• 09:00 – 09:20

Semiconductor Ecosystem Accelerator

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Mitchell Hsing

CEO

InchFab

Mitchell Hsing, is the Co-Founder and CEO of InchFab, a low-cost, fast-cycle-time foundry solution for sensors and actuators. InchFab was born out of frustration from Mitchell and his co-founder’s struggles with the lack of access and high barrier of entry needed to make microdevices. Innovators at heart, Mitchell’s aim is to lower the barrier of entry and enable more people to innovate on the microscale. Mitchell holds, S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

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InchFab uses an ultra-low-cost scalable “micro-sized” fab platform. Today InchFab uses this platform to provide highly flexible and cost effective MEMS foundry services to its customers and partners.

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  • 09:20 – 09:50

Challenges and Opportunities of the Semiconductors Industry in the MENA Region: An Egyptian Perspective

The semiconductors industry global supply chain is undergoing major transformations due to several recent and current events such as the COVID pandemic, the US-China technology trade war, and the Ukrainian war. As a result, several important dynamics have emerged and may prove highly valuable in enabling countries of the MENA region to put themselves on the map of this industry if such countries manage to act fast and smart. Indeed, the world is moving from a globalization model that has prevailed for decades to a model where manufacturing is more regional and distributed. Many players are starting to establish regional manufacturing facilities in contrast to depending on the Far East and specifically China as the World’s major manufacturer of electronics. This is driven by geopolitical reasons as well as security of supply chain and avoiding its disruption as has been the case in recent years. In addition, one important reason to move manufacturing facilities to regions closer to big markets is to minimize the cost of transportation and its negative impact on the environment. On the design side, many global players are looking for talent around the world to augment their resources and their ability to develop and produce new products in time. Such global companies will establish Offshore Design Centers (ODCs) wherever they find critical mass of talent that they can tap into.

Egypt has made significant strides in developing its semiconductor industry in the last two decades and this has been recognized by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) by launching a local Chapter of the GSA in Egypt in June 2022. This talk will present the Egyptian semiconductor ecosystem, how this industry emerged in Egypt and its strategy for the future. The talk will also present a holistic approach for accelerating the development of this industry in the whole MENA region in an integrative and collaborative manner.

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Dr. Hisham Haddara

Chairman and Founder

SiWare Systems

Hisham Haddara is the founder of Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a leading fabless semiconductor company in Egypt. Prior to founding SWS in December 2003, he was with MEMScAP from May 2000 as EVP and President of MEMSCAP Egypt and was co-founder and first GM of ANACAD Egypt in 1994. By the end of 1994, ANACAD was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation (MGC) where he worked till May 2000 as GM of Mentor Graphics Egypt.

Hisham has been a professor of microelectronics at Ain-Shams University, Cairo till 2016. He has authored and co-authored two books, several patents and more than 100 scientific publications in International Journals and Conferences. He received his Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France in 1988. His Ph.D. research work won the best Ph.D. thesis award for the years 1987-88, awarded by the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

Hisham is the founding chairman of the GSA-Egypt chapter and board member of EITESAL, (Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics & Software Alliance), the biggest technology NGO in Egypt. He is also a board member of the IT Industry Development Agency, ITIDA.

Hisham is currently leading a team to develop a national strategy for the semiconductors industry in Egypt under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Hisham serves as advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research on innovation and heads a team to develop a national innovation policy for Egypt. He has been an expert on innovation with the ESCWA UN organization and is currently enrolled in the MIT REAP program at the MIT Sloan school of management as part of a national team to accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cairo.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority and the board of and Zewail City for Science and Technology. He has also served as a member of the steering committee of Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology as well as a member of the Engineering Education committee of the Supreme Council for Universities.

Hisham is chairman of the board and co-founder of Si-Ware Systems, Pearl Semi and Fab-Minds.

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Si-Ware was founded in 2004 by leading-edge scientists and entrepreneurs who developed the world first alignment-free, calibration-free, and shock-resistant MEMS based Fourier Transform Near Infra-Red (FT-NIR) spectrometer on a chip. This was and still is the smallest FT-NIR MEMS spectrometer in the world.

