Industry Strategy Symposium to Lead Microelectronics Into New Era of Innovation

ISS 2021 to kick off SEMI’s next 50 years with insights into business, economic and technology trends

MILPITAS, Calif. – December 15, 2020 – SEMI announced today that the virtual Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) 2021 will take place January 12-13 with the theme Bridging the Gap Between the Physical and Digital Worlds. ISS will be the year’s first executive check-in, offering insights from leading analysts, economists, policymakers and technologists on major forces impacting the semiconductor industry. The annual symposium gives business leaders an insightful view to growth trends and industry intelligence, helping ensure that their company business plans and forecasts are based on current market conditions. Registration is now open.  


The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the digital transformation as the microelectronics industry looks ahead to historic growth opportunities with the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping how we work and live in a hyper-connected world. The latest market insights are vital for business leaders to hatch new innovations and business models that will drive the next wave of industry growth.

“ISS is the premiere venue for imagining the future and turning among the best economic, market, geopolitical and technology insights into actionable intelligence and business opportunities,” said David Anderson, president of SEMI Americas and host of ISS. “This COVID-19 pandemic has shown that – from working from home to developing a vaccine at unprecedented speed – creating the solutions to the greatest challenges will take all of us, working together, as we continue to blur the lines between the physical and digital worlds.”

ISS 2021 highlights include the following:


  • Dr. Naga Chandrasekaran, senior vice president, Process R&D and Operations, Micron Technology
  • Congressman Michael McCaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, and current sponsor for the CHIPS Act for America

Economic trends and market perspectives affecting the chip industry

  • Dr. Catherine Mann, managing director and global chief economist, Citibank
  • Martin Rasser, senior fellow for the Technology and National Security Program, at the Center for a New American Security
  • Executives and economists from International Data Corporation, Yole Developpement, Linx Consulting, and VLSI Research

Discussions on market and application drivers

  • Top executives from Air Liquide Advanced Materials, IC Knowledge, Hitch Works, and EMD Performance Materials

ISS 2021 is the first of eight conferences comprising SEMI’s third annual Technology Leadership Series of the Americas. Aligned from coast to coast throughout 2021, the series is designed to foster critical discussions on the short- and long-term influences and opportunities in the $2 trillion emerging markets.


About SEMI

SEMI® connects more than 2,400 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Technology Communities, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit to learn more, contact one of our worldwide offices, and connect with SEMI on  LinkedIn and  Twitter.


Association Contact

Scott Stevens, for SEMI Americas

Phone: 1.512.288.4050


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