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Visionary Seminar:'The economics of scaling' - 28.02.2013

On Thursday 28 February 2013, Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec – powered by DSP Valley, organizes the Visionary Seminar on the Economics of scaling.

Next-generation mass consumer electronics, such as smart phones, tablets, ultrabooks, game consoles, … require systems-on-chip with ever more compute power and memory. These devices will continue to push further scaling of chip technology to smaller device sizes beyond 14nm. Extremely powerful compute and memory chips combined with heterogeneous integration of micro-electromechanical systems and sensors will guarantee the tremendous consumer requirements: connectivity everywhere and anytime, high quality and rich real-life experience. Also the application boundaries of semiconductors are expanding at a rapid pace. In recent years, the pharmaceutical and medical industry has discovered the potential of nanoelectronics.

Merging biotechnology and advanced semiconductor technologies drives the future of medicine. It enables a preventive, predictive, personalized and participative healthcare system, aiming at solving the huge challenges of modern diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiac, …  and at bringing affordable healthcare to everyone. Moreover, it’s clear that Moore’s law and More than Moore will enable the implementation of a smart energy grid leading to a low carbon, efficient and clean energy system.

This evolution towards a sustainable society strongly depends on the availability of state-of-the-art semiconductor technology platforms for compute and memory chips (More Moore) and for systems-on-chip combining chips with other functionality such as sensors (More than Moore).
Leading chip manufacturers are driving the transition from 300mm to 450mm wafer sizes to answer the huge market pressure for more powerful compute and memory chips at lower cost. 300mm capacity will be geared in the next 10 years towards markets currently addressed by 200mm such as heterogeneous integration processes of sensors on chips or semiconductor processes for power devices targeting the automotive and energy market.

To maintain Europe’s leadership in healthcare, in automotive, in energy, in communication systems we need leadership on innovation enabled by state-of-the-art technology platforms in More Moore and More than Moore. We need a balanced approach supporting both innovation in More Moore and More than Moore. Such a balanced approach will make Europe a powerful engine of innovation.
16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc
17h10: Nanoelectronics, core of a sustainable society - Opportunities for innovation
Luc Van den hove, CEO imec
18h00: Scaling, key for the mobile data explosion
Liesbet Vander Perre, Program director Green radios, imec
18h30: Large diameter GaN-on-Si : the economically viable solution for next-generation power electronics
Marianne Germain, CEO EpiGaN
18h50: Coffee break
19h20: The economics of scaling and access to the European fabless community
Carl Das, Director ASIC Services imec
19h50: EqcoLogic – inventing niches for analog semiconductors
Peter Helfet, CEO EqcoLogic
20h10: Q&A
20h30: Drinks and snacks
The interventions will be held in English.
imec, Auditorium, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)
Participation fee
- 135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc and DSP Valley
- 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
- Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated and billable to academic institutes.  Please do contact us by e-mail.


Language: English
Organization: LeuvenInc+DSP Valley
Price: 135 EUR