In 2014, Si-Ware won the prestigious Prism Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for our first-generation technology. Since then, Si-Ware has continued to innovate scoring more than 100 patents and a large number of research papers that represent our technical advancements in FT-IR spectroscopy.

Now, Si-Ware provides end-to-end FT-NIR solutions under the brand name NeoSpectra. This combines portable FT-NIR Analyzers with intuitive software and a powerful cloud to quickly analyze samples with speed and precision across almost all industries. Si-Ware brings highly accurate, on-site material analysis within reach for all through affordable and accessible technology. We have redefined NIR performance and use through unique FT-NIR technology that enables simultaneous analysis of multiple parameters with greater accuracy, across practically all industries and scientific applications.

Si-Ware, an independent fabless semiconductor company that fosters silicon innovation, employs more than 100 engineers, and has commercial sites and development centers in Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France as well as in California and Boston area in the USA.

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  • 09:50 – 10:10

Leading a World Class Research Institute

Being a technological backbone of digitization Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is conducting research in the areas of Microsystems, Sensor Systems, Power Electronics, Intelligent Wireless Systems and Embedded Systems. Key industry players, science and research are brought together by SAL for significant expertise and know-how. The Microsystems and Sensor Divisions at SAL are committed to the development of beyond state-of-the-art tech­no­lo­gies for novel micro-elec­tro­me­cha­nical systems (MEMS) and sensor devices. The core competences and interdisciplinary skills of SAL employees expand the boundaries of current technologies contributing to innovation and groundbreaking ideas. Close colla­bo­ra­tion with our indus­trial and scien­tific part­ners has a great impact on the creation of cutting-edge tech­no­logy from design and proof-of-concept to product proto­types.

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Dr. Mohssen Moridi

Head of Research Division Microsystems

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Mohssen Moridi received the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in microtechnology from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. After finishing his PhD he had several research positions in Switzerland. In 2016 he moved to Austria as a head of Microsystem division at CTR AG to establish a MEMS department and to manage a new cleanroom dedicated to industrial R&D. Since 2019 he is a part of Silicon Austria Labs and recently became the Head of Research Division Microsystems. He is currently managing more than 40 researchers with the focus on Thin Film Technologies, Integrated Photonics, Magnetic and Piezoelectric Microsystems. Mohssen has more than 20 years of experience in development of MEMS devices.

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Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) has been founded to be a top Euro­pean re­search center for elec­tronic-based systems. In the network of science and economy, we carry out re­search at a global level and create the basis of ground­breaking prod­ucts and processes.

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  • 10:10 – 10:30

Mass Manufacturing 8-inch GaN-on-Si Power Devices: the Next Generation of Power Switching Technology

Power conversion systems are all around us and they are responsible, for example, for converting the AC power coming from the grid to a continuous power (DC) to charge-up batteries. Or, they convert high voltage DC (e.g. 48V) to a low voltage DC (e.g. 5V or 1V) needed to run electronics.

Any power conversion needs to be performed effectively so energy (and thus money) is not wasted in heat.

GaN-based power transistors have proven to outperform standard Si-based transistors in both AC-DC and DC-DC applications thus representing the next generation of power switching devices. GaN-based power conversion systems are more efficient, more compact and lighter than to what is possible with traditional Silicon devices.

The GaN’s power device market is booming and yet we believe that their penetration was so far limited due to a restricted supply of GaN device production at a competitive price point and in mass volume.

In this talk, we will present Innoscience’s 8-inch GaN-on-Si e-mode technology and how we tackled the two points above by building up two large 8-inch fabs fully dedicated to the (mass) production of GaN-on-Si power devices.

We will also discuss that to bring GaN power devices into mainstream high-volume end-products, including mobile phones, only a true integrated device manufacturer with high volume 8-inch internal manufacturing fully focused on GaN is necessary.

We will conclude the talk by giving an overview of applications where Innoscience’s GaN devices (InnoGaNTM) have been used and the benefit of using InnoGaNTM transistors instead of traditional Silicon devices.

