Industry Visionaries: Then and Now

From the President of SEMI Americas

Industry Visionaries: Then and Now

Our industry has a rich legacy.  Many of the early leaders who began the electronics revolution are rightly revered for their historical contributions to the Information Age.  These pioneers — Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, James Bagley, Morris Chang, Ken Levy, James Morgan, and Michael McNeilly — are recognized today as industry giants whose names can be found in high-school history books, museum wings and university science buildings. 

What about today’s industry leaders?

I believe that the drivers of Moore’s Law today will also be recognized by history.  They are enabling revolutions in mobile communications, entertainment, computing health and medical advances, and more.  They are driving the electronics revolution just as their predecessors did, by providing advances in equipment and materials that are still keeping pace with Gordon Moore’s prediction nearly 50-years ago. 

Semiconductor technology and our industry have become infinitely more complex than they were even 20 years ago.  Long gone are the times when engineers could jerry-rig the final improvements on a piece of equipment that could be shipped the next day to SEMICON West for display to world’s IC manufacturers. 

Today, thousands of the world’s top engineering and scientific talent — many of them spread across a complex supply chain of OEMS, advanced materials developers and subsystem specialists — are required to build the latest chips.  The leaders of today have infinitely more diverse and complex technologies to manage, organizations to run, and global markets to serve.

Many of these leaders will attend next week’s Industry Strategy Symposium in California.  When attendees look around the room they will be seeing today’s industry visionaries… leaders who will someday be seen in the same light as Moore and Noyce.  They will see different kinds of leaders—not the early prototype of the engineer-entrepreneur who single-handedly drove new process solutions — but executives of diverse skill sets who can understand and manage technology, finance, global supply chains, and multi-cultural sales.  They may be the most talented mix of executives in the world today.

ISS is the first opportunity in 2012 to obtain a comprehensive overview of global economic, technology, market, business and geo-political developments influencing the semiconductor industry,  and discuss them with industry leaders...great leaders of historical importance who are the Noyce’s, Moore’s, Levy’s and Morgan’s of our time.

Hope to see you there.

Karen Savala
January 10, 2012