Electronica

Seen on the Scene at Electronica 2018

Seen on the Scene at Electronica 2018

This was my first Electronica, and all I can say is – It is massive. It covered everything to do with the electronics supply chain, from chip design to the chip itself, to the package, component, subassembly, circuit board, through to test and measurement, and enclosures, switches, the works. While my focus for this trip was SEMICON Europa, I took the long way to hall A4, wandering through the E... »

Seen on the Scene at SEMICON Europa 2018

Seen on the Scene at SEMICON Europa 2018

SEMICON Europa was an island in the vast sea of Electronica. It occupied one hall out of 18. But without that hall full of equipment, process, and material suppliers, the other 17 wouldn’t have any reason to exist. Think about that for a bit. There’s a reason “Semiconductors drive smart” was SEMI’s chosen theme for the event.  Rather than attend all the sessions in the tech arena, I cho... »

Closing Out My 2018 Conference Season With SEMICON Europa and Electronica

Closing Out My 2018 Conference Season With SEMICON Europa and Electronica

In the past 10 weeks, I’ve attended five conferences: two in Europe, and three in California. Two focused on MEMS and sensors, two on advanced packaging, and one that tied everything all together. At all of these events, the themes were consistent: advanced packaging rules; automotive and IoT is driving the train, and artificial intelligence and machine learning are the ones to watch on the hype... »

SEMICON Europa 2017 Moves to Munich

SEMICON Europa 2017 Moves to Munich

So here’s a funny story.  At the MEMS Summit in Stuttgart in September, while chatting with Denny McGuirk President and CEO, SEMI, I suggested that SEMICON Europa 2017 would be better attended if it was held in Munich. I’ll admit this was mostly selfishly motivated, as I’ve made the trek from Phoenix to Dresden and Grenoble for industry events, and it’s not an easy one. (Full disc... »