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Publication Date: 06/1/2011
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Semicon on the Leading Edge
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
Every month U.S. Tech appears at several trade shows — some requiring a great deal of travel. As we go to press, we have just returned from EDS in Las Vegas. The previous week, it was Nuremburg, Germany where we supported the SMT Hybrid & Packaging. We also covered the Wire Processing Technology Show in Milwaukee.

Next big show on the nearby horizon is Semicon West, being held July 12-14 in San Francisco. A very important and fast-growing segment of Semicon will be devoted to energy harvesting — photovoltaics of all kinds, their manufacture and packaging. But other innovations and hi-tech developments invariably surface at shows like this, with advances that go far beyond semiconductors. The science used to make microchips is also enabling advances in solid-state lighting, flexible displays, micro-machines, thin film sensors, new power ICs and of course, PVs.

PVs still remain locked at a frustratingly low efficiency level, hovering around five to six percent, and the most important industry "breakthroughs" have only increased this capability by tiny fractions of one percent. Hopefully, Semicon will reveal some radically new technology that can break through this difficult efficiency barrier.

It is at shows like this where we get the opportunity to see innovations and new technologies that enable smarter, faster, more powerful and more affordable electronic products and devices that bring the power of the digital age to more people every day.

August brings us Autotestcon being held this year in Baltimore. And September hits us with a flurry of important shows, including the transplanted ATE multi-show now moved from Rosemont to Downtown Chicago's McCormick Place, and IPC Midwest back in Schaumburg. Keep your bags packed; it's travel time once again.  

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