Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SEMICON West: The industry is everywhere

We've posted tons of content from SEMICON West, from videos to podcasts to text writeups. And more is on the way. But while we're processing all our notes and brainwaves, here's something a bit off the path...

It's not unusual to hear public buzz around the Bay Area about semiconductors; it's the lifeblood of the region. Even the panhandlers between Market to Moscone will profess an awareness just to help their cause (as surely they do about most tradeshows that pass through). But at our hotel this year, the concierge surprised us by revealing quite a bit more more than a passing knowledge. Turns out he's a U.Penn-pedigreed Ph.D -- patented, with a handful of published papers -- with a wide background in everything from narrow bandgap semiconductors to IR detectors and sensors to solar panels and nickel-hydride batteries. He's still tracking what goes on in the industry, and has a keen interest to get back into the game after a hiatus. We've got his contact information if anyone's interested.

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