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Dr. Thomas Morgenstern

Thomas Morgenstern is Executive Vice President of Infineon Technologies AG. He was born in Mosbach (Germany) in 1968. Thomas Morgenstern studied chemistry at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf and received his PhD in 1998. He started his career in 1998 at Semiconductor 300. Before joining Infineon again in 2021, he held various positions at Biotronik SE & Co KG, BOSCH and Globalfoundries.

Positions within the company

  • Since 2022 Head of Frontend
  • 2021 Managing Director Dresden

Further positions

2017-2020 2013-2017
2010-2013 2009-2010
1998-2009
Globalfoundries Dresden

Senior Vice President and General Manager Fab 1
BOSCH Reutlingen and Souzhu

Senior Vice President Manufacturing and Technology
Globalfoundries Dresden Director Engineering

Biotronik SE & Co KG
Director Manufacturing Active Implants

Qimonda/ Infineon Dresden
Managing functions in various positions

Membership of Supervisory Boards

Infineon Technologies Dresden Verwaltungs GmbH, Neubiberg, Germany (Head of Supervisory Board)

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Infineon Technologies AG

Here at Infineon, we combine entrepreneurial success with responsible action to make life easier, safer, and greener. Barely visible, semiconductors have become an indispensable part of everyday life. We play a key role in shaping a better future – with microelectronics that link the real and the digital world. Our semiconductors enable efficient energy management, smart mobility, as well as secure, seamless communications in an increasingly connected world. Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and system solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive and industrial electronics, communication and information technologies, IoT, sensor technology and security. The product range comprises standard components, software, customer-specific solutions for devices and systems, as well as specific components for digital, analog, and mixed-signal applications.

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Gayn Erickson

Gayn Erickson is Chief Executive Officer & President of Aehr Test Systems (Nasdaq: AEHR) in Fremont, California, a world leader in Semiconductor Test and Burn-in solutions. Prior to this, Gayn was Executive Vice President of Verigy, Inc. and Agilent Technologies, with responsibility for their Memory Test Business Units. He has over 35 years of experience in the Semiconductor Capital Equipment market. With very high market and technology domain knowledge in defining, developing, manufacturing, and marketing semiconductor capital equipment solutions, Gayn has led the definition and development of over a dozen semiconductor test and burn-in systems and solutions at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Verigy, and Aehr Test Systems. Gayn received a BSEE degree from Arizona State University

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Aehr Test Systems

Headquartered in Fremont, California, Aehr Test Systems is a leading provider of test solutions for testing, burning-in, and stabilizing semiconductor devices in wafer level, singulated die, and package part form, and has installed thousands of systems worldwide. Increasing quality, reliability, safety, and security needs of semiconductors used across multiple applications, including electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar and wind power, computing, data and telecommunications infrastructure, and solid-state memory and storage, are driving additional test requirements, incremental capacity needs, and new opportunities for Aehr Test products and solutions. Aehr has developed and introduced several innovative products including the FOX-PTM families of test and burn-in systems and FOX WaferPakTM Aligner, FOX WaferPak Contactor, FOX DiePak® Carrier and FOX DiePak Loader.

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Dr. Markus Bolte

Markus leads the global Semiconductor practice of AlixPartners, a results-driven global consulting firm specialized in business transformations successfully address their most complex and critical challenges. With a summa cum laude PhD and two Masters on Nanophysics and Computer Science, several stations at research institutes (UC Berkeley, Univ. Hamburg) and semiconductor/data storage firms in the USA, South Korea, Netherlands and Germany, he has a deep understanding of the industry.

With 19 years of global business experience, Markus’ consulting experience encompasses large whole-company transformations, operational (shopfloor-level) quality-improvements as well as organizational excellence programs, having delivered more than 5bn$ in productivity and cost improvements as experienced transformation program lead

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AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a results-driven global consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses respond quickly and decisively to their most critical challenges—from urgent performance improvement to complex restructuring, from risk mitigation to accelerated transformation. These are the moments when everything is on the line—a sudden shift in the market, an unexpected performance decline, a time-sensitive deal, a fork-in-the-road decision. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients until the job is done, and only measure our success in terms of the results we deliver.

