SEMI ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF EUROPEAN SEMI AWARD 2009
Dresden, Germany–6 October 2009 – SEMI, a non-for-profit global industry association, has selected two semiconductor industry champions, Holger Juergensen and Enrico Villa, for this year’s European SEMI Award. The awards have been bestowed in the presence of over 220 industry executives at the 3rd Executive Summit during SEMICON Europa 2009.
Holger Juergensen, founder of AIXTRON, was honored with the European SEMI Award for 2009. The commercial impact of his work since MOCVD was introduced commercially since 1983 when AIXTRON was created resulted in an undisputed key-enabling technology for the fabrication of opto-electronic devices such as LEDs, lasers and electronic devices such as RF chips (HBT, HEMT) based on compound semiconductor materials. His engineering vision and commercial drive were key factors in the development of MOCVD technology and deposition equipment to where it is today; from the very beginning of small R&D systems to today’s mass production scale equipment.
Enrico Villa, Chairman of CATRENE, the pan-European microelectronics R&D programme, and Senior Advisor to STMicroelectronics, has received the SEMI Special Services Award for his contribution to Europe’s competitiveness and visibility in the world. The award recognizes Villa’s contributions to the industry through the various roles within ESIA, CATRENE, and JESSI, his advocacy at the World Semiconductor Council for the necessary cooperation of all actors in R&D and Innovation programs, as well as his work for a pan-European framework for pre-competitive R&D that has significantly increased the ability of Europe’s semiconductor companies to compete in the global market.
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SEMI is a non-for-profit global industry association representing 2000 companies that supply equipment, materials and services for the manufacturing of semiconductors, photovoltaic, MEMS, displays and related technologies. SEMI supports 200 member companies in Europe, including a few world champions (ASML, Soitec, Siltronic...) but mostly SMEs representing 90% of its membership. SEMI members produce 9 billion EUR and employ directly 105.000 people, 500.000 indirect jobs, in Europe.
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MOCVD is the undisputed key-enabling technology for the fabrication of opto-electronic devices such as LEDs, lasers and electronic devices such as RF chips (HBT, HEMT) based on compound semiconductor materials. These material structures have revolutionized the communication and consumer electronics industry by enabling opto-fibre communication products, highly efficient cell phone technology, DVD and Blu-Ray consumer lasers and many other applications.
The industry is now clearly on the path to similarly revolutionize the lighting and display industry evidenced in the short to mid term by emerging LED driven backlighting in LCD screens for laptops, monitors and TV applications, in the longer term, a realistic perspective for internal and external general lighting.
MOCVD remains the only viable solution to provide the necessary material performance with the required cost efficiencies required for these end markets.
Dr. Holger Juergensen was a pioneer in this field and has driven MOCVD deposition equipment from the very beginning of small R&D systems to the today’s mass production scale equipment. His engineering vision and commercial drive were key factors in the development of MOCVD technology to where it is today. In the 25 years, since AIXTRON was founded by him and two colleagues, he has not only played a pivotal role in the creation of this industry, but he also laid the essential technical foundations for further diversification into adjacent technologies, including OLED and Carbon Nanotube material structures and provided a clear roadmap path to the impending convergence of Compound and Silicon technologies.
In February 2008, Enrico Villa was appointed Chairman of the EUREKA programmes MEDEA+ (Microelectronics Development for European Applications) and CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on Nanoelectronics).
Born in 1941 in Vimercate, Italy, Villa graduated in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at Milano University. He started his professional career in 1960 as engineer and in 1967 became a market analyst, joining thereafter SGS Fairchild, later SGS Thomson, in several key technical and market positions.
In 1987, Villa was appointed Vice President for External Technological Coordination and
General Manager of SGS Thomson Microelettronica, the Italian subsidiary of the then newly merged STMicroelectronics. In 1997, he was promoted to Corporate Vice President for the Emerging countries region and later for the European region. Villa’s mission was to reinforce ST’s leading position in sales in Europe. In 2005, he became Executive Vice President in ST’s Corporate Executive Committee.
Early 2008, Villa retired from STMicroelectronics, retaining a role of Senior Advisor to the Company. He is also active in several industry associations including EECA, the European Electronics Components Association (President), and ESIA, European Semiconductor Industry Association (Vice President and European Chairman).