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Friday, May 29, 2009

SEMICON West Update

With the industry in the midst of the worst slump of its history, many people are asking me, “What’s happening with SEMICON West?”

It’s not an easy question to answer. From a programs perspective, I think it will be the best West in a decade. We have more content and more original, high quality content that we’ve had in many years. In addition to the TechXPOTS which will be better this year, we have much stronger partner programs. The MEMS Industry Group will hold its Business Strategy Seminar, Convergent Semiconductors will hold an impressive conference on new memory technologies, and Sematech will run a 3D Interconnect Workshop. I am especially looking forward to FlexTech Alliance’s introductory and educational workshops on printed electronics. There will 2-hour Packaging and Foundry Summits, and this ITRS panel discussion will present the critical issues in the industry roadmap. For more on West and the programs, visit

But in terms of exposition space, West will be a smaller show. The floor plan has consolidated into Moscone Halls North and South and the Test and Packaging segments will no longer be located in Moscone West first floor. But Intersolar, our partner solar exposition is growing and compensating for the semiconductor decline. Intersolar now occupies all of Moscone West, tripling the size of last year’s exhibition and bringing the 2009 total floor space to approximately 120,000 net square feet –Intersolar North America 2009 now expects to accommodate around 500 exhibitors. Currently more than 400 exhibitors from 20 countries worldwide are confirmed to exhibit at Intersolar with 15,000 expected attendees anticipated

Concerning attendee registration, things are going reasonbly well for SEMICON West. Through Sunday, May 24, SEMICON registration (SEMICON-only and SEMICON + Intersolar North America) totaled 9,617, which is -22% versus the same week last year, but only -6% compared with the five year average for this week (10,223).

We added 1,423 visitors in the past week, versus 1,727 the week prior. Including the 1,055 Intersolar-only visitor registrants, total visitor registration for both events through Sunday totaled 10,672. In the past two days, even with the Memorial Day holiday, we have added over 500 new SEMICON visitors, which is ahead of our average daily pace. And Intersolar audience recruitment hasn’t kicked in yet. Last week, Intersolar distributed their first visitor promotion email, which accounted for a significant portion of the week's accelerated registration.

While the industry is mired at equipment booking levels not seen since the early 90’s, innovation continues on productivity, 22nm geometries, new materials, wafer sizing, and a host of other areas. At the same time, the MEMS, solar, high brightness LED, printed electronics and other markets are just emerging. SEMICON West is still the place to be to participate in the next waves of innovation in advanced manufacturing. As the industry and region changes, so must SEMICON West and we’re committed to evolving the show in new ways. If you have any ideas or comments, please let me know.

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