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David Clark

David joined Amkor in 2013 and is currently responsible for Global Product Marketing, Market Analytics and Market Strategy. Prior to joining Amkor, David has held various sales management, product development and engineering positions at FlipChip International (FCI), Leica Microsystems and Agilent Technologies. David has been granted 5 patents in Optoelectronics and Device Packaging and holds a BEng Honors Degree in Electronic, Electrical and Optoelectronic Engineering from University of Glasgow.

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Amkor Technology, Inc.

As one of the world’s largest providers of high-quality semiconductor packaging and test services, Amkor has helped define and advance the technology landscape.

We deliver innovative solutions and believe in partnering with our customers to bring 5G, AI, Automotive, Communications, Computing, Consumer, IoT, Industrial and Networking products to market.

As a truly global supplier, Amkor has manufacturing and test capabilities as well as product development and support offices in Asia, Europe and the US.

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Jeroen van Borkulo

Jeroen van Borkulo received a Bachelors’ degree in Applied Physics – specialized in photonics from the Hague University of Applied Sciences and followed Executive Program at Nyenrode Business University.

Joined ASMPT in 2014 in the role of product marketing manager. In his current role leads the business development and marketing team for ASMPT’s Laser dicing and grooving BU. Jeroen has over 20 years’ experience in laser material processing applications in the semiconductor industry.

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ASMPT Limited

ASMPT, founded in 1975, is headquartered in Singapore and is listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1989.

ASMPT is the only company in the world that offers high-quality equipment for all major steps in the electronics manufacturing process – from carrier for chip interconnection to chip assembly and packaging to SMT. No other supplier offers a comparable range and depth of process expertise.

Semiconductor Solutions Segment Business of ASMPT offers a diverse product range from bonding to molding and trim & form to the integration of these activities into complete in-line systems for the microelectronics, semiconductor, camera modules, advanced packaging, photonics, and optoelectronics industries.

The group has successfully established itself as the leading player in the back-end assembly and packaging market with its innovative solutions and constant focus on customer value creation.

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Dr. Christian Ohde

  • Global Product Director SC/FEC
  • Atotech

Christian finished his PhD in chemistry and joined MKS Atotech in 2010. After holding various management positions, he was appointed Head of R&D in 2013 for the company’s electrolytic copper plating activities, mainly focusing on plating of various metals in different equipment tool sets (horizontal and vertical).

Christian Ohde is leading MKS Atotech’s global Semiconductor and Functional Electronics Coatings activities. He is a reputable industry expert and thought-leader in this field.

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Atotech

Atotech, a brand within the Materials Solutions Division of MKS Instruments, develops leading process and manufacturing technologies for advanced surface modification, electroless and electrolytic plating, and surface finishing. Applying a comprehensive systems-and-solutions approach, Atotech’s portfolio includes chemistry, equipment, software, and services for innovative and high-technology applications. These solutions are used in a wide variety of end-markets, including datacenter, consumer electronics and communications infrastructure, as well as in numerous industrial and consumer applications such as automotive, heavy machinery, and household appliances. With its well-established innovative strength and industry-leading global TechCenter network, MKS delivers pioneering solutions through its Atotech brand – combined with unparalleled on-site support for customers worldwide. For more information about Atotech, please visit us at atotech.com

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Dr. Marnix Tack

  • CTO & VP Business Development
  • BelGaN

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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BelGaN

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.

BelGaN BV
Westerring 15
9700 Oudenaarde
Belgium

www.belgan.be

+32 55 332211

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Rob Willems

  • General Manager & VP Operations, BelGaN BV
  • BelGaN

Mr Willems achieved his engineering degree in Applied Physics at the HTS Dordrecht (the Netherlands) in 1982. He got an additional degree in business economics at university of Eindhoven (the Netherlands)

He joined Philips Semiconductors (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) in 1983 as a process engineer / production manager. In 1992 he joined Mietec-Alcatel, a semiconductor company in Belgium, that became Alcatel Microelectronics, and was acquired by AMI Semiconductor in 2002 and ON Semiconductor in 2008.

