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Before I go any further, after years and years of being at the San Jose Convention Center, this year's TSMC Technology Symposium has moved. It will be in the Santa Clara Convention Center. And, while on that topic, Arm TechCon later this year is going in the opposite direction—after many years in Santa Clara it will be in the San Jose Convention Center. So don't go to the wrong places.
If you plan to go and you only take one thing away from this blog post, then make it this: the TSMC Tech Symposium is in Santa Clara, not San Jose. You should be there that day too.
What day would that be?
There are really only two times per year that you can get an idea of what TSMC is doing. What new technologies they will introduce? What fabs they are building? How are processes ramping to volume? Some sneak previews of next-generation process features. In between, TSMC rarely announces anything except its financial results. You won't find most of this information on their website either.
TSMC is such a large part of the fabless ecosystem, and it is right on the cutting edge of new process nodes, that what they do sets the agenda for the whole industry. So if you want to be informed about what the semiconductor industry is doing, what is changing, and what is the timetable, then you need to be at the Tech Symposium. The second event is the Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum (OIP) which this year is 3rd October in Santa Clara.
The basic format is the same as previous years. In the morning there will be presentations by senior TSMC executives. In the afternoon, there are deeper technical dives.
The morning agenda is:
For a couple of years now, TSMC has talked about targeting four verticals: mobile, automotive, IoT, and HPC. This year the afternoon presentations (almost) follow this vertical structure. So the afternoon looks like:
TSMC don't say in advance who will be giving the presentations, although I have heard that Cliff Hou will be coming. Which is the perfect excuse to plug my book (it's free!) Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry, for which Cliff wrote the foreword. Also worth a read, as a piece of history, is my post TSMC 30 Years Ago Today on a presentation TSMC gave to the finance community when they were just getting started.
The Tech Symposium goes on tour:
Then, in the fall, it is OIP. As I said above, it is 3rd October in Silicon Valley. It actually goes to Europe first, and China later:
More details are on the TSMC website. And if you want a challenge, try and find this agenda page yourself. It has the agenda and a link for registration.
And, once again, don't forget it has moved to Santa Clara this year. I'll see you there. I'll be the guy typing furiously since none of us are allowed to photograph the screen, nor record the event, and there are no handouts.
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