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"Semiconductor Technology: little room left for innovations?" Moore's law which predicted the doubling of semiconductor chips capacity every 18 months has been in effect for the last 20 years. During this time, the semiconductor industry saw tremendous performance increase and capacity growths which in turn fueled the high tech boom. The demise of Moore's law has been repeatedly predicted in the last decade, but engineering ingenuity was able to "cheat " the anticipated mother nature and enable the industry to march onward according to Moore's law. However, the costs of improving performance and density and of new plants to produce chips utilizing state of the art technology are skyrocketing. Has the time arrived for new and revolutionary technologies for the next generations of devices? New terms such as quantum devices and bio-computing are used to describe futuristic technologies, but how much of it is science and how much is science fiction? In this Silicom Ventures meeting, industry and academia leaders will try to answer these and other relevant questions.

November 14, 2006
5:30PM -9:30PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:30PM-7:30PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:30PM-8:00PM Break
8:00PM-9:00PM Panel Discussion
9:00PM-9:30PM Discussion
Moderator: Ron Wilson, Executive Editor, EDN


Ron Wilson

Ron Wilson boasts a checkered career reaching back to the dawn of medium-scale integration, whatever that was. As a design engineer for Tektronix, Inc. he developed bus interfaces and participated in processor- and graphics-engine architecture and design, as well as evaluation engineering and software-driver development. The most tangible project in which he participated led to—arguably—the first engineering workstation, unknown today except for its minor supporting role in the original Battlestar Galactica television series. Later an exile from engineering, Ron wandered through the realms of training and marketing before landing happily in the editorial world, first with Computer Design Magazine in the mid-1980s. From there he moved to CMP Media, where he wrote for EE Times and was briefly involved with ISD Magazine. His primary interests are system design based on highly-integrated ICs, the interaction of chip and software engineering and the future of design practice in the increasingly global electronics community.
Panelist: Andy Rappaport, Partner, August Capital


Andy Rappaport

Andy joined August Capital in 1996 and brings technology and market experience in such areas as open-source software, broadband communications, semiconductors, and computer systems. He has more than 20 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups, and has served on more than 30 public and private company boards. Andy currently serves on the boards of directors of companies including Atheros Communications and Broadlogic Systems. He has also been involved in the formation and success of more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-up companies. Before he founded the strategy consulting firm, Technology Research Group (TRG), Andy was Senior Editor of EDN Magazine; a research physicist with Panametrics, Inc.; and founder and president of his own consumer-electronics company. Andy is an often-cited authority on changing technologies and markets and has written and lectured extensively on the evolving structures of semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries.
Panelist: Lip-Bu Tan, Chairman, Walden International


Lip-Bu Tan

Lip-Bu Tan is the Founder and Chairman of Walden International, which manages over US $1.6 billion in venture capital funds. He has been active in the venture capital industry for the past two decades. Lip-Bu also introduced and pioneered the U.S. venture capital concept in Asia, and contributed towards the promotion of early-stage technology investing in the Asia-Pacific region. Lip-Bu focuses primarily in industries relating to communications, semiconductor/ components and software. He was responsible for the investment and exits of the several dozens companies either via IPO or M&A among them: Cypress Semiconductor, Integrated Silicon Solution and may more. Lip-Bu currently serves on the Board of Advances Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Ambarella, Beceem Communications, Cadence Design Systems, Creative Technology, Flextronics International, Inphi Corporation, Mindtree Consulting, SINA and SMIC. Lip-Bu is a board member of the National Venture Capital Association, a member of the Committee of 100, a member of the VC Advisory Board of Fabless Semiconductor Association, A trustee of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a member of both the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and the Visiting Committee for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Panelist:  Jim Plummer, Dean, School of Engineering, Stanford University


Jim Plummer

Jim Plummer is Dean of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to becoming Dean, he was the chair of the EE department at Stanford. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1978. He received his BSEE degree from UCLA and MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Stanford. Dr. Plummer is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the IEEE. The awards he has received for his research include, the 1991 Solid State Science and Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, the 2001 Semiconductor Industry Association University Research Award and the 2003 IEEE Ebers Award. He has graduated over 80 Ph.D. students with whom he has published more than 400 journal and conference papers. These papers have won 8 conference and student best paper awards. He has also received three teaching awards at Stanford. He serves on the Board of Directors of several public companies including Intel. His primary research interests are in silicon technology and devices. His recent work has focused on nanoscale silicon devices for logic and memory. This work has demonstrated new device concepts including vertical MOSFETs, the T-RAM thyristor memory cell and the IMOS device which achieves < kT/q subthreshold slopes.

Panelist: J. Christopher Moran, VP, General Manager, Applied Ventures, LLC


J. Christopher Moran

J. Christopher "Chris" Moran is responsible for the development and management of Applied Ventures' investments in early stage, privately held companies. Most recently, Mr. Moran served as vice president and division general manager of the Applied Materials Mask Products Division. Prior to that, Mr. Moran was vice president of Corporate Marketing from 1999-2005. Since joining Applied Materials in 1984, Mr. Moran has held a number of leadership positions in division management, product management and marketing and engineering. He also served as general manager of the Metal Etch Division, Etch Product Business Group. He was instrumental in directing Applied to single-wafer etching, and built the group to a $600 million business level as general manager. Mr. Moran is the holder of 7 US patents in the areas of robotics, automation and process engineering. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Moran served as a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Co., and Atari Computer Corporation. Mr. Moran received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Panelist: John Oxaal, General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds

John Oxaal

At SRF, John focuses in areas of imaging, computing, photonics, RF communications, and Semiconductors. Before joining SRF in 1999, John co-founded and was CEO of Volumetrics Medical Imaging and was on the founding team of the Digital Signal Processing Division of Analog Devices. John holds several patents in the field of real-time volumetric ultrasound imaging. In addition to continuing as the Chairman of Volumetrics board, John serves on the boards of Cadtel, Ethertronics, Luminescent, Luxtera, Metabolon, Orbital Data, and Scintera.
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