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Show Report – Semicon West

San Francisco is home to SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International) the umbrella association for the semiconductor industry and Semicon West, their original trade show. Since then the brand has expanded worldwide since it’s humble beginnings in Silicon Valley in 1971.

Traditionally semiconductors have been a low-profile item, but this has changed of late and they are suddenly attracting headlines due to a worldwide shortage. Semiconductors are used in almost all electronic devices these days and even car manufacturers are facing all sorts of difficulties getting these small but vital components. In addition, the accelerating technological development of Quantum Computing adds further impetus to the demand for advanced semiconductors.

In this background the Semicon West show returned to Moscone Center in a hybrid format. This was held alongside the Design Automation Conference which filled the South Halls as well as providing synergy for both events. Like every other trade show I have seen in the USA in the last 2 months, both visitor and exhibitor numbers are certainly down on pre-Covid levels. However this is more than outweighed by the positive interaction and business being done on the floor after 2 years of not being able to meet face-to-face.

With Semicon Japan being held the following week and soon to be followed by Semicon Korea in January it is safe to say that the Semiconductor industry is buzzing despite the pandemic and various distribution issues.

As Sakura International is Official Contractor and runs all operations for the Semicon Japan event we are right in the thick of this industry that continues to play a pivotal role as computing and online technology advances.