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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the IC world, Presented by Rakesh Kumar

2014-09-04 - 2014-09-04
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
Webinar - Online
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Presented by Dr. Rakesh Kumar, President & CEO, TCX Technology Connexions.


Phenomenal growth in the use of mobile wireless, and ubiquitous sensor products is fueling a resurgence of excitement in the semiconductor industry.  In spite of increasing investment costs and predictions of doom and gloom a few years back, these are exciting times in the semiconductor innovation pipeline for those that are willing to adapt and make adjustments.

This webinar will offer a discussion of the important technical and business challenges, and the myriad of opportunities.  The focus will be on Innovation and Entrepreneurship opportunities.  Leveraging the industry’s use of collaborative research and development, and the Fabless Integrated Circuits model provides many opportunities for new ideas.  Because the success rate of start-up companies remains relatively low, innovators need to pay attention to a broad spectrum of factors besides their technical idea.  This webinar will provide guidelines to launch successful companies based on their innovative ideas.  Using the Fabless IC startup learnings as a base, this course will offer hope for entrepreneurs, researchers, and designers in fulfilling their dreams.

The author's recently published book, "Fabless Semiconductor Implementation", McGraw Hill, will serve as a reference text.


Rakesh Kumar is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He served as the Solid-State Circuits Society President during 2012-13, and has been an IEEE volunteer for over 25 years. Dr. Kumar has over 40 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He is currently President of TCX Inc, a company that provides consulting services in the areas of technical, management, entrepreneurial and commercialization activities. Since its inception TCX has provided services to over 25 client companies ranging from emerging fabless IC companies, to mid-size and large IC companies, as well as leading research organizations. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Yonsei University, and teaches Entrepreneurship to engineering students. He is an Advisor and Mentor at the UCSD Entrepreneurism Center. He was VP & GM of Cadence’s Silicon Technology Services group from 1995 to 2000. He managed the worldwide operation with over 100 employees. For 19 years he was at Unisys Corporation where he was Engineering Director of the Silicon and Package Engineering activities and the Unisys IC Roadmap. He managed Unisys' relationships with foundries, leading-edge technology partners and ASIC suppliers. While at Unisys he developed numerous CMOS, NMOS, Bipolar and BiCMOS processes and devices. Prior to that he was at Motorola’s Advanced Process Development R&D Laboratory where he played a key role in the fabrication of the first 1K ECL RAM in 1975. Dr. Kumar is the author of over 20 IEEE and other publications/presentations and numerous US patents. He has authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill. The book demonstrates his extensive technical and business experience bridging the gaps between outsourced and disaggregated supply chains. He received his BSEE in 1969 from IIT Delhi and his Master’s and Ph. D. from the University of Rochester in 1971 and 1974 respectively. He received an executive MBA from the UC, San Diego in 1989.

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