• 08:00 – 08:30

Keynote

Revitalizing Domestic Semiconductor Manufacturing: Challenges, Opportunities and Emerging Applications

With the passage and signing of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, companies in and adjacent to the semiconductor industry are working on plans to help revitalize domestic manufacturing, develop the workforce, strengthen American supply chains, and accelerate the technologies of the future. During this keynote talk, SkyWater President and CEO Thomas Sonderman will talk about how a company like SkyWater can address the challenges of bringing chip manufacturing back to the U.S., invest in opportunities for supply chain certainty and security and enable nimble new innovations that can be accelerated with CHIPS funding to lead the next wave of computing.

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Thomas Sonderman

President & CEO

SkyWater Technology

Thomas Sonderman is the president and CEO of SkyWater Technology, a U.S.-owned and operated pure-play semiconductor manufacturer and a DOD-accredited Trusted supplier. He joined SkyWater in 2017 as the lead executive, driving the company’s successful business transformation from an IDM to a pure play foundry. He has effectively diversified SkyWater’s customer base by defining new product markets and target customers while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies. Mr. Sonderman has leveraged SkyWater’s U.S-based manufacturing operations to expand the company’s government business and to focus on reinstating a strong domestic commercial manufacturing presence. He has built a world class leadership team that inspires over 500 employees to deliver process R&D innovation and operational excellence.

Mr. Sonderman’s extensive industry experience in all aspects of fab operations has delivered market leadership and increased shareholder value to high-technology industry leaders Rudolph Technologies, Globalfoundries and AMD. Notably, he played a critical role serving as part of an executive team at AMD that spun-off manufacturing operations to form Globalfoundries.

A widely recognized subject matter expert, Mr. Sonderman is the author of 50 patents and a highly sought-after industry speaker. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science Technology and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from National Technological University.

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SkyWater (NASDAQ: SKYT) is a U.S.-owned semiconductor manufacturer and a DOD-accredited Trusted supplier. SkyWater’s Technology as a Servicesm model streamlines the path to production for customers with development services, volume production and advanced packaging solutions in its world-class U.S. facilities. This pioneering model enables innovators to co-create the next wave of technology with diverse categories including mixed-signal CMOS, read-out ICs, rad-hard, power discretes, MEMS, superconducting ICs, photonics, carbon nanotubes and interposers. SkyWater serves growing markets including aerospace & defense, automotive, biomedical, cloud & computing, consumer, industrial and loT. For more information, visit: www.skywatertechnology.com.

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