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Denis Marcon

General Manager

Innoscience

Denis Marcon received a M.S. degree from the University of Padova in 2006. Subsequently, he received the degree of Doctor in Engineering (Ph. D.) from the Catholic University of Leuven and imec with the thesis entitled “Reliability study of power gallium nitride based transistors” in 2011. He is leading author or co-author of more than 50 journal papers or international conference contributions.

After his Ph.D. graduation, he has been leading projects aiming to develop GaN HEMTs for several applications (RF and power switching). Thereafter, he has joined the business development team of Imec where he was directly responsible for the partnerships with imec in the field of GaN power electronics as well as on dedicated development and manufacturing of Si-based devices, MEMS, sensors and micro-systems,

Today he is the General Manager of Innoscience Europe (subsidiary of Innoscience) and he is directly responsible for Innoscience’s GaN business in Europe.

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Innoscience is an Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) founded in December 2015 with the support of international prestigious investors. With the development of new technologies, the electric power grid and power electronic systems across the world are undergoing a massive transformation. Our vision is to create an energy ecosystem with effective and low-cost Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) power solutions. In November 2017, Innoscience first established a mass production 8-inch wafer line for GaN-on-Si devices and, in order to fulfill the rapidly growing power demands, Innoscience has inaugurated a new facility in September 2020. As a cutting-edge GaN technology provider, Innoscience’s 1,600+ employees and over 500 R&D experts are dedicated to delivering high performance and high reliability GaN power devices that can be widely used in diverse applications including portable devices, mobile phones, chargers and adapters, electric vehicles (EV) and automotive. For more information, please visit www.innoscience.com.

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  • 10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break

  • 10:45 – 11:15

Doubling Charge Speed And Cycle Life Of The Most Common Batteries With A Revolutionary Charging Algorithm, Enabled By Semiconductors Technologies

Constant current/constant voltage (CC/CV), step-charging, and DC charging are common methods for charging lithium-ion batteries, but result in damage to the batteries, lowering cycle life and charge speed. Much of this damage occurs due to non-uniform current density on the electrode surfaces, which causes electrolyte degradation, dendrites, and lithium plating. Therefore, there is a need for innovation in battery charging methods to address the limitations of existing charge technologies. New charging algorithms that adjust charging to maintain maximum current uniformity can provide much faster charging of batteries while simultaneous extending battery cycle life.

This presentation will provide conclusive electrochemical data showing how Iontra achieves double the charge speed and double the cycle life on today’s commercial cells with their proprietary, scalable charging technology that is implemented on charge control MCUs. Iontra has spent the past few years in stealth mode understanding how batteries want to be charged, then providing them with charging that results in minimal degradation, maximum cell health, faster charging, longer life, and lower temperature charging. Iontra is fresh off the back of a $38M Series B and moving toward further capital raises to support expansion of their technology for various industries including consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

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Sunil Banwari

COO

iontra

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  • 11:15 – 12:00

The LIVE 3D Digital Twin for the GCC

ASPEED’s unique and patented image stitching algorithm, integrated on-chip, generates high-quality panoramic images in under 10ms. Besides, VIZZIO create 3D models of cities from aerial to indoor views using 2D satellite images and a patented deep learning AI pipeline, without the need for drones or complex surveying methods. We can model any city worldwide anytime, anywhere. We create real-time LIVE 3D digital twins of any physical place by combining ASPEED’s and VIZZIO’s special technologies.

The integration of these fusion technologies will lead to numerous innovative applications. The application of these technologies can also enhance the efficiency of government services through the provision of accurate information and faster service delivery. For instance, the government will have a comprehensive 3D models of all cities, enabling them to protect citizens more effectively. The affordability of these technologies will facilitate greater accessibility to immersive experiences of the cultures of GCC countries for a larger global audience, and enhance remote education by delivering a more interactive and superior learning experience compared to in-person education. Furthermore, the use of live and immersive real estate tours will provide busy, high net-worth global buyers with the ability to view properties and make informed bids in a streamlined and efficient manner.