In February 2022 he joined BelGaN that acquired part of onsemi Belgium as General Manager and VP Operations.

Throughout the past 30+ years he was active in various roles in operations, leading operational teams to achieve their operational targets while running continuous improvement projects on operational efficiency, quality, processes, costs, as well as projects in the areas of automation, capacity expansion, technology upgrades, in an automotive qualified environment.

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BelGaN

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.

BelGaN BV
Westerring 15
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Belgium

www.belgan.be

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Ralf Bornefeld

  • SVP Power Semiconductors & Modules
  • Bosch

Ralf Bornefeld is Senior Vice President with responsibility for business line and engineering of Power Semiconductors & Modules at Bosch. He joined Bosch in November 2019.

Before he held various management positions at Infineon Technologies AG: senior director technology in frontend production from 2005-2008, senior director engineering of automotive sensors until 2011 and finally vice president and general manager business line automotive sensors.

Ralf started his career at Elmos Semiconductor in 1992 as a technology development engineer. Afterwards he took several management positions until end of 2004, mostly serving as vice president of R&D and eventually as vice president of business line microsystems.

Ralf Bornefeld was born in Schalksmuehle, Germany, in 1964. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Dortmund in 1992.

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Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan

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Dr. Giorgia Longobardi

Dr. Giorgia Longobardi, CEO of CGD, is an experienced engineer with international practice working on GaN power devices design and characterisation. As the inventor of high impact patents in the field of GaN power devices, Giorgia made the unique blend of academic and business know-how one of her biggest strengths.

During her PhD in power devices at Cambridge University, Giorgia worked on international projects with top semiconductor companies, through which, she learned about different cultures operating in this field and gained experience managing and budgeting multi-partner projects. Curious and knowledgeable, Giorgia leads an experienced diverse team of passionate people working with enthusiasm and continuous drive to do things better. She never forgets why she founded CGD: to change how energy is used and protect the environment with efficient power electronics.

She is a member of the energy management committee at PSMA (power Sources manufacturers association) and Strategic Advisory Board at the Henry Royce Institute for materials.

 

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Cambridge GaN Devices

A spin-out of the Cambridge University, Cambridge GaN Devices (CGD) is a fabless semiconductor company that develops a range of energy-efficient GaN-based power devices to make greener electronics possible.

Operating at a market worth exceeding $30 billion, CGD completed several funding rounds to develop and deliver to the market a wide range of products for consumer and industrial applications.

In autumn 2021, the company was named Tech Scaleup of the Year by Business Weekly in the category of green electronics and was awarded the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) deep tech Investment of the Year.

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Luca Lillacci

Luca Lillacci was born in Perugia in 1972 and started his career in 1992 in Eles as Application Engineer. During that period, he was able to learn and practice many aspects related to the HW Design, Testing and Measurements of the Electronic Equipment.

Later, Luca has held different roles of greater responsibility until 2005, when he founded Origin Technology, a start-up created for delivering services and integrated solution for the semiconductor market.

In 2012 Lillacci and his team decided to join EDA Industries, an international and highly specialized company in the field of Burn-In and Test Equipment for the semiconductor industry, where, since May 2023, he has become the General Manager.

Leadership, passion, strategic thinking and attraction for innovation are all elements that have always distinguished Luca’s professional profile.

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EDA Industries

Established in 1993 in Italy, EDA Industries is a dynamic and experienced engineering company, focused on the production of Burn-In and Test Equipment for the semiconductor industry.

EDA Industries has its headquarter in Rieti and over the years has opened new offices not only in Terni and Catania, but also in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Morocco.

