The event begins on Wednesday afternoon (2 nd October) and concludes on the Friday afternoon; the intervening 48 hours is filled with a mix of industry analysis and forecasting, and a series of presentations from senior industry figures on all aspects of the challenges – and opportunities – facing the industry today. Throughout the event, the programme includes numerous opportunities for delegates to network and renew acquaintances.
Future Horizons' founder Malcolm Penn paints a picture of an industry, as he puts it, “brazenly” about to enter the era of sub-20-nm silicon manufacture, at the same time as the entire chip sector faces the combination of a global economic recession, together with “mega-shifts” in its own domain; the move away from a PC-dominated business to one dependent on smart portable devices being the main, but far from the only, example.
The Forum asks the question, therefore; “Entering The Sub-20nm Era ... ‘Business As Usual’ OR ‘It’s Different This Time’?” : breaks that down into challenges for Technologies, Manufacturing, Market Structure & Applications: and looks in detail at each of these areas. Providing key insights is a cast of CEOs and CTOs drawn from leading companies across the industry, each delivering a focussed presentation and providing their own perspective on the task that lies ahead. The “almost-final” list of speakers appears below; at the time of writing, Future Horizons' Malcolm Penn anticipates adding several more speeches from some of the very biggest names in the business.
Inaugurated in 1991, Future Horizons’ International Electronics Forum is an annual executive-level networking event held in co-operation with the host country's government – in this case, Eire. With a restricted attendance level of around 120 senior international executives, delegates span the full spectrum of the industry, mainly C-level (CEO, COO, CTO) executives from microelectronics companies, semiconductor equipment and materials firms, electronics equipment and systems manufacturers, start-up and research establishments, government and industry officials and finance and