Every year in the fall GlobalFoundries has a series of technical seminars they take on the road around the US. This year it kicks off on Tuesday, October 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. Two days later it is at Dana Point (southern CA) and on the 30th it goes to Austin (you don’t need me to tell you where Austin is, I’m assuming).
GlobalFoundries is the #2 foundry in the world. The most significant recent announcement was that their Fab 8 in alta NY will run a copy-exact of the Samsung 14nm process. This will not only give GF a solid 14nm process, but also make it possible for customers to second source designs into either fab. Since Samsung is both a foundry and a major player in mobile and other industries, there is a high level of competing with their customers. For sure that is one reason that Apple moved away from Sammy to TSMC, it was just too weird being both the largest (essentially only) foundry customer and at the same time playing number 2 in market share to Samsung’s mobile offerings.
Building on last year’s inaugural seminars, executives from GF will reveal the latest developments in technology and discuss industry trends and solutions throughout the region. From leading-edge advanced SoC design and packaging to HV analog and embedded NVM & RF solutions, the event will cover a wide range of topics.
The seminar also features a panel discussion focusing on Techno-Economics Pressure in Semiconductor Value Chain that may impact Consumers and Global Economy. Panelists include leading figures and industry experts from the semiconductor Eco-System. Another highlight is the partner area featuring GF’s ecosystem partners who will showcase their collaborations. A special networking reception will be held in the afternoon allowing attendees the opportunity to meet and mingle with partners in a relaxed setting.
So here are the details. The agendas vary slightly from seminar to seminar.
- October 21st, Doubletree Hotel San Jose. 8.30am to 4pm.
- October 23rd, Doubletree Hotel, Dana Point. 8.30am to 4pm.
- October 30th, Omni Austin Southpark, 8.30am to 4pm.
The agenda for the San Jose seminar is as follows:
- GF strategy and roadmap update
- Panel discussion: Techno-Economics Pressure in Semiconductor Value Chain may impact Consumers and Global Economy – What is our Solution?
- 2.5D/3D The new paradigm of advanced packaging
- RF, BCDlite and NVM
- 14-20nm leading edge
Full details, including a link for registration, are here.