SEMI’s Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) is the industry’s leading event focused specifically on the latest developments in advanced materials and business drivers in the microelectronics supply chain. Industry expert Rick Hemond, Ph.D., Chief Marketing Officer, Electronics & Imaging business in the Specialty Products Division of DowDupont, has been invited to deliver one of this year’s keynotes, titled “The Role of Electronic Materials in the Future Connected World.”
The internet of things, 5G, and artificial intelligence are expanding across various markets, creating new applications and growth opportunities for the semiconductor industry. However, development of next-generation devices and systems brings new and increased complexities and challenges. New architectures are being developed, system functionalities are being enhanced, and integration is becoming even more important to address escalating miniaturization and performance demands – all while keeping costs down. These factors are driving more innovation and collaboration across the entire supply chain, including materials.
“Our industry is on the cusp of profound and exhilarating change, as digital transformation is further expanding mobility and connectivity into new markets, while converging technologies are bringing more applications into smaller and smarter devices,” said Hemond. “Materials are at the heart of the connected world and will continue to be critical in the development of future smart electronics.”
Aligning to the conference theme of “Materials Shaping the Future of Electronics,” Hemond’s talk will look at the major trends driving the semiconductor industry and the role electronic materials have played, and will continue to play, in industry advances. He will highlight materials and processes that have been critical to the industry’s evolution, from driving new technology nodes, to enabling development of more advanced substrates and packages, and will offer insight into future material needs. Finally, Hemond will share key activities and materials, underscoring the business’s commitment to future innovation, collaboration and sustainability.
Hemond’s keynote will take place from 8:35 to 9:10 am on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, as part of SMC 2018. The event will be held Sept. 24-26, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in San Jose, Calif.