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CJ Hsieh

COO

ASPEED

Experiences:

  • Advisory board, ISES Taiwan
  • Co-chair of Test Committee, SEMI Taiwan
  • General Manager, INTEL Innovation Tech. Ltd.
  • Spokesperson, INTEL Taiwan
  • Consulting Committee, National QUEMOY University
  • VP of Global Operations, LANTIQ Deutschland GmbH
  • GM & VP of Professional Services Lab, SPIROX Corp.
  • AVP of ASIC Design Services and Production Turnkey, FARADAY Tech. Corp.
  • Technical Manager of CPU / Memory Design, UMC
  • Project Leader of EDA DFT, SYNTEST Tech. Ltd.

Education:

  • MSEE, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
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Founded in 2004, ASPEED Technology Inc. is a leading fabless IC design company headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan. With a focus on niche markets, ASPEED specializes in Cloud & Enterprise Solutions, including Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) SoC, Bridge IC, and PFR SoC, and Smart AV Solutions, including AVoIP SoC, Cupola360 spherical image stitching processor and Cupola360+
Software Kit.

ASPEED is devoted to developing innovative technologies in order to quickly respond to customer needs. In 2016, ASPEED acquired Broadcom’s Emulex Pilot™ remote server management chip business and it’s currently the world’s No. 1 BMC SoC provider. Also, ASPEED expanded its product portfolio by launching Cupola360 spherical image stitching processor and Cupola360+ software solutions in 2018.

Recognized as a trusted and reliable partner for customers, ASPEED has been awarded “Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under a Billion” for nine consecutive years since 2014. The company was also recognized as “Taiwan Best-in-Class 100” by Taiwan Institute of Directors and CDRC Consulting Group in 2022.

Fore more information, please visit https://www.aspeedtech.com/ and https://cupola360.com/.

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Dr. Jon Lee

Founder & CEO

Vizzio

  • PhD Computer Science University of Cambridge
  • Seasoned entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in computer graphics, gaming technologies, and artificial intelligence
  • Inventor of 500+ Patents (Filed with USPTO & China)
  • Founder/CEO VIZZIO Singapore; Raised US$20m;
  • Raised U$6 million for Round A from SoftBank for UK startup 1998, Round D US$ 48m from Doll Capital 2005; Achieved annual revenue of US$ 140 millions and signed up 200+ global handset makers;
  • Sued Apple, Inc for Patent Infringement 2009 for US$200m
  • Sold gaming company in 2019 for US$120m
  • International Awards and Accolades
    • The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
    • The Scottish Software Award 2007 “Scottish Software Company of the Year”
    • European award for innovation “EU Europe’s most promising technologies”
    • UK Enterprise 250 Award
    • Won China’s Most Prestigious IT Competition 2019 – Came in TOP in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province and National Level, beating over 30,000 companies
    • Featured & interviewed by BBC, CCTV, CNA, Straits Times

JON is best known for his work in 3D computer vision and automatic 3D reconstruction from imagery and videos and has developed an AI software pipeline to automatically turn 2D photographs and satellite imagery into 3D geometry. JON has also filed numerous patents for large-scale 3D Reconstruction of buildings from stereo satellite images pipeline using Deep Convolutional Network to extract contour polygons of buildings, and the combination of optimisation & computational geometry techniques to compute the Digital Terrain Model, a digital height model and to correctly estimate the position of the footprints. shadow & atmospheric cloud removal.

Other noteworthy projects he has worked on are real-time 3D scene rendering and visualisation pipeline; 3D reconstruction of cities from consumer grade cameras, satellite imagery, camera-based self-driving cars and a vision-based 3D positioning and tracking system. Most recently his academic research has focused on combining 3D scene reconstruction with semantic scene understanding via Deep Learning.

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VIZZIO is a leading 3D EARTH & SPACE TECHNOLOGY Company based in Singapore, with clients regionally and globally. Vizzio has mapped 89 3D earth cities, covering more than 29.4 million square kilometers of land area.

