The ConFab welcomes new Advisory Board members, SEMI as sponsor

(December 28, 2010) The ConFab, an invitation-only global conference and networking event for semiconductor industry executives, announces the appointment of five new advisory board members for 2011. The ConFab also welcomes the industry association SEMI, which has agreed for the first time to sponsor The ConFab in 2011. The conference, which will be held May 15-18, 2011, is also moving to a new venue in Las Vegas: the M Resort Spa Casino.

The ConFab is operated by PennWell Corp., a diversified global media and information company, and is the primary event produced by Solid State Technology, the leading global information source on semiconductor manufacturing.

The five new advisory board members are:

  • John Lin, Director of Mfg Technology Center, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
  • Geoffrey Yeap, VP of Technology, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Y.W. Park, VP, 300mm Technology team leader, Foundry Business Team, LSI Division, Samsung
  • Paul Farrar, VP, Albany Expansion and Strategic Initiatives, IBM Corporation
  • Scott Kramer, Vice President of Manufacturing Technology, SEMATECH

These new members are joining the existing advisory board, comprised of industry leaders:

  • David Bennett, VP Alliances, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Janice Golda, Director Lithography Capital Equipment Development, Intel
  • John Chen, VP, Nvidia
  • Kevin Logue, DMOS6 Engineering Manager, Texas Instruments
  • Sima Salamati, Test Technology & Product Engineering Manager, Texas Instruments (ret.)
  • Hans Stork, CTO, Applied Materials
  • Lori Nye, COO/Executive Director Customer Operations, Brewer Science
  • Paul Edstrom, CTO GE Commercial Finance
  • Ken Rygler, President, Rygler & Associates (founder of Toppan Photomasks)
  • Takeshi Hattori, President, Hattori Consulting International
  • Bill Tobey, President, ACT International
  • and Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief, Solid State Technology.

“We’re excited to have the new advisory members on board for The ConFab 2011,” said Pete Singer, Conference Chairman. “They will be instrumental in helping us sharpen our focus on the important role that fabless companies play in driving semiconductor manufacturing, and the changing infrastructure as more companies move to a fabless or asset-light model.”

The ConFab 2011 will continue the conference’s traditional focus on the economics of semiconductor manufacturing. Attendees will hear about:

  • The industry’s dramatic recovery in 2010 and a continued positive out look for 2011 and 2012. The impact of consumerization, where almost 60% of semiconductor sales are driven by consumer demand for electronics products.
  • A restructuring of the industry that may leave only a handful of companies with the financial and technical resources to produce devices at the very leading edge.
  • The long term outlook for a maturing, yet-still-cyclical industry (cyclicality is a function of supply and demand, capacity, average selling price, and the high capital and operating costs of a fab).
  • A bevy of technical challenges, including next generation lithography, 450mm wafer transition, 3D integration, and the advanced packaging and testing of increasingly complex chips.
  • The opportunities of high growth markets such as MEMS, LEDs, flexible displays and energy storage.

SEMI joins a growing list of companies and associations that have sponsored The ConFab. Sponsors to-date for the 2011 event include:  Advantest, AG Semiconductor, Applied Materials, ATMI, Brewer Science, Camtek, Cascade Microtech, EVG, Edwards Vacuum, KLA-Tencor, Lam Research, Novellus, Pall Microelectronics and Valqua.

“We’re delighted to have SEMI on board as a sponsor of The ConFab,” said Diane Lieberman, Group Publisher. “We know their delegates will find the conference informative and the networking opportunities useful. This sponsorship is part of a closer collaboration between SEMI and PennWell, which includes a new SEMI News and Views blog on, PennWell’s portal for electronics manufacturing, and SEMI sponsorship of the LEDS manufacturing workshop at PennWell’s Strategies in Light Conference and Exposition, Feb. 22-24, 2011, in Santa Clara, CA.”

The M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas is one of the newest hotel/casinos on the south end of the Las Vegas strip, with award-winning dining and four-star service. The M Resort features more than 60,000 square feet of open and dynamic conference space, including a 17,400 square foot ballroom, multiple reception areas and a convenient business center.

Entering its seventh year, The ConFab is an exclusive invitation-only global conference and business meeting where executives from semiconductor equipment and material suppliers can meet with key decision makers from semiconductor manufacturers. At The ConFab, these executives discuss business and technology issues and collaborate on future strategic development in device manufacturing. Ample time is available for private face-to-face meetings between equipment and material suppliers and manufacturers. Attendance is by invitation only and attendees are pre-screened to verify that they are key participants in the buying process. For sponsorship information, please contact JoAnn Pellegrini ([email protected]).

Solid State Technology is the longest-standing and most complete source of information on semiconductor manufacturing, wafer fabrication, integrated circuits, thin-film microelectronics, flat-panel displays, and microstructure technologies, processes and equipment. Through its monthly print and digital magazines in North America and Asia, website (, web portal (, e-newsletters and events (The ConFab), Solid State Technology provides its global audience with in-depth technical analysis, authoritative commentary and up-to-the-minute news.

Celebrating its centennial in 2010, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries in addition to fire and emergency services: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiber optics, nanotechnology, aerospace and avionics, LEDS and lighting, and dental.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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