September 17, 2012
IMAPS International Symposium on Microelectronics
The conference keynote address was held on Tuesday with a presentation by Mr. Matt Grob, Executive Vice President and CTO of Qualcomm. His presentation was titled "The path to a 1,000x increase in capacity for mobile network". The presentation focused on the opportunities, challenges and momentum with advancing technologies in mobile. Matt spoke about the tremendous increase for mobile data/video and the challenges for the mobile providers to meet demand. He discussed a range of technologies including the use of Wi-Fi to supplement the 3G & 4G wireless spectrum.
There were over 20 technical sessions during the conference ranging in topics from 2.5/3D Packaging, Materials, Advanced Technologies and Global Perspective. We visited a few of these sessions and they were well attended, causing some exhibitors to wonder why the show floor had few visitors. The exhibit hall picked-up during the extended lunch breaks and provided attendees a chance to learn more about equipment, materials and test. Most companies we spoke with said business was okay, but flat compared to last year, which was not good enough for some who forecast 10% growth.
We congratulate iMAPS for a successful conference.
Ken Cavallaro , Business Manager
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