Date and Time: 21th November 2012 (Thursday), 11:40 AM

Venue: HG02, Ho Yin Convention Center, University of Macau



The semiconductor industry has demonstrated phenomenal growth over the last 50 years, and is poised to continue its influence on our lives thru many electronics products. This talk will highlight major trends in the industry, and will provide key perspectives of growth market areas in the future. Also discussed will be some technical and business challenges facing us. While the industry has proven to be resilient in overcoming technical challenges, the increasing cost of wafer fabrication and technology development are casting doubts in many minds. The growing use of the fabless implementation business model will be discussed. Opportunities for participation for new graduates as well as entrepreneurs in this dynamic industry will be outlined.


Ref: “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, McGraw Hill, 2008.



Dr. Rakesh Kumar is President & CEO of TCX, a services company which provides management, business and technical “bridging the gaps” consulting in advanced semiconductor technology and virtual operations areas. In addition, the company leverages their understanding of semiconductor research, technology and business in making connexions between the industry, the supply chain eco-system providers, and research organizations. Since its inception TCX has provided services to over 20 client companies ranging from emerging fabless IC companies, to mid size and large, Fortune 500 IC companies, as well as leading research organizations. He is also the CEO of a company that provides specialty ASIC solutions for select system level clients.

Dr. Kumar has authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill in 2008. He has also authored numerous publications and patents. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is the VP and President-elect (2010-11) of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He serves on the Board of Governors and the Executive committee of the IEEE Technology Management Council and the Solid-State Circuits Society respectively. Dr. Kumar is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits Societies. He has chaired and served on the Steering committee of the IEEE CICC (Custom IC Conference) for fourteen years.

During 36 years in the semiconductor industry Dr. Kumar has held various technical and executive positions. He was VP & GM of the worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit at Cadence Design Systems and Tality. At Unisys and Motorola he made technical and management contributions. As Engineering Director at Unisys he managed the Silicon and Package Engineering activities, the Unisys IC Roadmap, and relationships with foundries, leading-edge technology partners, and ASIC suppliers. His technical contributions included the development of numerous CMOS, NMOS, Bipolar and BiCMOS processes and devices. At Motorola’s Advanced Process Development R&D Laboratory he played a key role in the fabrication of the first 1K ECL RAM in 1975.

Rakesh received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1974 and 1971 respectively. He received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1969. He received an Executive MBA from the University of California, San Diego in 1989. +1 858.945.3758.