Benedetto Vigna of STMicroelectronics Honored with European SEMI Award 2013

Benedetto Vigna of STMicroelectronics Honored with European SEMI Award 2013

Benedetto VignaBenedetto Vigna, executive vice president and general manager of STMicroelectronics’ Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, is the recipient of the European SEMI Award 2013. The Award, which recognizes Vigna’s outstanding contribution to the “MEMS revolution,” was presented during the SEMICON Europa Executive Summit in Dresden on October 8, 2013.

A prolific inventor who has filed more than 150 patents on micromachining, Vigna was appointed director of ST’s MEMS Business Unit in 2001. MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology allows tiny sensors that measure parameters such as acceleration, angular velocity and pressure to be built at low cost and manufactured in high volumes. Although early MEMS sensors were bulky, expensive and power-hungry, with a limited range of applications, Vigna’s vision of “consumerizing” MEMS was achieved by developing new sensor structures that were smaller and consumed less power than their predecessors. Vigna also encouraged ST’s investment in the industry’s first 300mm front-end dedicated to MEMS, which reduced prices and enabled high-volume applications to be undertaken with confidence.

The result was a wave of innovative new applications that have revolutionized industries as varied as mobile phones (gesture-based user interfaces), laptops (impact protection), photography (optical image stabilization) and health and fitness (e.g. remote heart monitoring, concussion monitoring, glaucoma detection). During 2012, ST’s Consumer MEMS sales grew more than 20 percent, enabling ST to become the first company whose MEMS sales exceeded $1 billion (according to research firm Yole Development), while its market share grew from 43 percent in 2011 to 48 percent.

“Vigna’s insight and drive remain critical to the MEMS revolution; he exemplifies the leadership qualities needed to move the industry forward,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “It is an honor to recognize him for his outstanding contributions to the European semiconductor and microsystems industry.” 

The European SEMI Award was established more than two decades ago to recognize individuals and teams who made a significant contribution to the European semiconductor and related industries. Prior award recipients hailed from these companies: Infineon, Semilab, Deutsche Solar, STMicroelectronics, IMEC, Fraunhofer Institute, and more.

November 5, 2013