Taiwan Semiconductor Pioneer Wins 2012 IEEE Frederik Philips Award

A Taiwanese physicist, Dr. Chih-Yuan Lu, has been selected to receive the 2012 IEEE Frederik Philips Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

AsianScientist (Aug. 2, 2011) – Taiwanese physicist Dr. Chih-Yuan Lu has been selected to receive the 2012 IEEE Frederik Philips Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He will be the first person from greater China to win this special accolade in the award’s 42-year history. Past recipients of the international award include Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and inventor of Moore’s Law, in 1979 and Arun Netravali, chief scientist of Lucent Technologies, in 2001.

The award recognizes Dr. Lu, who is president of Macronix International Co. Ltd. and a pioneer of applied science in Taiwan, for his long-term dedication to fostering technological innovation and his leadership and contributions to research, development, and industrial alliances in semiconductor technology.

In recent years, Macronix has filed more than 4,200 international patents for his inventions. Dr. Lu himself has published more than 360 technical papers and is listed as an inventor for over 140 international patents.

“I feel incredibly fortunate that throughout my 30-plus years working in the semiconductor industry, I have been able to combine my passion and curiosity with my professional endeavors and, in doing so, I have been able to contribute to the industry. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the partners with whom I have collaborated in each and every stage of my career.”

Dr. Lu has been recognized both at home and abroad for his accomplishments in high-tech R&D. As a member of the research technical staff at Bell Labs in the 1980’s, he helped develop pioneering technologies in the semiconductor industry.

In 1989, Dr. Lu returned to Taiwan to become deputy director of the Industrial Technology Research Institute’s (ITRI) Electronic Research & Service Organization (ESRO). He was later appointed to head the National Submicron Project and led this project to help Taiwan develop independent R&D and mass manufacturing capabilities in modern semiconductor technologies.

In part due to Dr. Lu’s leadership, Taiwan became a major player in the semiconductor industry by the late 1990’s. In 1994, the Submicron Project was spun off from ITRI to become a commercial entity, Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), where Dr. Lu became a co-founder.

In 1999, Dr. Lu founded a very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) testing company, Ardentec, and also joined Macronix to lead the company’s R&D for advanced memory technology and to establish long-term strategic partnerships with world-class tech companies, including IBM, Infineon Technologies, Mitsubishi, Renesas, and Qimonda.

Dr. Lu is a strong supporter of popular science education and served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices for 15 years.


Source: Macronix International Co. Ltd.
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Yew Chung is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore.

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