EDA Industries has more than 500 systems installed worldwide in 25 countries, providing a full turn-key solution for Testing, Burn-In and Reliability Test:

  • Wafer Level Burn-In Solution for SiC and GaN
  • Burn-In & Test Equipment for SiC, GaN, Mixed Signal and Digital Application
  • Burn-in Chambers
  • Environmental Stress Systems
  • Burn-in boards
  • Application and Engineering support
  • Automated Solution for Burn-in process
  • Burn-In & Reliability Service

With a strong focus on the Automotive market, EDA has been walking the road of Innovation for over 30 years and began 2016 by expanding its Research Centre for SiC & GaN technology.

Thanks to the evolution of its SocrATE WLBI and ETNA Equipment, EDA’s principal strategic objective is to strenghten and confirm its leadership in Burn-In & Testing both in Front-End and Back-End, furnishing a unique Testing Platform for WBG devices.

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Lucilla Sioli

  • Director Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry
  • EU Commission

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry” within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and semiconductors, including regulatory approaches such as the AI Act and the Chips Act. The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, photonics, robotics and AI. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

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EU Commission

The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology is the Commission department responsible to develop a digital single market to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.

Follow the latest EU tech news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube via @DigitalEU.

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Dr. Vinoth Sundaramoorthy

  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Evatec

Dr. Vinoth Sundaramoorthy has completed his PhD in Semiconductors devices from the University of Nottingham, UK and Executive MBA in General Management from Executive Business School, University of St Gallen.

He has extensive experience in the semiconductor field for over 18 years that includes hand on experience in power semiconductors and related applications development. In his previous job at ABB Switzerland, he was involved in the product development of various power semiconductor devices and managed several semiconductor related global projects for different business units. He is a senior member of IEEE and recipient of awards in semiconductor field.

Currently, he is working as Product Marketing Manager at Evatec AG in Switzerland. He is responsible for the managing and leading the product portfolio of Evatec for ‘power devices’ market segment.

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Evatec

Evatec delivers complete thin film deposition solutions in Advanced Packaging, Semiconductor, Optoelectronics and Photonics – from UBM /RDL processes in FOWLP and FOPLP applications, to deposition of high performance piezoelectrics like AlScN for 5G networks or NIR bandpass filters for 3D sensing, face and gesture recognition in our smart devices. We deliver tailored production solutions with batch, cluster or inline architecture according to your substrate format, throughput, process and fab integration requirements. Evatec’s Advanced Process Control (APC) technologies set new standards in deposition through ‘in situ” capability for control of film properties during the deposition cycle. Reduce your process development times, enhance repeatability and yields or increase tool throughput.

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Dr. Rainer Kaesmaier

Since 2018 Dr. Rainer Kaesmaier is Managing Director for the Global Product Group Semiconductors of Hitachi Energy, leading the semiconductor business with its global manufacturing and R&D footprint for the power semiconductor product portfolio which compromises GTOs, IGBTs, IGCTs, Thyristors, Diodes for market segments such as energy transmission & distribution, transportation & rail, renewable, industry and e-mobility. He is a semiconductor industry veteran having held various management and executive positions in the sector for more than 25 years, covering areas of global responsibility in business strategy and development, business transformation, technology and engineering, operations and production, R&D, as well as sales and marketing. After stations at Siemens, Infineon, Qimonda, and the European semiconductor manufacturer LFoundry, he assumed the responsibility for the global semiconductor business of Hitachi Energy. In addition to that, Rainer is since 2019 also member of the management board for Hitachi Energy Switzerland Ltd.

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Hitachi Energy Ltd.

We have one of the most diverse semiconductor portfolios that includes thyristors, diodes, GTOs, IGCTs, IGBTs and RoadPakTM modules, which are manufactured at our facilities in Lenzburg, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic. We have one of the most diverse semiconductor portfolios that includes thyristors, diodes, GTOs, IGCTs, MOSFETs and IGBTs, which are manufactured at our facilities in Lenzburg, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic. Our research team continues pushing the boundaries of what is possible, using silicon and silicon carbide (SiC) technology to innovate the next generation of power electronics devices. Our advanced semiconductor technology brings unprecedented control to HVDC transmission systems. We are the heart of traction converters for high speed trains, metros and diesel-electric locomotives. Pumps, fans, roller tables, hoist and winches found throughout industry rely on us, and the world is able to enjoy greener mobility because we power the next generation of e-vehicles.