VIZZIO’s planetary-scale “3D-Mapping” ability turns current satellite, aerial and geospatial data into a semantic, machine-readable database and photorealistic synthetic 3D WGS84 georeferenced environments for simulation, visualization, and wider industrial and enterprise applications. Our deep learning algorithms pre-process satellite imagery and other geospatial data sources and create 3D models out of flat satellite images, combining real-time ray-tracing and advanced graphics rendering engine to create a photorealistic 3-D world.

Our AI-based real-time 3D reconstruction approach solves global pose alignment and obtains dense volumetric reconstructions from 2D satellite images at a level of quality and completeness that was previously only attainable with human intervention and expensive photogrammetry methods. Previously, city modeling and reality capture relied on manual, labor-intensive processes – spanning months or even years. We can now create detailed geo-specific, accurate, high-resolution 3D geographic models and terrains of cities in just a fraction of the time needed.

Vizzio has been spearheading the adoption of dimensionally accurate and immersive 3D capture and visualisations for Singapore’s leading government agencies and companies including Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF), Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), National University of Singapore (NUS) and SMRT Corporation (SMRT) as well as Singapore based companies such as CapitaLand, SATS, StarHub, DP Architects, Singapore Police, Saudi Government, Hong Kong Police, among others.

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  • 12:00 – 13:00

Exhibitor Visit & Networking Break, Lunch

  • 13:00 – 13:20

Semiconductors: Powering the Future and Driving the Global Economy

Semiconductors are the backbone of modern electronics and have unique electrical properties that allow for the regulation of electricity flow, enabling the creation of sophisticated devices such as computer chips, transistors, and diodes. They are critical in shaping our digital world and driving technological advancements, from AI and IoT to autonomous vehicles and renewable energy. The semiconductor industry ecosystem is complex and involves chip manufacturers, equipment suppliers, material providers, design and software companies, with a constant need for innovation and R&D investments. The industry is highly competitive with major players vying for market share and technological dominance, yet the global semiconductor market continues to grow driven by increasing demand for electronics and the growth of the technology industry. The semiconductor industry is on track to go from a 500-billion-dollar industry to a trillion-dollar industry by 2030 or sooner, further emphasizing its importance and impact on the global economy.

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Robert Quinn

Founder

SIMEU

Robert Quinn is a highly respected figure in the semiconductor industry, known for his expertise and influence as a social media influencer and thought leader. He is the founder of Quinns Media, a successful semiconductor industry social media marketing agency, and the founder of the nonprofit organization SIMEU (Semiconductor Industry Mobile Education Unit). SIMEU aims to promote education and training within the next generation through a mobile education unit that will travel to schools across the nation, building the next generation of semiconductor professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Robert’s unique insights and innovative ideas have established him as a leading voice in the industry. He is highly active on social media, posting daily updates on the latest industry news and trends, and is also a skilled content creator, producing podcasts, speaking at events, blogging, and authoring books on the subject. He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experience with others in the industry, and to making a positive impact through his work as a thought leader and through his leadership of SIMEU.

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  • 13:20 – 13:40

Transforming Industries at the Atomic Scale: The Power of Atomic Scale Advanced Manufacturing and the Advanced Innovation Ecosystems

The cutting-edge technology developed by ATLANT 3D revolutionizes the electronics, optics, and photonics industries through atomic-scale advanced manufacturing. ATLANT 3D develops the technology equipment, processes, and services and a new business model to enable innovation of new advanced electronics and functional applications without geographical restrictions and through the whole value chain from lab to fab. ATLANT 3D model of advanced manufacturing hubs – A- Hubs – will create a novel network-centric innovation ecosystem with a goal to speed up the development of critical micro and nanosolutions with faster go-to-market and simple or even impossible previous functionality. Vertical-oriented The vertical or geographically oriented A-Hub model can speed up innovation and create strong economic growth, or the geographically oriented A-Hub model can speed up innovation and create strong economic growth nevertheless of global reality.

