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2022 International Symposium on VLSI Addresses Latest Trends in Semiconductors

Organized by ITRI, the 2022 International Symposium on VLSI Technology, Systems and Applications (VLSI-TSA) and VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT) invited experts from world-leading organizations including Arm, IBM, Intel, MediaTek, Mitsubishi Electric, Stanford University, and TSMC to discuss future trends in areas such as AI chips, advanced packaging, and next-gen compound semiconductors. Nearly one thousand participants attended the event onsite and online.

During the joint plenary talk of VLSI-TSA & DAT, MediaTek Senior Corporate Vice President K. Lawrence Loh highlighted the challenges ahead for the IC industry in the coming decade. He addressed issues of overwhelming data generation and the lack of sustainable technology solutions to support essential computing, communications, storage and energy consumption. In a keynote speech, Arm Taiwan President CK Tseng talked about how the power of technology can unlock the world’s potential, indicating the key elements of future technology and illustrating how Arm fully embraces openness to drive technology innovation. The need for new computing architectures and cross-sector collaboration in the supply chain ecosystem was also highlighted.

The Symposium invited leading experts from international organizations to discuss the latest trends in Semiconductors.

The Symposium invited leading experts from international organizations to discuss the latest trends in Semiconductors.

Chih-I Wu, the Chairman of the VLSI Symposium and also Senior Technology Expert at ITRI, in the kick-off press conference, commented that emerging applications, including electric vehicles, 5G, and renewable energy, have underpinned the thriving of compound semiconductors, which are often viewed as a national strategic technology. Taiwan certainly cannot be absent from this field, he stressed. “Our semiconductor industry features a complete supply chain, from design and manufacturing, to packaging and testing, which are considered leaders in the world. We can focus on raw materials and equipment for compound semiconductor production, and then combine with Taiwan’s existing advantages to construct a comprehensive industry chain and secure its leading position in the global market,” he said.

The Symposium also presented the ERSO Award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Taiwan’s semiconductor, electronics, information & communications, optoelectronics, and display industries. The winners this year included Qisda Technology Chairman Peter Chen, AU Optronics Chairman and CEO Paul SL Peng, Delta Electronics CEO Ping Cheng, and YoungTek Electronics Chairman/Harvatek Chairman and General Manager Ping Lung Wang.

ITRI and Compal Electronics have jointly developed a new generation of 5G drone technology. The unique characteristics of the dedicated 5G network technology were put on display in a drone racing competition at the Asia New Bay Area in Kaohsiung. The technology highlighted includes high-speed positioning of drones, 5G low-latency transmission video streaming, and mixed reality (MR) computing, along with commercialization verification.

Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Chairman Chintay Shih in the award ceremony stated that this marks the 16th year of the award, during which 52 distinguished industry leaders have been recognized for their excellent work. “The award was set up to encourage the spirit of driving innovation and development of industries. These four individuals were recognized for their achievements in computer and electronics equipment, optoelectronics, power electronics, and semiconductors. It is hoped that they will continue to utilize their talents to help enhance industry competitiveness,” he said.

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