes.. Benedetto Vigna, executive VP and general manager of the Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group at STMicroelectronics, states that “With a significant part of MEMS success centered near Milan, the city offers the perfect backdrop for this event highlighting the technology’s magnificence and exceptional value.”