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Maksym Plakhotnyuk, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

ATLANT 3D

Inventor of first-ever atomic layer advanced manufacturing technology that enables materials, devices, and microsystem development and manufacturing with atomic precision. A scientist with a Ph.D. in Nanotechnology and Photovoltaics with expertise in nanotechnologies, renewable and exponential technologies, and deep knowledge of photovoltaics, semiconductor processing, solid-state physics, and material science. Member of Forbes Technology Council, Hello Tomorrow Grand Winner, Fulbright scholar, and proud Ukrainian.

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Nanosystems is a Danish deep-tech startup that develops a unique atomic layer advanced manufacturing technology for on-demand electronic materials development and microdevice manufacturing. ATLANT 3D technology combines thin film deposition with an additive manufacturing approach to selectively deposit material one atomic layer at a time. This is the first-ever concept to be realized in such a way and the uniqueness of the technology is that it can print directly different materials on flat and complex surfaces combining different materials with atomic precision and micro resolution. It opens opportunities for innovation in the electronics space.

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  • 13:40 – 14:00

The Camera Module Industry and the Opportunity for MEMS and Micro-Manufacturing

The compact camera module (CCM) industry has a 35+ billion-dollar market size with close to 10% annual growth rate. Despite significant advances in the CCM for smartphones and digital cameras, including CMOS Image Sensor and lens manufacturing technologies, the opto-mechanics in the CCM is still based on the 150 year old voice coil motor (VCM) technology. The undesirable form-factor, high power consumption, low speed, low accuracy, and magnetic susceptibility of the VCM present bottlenecks for further advancement of the CCM. This presents an opportunity for the silicon-based MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) and micromanufacturing technologies to offer a more efficient, compact, and higher performing alternative solution with a multi-billion-dollar potential market.

In this talk a brief overview of the state of the CCM industry is presented followed by a discussion of the electromechanical aspects of the inner workings of a camera module. Emerging new technologies and companies developing such are introduced and challenges and opportunities for manufacturing such new MEMS products are discussed.

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Dr. Siavash Pourkamali

Founder & CEO

Silicon Dynamix

Siavash Pourkamali is the founder and CEO of Silicon DynamiX, Inc., a US-based start-up developing chip-scale micromechanical actuators to address the needs of the state-of-the-art highly integrated optical modules including compact camera modules. He is also a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received the BS degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2001, and the MS and the PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He has co-authored over 150 publications in international journals and conferences in the area of micro-electromechanical systems and micromachining.

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Silicon DynamiX is a US-based start-up company developing silicon chip-scale micromachined actuators to address the mechanical actuation needs in the state-of-the-art highly integrated compact camera modules (CCM). Compact camera modules have become an integral component of smartphones and tablets, while supporting emerging devices and applications such as AR/VR headsets, self-driving cars, drones, etc. Millimeter-scale electromechanical actuators are utilized in advanced CCMs for Auto-Focusing (AF) and shake cancellation via Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Currently the actuation need in CCMs is met by Voice Coil Motors, electromagnetic actuators comprised of current carrying windings interacting with permanent magnets. Several micro-assembled components in such actuators make them relatively heavy (slow), costly, bulky, power hungry and prone to failure. Silicon DynamiX chip-scale actuators can replace several components present in current CCM assemblies integrating both auto-focusing and OIS functionalities in a single batch fabricated silicon chip.

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  • 14:00 – 14:20

US Based Equipment Manufacturer For Compounds Semiconductor Applications

Plasma-Therm is a global manufacturer of advanced plasma processing equipment. Its tools and processes are used to support manufacturing needs in etch, deposition, rapid thermal processing, and plasma dicing technologies. The company serves the semiconductor and compound semiconductor industries in developing solutions for the wireless, power device, MEMS, photonics, advanced packaging, and data storage markets. With locations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Plasma-Therm meets the diverse needs of its customers with exceptional customer service.

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Yannick Pilloux

VP EMEA

Plasma-Therm

Yannick Pilloux is Executive Sales Manager for EMEA. Prior to Plasma-Therm, Yannick was Product Manager at Tegal Corporation in California and Alcatel Micro Machining System in France for about 13 years, leading the DRIE technology for MEMS Industry, as well as TSV applications. He holds a Master degree in Business development from CESI Lyon-France. Yannick develops strong experience in MEMS industry where he is co-writer for multiple papers and co-author of Intellectual patent.

