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Is Europe ready to lead the GaN revolution?

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Dr. Marnix Tack

CTO & VP Business Development


Dr. Tack got a MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in 1984 from the Univ of Gent (Belgium) and a PhD degree in Microelectronics in 1990 from the Univ of Leuven & imec (Belgium). He got additional degrees in international business management and innovation leadership from the Vlerick Business School (Belgium), INSEAD (France), MIT (US) and IMD (Swiss). He joined MIETEC, a semiconductor company in Belgium in 1990, that became Alcatel Microelectronics, and was acquired by AMI Semiconductor in 2002 and ON Semiconductor in 2008.

In Feb 2022 he joined BelGaN that acquired part of onsemi in Belgium, as CTO and VP Business Development.

Throughout the past 30+ years he was leading global professional teams in various fields of semiconductor R&D and Innovation, including Si CMOS & BCD, power MOSFETs and GaN. He also took the lead in setting up and driving a corporate innovation business process and global Open Innovation partnerships in the field of novel semiconductor technologies and products

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Be a leading automotive qualified open foundry in the Wide Band Gap ecosystem.

Enabling our customers to develop and manufacture unique solutions for a sustainable electrified future.

Creating value through our employees’ enthusiasm, talents and commitment.

BelGaN, as a WBG foundry in Europe, enables and services a rapidly expanding GaN-ecosystem in Europe (‘GaN-Valley’) and beyond with innovative and high-quality WBG semiconductor technologies and a highly efficient value-add 6 and 8 inch manufacturing facility. BelGaN adds unique services such as customer-driven Technology-as-a-Service (customized processes), Manufacturing-as-a-Service, and Quality-as-a-Service to the traditional foundry business model whereas we cooperate with suppliers and customers to deliver automotive quality products to the market. BelGaN develops and bring-to-market a rich roadmap of GaN & SiC platforms, driven by our customers’ needs and our core strengths and vision. We partner with leading universities and RTO’s in an Open Innovation model to prepare our innovation roadmap and bring differentiating innovations to our customers.

Manufacturing Facility: Wafer fab with over 4500 m2 of clean room space, located on a 44.000 m2campus.

Fab: 6 & 8 inch (planned).

Production: GaN Technologies & 0.35 µm to 2 µm Low, Medium, and High Voltage Analog CMOS and BCD Technologies.

Westerring 15
9700 Oudenaarde


+32 55 332211

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Roman Strasser

VP, Head of Technical Development VW Group Inverter Platform

Volkswagen Group Components

  • For more than 25 years involved in Electronics Development
  • Since 2022 – Head of Development Group Platform Power Electronics – Volkswagen Group
  • 2004-2022 – Head of Development Power Electronics and Charging – Audi AG
  • 1998-2004 – Head of Development Transmission Electronics – Jatco Europe
  • 1995-1998 – Project Lead for Transmission Scheduling – Continental AG
  • Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering (Technical University Munich)
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As group-wide „Powerhouse“ of Volkswagen, the group resort Technology with its business units is responsible for the core transformation-topics “battery”, “charging and energy”, and “components”. It shapes the development and production of strategic components for the car-manufacturing brands of the group and with its “platform business” also for OEMs outside the Volkswagen Group. As an independent company inside the group resort Technology, Volkswagen Group Components employs 70.000 employees in more than 60 factories worldwide. They provide a valuable contribution for the Volkswagen Group, its brands and products. Thomas Schmall is the board member for the group resort Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components.

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Dr. Elke Meissner

Strategic Business Development Semiconductor Materials and Technology

Fraunhofer IPMS

Elke is an experienced senior researcher at Fraunhofer IISB and member of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, chair for electron devices, with a demonstrated history of work in different research environments from fundamental to applied research. Highly experienced as national and international collaborator for industry and academic partners in the field of nitride semiconductor crystal growth, materials development, technology, R&D of novel semiconductor materials and innovative semiconductor characterization and metrology. After more than 20 year in research in nitride semiconductor materials, she now represents the strategic business development semiconductor materials and technology at Fraunhofer IISB.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden Germany is your access to know-how, expertise, and modern R&D infrastructure in the field of optical sensors and actuators, integrated circuits, microsystems (MEMS/MOEMS) and nanoelectronics. The Fraunhofer IPMS is one of 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Relying on more than 30,000 employees, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has a research budget of 2.9 billion euros. Around 70 percent of this sum are generated through industrial commissions and publicly financed research projects.

