Dr. Nicky Lu
Dr. Nicky Lu
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Etron Technology, Inc.
As a researcher, design architect, entrepreneur and chief executive, Dr. Lu has dedicated his career to the worldwide IC design and semiconductor industry. He is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Etron Technology and co-founded several other high-tech companies including Ardentec and Global Unichip Corp.
Dr. Lu worked for the IBM Research Division and then the Headquarters from 1982 to 1990 and won numerous IBM recognition awards, including an IBM Corporate Award. He co-invented and pioneered a 3D-DRAM technology, known as the Substrate-Plate Trench-Capacitor (SPT) cell, along with its associated array architecture, which has been widely used by IBM and its licensees in 1Mb to 1Gb DRAMs and embedded DRAMs. Dr. Lu designed a High Speed CMOS DRAM (HSDRAM) chip in 1984, 3X faster than normal DRAMs, the concept of which becomes core technologies of many major DRAMs. He was elected as an AdCom member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society from 1977 to 1999, and is on the technical program committees of the IEEE International Solid States Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 1988 to 2002 and of the Symposium on VLSI circuits since 1990. He is an IEEE Fellow, the recipient of the IEEE 1998 Solid-States Circuits Award, and a member of National Academy of Engineering of USA.
As a co-architect leading the 8-inch wafer and DRAM/SRAM/LOGIC technology developments for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry in early 1990s, which later creates many Taiwan companies as prominent silicon chip suppliers, Dr. Lu was thus awarded the Medal of Excellence in Science and Technology by the Premier of the Republic of China. Since 1999 he has pioneered DRAM Known-Good-Die Memory products enabling customers’ 3D stacked-die system chips. This work summoned the new rise of an IC Heterogeneous Integration Era as described in his plenary talk at the 2004 ISSCC, demonstrating a new 3D IC trend in parallel to the Moore’s Law.
Dr. Lu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University and M.S. and Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He holds over 24 U.S. patents and has published more than 50 technical papers. He serves as Chairman of TSIA (Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association), Chairman of WSC (World Semiconductor Council), Chairman of Asia-Pacific Leadership Council for GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance), and was Chairman of the Board Director of GSA (2009 to 2011). He is an Outstanding Alumnus of National Taiwan University and a Chair Professor and an Outstanding Alumnus of National Chiao Tung University.
Dr. Dim-Lee Kwong
Dr. Dim-Lee Kwong
A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R)
Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong is the Executive Director of Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at National University of Singapore. He was Earl N. and Margaret Bransfield Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin from 1990-2007 and the Temasek Professor of National University of Singapore from 2001-2004.
Prof. Kwong received IBM Faculty Award in 1984-86, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Inventor Awards in 1993-94, General Motor Foundation Fellowship in 1992-95, Halliburton Foundation Excellent Teaching Award in 1994, Engineering Foundation Award in 1995, IEEE George Smith Award in 2007, and the 2011 IEEE Frederik Philips Award with citation: “For leadership in silicon technology and excellence in the management of microelectronics R&D.” Prof. Kwong was conferred in 2012 the President’s Science and Technology Medal, the highest award bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the development of Singapore. He was recognised for his distinguished, sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s science and engineering landscape, particularly in advancing the semiconductor industry through R&D, forging of strategic research partnerships, and enhancing competitiveness of Singapore’s semiconductor ecosystem towards a knowledge-based economy. Prof. Kwong is an IEEE Fellow. He serves on Board of Advisor for Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association.
Prof. Kwong is the author of more than 1100 referred archival publications, has presented more than 90 plenary and invited talks at international conferences, and has been awarded with more than 25 U.S. patents. More than 60 students received their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.
Dr. Chintay Shih
Dr. Chintay Shih
National Tsing Hua University
Dr. Chintay Shih received his Ph.D. in EE from Princeton University, M.S. in management from Stanford University, and his B.S. in EE from National Taiwan University. He joined ITRI in 1976, and became part of the original 40 person team that transferred the CMOS technology from RCA New Jersey to Taiwan. He spent 28 years at ITRI where he ran the Electronics Research Service Organization (ERSO) from 1984-89, served as the Executive Vice President of ITRI from 1989 – 94, and President from 1994 – 2003.