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Established in 1974, Plasma-Therm is a global manufacturer of advanced plasma processing equipment, providing tailored solutions to the specialty semiconductor markets, including wireless, power devices, photonics, sensors, and MEMS, advanced packaging, memory, and R&D. Plasma-Therm’s products have been adopted globally and have earned their reputation for value, reliability, and world-class support. Sales and service locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific meet the diverse needs of Plasma-Therm’s global customer base.

www.plasmatherm.com

Phone: +1 727-577-4999 or information@plasmatherm.com

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  • 14:20 – 14:40

Introduction about OIA

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Ali Mohammed AL Farsi

Associate in the Private Equity Department

Oman Investment Authority (OIA)

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  • 14:40 – 15:50

History and Future of the Semiconductor Industry in the MENA Region: A Benchmark From the Semi Ecosystem in Egypt

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Salah Nasri

President

ISES

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International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) holds a significant position within the semiconductor industry. Since 2010 we have scaled 8 major successful regional events globally. Our initiatives to date have been fully supported by local governments. For e.g., ISES USA is hosted in partnership with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, ISES Taiwan is hosted in partnership with ITRI, ISES EU is hosted in partnership with the EU Commission, ISES Southeast Asia in partnership with Invest in Penang. We serve as a platform where senior executives in technology, manufacturing and R&D from various semiconductor companies, technology providers, and related industries gather to exchange information, shape strategies, and discuss the industry’s direction. Our summits have influenced industry trends and decisions due to the high-level discussions that take place.

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Dr. Hisham Haddara

Chairman and Founder

SiWare Systems

Hisham Haddara is the founder of Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a leading fabless semiconductor company in Egypt. Prior to founding SWS in December 2003, he was with MEMScAP from May 2000 as EVP and President of MEMSCAP Egypt and was co-founder and first GM of ANACAD Egypt in 1994. By the end of 1994, ANACAD was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation (MGC) where he worked till May 2000 as GM of Mentor Graphics Egypt.

Hisham has been a professor of microelectronics at Ain-Shams University, Cairo till 2016. He has authored and co-authored two books, several patents and more than 100 scientific publications in International Journals and Conferences. He received his Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France in 1988. His Ph.D. research work won the best Ph.D. thesis award for the years 1987-88, awarded by the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

Hisham is the founding chairman of the GSA-Egypt chapter and board member of EITESAL, (Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics & Software Alliance), the biggest technology NGO in Egypt. He is also a board member of the IT Industry Development Agency, ITIDA.

Hisham is currently leading a team to develop a national strategy for the semiconductors industry in Egypt under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Hisham serves as advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research on innovation and heads a team to develop a national innovation policy for Egypt. He has been an expert on innovation with the ESCWA UN organization and is currently enrolled in the MIT REAP program at the MIT Sloan school of management as part of a national team to accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cairo.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority and the board of and Zewail City for Science and Technology. He has also served as a member of the steering committee of Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology as well as a member of the Engineering Education committee of the Supreme Council for Universities.

Hisham is chairman of the board and co-founder of Si-Ware Systems, Pearl Semi and Fab-Minds.

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Si-Ware was founded in 2004 by leading-edge scientists and entrepreneurs who developed the world first alignment-free, calibration-free, and shock-resistant MEMS based Fourier Transform Near Infra-Red (FT-NIR) spectrometer on a chip. This was and still is the smallest FT-NIR MEMS spectrometer in the world.

In 2014, Si-Ware won the prestigious Prism Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for our first-generation technology. Since then, Si-Ware has continued to innovate scoring more than 100 patents and a large number of research papers that represent our technical advancements in FT-IR spectroscopy.

