SEMICON Europa

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... »

The Future of Automotive Electronics from the European Perspective

The Future of Automotive Electronics from the European Perspective

From the keynotes to the sessions to casual conversation, automotive electronics was a hot topic of discussion at SEMICON Europa 2017. That’s likely because Europe leads the world in automotive OEMs and is home to four of the top 10 semiconductor providers in the automotive industry. With over 22% growth in automotive ICs over the past year, it’s definitely something to talk about. Autonomous ... »

SEMICON Europa 2017: Connect, Collaborate, Innovate, Grow and Prosper

SEMICON Europa 2017: Connect, Collaborate, Innovate, Grow and Prosper

I remember the day I became Queen of 3D like it was yesterday: It was 2007 and I was attending my very first SEMICON Europa, which was held in Stuttgart, Germany. At the time, I was managing editor of Advanced Packaging Magazine, and the hot technology topic was through silicon vias (TSVs) as an emerging technology that would enable 3D chip stacking. Equipment suppliers like SPTS (then STS), EV Gr... »

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... »

Vive la SEMICON Europa (!)

Vive la SEMICON Europa (!)

As we move into the final quarter of the year, October marks the annual gathering of Europe’s microelectronics industry at SEMICON Europa. This year’s show, which took place October 6-8, 2014, once again attracted the leading players from across the industry value chain, but with an added French twist of being hosted in the Alpine city of Grenoble for the very first time. The new surroundings ... »

SEMIspice: Five reasons to exhibit during a recession

Be sure to check out SEMIspice: Five Reasons to Exhibit During A Recession. Tom really hits the nail on the head. There's never a more important time to maintain a vital presence in the industry than during a financial crisis. There are certainly other places to tighten the belt than your marketing budget. »

SEMICON Europa 2012 Focuses on Materials, 3D ICs, and 450mm

SEMICON Europa got underway yesterday, and reports from the event point to new materials, 450mm and 3D ICs as the key topics – all from the European perspective. According to SEMI Europe President, Heinz Kundert, Europe has reached a critical crossroads where its very future as a global competitor seems to hinge on making it in micro- and nano-electronics. "Europe must not risk the walking away ... »