While at ITRI, Dr. Shih played key roles in the spin-off United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Vanguard Semiconductor (VIS), and Taiwan Mask Company (TMC). As President of ITRI, Dr. Shih established the open laboratory program to strengthen the collaboration ties between the Industry and ITRI. He also initiated the Advanced Research Program to excel ITRI as a world class research institute.
In 2004, Dr Shih joined National Tsing Hua University as the Dean of the College of Technology Management. He set up the first Institute of Service Science in Taiwan (2007).
Dr. Shih is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served as chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Association (1996-2000), Chairman of the Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Association (1997-2009), President of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (1998-2000), Chairman of the Chinese Society for Management of Technology (1995-2000), Chairman of the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (1993-1995), Managing director of the Taiwan Electrical and Electronics Manufactures’ Association (1995-2000), Chairman of Taiwan and Global Monte jade Science & technology Association (2005-2009, 2010-2012) , and the Chairman of Institute for Information Industry (III)(2010-2012). Dr. Shih also served as a Technology Advisor to the Executive Yuan of the government of Taiwan and member of Economics advisory committee to the Vice President of Taiwan.
Dr. Shih is currently the Chair Professor of the College of Technology Management, National Tsinghua University.
Regional President, Asia Pacific
Bosch Sensortec GmbH
Leopold Beer graduated at the University of Stuttgart with a diploma in physics.
As he specialized in semiconductor physics, he started his professional career as an engineer in the DRAM plant of Siemens Semiconductors in Regensburg /Germany in 1994. In 1997 he was assigned as head of the Electrical Failure Analysis Group of Siemens Semiconductors in Porto/Portugal. After the spin-off of Infineon from the Siemens Group, Leopold held various managerial positions within the Infineon Manufacturing Division.
In 2002 Leopold joined FCI Automotive as Market Segment Manager. Leopold entered Bosch Sensortec shortly after its foundation in 2006 as Sales Director and later became Head of Global Marketing and Product Planning. Since March 2013 he holds the position of Regional
President for Asia Pacific and is based in Shanghai/China.
President & CEO
VIA Technologies, Inc.
Wen Chi-Chen is president and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. Previously, he co-founded and acted as president and CEO of Symphony Laboratories. Chen has also served as vice president of sales and marketing at high-tech start-up, ULSI. He previously held the positions of logic design engineer, senior architect and design manager for GTE Research labs; IntelR Wyse Technology; and ULSI., respectively.
Chen earned his master’s in electronic engineering from National Taiwan University and an MSCS from the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. JS Choi
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Joo Sun (JS) Choi is President of Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., a multi-billion dollar U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, where he is oversees all aspects of the company’s business activities within the Americas, including its Memory, Display, Storage, Foundry, System LSI, and LED organizations.
Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Head of Memory Sales & Marketing (including Product Planning and Application Engineering groups) for Samsung Electronics.
From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Choi directed DRAM product design and technology development as head of Samsung’s DRAM Product & Technology Division and prior to that, he served in various DRAM engineering positions at Samsung for more than a decade.
Dr. Choi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Seoul National University (1986), and received Master of Science (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science (KAIST).
Dr. Zhonghan John Deng
Dr. Zhonghan John Deng
Chairman, President and CEO
Vimicro International Corporation
Dr. Zhonghan (John) Deng co-founded Vimicro Corporation, the largest multimedia semiconductor technology company in China, in 1999. He currently serves as the Chairman, CEO and President of Vimicro.
Since Dr. Deng returned to China from the Silicon Valley, he has been actively involved in promoting the China semiconductor industry. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Deng has received numerous awards, most recent of which include National 1st Class Scientific Achievement Award, National Medal for Outstanding Overseas Student Returnees, Top CEOs of China Semiconductor Industry, and National Innovation Award in Information Industry.
Dr. Deng served as an advisor to the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Prior to founding Vimicro, Dr. Deng was a senior researcher at IBM – T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Deng received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, M.S. degree in Economics and M.S. degree in Physics, all from the University of California at Berkeley.
Holtek Semiconductor Inc.
Gordon Gau is the president and a board member for Holtek Semiconductor Inc., a global semiconductor company focused on the design and marketing of solutions for the MCU and related peripheral IC markets. His responsibilities include handling main strategies for IC product development and all worldwide sales operations.