Hitachi Energy Switzerland Ltd.
Semiconductors
Fabrikstrasse 3
CH-5600 Lenzburg, Switzerland

Phone: +41 58 586 14 19
Fax: +41 58 586 13 06
Email: salesdesksem@hitachienergy.com
www.hitachienergy.com/semiconductors

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Bernhard Knott

Bernhard Knott is the Head of the Infineon Technologies Backend Innovation group. He is responsible for new Package Concepts, Prototyping, new Materials, Simulation and Virtual Prototyping. Until 2016 he was leading the Package Development for Sensors and Waferlevel Package Development in Regensburg, Germany. Prior joining the Backend Organization, he held several Management Position in Frontend Technology dealing with BiCMOS Technologies, Sensors and Innovation projects. After receiving his Diploma in Physics from the University of Regensburg, he started his career in Semiconductor Industry in 1997 in developing an embedded NVM Technology. Bernhard holds several patents and patent applications in the area of FE Technology, Sensors and Packaging.

Bernhard Knott is the Head of the Backend Innovation group at Infineon Technologies AG, Germany. After receiving his Diploma in Physics, he started his career in Semiconductor Industry in 1997 in Frontend and later in Backend Technology Development. Bernhard holds several patents and patent applications in the area of FE Technology, Sensors and Packaging.

 

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Infineon Technologies AG

Here at Infineon, we combine entrepreneurial success with responsible action to make life easier, safer, and greener. Barely visible, semiconductors have become an indispensable part of everyday life. We play a key role in shaping a better future – with microelectronics that link the real and the digital world. Our semiconductors enable efficient energy management, smart mobility, as well as secure, seamless communications in an increasingly connected world. Infineon designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductors and system solutions. The focus of its activities is on automotive and industrial electronics, communication and information technologies, IoT, sensor technology and security. The product range comprises standard components, software, customer-specific solutions for devices and systems, as well as specific components for digital, analog, and mixed-signal applications.

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Denis Marcon

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

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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Wojciech Tyborowski

Wojciech Tyborowski, director of Invest in Pomerania since 2017. Previously, he worked at the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as well as held the position of Project Manager responsible for attracting foreign investments in the modern business services sector at Invest in Pomerania. Graduate of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Gdansk.

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Invest in Pomerania

Invest in Pomerania is a regional non-profit initiative that supports foreign direct investment projects in Pomerania (Gdansk Area, Northern Poland). We act as a “one-stop-shop”, providing help and services at every stage of the investment process. We are a SEMI member, a World Association of Investment Promotion Agency member, the official partner of Polish Investment and Trade Agency. Within the region of Pomerania we coordinate collaboration with special economic zones, municipalities, municipality-owned companies. We have been supporting forign companies for 12 years. The investors we have worked with declared to create over 23 thousand jobs in the region. Top projects included Intel, Amazon, Bayer, Swarovski, Northvolt, Aptiv, Flex, Jabil, State Street, Lufthansa Systems, Boeing.

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Christine Dunbar

  • SVP Global Sales
  • IQE

Christine Dunbar is currently Senior Vice President of Global Sales at IQE, the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry. Christine joined IQE in August 2022.

Christine was previously at GlobalFoundries where she held various executive roles driving GF business growth towards the October 2022 IPO. She joined GlobalFoundries in July 2015 with the IBM Microlectronics Division acquisition, as the Vice President of Product Management for the RF Business Unit.

Christine graduated from Cornell University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering and has held various engineering, technical management, and executive positions throughout her career, including leadership roles in Sales, Business Development & Semiconductor Manufacturing Operations. In 2018 Christine was nominated for the Global Semiconductor Association’s inaugural “Rising Woman of Influence” award.

Christine is passionate about serving as an ambassador for her employers and the semiconductor industry writ large thru active participation and speaking engagements at various industry forums. Christine is also a passionate advocate for women in semiconductors, and has sponsored the establishment of women’s resource groups at IBM, GlobalFoundries and IQE.

