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Global Semiconductor Alliance Adds Three Members to Asia-Pacific Leadership Council

SAN JOSE, Calif. (September 13, 2012) – The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the voice of the global semiconductor industry, today announced the addition of three new members to the GSA Asia-Pacific Leadership Council, which serves as advisors to the GSA Board of Directors on regional issues. The new members added include Dr. Jackson Hu, chairman and chief executive officer, NeoEnergy Microelectronics, Dr. Qiang Liu, chairman and chief executive officer, Ingenic Semiconductor, and Vincent Tai, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer, RDA Microelectronics.

“I am pleased to see the addition of these three dynamic companies to the GSA Asia-Pacific Leadership Council,” said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA. “This Council is critical to steering the overall objective of the Alliance, and I look forward to working with this group of industry leaders on issues affecting the APAC region,” stated Shelton.

“With the changes in the global economic and trade environment, the Asia-Pacific Leadership Council is playing an increasingly important role in the Global Semiconductor Alliance’s development. The council needs more industrial executives’ leadership. Therefore, I am glad to see three distinguished CEOs from chip companies join our GSA Asia-Pacific Leadership Council as advisors, which will add more services, valuable advice, and stronger leadership  in the APAC region,” said Dr. Nicky Lu, chairman of the GSA Asia-Pacific Leadership Council, and chairman & chief executive officer of Etron Technology, Inc.

Dr. Jackson Hu is chairman and chief executive officer of NeoEnergy Microelectronics since May 2009 and is a 34-year veteran in the semiconductor industry with 29 years in fabless IC design and five years running a foundry. He served as a senior vice president and general manager of S3, a leading personal computer graphics chip company. From 1996 to 2002, Dr. Hu served as president and chief executive officer of SiRF Technologies and built it from a start-up company to a GPS chip market leader. Prior to that, he co-founded Verticom and IC Ensemble that were acquired by Western Digital and Via Technology, respectively. Dr. Hu served as chief executive officer of UMC, and ran it successfully for five years. He assumed the chairman and CEO roles between January 2006 and July 2008. Dr. Hu holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and BSEE from National Taiwan University.

Dr. Qiang Liu, founder of Ingenic Semiconductor CO., LTD., at present holds the office of chairman and general manager of the company. He has a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University and an Engineering Doctor’s degree of the Institute of Computing Technology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He leads the design of several microprocessors’ architecture and processor chips. And he leads the development of embedded XBurst CPU. Dr. Liu has rich experience in computer architecture and CPU design.

Mr. Vincent Tai is the co-founder of RDA and has been chairman of board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception in 2004. Mr. Tai has over 25 years of experiences in the high-tech industry. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Tai co-founded and managed USI Inc., which developed linear power amplifiers in Silicon Valley. Prior to co-founding USI Inc., he worked as the general manager and then the president of UMAX Technologies in the United States from 1990 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Tai co-founded Excel Associates, a distribution company based in Hong Kong, in 1986. Mr. Tai received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago in the United States.

With the three new additions, GSA’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Council is now comprised of 25 members.  To learn more about the Asia-Pacific Leadership Council and to read council biographies, please visit

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The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence.  Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 30 countries across the globe.

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