Gau has more than 20 years experience in the semiconductor industry with Holtek, previously serving as director and vice president of administration and R&D for the company. In 1998, he was promoted to president, and under his leadership, Holtek now stands ready to setup its corporate vision of becoming a specialized universal and embedded MCU solution provider.
Dr. Luke Hsieh
Dr. Luke Hsieh
Chairman & CEO
Richtek Technology Corporation
Dr. Luke Hsieh is the Chairman and CEO of Richtek Technology Corporation. Luke has been working in engineering and management in the semiconductor industry for thirty years. Under his leadership, Richtek has become one of the world’s leading providers of power management ICs. Before co-founding Richtek, Luke was with the Bell Laboratories and responsible for R&D and engineering management. Prior to Bell Laboratories, he had worked at various engineering positions in the Silicon Valley. Luke received a M.S.E.E. from University of Florida and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Genda Hu
Dr. Genda Hu
FocalTech Systems Co., Ltd.
Dr. Hu is the founder and CEO of FocalTech Corporation which is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing touch controllers and LCD drivers. FocalTech has been listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange since November 2013.
Prior to founding FocalTech in 2006, Dr. Hu was V.P. of R&D and Marketing at TSMC for 5 years. He served as General Director of ERSO of ITRI in Taiwan and President of Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) from 1997 to 2000. Before moving to Asia in 1996, Dr. Hu had held numerous technical and managerial positions for semiconductor companies in the U.S.A. He began his semiconductor career as a research staff at IBM T. J. Watson Research center in 1980 and later worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and Cypress Semiconductor in U.S.A.
Dr. Hu was a pioneer in CMOS technology development back in the 80’s and early 90’s. He was the first in industry in demonstrating several key technologies, including latch-up free CMOS structures, applying silicide to MOS devices, and introducing P+ and N+ poly gates for CMOS. Dr. Hu has been project leader for the development of 6 generations of CMOS technology for digital, analog and non-volatile memories.
Dr.Hu is an IEEE Fellow and received his master and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.
Dr. Jackson Hu
Dr. Jackson Hu
Chairman & CEO
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. Dr. Hu served as a Senior Vice President and General Manager of S3, a leading personal computer graphics chip company.
From 1996 – 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, Dr. Hu co-founded Verticom and IC Ensemble that were acquired by Western Digital and Via Technology, respectively.
Jackson Hu served as Chief Executive Officer of UMC, and ran it successfully for five years. Dr. Hu assumed the Chairman and CEO roles between January 2006 – 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. Youm Huh
Dr. Youm Huh
Silicon Mitus, Inc.
Dr. Huh is Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Silicon Mitus, Inc. Also, he is presently serving as Vice Chairman of KSIA (Korea Semiconductor Industry Association).
Prior to Silicon Mitus, he was the founding CEO of MagnaChip Semiconductor, a spin-off from Hynix which he led the separation process with private equity firms. Prior to MangnaChip, Dr. Huh was Executive VP and General Manager of System IC Business of Hynix Semiconductor. During his tenure from 1999 to 2004, Dr. Huh brought up the revenue of the System IC business from $210 million to $1 billion. Prior to Hynix, Dr. Huh served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hyundai Multimedia Division for 2 years. In 2005, he was decorated with Silver Tower Medal from Korea Government in recognition of his contribution to the industry.
Before relocation to Korea from Silicon Valley in 1997, his past professional positions include Senior VP and CTO of Hyundai Electronics America in San Jose for 3 years, Executive Director of Computer Systems Business at Samsung Electronics for 5 years, and Research Associate at Stanford Center for Integrated Systems for 3 years.
Dr. Huh received Ph.D. from Stanford University, M.S. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and B.S. from Seoul National University, all in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Tetsuya Iizuka, Ph.D.
Dr. Tetsuya Iizuka, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman
THine Electronics, Inc.
Dr. Tetsuya Iizuka is Founder and CEO of THine Electronics, Inc. Dr. Iizuka founded THine Microsystems in 1991 and also THine Electronics in 1992, the latter being initially a joint venture with Samsung Electronics. After closing an MBO deal from Samsung Electronics in 1998, he continued to take the responsible role to establish a global fabless LSI maker with its own brand ASSP. THine Electronics went public at JASDAQ in August 2001.
