By Phil LoPiccolo, Editor-in-Chief
The promise of photovoltaics (PV)to solve the world’s energy problems as well as fuel semiconductor industry growth)drew overflow crowds to presentations on anything solar at SEMICON West 2007. This two-part series reports on a pair of keynotes headlining the conference that described opportunities and challenges for semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers in the solar market.
Part One, “High time for solar power,” explores the bright future for expanding the adoption of PV technology in the US, as envisioned by Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Part Two, “Making solar cells: This IS your father’s fab,” examines the fundamental differences between making solar cells and integrated circuits, from the perspective of T.J. Rodgers, who serves as both chairman of solar panel maker SunPower and president and CEO of IC manufacturer Cypress Semiconductor.