Christine is also active in her community supporting causes important to her. She is a founding member of the Leadership Now Project, a group of non-partisan business leaders committed to the health of the US democracy, established in 2017. Christine also serves on the Board of Directors at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont USA with her partner & two teenage children.

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IQE

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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Oreste Donzella

  • Executive VP – EPC (Electronics, Packaging, and Component) Group
  • KLA

Oreste Donzella serves as Executive Vice President of the Electronics, Packaging and Component (EPC) business group at KLA Corporation, which include multiple product divisions, targeting growth opportunities in specialty semiconductors, packaging, printed circuit board and display markets.

Previously, Oreste covered wide range of positions at KLA, including Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Customer Engagement VP, General Managers of the Surfscan and SWIFT product divisions and various other technical and business roles. of KLA.

Oreste brings ~30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining KLA in 1999, he spent more than six years at Texas Instruments and Micron Technology, holding engineering and management positions in the process integration and yield enhancement departments.

Oreste earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy.

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KLA

KLA develops industry-leading equipment and services that enable innovation throughout the electronics industry. We provide advanced process control and process-enabling solutions for manufacturing wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. In close collaboration with leading customers across the globe, our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers design solutions that move the world forward. Additional information may be found at kla.com

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Dr. Anna Battaglia

Dr. Anna Battaglia graduated in Physics from the University of Catania in 1989 and completed her PhD in Physics in 1993, working on material modification induced by ion implantation.

In 1994 she joined the semiconductor capital equipment industry working as a technologist for different products and applications (Etch, Deposition, Clean) and gained more than 25 years of experience in semiconductor technology. In 2010, Anna joined Enel Green Power, an Italian multinational renewable energy corporation, as R&D Manager on advanced solar cell development and manufacturing, expanding her knowledge in the field of renewable energy and becoming technical coordinator of multiple European and Italian projects. In 2018 Anna joined Lam Research as Technology Manager supporting European business with particular focus on Specialty Technologies (MEMS, Discrete Power, BCD, CIS). Anna is also author of several publications and patents in the field of microelectronics and solar cell development.

 

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Lam Research Corporation

Lam Research Corporation is a trusted global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. Our strong values-based culture fuels our progress, and it’s through collaboration, precision, and delivery that we are driving semiconductor breakthroughs that define the next generation. Lam Research (Nasdaq: LRCX) is a FORTUNE 500® company headquartered in Fremont, California, with operations around the globe. Learn more at www.lamresearch.com

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Bas Verheijen

  • Senior Director GaN Technology and Operations
  • Nexperia

Bas Verheijen serves as the Senior Director of GaN Technology and Operations at Nexperia, leveraging his extensive experience spanning over two decades in the field of semiconductors. Bas played a pivotal role in establishing and seamlessly integrating GaN initiatives within Nexperia, leading the GaN division during its formative stages. Previously, Bas demonstrated his expertise by setting-up and managing Nexperia’s worldwide customer supply chain organization. His professional journey includes diverse responsibilities within supply chain management at NXP, where he contributed as a member of the SCM MT. Commencing his career, Bas took part in the setup of SSMC wafer fab, where he spearheaded crucial aspects of technology transfers. His educational background encompasses an MSc in Applied Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology and a PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

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Nexperia

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Nexperia is a global semiconductor company with a rich European history and over 15,000 employees across Europe, Asia, and the United States. As a leading expert in the development and production of essential semiconductors, Nexperia’s components enable the basic functionality of virtually every electronic design in the world – from automotive and industrial to mobile and consumer applications.

The company serves a global customer base, shipping more than 100 billion products annually. These products are recognized as benchmarks in efficiency – in process, size, power, and performance. Nexperia’s commitment to innovation, efficiency and stringent industry requirements are evident in its extensive IP portfolio, its expanding product range, and its certification to IATF 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards.