Prior to founding THine, Dr. Iizuka took a leading role in Toshiba as General Manager of the LSI Development Department of Toshiba’s Semiconductor Device Engineering Laboratory. He was a resident engineer at HP IC Lab from 1980 to 1981. He served as the Visiting Professor of University of Tokyo. He has been Chairman of the Japanese Semiconductor Ventures Association (JASVA) since its establishment in 2000.
Dr. Iizuka received the first prize of Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Japan in 2001, sponsored by Ernst & Young, a Medal with Blue Ribbon in 2006 and a Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon in 2010. He earned a Ph.D. of Electronics Engineering from University of Tokyo in 1975.
Dr. Leo Li
Dr. Leo Li, Ph.D.
Blue Ocean Smart Systems
Dr. Leo Li,from 2013 to 2018 served as Co-President of Tsinghua Unigroup, Chairman of Spreadtrum Communications, Chairman of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), has more than 30 years experience in the wireless communications industry. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Li served as the CEO of Spreadtrum. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Li served as the CEO of Magicomm Technology Inc., a cell phone product development company. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Li served as Senior Business Development Director at Broadcom and was responsible for a line of GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA baseband business. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Li served as General Manager of Mobile Phone Product and Vice President of Moblink Telecom, a GSM baseband start-up company that was sold to Broadcom in 2002. Prior to 1998, Dr. Li held various senior engineering and program management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors and Ericsson. Dr. Li holds 14 patents in wireless communication systems, RF IC system and circuit designs, and RFID applications.
Under the leadership of Dr.Li, Spreadtrum’s annual revenue soared from $70 million to $2 billion from 2009 to 2016; its market value rose from $35million to $7.5 billion.
Dr. Li received a BS degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, China; a MS degree from the Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA; and an MBA degree from the National University in La Jolla, California, USA.
MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
Mr. Wayne Liang is the Founder and Chairman of MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
Prior to Mstar, he served as several key positions in the wafer foundry sales and marketing functions with companies such as TSMC, WSMC and Winbond Electronics. He was VP of sales and marketing at WSMC before WSMC was merged with TSMC. In 2002, Mr. Liang founded Mstar with several partners. Mstar is a fabless IC design company which is focused on the display and communication products.
Mr. Liang received M.S. from Stanford University and his B.S. from Taiwan University.
Chairman and CEO
M31 Technology Corporation
Hsiao-Ping Lin is the Chairman and CEO of M31 Technology Corporation. He served as the President of Faraday Technology Corporation from December 1996 to March 2011. He is also the Chairman of Yantouch Corporation now.
Mr. Lin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1981 and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1984.
Prior to joining Faraday as the Vice President of Research & Development in 1993, he served at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Cadence Taiwan (ECAD).
Over the years, Mr. Lin has received many honors, including: National Award for Best Young Engineer, R.O.C. (1992), National Top Ten Distinguished Engineer Award, R.O.C. (1998) and the Award for Industrial Technology Advancement, R.O.C. (2005).
Dr. Qiang Liu
Dr. Qiang Liu
Chairman & CEO
Ingenic Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
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 engineering doctor’s degree of the Institute of Computing Technology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He lead the design of several microprocessors’ architecture and processor chips. And he lead the development of embedded XBurst CPU. Dr. Liu has rich experience in computer architecture and CPU design.
Dr. Chih-Yuan Lu
Dr. Chih-Yuan Lu
Macronix International Co., Ltd. (MXIC)
Chih-Yuan Lu received B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1972, and Ph.D. degree in physics from Columbia University, NYC, in 1977.
Dr. Lu has been a professor in National Chiao-Tung Univ. and with AT&T Bell Labs from 1984-1989; later joined ERSO/ITRI in 1989 as a Deputy General Director responsible for the MOEA grand Submicron Project. This project successfully developed Taiwan first 8-inch manufacturing technology with high density DRAM/SRAM. He was therefore granted the highest honor prize–National Science & Technology Achievement Award by the Prime Minister of ROC, due to his leadership and achievement in this Submicron Project.
In 1994, Dr. Lu becomes the co-founder of Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, which is a spin-off memory IC Company from ITRI’s Submicron Project. He was the VP of Operation, VP of R&D, and later President from 1994-99. Dr. Lu now is the founding chairman and CEO of Ardentec Corp. a VLSI testing service company; and also serves Macronix International as a Senior VP/CTO, and now the President. Dr. Lu led MXIC’s technology development team to successfully achieve the state of the art nonvolatile memory technology and now responsible for MXIC’s overall operation.
