Google's Head of Quantum AI Lab to Keynote at The ConFab 2018

The ConFab Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design Conference Announces Newest Speaker in May Event, Professor John M. Martinis
LAS VEGAS - Dec. 1, 2017 - PRLog -- The ConFab 2018, to be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 20-23, is thrilled to announce the newest opening day Keynote speaker, Professor John M. Martinis. John is a Research Scientist who heads up Google's Quantum AI Lab. He also holds the Worster Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The lab is particularly interested in applying quantum computing to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and as one of Google's quantum computing gurus, John shared the company's "stretch goal". That is to build and test a 49-qubit ("quantum bit") quantum computer by the end of this year. The test will be a milestone in quantum computer technology.

The conference team is also very excited to have IBM distinguished Engineer, Rama Divakaruni - who is responsible for IBM Advanced Process Technology Research - present his Keynote Address: How Artificial Intelligence is driving the "New" Semiconductor Era. Both Keynotes, set for May 21st, promise to be exceptional presentations.

Additional outstanding speakers at The ConFab 2018 include:
  • Dan Armbrust, Co-founder of Silicon Catalyst will present: "Enabling a Startup Ecosystem for Semiconductors" describing the current environment for semiconductor startups.
  • George Gomba, GLOBALFOUNDRIES VP of Technology Research will discuss the EUV lithography project with SUNY Polytechnic Institute now finding its way into advanced semiconductor manufacturing.
  • John Hu, Director of Advanced Technology for Nvidia – John heads up R&D of Advanced IC Process Technologies and programs, Design For Manufacturing, Testchips, and New technology/ IC product.
  • Tom Sonderman, President of Sky Water Technology Foundry will focus on smart manufacturing ecosystems based on big data platform, predictive analytics and IoT.
  • Dr. Koukuo Suu of ULVAC Japan will delve into manufacturing various types of NVM memory chips, including Phase-Change memory (PCRAM).

More industry experts adding to the conference will be announced soon.  Further event details are available at:

About The ConFab

The ConFab is the premier semiconductor manufacturing and design conference and networking event that brings over 150 notable industry leaders together. The ConFab is owned by Extension Media and hosted by Pete Singer, Conference Chair and Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Technology. To inquire about participating - if you represent an equipment, material or service supplier, contact Kerry Hoffman, Director of Sales at: To attend as a guest and/or VIP, contact Sally Bixby at:

About Extension Media

Extension Media is a privately held company operating more than 50 B2B magazines, engineers' guides, newsletters, websites and conferences that focus on high-tech industry platforms and emerging technologies. Extension Media publishes Solid State Technology and, Embedded Systems Engineering,, Embedded Intel® Solutions,, Chip Design, and In addition to The ConFab conference, Extension Media produces the Internet of Things Developers Conference (IoT DevCon 2018), the Machine Learning & AI Developers Conference (MLDevCon 2018), and the IoT Device Security Summit.

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