Now, Si-Ware provides end-to-end FT-NIR solutions under the brand name NeoSpectra. This combines portable FT-NIR Analyzers with intuitive software and a powerful cloud to quickly analyze samples with speed and precision across almost all industries. Si-Ware brings highly accurate, on-site material analysis within reach for all through affordable and accessible technology. We have redefined NIR performance and use through unique FT-NIR technology that enables simultaneous analysis of multiple parameters with greater accuracy, across practically all industries and scientific applications.

Si-Ware, an independent fabless semiconductor company that fosters silicon innovation, employs more than 100 engineers, and has commercial sites and development centers in Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France as well as in California and Boston area in the USA.

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Ayman Ahmed

CEO

Pearl Semiconductor

With a genuine passion for entrepreneurship, Ayman accumulated +28 years of engineering and managerial experience in the semiconductor industry. As one of the co-founders of Si-Ware Systems in 2004, he assumed several roles including VP of ASIC Engineering and VP of ASIC Marketing & Business Development before starting the Timing BU and then spun it out as Pearl Semiconductor in 2020. Ayman has notable contributions in the Timing industry such as leading the MEMS-Based Programmable Clock Generator Development program for Discera (Microchip) and a CMOS only LC-Based Self-Compensated Oscillator (SCO). Ayman holds 10 patents and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics and communication engineering from Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 1994 and 2002 respectively.

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Mohamed Mohsen

CEO

Si-Vision

Mr. Mohamed Mohsen is an entrepreneur and semiconductor professional holding BSc and MSc degrees in Electronic & Communication Engineering; with strong business, management, and entrepreneurial expertise in the semiconductor for more than 18+ year.

Mohamed is the Co-Founder & CEO of Si-Vision LLC; founded in 2007, delivering state-of-the-art Intellectual Properties (IPs’) to Tier-1 customers across the globe; including but not limited to low power wireless, high speed interfaces, high speed memory interfaces and other advanced solutions and serving customers across the globe delivering cutting-edge semiconductor ASICs and IPs.

In July 2015 Mr. M Mohsen and the team were able to achieve one of the remarkable an success stories in region for the technology and semiconductor industry, when Synopsys, Inc. the world’s leading provider of EDA and Interface IP acquired Silicon Vision leading Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology enabling Synopsys today to be leading IP provider for the LP wireless across the globe, while starting a new era for Si-Vision as the exclusive IP strategic partner of Synopsys Inc. [Nasdaq:SNPS] in the region.

Today Si-Vision fast growing team is the biggest Analog/Mixed Signal and RF team in the Middle East with more than 550+ designers delivering of state-of-the-art technologies and serving customers across the globe.

In addition to his role in Si-Vision LLC, Mr. M Mohsen is the CEO & Chairman for SiVT LTD in Hong Kong, delivering innovative Electronic Systems to the education market with strategic partnership with the No.1 Tech-education leader Promethean Limited (UK).

Mr. M Mohsen is also Board Member & Managing partner for couple of Private Equity ventures in the UK & UAE in addition being Mentor/Board member for multiple technology startups in MENA and Asia. Mr. M Mohsen has been always a major stakeholder in the electronics community in Egypt, where he is currently severing as Board Member for Eitesal NGO since March 2022. In addition to being on the MCIT advisory committee working together to shape the strategic path of the electronics industry in Egypt.

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Ahmed El-Shennawy

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Pulsar Microelectronics

Ahmed is a technology professional with more than 15 years of experience in the semiconductors industry. As one of the first employees in Si-Ware Systems, he contributed to the company’s development throughout its different growth stages until it successfully grew in value and scale. Ahmed started his career as an A/MS designer and was part of a talented team who developed several high-performance ASICs and IPs. In 2011, he initiated the Application Engineering function to support the business development of the ASIC business unit and managed his team to sell to over 30 customers across the globe. After the acquisition of the Si-Ware ASIC business unit in 2019 by Goodix, Ahmed led the application engineering team serving products targeting smartphones.

In 2021, Ahmed co-founded Pulsar Microelectronics, a company that offers A/MS design services leveraging two decades of deep expertise in several domains, including power harvesters, SerDes, timing solutions, and sensors interfacing.

Ahmed has an MBA from China Europe International Business School in Shanghai and B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and holds 4 US patents.

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