• 11:30 – 11:55

Semiconductor Innovation Success: Building on Global Collaboration Amongst Trusted Partners in Nanoelectronics R&D

Semiconductor technology has caught the spotlight of global attention, as it is now understood by a broader community and political leaders to be the driving and enabling force for our wealth and wellbeing in the decades to come. It enables progress in communication, entertainment, economy, our life. How to further guarantee prosperity?

Our industry has developed itself over the past decades in a unique, networked and distributed chain of innovation stakeholders, ranging from system houses, ic makers, equipment and material companies and broader supply chain companies, in various continents, which probably is the enabler for the formidable growth and proliferation into essentially all markets.

Success will come through trusted relationships amongst innovators, smart R&D alliances, efficiently bringing together expertise and infrastructure, to meet the required pace of innovation.

Imec has been driving a unique, global, collaborative R&D innovation model over the past 4 decades, building around the opportunities that Moore’s law has been depicting, and further pathfinding to secure healthy roadmaps for our industry in the years to come.

In this talk, we will highlight how imec’s collaborative model can not only be an inspiration, but more so bring key partnering value when aiming for efficiency and global impact on the semiconductor industry. Japan has taken essential investment steps in defining its path for the future, in such collaborative spirit with other continents, aiming for a better world. As proud partners in this ecosystem, we’ll address the challenges on our joint path for success.

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Lode Lauwers

Senior Vice President Business Development & Sales

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Lode Lauwers is Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy in IMEC, the nanoelectronics R&D Center in Leuven, Belgium. His current focus is to architect new global R&D collaborations and related business models, in line with semiconductor technology initiatives in various continents currently in conception. In that role he also guides imec’s Corporate Business Development strategies in nanoelectronics. Since he joined IMEC in 2005, he had various leading roles in IMEC’s technology business development and partner relation management. He has been driving over 2 decades the build-out, growth and business foundations of imec’s flagship core program with leading IC manufacturers, foundries, equipment and material suppliers and design and system houses. Earlier, he has been general manager of an ASIC design house, part of a US-based ASSP provider for the telecom industry, and scientific advisor for government funding in local and European cooperative networks in micro-electronics and telecommunications. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven.

Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 5,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands and the USA, and representation in 3 continents. In 2021, imec’s revenue (P&L) totaled 732 million euro.

Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

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