Updated 05/16/2012 06:16 PM
Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference held in the Spa City
Some of the greatest minds in the semiconductor industry descend on the Spa City, once again reaffirming our area's presence as a growing hub for high technology. Our Erin Connolly has more on the annual Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- For the second year in a row, Saratoga Springs was chosen to host the annual Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference. A couple hundred microelectronics professionals are in town to network and get information on the latest in advanced manufacturing strategies.
Jennifer Braggin, a Strategic Applications Technologist, said, ''It's current technologies and things people can implement today. We get to learn about process changes made in fabs today and people who attend this conference can then go back and introduce these techniques into their own fabs and improve their quality, their yield and their costs.''
The three day event features several keynote speakers and brings together the best and brightest from the manufacturing arena. Event organizers say Saratoga Springs is the perfect place to hold the event because not only is it a welcoming city, but it's an area at the forefront of the latest in nanotechnology.
Karen Savala, the President of SEMI Americas, said, ''Albany and CNSE has created a huge magnet for advanced technology research and development in this area and so many of our members who are equipment and materials suppliers have come to the area as well so it made logical sense for us to hold the conference here.''
And with all these semiconductor officials in town, it's a boost to the economy for an area expanding every day.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson said, ''We're bringing in people from around the world to have this Saratoga experience and by that I mean shop in our shops, eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels. Studies have shown people come to a community once, they come back because they like it.''
And next week is the World Semiconductor Council. That event will also take place in Saratoga Springs. Governor Cuomo is scheduled to be there, along with semiconductor industry leaders from around the globe.