Dr. Lu has published more than 340 papers and has been granted 140 worldwide patents, and was elected a Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of APS. He also received IEEE Millennium Medal, and the most prestige semiconductor R&D Award in Taiwan from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation.
Dr. Sung-Wook Park
Dr. Sung-Wook Park
President & CEO
SK Hynix Inc.
Dr. Sungwook Park, President & CEO of SK hynix Inc.(‘SK hynix’), joined Hyundai Electronics, the predecessor of SK hynix, as an engineer in 1984 and has been with the company ever since. He has served in many key positions including the head of Research and Development (R&D) center and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He also has been a member of the Board of Directors from 2009. With his 30 year career at SK hynix, Dr. Park earned reputation that he made remarkable technological achievement in the semiconductor industry.
Dr. Park managed SK hynix’s entire R&D and operations during his career. His most effort was dedicated to significantly improve competitiveness in memory. With his commitment in technology advance, Dr. Park propelled SK hynix to become the world’s second largest memory solution provider.
From 1992 to 1999, he engineered the series of 64Mb DRAM development and manufacturing. After then, Dr. Park made an innovation in cost effective technology development by establishing competitive manufacturing structure. With this, SK hynix overcame the company’s liquidity crisis in early 2000’s. As the head of R&D center from 2003, he led one technology migration a year and with this leading-edge technology, the company recorded many cases of world’s first products including 60nm class DDR2 and 40nm class DDR3 from 2006 to 2009. He also contributed to successful response to the market change with premium products such as 2Gb graphic DDR5 and 2Gb mobile DRAM using 40nm class technology which were firstly developed in the world from 2009 to 2010. Recently he focused on concreting the world’s top level of technology competitiveness by successfully developing and manufacturing 30nm class and 20nm class technology respectively. In addition, his effort has been essential for the development of the next generation memory products such as ReRAM, STT-MRAM and PCRAM in order to overcome barriers of the existing memory technology. Dr. Park also played a leading role in securing new technology of 3D NAND and TSV. He also supported many projects with universities and research institutions and also with many equipment and materials companies.
He earned a Ph.D in materials engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 1992.
Xiaoning Qi is CEO of C-SKY Microsystems Corp. Previously, he held senior management and technical positions in Intel, Rambus, Synopsys and Sun Microsystems, working on integrated circuit devices, micro-processor design and platform electrical design for semiconductor systems. Additionally, he was Chairman and President of the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association, USA. He is a member of Asia-Pacific Leadership Council, Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Xiaoning has published more than fifty technical papers, one book, one book chapter, more than two dozens of invited talks and holds two US patents. He is a reviewer for numerous IEEE Journals and international conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. Xiaoning Qi received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. K.C. Shih
Dr. K.C. Shih
Founder, Board Director
Global Mobile Corp.
K.C. Shih gained the B.S. degree in physics from Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, and the M.S. and PhD. studies in electrical engineering from M.I.T. He spent 20 years in U.S.A, working in the high-tech industry.
While at M.I.T., Mr. Shih was an original member of the MULTICS team. MULTICS was the first multi-processing, multi-programming, network operating system running on ARPAnet. It was later re-written to become UNIX at Bell Labs. He then worked at DEC involving in the design of the famous VAX computer. In 1980, he joined National Semiconductor as Director of the MESA project, in charge of the NS32000 32bit microprocessor development.
In 1983, Mr. Shih founded Suntek in developing an under $1,000 UNIX PC with NS32000, targeted for college students on the college local area network.
In 1990, he went to Taiwan as the President of Cadence Design Systems Inc. Mr. Shih then founded Faraday Technology Corporation in a partnership with UMC and served as the Vice Chairman and CEO.
In 1998, he founded Global Unichip Corp. to be the world’s first dedicated SOC design foundry and currently serves as the Vice Chairman and CEO.
Chairman & CEO
Ming-Kai Tsai serves as the chairman of MediaTek Inc. Tsai was one of the founding management team when MediaTek spun off from UMC in 1997, and has served as chairman of the company since that time. Under his leadership and guidance, MediaTek has undergone significant growth over consequent years, and is now listed and traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Prior to his work with MediaTek, Tsai was the design manager of Electronic Research & Service Organization at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), where he managed the microcomputer IC design department.