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Vincent Meric

VP Marketing

Aixtron SE

Vincent Meric is Vice President Marketing of AIXTRON SE. After spending a few years at Air Liquide in France and Japan as a researcher, he joined AIXTRON in Germany, where he has grown as a material enthusiast. First as a process engineer and then taking different roles in Sales and Marketing, he has been involved in the development and roll out of new  equipments to the market , enabling the adoption of Compound Semiconductors into more and more applications .  Since 2020, he leads the global product marketing team, covering all compound semiconductor applications from power & RF devices, to lasers, Micro LED or 2D material devices

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AIXTRON SE is a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Herzogenrath (near Aachen), Germany, with subsidiaries and sales offices in Asia, United States, and in Europe. AIXTRON´s technology solutions are used by a diverse range of customers worldwide to build advanced components for electronic and optoelectronic applications based on compound semiconductor materials. Such components are used in a broad range of innovative applications, technologies and industries. These include Laser and LED applications, display technologies, data transmission, SiC and GaN power management and conversion, communication, signaling and lighting as well as a range of other leading-edge applications.

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Christophe Maleville



Christophe Maleville has been appointed senior vice president of Soitec’s Innovation. He joined Soitec in 1993 and was a driving force behind the company’s joint research activities with CEA-Leti. For several years, he led new SOI process development, oversaw SOI technology transfer from R&D to production, and managed customer certifications. He also served as vice president, SOI Products Platform at Soitec, working closely with key customers worldwide. Maleville has authored or co-authored more than 30 papers and also holds some 30 patents. He has a PhD in microelectronics from Grenoble Institute of Technology and obtained an executive MBA from INSEAD.

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Soitec is a world leader in the production of innovative semiconductor materials. The company leverages its unique technologies to serve the electronics markets.

In meeting the technical and economic challenges of mainstream electronics, Soitec is helping to speed up the mobile and digital revolutions. Its products are used to manufacture chips that go into smartphones, tablets, computers, IT servers and data centers as well as electronic components in cars, connected devices, and industrial and medical equipment.

With more than 3,500 patents, the company pursues a strategy of disruptive innovation to provide its customers with products that combine performance, energy efficiency and competitiveness. Soitec’s technologies, projects and industrial capacity make it one of the crown jewels of France’s industrial sector.

Soitec is headquartered in Bernin France. The company was founded 25 years ago in Grenoble’s high-tech ecosystem and has manufacturing facilities, R&D centers and sales offices in Europe, the United States and Asia. Soitec is listed on the Euronext, Tech 40 Paris.

For more information please visit:www.soitec.com.

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Dr. Rodney Pelzel



Dr. Rodney Pelzel is the Chief Technology Officer at IQE, the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry

Rodney has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with deep expertise in semiconductor materials engineering and the epitaxial growth of compound semiconductors. Rodney joined IQE as a Production Engineer in 2000 and during his first twelve years at IQE he held various engineering and operational management roles focusing on scaling leading edge epitaxial technology for high volume manufacturing for wireless applications.

In 2012, Rodney was appointed as head of R&D for the IQE Group and was tasked with creating unique materials solutions that enable IQE’s customers and provided them with a competitive edge. Throughout his career, Rodney has been involved in numerous new product introductions, including IQE’s highly successful launch of 6” VCSELs for consumer applications.

Rodney is a chemical engineer by training and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree (high distinction) in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (surface chemistry of semiconductors, GaAs and Si) from the University of California in 2000. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, with his work widely published and a co-inventor of 30+ patents.

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IQE is the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry that enable a diverse range of applications across mobile handsets, global telecoms infrastructure, smart connected devices, electric vehicles, infrared and sensing applications.

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Andrew Patterson

European Business Director

Silvaco, Inc.

Andrew Patterson manages the European Business for Silvaco Inc, a leading provider of Semiconductor Device Design, Simulation, and Semiconductor IP. Andrew is also Chair of the Power Electronics Special Interest Group at the UK Automotive Innovation forum (AESIN), with special focus on GaN technology. Prior to his role at Silvaco, Andrew served as global director of the Automotive Embedded Software business at Siemens Digital Industries, enabling deployment of complex power sub-systems and ECUs in Electric Vehicles. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.

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Silvaco is a provider of TCAD, EDA software, and SIP solutions that enable semiconductor design and AI through software and innovation. Silvaco’s solutions are used for process and device development across display, power devices, automotive, memory, high performance compute, photonics, internet of things, and 5G/6G mobile markets for complex SoC design. Silvaco is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has a global presence with offices located in North America, Europe, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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