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Disruptive Innovation

Success breeds its own demise.

Disruptive Innovation, as theory has it, attempts to explain how successful companies are disrupted by new models of business values and technology support networks. The process is painful and the results are too often too devastating: the more powerful the companies are, the harder they crash. To practitioners in high-tech industries, it leads to the wiping out of entire industries: examples of cathode-ray-tubes by flat panel displays, electric light bulbs by solid-state lightings, photographic films by charge-coupled-devices, are just but few cases. New technologies replace the less efficient and more costly ones, with associated rises and falls of business empires. Any resistances along the way will be ruthlessly crushed. No wonder it leads one to cry out loud: Only the Paranoid Survive.

According to the theory (with some taste of the Thin Mint Paradox), every business entity is doomed by its own success, the more so the faster it strengthens itself with constant investments of incremental and sustaining innovations (be they evolutionary or revolutionary). It may lead the industry for as long as until the next wave of disruptive technology engulfs it. The theory advises that to survive, one should embrace disruptive innovations proactively: every high-tech company must therefore keep disrupting itself in order not to get disrupted. In semiconductor terminology, a foundry should keep shrinking down its technology nodes in order not to be outpaced by followers.

So, would one day this industry of semiconductors (operating in quantum mechanics of electrons) be replaced by other disruptive technology (maybe say, devices operating in the relativistic world of photons)?

The Organizers understand the inevitable trend of commoditization of the semiconductor industry (in the absence of drastically new fundamental advancements) as the society moves onward into the Internet of Things era. The profound impacts of this accelerated change to universal connectivity not only affect everyone of device designers, IP-providers, IC manufacturers, equipment makers, system developers, software vendors, and application creators, but also reverberate across industrial boundaries to other sectors of the social fabric.

Hoping to draw general attention on the brewing notion of disruptions so as to embrace them proactively with more disruptive innovations, the Organizers endeavour to bring together all the experts and researchers from different fields in the industries of semiconductor, photovoltaics and solid-state-lighting to share their latest developments, break-through advancements, practical experiences and innovative ideas. Our focus has always been on cross-collaborations, operational strategies, technological innovations, and business partnerships. Any topic with objectives of sustainable development remains as always our principal interest. Presentations on disruptive innovations will be highly welcome and facilitated.

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Hsin Chu, September 12, 2014

with ISSM 2013
Hsin Chu, September 6, 2013

Hsin Chu, September 4, 2012

with ISSM 2011
Hsin Chu, September 5-6, 2011
with AEC/APC-Asia 2010
Hsin Chu, September 3, 2010

Taipei, October 2, 2009

with AEC/APC-Asia 2008
Hsin Chu, September 27-28, 2008

Taipei, June 14, 2007



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