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Dr. Atte Haapalinna

Dr. Atte Haapalinna is chief technical officer at Okmetic, the leading supplier of advanced silicon wafers. He has published two dozen papers on various applications of advanced silicon substrates, silicon damage characterization and silicon photodetectors. Dr. Haapalinna has been with Okmetic since 1998, holding various positions including senior vice president of products, senior vice president of customer support and senior manager of new business development. He has participated in development of C-SOI® wafers, ultra-low resistivity wafers for power devices and engineered high resistivity wafers for RF filters and devices. Dr. Haapalinna received his Ph.D. at the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), Finland.

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Okmetic Oy

Okmetic, founded in 1985, is the 7th largest silicon wafer manufacturer in the world and a true pioneer in the field of advanced silicon wafers. Okmetic supplies tailored, high value-added silicon wafers for the manufacture of MEMS, sensor, RF and power devices. Okmetic has worldwide sales organization and headquarters located in Finland, where the majority of its silicon wafers is manufactured. Okmetic’s operations rely on quality and environmental systems in line with the ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and IATF 16949:2016 standards.

 

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Dr. Vamsi Velidandla

Vamsi Velidandla has 20+ years of experience in developing inspection and metrology solutions for the semiconductor industry. He has worked in applications, engineering and business management roles and is currently responsible for thin film and optical critical dimension metrology at Onto Innovation.

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Onto Innovation

Onto Innovation is a leader in process control, combining global scale with an expanded portfolio of leading-edge technologies that include: Un-patterned wafer quality; 3D metrology spanning chip features from nanometer scale transistors to large die interconnects; macro defect inspection of wafers and packages; elemental layer composition; overlay metrology; factory analytics; and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging. Our breadth of offerings across the entire semiconductor value chain helps our customers solve their most difficult yield, device performance, quality, and reliability issues. Onto Innovation strives to optimize customers’ critical path of progress by making them smarter, faster and more efficient. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation supports customers with a worldwide sales and service organization.

General Telephone: +1 978 253 6200
General email: info@ontoinnovation.com
Website: www.ontoinnovation.com

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Michael Koelbl

  • General Manager Pentamaster Automation Germany GmbH
  • Pentamaster

Michael Koelbl, who has been working in the semiconductor industry for over 26 years, started his career with a medium-sized German-based machine manufacturer for wafer laser marking and sorting systems. After graduating in Micro- and Precision Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich in 1995, Mr. Koelbl worked as a service engineer, installing and maintaining equipment in front-end semiconductor fabs around the world. From 2007 to 2011 he was based in Singapore, where he set up a subsidiary to provide sales and service activities in the growing South East Asian region. Since returning to Germany, Mr. Koelbl has been actively involved in the development of robotic and laser applications as Technical Director and Business Development Manager.

In early 2023, Mr. Koelbl joined Pentamaster, a global supplier of automated test equipment and factory automation systems with customers in the semiconductor, automotive and medical industries. Pentamaster has been offering power module automated test equipment solutions for home appliances application since Y2010. They advanced to the EV industry in Y2018 with a wider range of equipment solutions covering electrical burn-in, assembly and final testing of power modules. With Pentamaster’s presence in Germany, Mr. Koelbl sees a great opportunity to support customers in the booming EV segment. Last but not least, the recently agreed European Chips Act, to strengthen the semiconductor ecosystem in the European Union, will support Pentamaster’s group expansion plan to increase its geographical footprint in Europe.

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Pentamaster

Pentamaster Group provides automation technology and solutions to multinational manufacturers in the automotive, semiconductor, electro-optical, consumer electronics, and medical sector, spanning across APAC, North America and Europe. Besides the HQ and production plant in Penang, Malaysia, the Group has strategic presence globally with offices located in the USA, Japan, Germany, Singapore and production facilities in China.

With the speed and magnitude of technology progress today, Pentamaster Group will always be bold enough to explore new innovations. For years, the Group has been one of the leading global providers of automated test equipment to suit different requirements and needs of customers from various industries. In the automotive segment, the group has developed a proprietary SiC wafer burn-in system, being one of the top four manufacturers in the world, in creating a niche market space for this growth sub-segment and to solidify the Group’s position in the automotive industry.