He joined UMC in 1983, as director of R&D. From 1989 to 1994, he served the company as the executive vice president of a business unit that covered computer, communication, consumer and memory. Later in 1994, Tsai was promoted to president of UMC’s 2nd business group, overseeing the development of the company’s memory, consumer and multimedia business units.
Tsai earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Taiwan University, R.O.C. and his master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Honorary Chairperson, IC Design Branch
China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA)
In 2007, Qin-Sheng Wang was named deputy director of China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA), director of IC Design Branch of CSIA. Formerly Wang was CEO of China IC Design Center(CIDC), and Board of Directors Chairperson of Huada Electronic Design Co., Ltd. (HED).
With a background in computer sciences, engineering, and research fellowship, she is qualified for the special allowance grant from the government. Wang had engaged in the research and development of state projects of computer network and satellite control system and has received an award three times issued by the ministry department.
Wang entered into microelectronics field in 1990. She is a pioneer of IC business in China. She was the China representative and executive director of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP); executive director of Chinese Institute of Electronics; director of China Information Industry Association Safe Branch; and director of the Smart-Card Special Committee.
Dr. Shaojun Wei
Dr. Shaojun Wei
Director, Research Center for Mobile Computing
Tsinghua University Mobile Computing Technology Research Center
Dr. Wei currently holds professor positions at both the Institute of Microelectronics at Tsinghua University and Peking University. He became the invited Professor of the University of Electronics Science & Technology and South-East University in recent years. Currently he serves as the expert of VLSI Design Project, State “863” Program and is also the Vice President of VLSI Design, CSIA and the President of Communication Specific IC Committee, CIC. Dr. Wei is the co-chair of Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC).
Dr. Wei became an assistant professor at the Laboratory of Microelectronics, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium, shortly after he received his Doctor degree in Applied Science in 1991 from there. Between 1989 to1991, he also worked as a research fellow in ARAMIS, Belgium. Previously, he worked as a research engineer in the R&D Center of GTE-ATEA in Belgium from 1985 to 1987.
Dr. Wei has published over 70 papers in the areas of VLSI design methodology, communication specific IC development and telecommunications system development. Some of the many awards Dr. Wei has won in recent years include the National 2nd Prize for Advanced Technology in 2002; Beijing 1st Prize for Advanced Technology in 2001; the Award for Key Technology & Invention, Ministry of Information Industry in 2003; the Award for Outstanding Chinese Patented Invention, State Intellectual Property Office of China & World Intellectual Property Organization in 2004; the Outstanding Founder in ZhongGuanCun Science Park in 2001 and the Outstanding Leading Person in Semiconductor Industry, CSIA in 2003, etc.
Dr. Wei received his Master degree in Engineering from the EE department of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1984.
President, CEO and Director
Himax Technologies, Inc.
Jordan Bing-Chang Wu is president and CEO of Himax Technologies, Inc. Wu co-founded Himax, a semiconductor design company in 2001 and has served as Director of the Board since the company was founded. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the Asia-Pacific Leadership Council.
Wu has previously held positions at TV Plus Technologies Inc., DVN Holdings Ltd., Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Ltd., Barclays de Zoete Wedd (Asia) Limited, and Baring Securities (Asia) Limited.
Wu earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Ping Wu
Dr. Ping Wu
Founding & General Partner
Dr. Ping Wu, co-founder of Spreadtrum Communications Inc., has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Board of Directors since Spreadtrum’s inception in April 2001.
Dr. Wu has over 20 years of experience in system-on-chip designs and holds three integrated circuit design patents. Prior to co-founding Spreadtrum, Dr. Wu served as Senior R&D manager at Mobilink Telecom Inc.& Trident Microsystems, Inc. Dr. Wu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.
