Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and ranking leaders in the semiconductor industry -
including Jim Clifford, senior vice president and general manager of operations
at Qualcomm, and Dr. Jack Sun, vice president of research and development at
TSMC - will focus on economic challenges in advanced lithography during
the fourth biannual SEMATECH Litho Forum May 10-12 at the Marriott Marquis in
New York, NY.
The Litho Forum is the chip industry's only global conference where
business leaders and technology experts can discuss the status and direction
of advanced and next-generation lithography. This year's conference will
focus on "turning innovation into value," the conscious development
of litho technology solutions that incorporate economic feasibility to provide
true value and allow the chip industry to grow.
"Lithography is the linchpin of success in the semiconductor industry,"
said Dan Armbrust, president and CEO of SEMATECH. "It has enabled productivity
in the information technology industry for the past 45 years, and has sustained
the semiconductor industry's underlying business model. Now, for the semiconductor
industry to continue to grow, lithography must remain profitable in the face
of current technical and economic challenges."
At the opening plenary session on May 11, Congressman Tonko will join with
Pushkar Apte, vice president of technology programs at the Semiconductor Industry
Association (SIA), and Andreas Wild, executive director at Europe's ENIAC
Joint Undertaking, to examine government-industry alliances that support innovation,
collaborations to control costs, and technology solutions rooted in economic
That afternoon, a panel of senior industry executives will describe how their
companies and consortia have adapted to stay profitable while maintaining the
lithography roadmap in a down economy. In addition to Dan Armbrust, the panel
addressing "Keeping the Roadmap Profitable" will include:
- Jim Clifford, senior VP and general manager of operations, Qualcomm, Inc
- Dr. Jack Sun, vice president, research and development at TSMC
- Sean Doyle of Intel Capital
- Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of IMEC
The following day, an impressive lineup of academic leaders and equipment and
materials suppliers will share progress and prospects for current, new and alternative
technologies, and will discuss economic challenges for litho equipment makers
in areas such as the supply chain, industry consolidation, and other cost pressures.
"This year, more than any other, the EUV community must work collaboratively
to address capital cost challenges to set global industry direction, accelerate
technology solutions in infrastructure, and bring innovative products to market,"
said John Warlaumont, vice president of advanced technologies for SEMATECH.
"The information and guidance on lithography trends from this year's
Litho Forum will provide attendees with an assessment of the industry's
perceptions and intentions toward litho development, and will clarify the technology
gaps that must be closed to meet the roadmap."
Litho Forum participants will gain insights on next-generation lithography
from a variety of speakers representing alliances, consortia, fabless, foundries,
logic and memory companies. Registration for the Litho Forum is open to SEMATECH
members and the public.