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Vikram Turkani

  • Director, Technology Partnerships and Strategic Business Development
  • PulseForge

Vikram Turkani, serves as the Director of Technology Partnerships and Strategic Business Development at PulseForge Inc., a prominent technology company specializing in advanced packaging solutions based in Austin, Texas. In this pivotal role, Vikram is instrumental in steering the development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies at PulseForge. Through close collaboration with global technology partners, he ensures the successful transition of these state-of-the-art solutions into practical applications within the market.

Beyond driving the development of innovative technologies, Vikram actively engages with PulseForge’s customers, facilitating the seamless adoption of these innovations on a large scale. In addition to his professional pursuits, Vikram enjoys hiking Texas hill country and exploring the vibrant Austin food scene.

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PulseForge

We are experts in applied energy. PulseForge, Inc. designs and manufactures revolutionary pulsed-light systems for industrial processes. PulseForge utilizes applied energy in a precise and targeted manner to enable innovation in manufacturing. Our expertise and tools empower our customers to explore novel materials and manufacturing methodologies, driving dynamic and efficient production at scale.

Most semiconductor fab managers feel tremendous margin pressure, so PulseForge offers an innovative process that lowers TCO by over 30% while improving yield, so you can increase production while improving profitability. At PulseForge, we envision a future free of manufacturing limitations. A future where designers create freely and do not have to restrict or modify their designs in order to get them manufactured…a future where electronics can be integrated into textiles, plastics, and recycled materials easily, affordably, and in volume. A future with advances in semiconductors, additive manufacturing, packaging, drying, cleaning, and decontamination. Explore the possibilities www.pulseforge.com

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Dr. Avi Kashyap

  • VP & GM, Power Solutions, Renesas Electronics
  • Renesas

Dr. Avinash (Avi) Kashyap is the Vice President of the Power BU in the High Performance Computing, Analog and Power Solutions Group at Renesas Electronics. He is responsible for incubating and commercializing new technologies in the power area including wide bandgap, power modules and new generation IGBTs and Si FETs. Avi also leads revenue generation, business development and marketing for N. America and Europe.

Prior to his current role, he was Director of Silicon Carbide and Head of R&D for power discretes at Microchip Technology. Dr. Kashyap led engineering groups ranging from device design, process integration and test. He was responsible for creating product roadmaps and execution of critical silicon and wide bandgap programs including SiC FETs and diodes, Si low voltage FETs, rad-hard FETs and RF power switches.

Previously, Dr. Kashyap was leading several power device programs at the GE Global Research Center in Niskyuna, NY. He has been involved in the development of SiC technology since its infancy for 2 decades including pioneering work on compact modeling, SiC integrated circuits and radiation-hardened devices. He has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and has over 20 patents granted or pending. Dr. Kashyap holds an MS & PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers.

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Renesas

Renesas Electronics empowers a safer, smarter and more sustainable future where technology helps make our lives easier.

A leading global provider of microcontrollers, Renesas combines our expertise in embedded processing, analog, power and connectivity to deliver complete semiconductor solutions. These Winning Combinations accelerate time to market for automotive, industrial, infrastructure and IoT applications, enabling billions of connected, intelligent devices that enhance the way people work and live.

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Aly Mashaly

Aly Mashaly is the Director of ROHM’s European Application and Technical Solution Center (ATSC). He is an expert in power electronics, especially in automotive applications, and has worked for many years as a development engineer and project manager in the fields of e-mobility and aerospace applications. He is also a regular speaker at various conferences, including PCIM, ECPE, EPE and CS International.

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ROHM Semiconductor

ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 507.9 billion yen per March 31st. 2023, with over 23,700 employees. The company develops and manufactures a very large product range from SiC Diodes and MOSFETs, Analog ICs such as Gate Drivers and Power Management ICs to Power Transistors and Diodes to Passive Components. The production of our high performing products is taking place in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and China. ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its Head Office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

For further information, please contact www.rohm.com

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