The semiconductor industry is one of the most important and strategic industries in the world, participating in the design and fabrication of semiconductors and semiconductor devices, such as transistors and integrated circuits (ICs). Semiconductors are prominent in modern technology having, as a unique property, an electrical conductivity between an insulator and conductor, enabling them to manipulate electrical signals. They are essential components of modern electronics, and used in a wide range of products, including computers, smartphones, TVs, cars, industrial equipment, and medical devices.
The semiconductor industry is divided into two main segments: design of integrated circuits and manufacture of chips. Integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), do both design and manufacturing. The industry is research-intensive, with companies investing heavily in R&D. Developing new materials, devices, and processes to improve the performance, reliability, and cost of semiconductors, as well as developing new applications for semiconductors in a wide range of industries.
As a key contributor to global economic growth and innovation, the semiconductor sector is expected to continue to grow rapidly due to the increasing adoption of emerging technologies.
PI-KEM plays an important role in this by supporting the development of new and innovative technologies, providing customers with semiconductor focused materials and equipment to enable their projects to progress.