Dr. Howard C. Yang
Dr. Howard C. Yang
Chairman & CEO
Dr. Howard Yang has been Chairman and CEO of Montage Technology since its inception in 2004. The company was listed on NASDAQ on September 26, 2013 and subsequently acquired jointly by the Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co., Ltd. and China Electronics Investment Holdings Limited. Before co-founding Montage, he served as Vice President of Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT) and Chairman and General Manager of IDT-Newave. In 1997, he co-founded Newave Semiconductor Corp., the first VC-funded IC design company in China,which was merged with IDT in 2001. The deal was ranked China’s top ten mergers of the year. Prior to Newave, he worked in the area of mixed-signal IC design at National Semiconductor, Chips & Technologies and Pericom Semiconductors in California. In 1994, Dr. Yang returned to China and joined Shanghai Belling Co., Ltd., where he was the founding director of New Product Development Department.
Dr. Yang received his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. He is an IEEE Fellow and selected into National “Thousand Talent Program” in China. He received several awards including IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award and the Magnolia Gold Award — the highest honor from Shanghai municipal government for his pioneering contributions in China’s IC design industry.
Dr. Simon Yang, Ph.D.
Dr. Simon Yang, Ph.D.
Yangtze Memory Technologies Co., Ltd.(YMTC)
Dr. Simon Yang is currently CEO of XMC. He is a veteran semiconductor industry executive and brings a dynamic vision to XMC as it sets a strategy for global expansion and a redefinition of the foundry model. Prior to taking over as CEO of XMC in 2012, he was COO at SMIC. His previous roles include CTO and Senior Vice President of Operations at Chartered Semiconductor (now GlobalFoundries) and R&D and Manufacturing Director at Intel. Dr. Yang is renowned for his ability to develop and deliver state of the art technologies. When he served in Intel, he received multiple Intel Achievement Awards and the STAR Award. Dr. Yang has extensive experience in semiconductor R&D, manufacturing and the domestic semiconductor supply chain integration. He sits on the Asia-Pacific Leadership Council of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).
Dr. Yang now also serves as executive consultant and researcher at Institute of Microelectronics of Chinese Academy of Science. At the same time, he is the executive consultant of national “02” project.
Dr. Yang received his PhD in Materials Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He holds more than 20 patents and has published over 30 technical papers.
Lidong Zhao is currently President of RDA Microelectronics and Vice President of Beijing Uni-Comm. Technology Group, Ltd, Tsinghua Unigroup.
Before joining Tsinghua Unigroup in December 2014, Mr. Zhao spent eight years with AMD as Sr. Director in Product Management and Product Design Engineering.
Prior to AMD, Mr. Zhao served in senior management and engineering positions at Juniper Networks (former Netscreen Technologies) and S3 Inc., each for over six years in Silicon Valley, USA.
Mr. Zhao holds an MSEE from Utah State University and a BSEE from Tsinghua University in China.
Dr. Zhenyu Zhou
Dr. Zhenyu Zhou
Chariman & CEO
Actions (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd.
Dr. Zhou has over 20 years of senior management experience, with expertise in establishing R&D teams, setting strategy and product road maps, and driving revenue growth through design with activity. A native of China who has extensive U.S. management experience, Dr. Zhou has proficiency in effectively running a China-based company that serves the global markets.
Dr. Zhou has joined Actions since 2012. He has served as CEO of Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. from January 2012 to January 2014, and as Chairman of Board & CEO of Actions (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd since 2014. During his tenure, Dr. Zhou leads his team in developing a great number of products which received various rewards nation-wide and province-wide. Previously Dr. Zhou served as Founder and CEO of Mavrix Technology, a developer of multimedia and mobile TV SOCs for brand name and non-branded cell phone makers, he founded Mavrix technology in 2005 in California. Prior to that, Dr. Zhou served as Senior Vice President of digital imaging products at ESS Technology, Inc., based in Fremont, California and developer of CMOS sensors for cell phone makers such as Motorola, Samsung and LG. In January 1999, Dr. Zhou founded NetRidium Communications, Inc., In Irvine, California, a leader in high speed home networking. In February 2000, NetRidium, Inc. was acquired by ESS Technologies, Inc. Prior to funding NetRidium, Inc., Dr. Zhou held multiple senior level engineering positions at Conexant/Rockwell in Newport Beach, California.
Dr. Zhou graduated with a master’s degree and PhD from the Signal and Image Processing Institute at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. Dr. Zhou holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. At present, Dr. Zhou is “The High-Level Talents (Level I) in Zhuhai”. In addition, he was also named China IC Design Industry 2014 Entrepreneur.