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Dinner with the Man who is Reshaping the Semiconductor Industry!

Dinner with the Man who is Reshaping the Semiconductor Industry!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-07-2015 at 4:00 pm

The recent mega acquisition of Broadcom Corp by Avago can be traced all the way back to Silicon Valley stalwart Hewlett Packard (founded in a two car Palo Alto garage in 1939). Even more interesting is the man behind the acquisition and how he got to where he is today. Avago began as the semiconductor products division of HP in 1961, supplying parts to internal HP products. In 1999 HP spun off the division as part of Agilent technologies. In 2005 private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake Technologies acquired Agilent for $2.6B and formed Avago. In March 2006 Hock Tan joined Avago as CEO and director. Prior to that, Hock served as chairman of IDT, CEO of Integrated Circuit Systems, VP of Finance at Comodore International, and had senior management positions at Pepsi Co. and General Motors. He also has ties to the investment world in Singapore and Malaysia. Hock’s education is just as diverse as his experience with a BS/MS degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. Avago has an impressive 50 year history. You can see examples of their technology leadership and business milestones HERE. Not only does the Broadcom acquisition bring more products and customers under the Avago roof, it also brings the Broadcom name to the company that Hock will now run as Chief Executive. Hock’s other major acquisition for Avago was LSI Logic for $6.6B in 2014. The new Broadcom will be the number three semiconductor company behind Intel and Qualcomm I believe. It should also make Broadcom TSMC’s number one fabless customer (Apple is a systems company in my definition and QCOM is straddling Samsung and TSMC).  My first Hock Tan sighting was at TSMC’s 2015 North American Technology Symposium. Hock was guest speaker and he struck me as a no nonsense type of guy who says it like it is. I’m also told he runs a VERY tight ship and has a VERY close relationship with TSMC and other manufacturing partners. In my quest to learn more about the man who is reshaping our industry I will be attending the annual CASPA conference and dinner banquet “Pioneering Technologies – Year 2020 in the Making” on October 24[SUP]th[/SUP] at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Hock Tan will be giving the executive keynote. It was a full house last year so you had better get your tickets quick!Registration: hereAnnual Conference Agenda:

  • 12:00-1:00pm, Registration & Networking
  • 1:00-1:30pm, CASPA Board of Director Election (first 200 voters receive gift)
  • 1:30-1:40pm, Welcome from CASPA
  • 1:40-2:15pm, M2M: The Embedded Revolution

—- Stephen DiFranco, Senior VP, Broadcom

  • 2:15-2:50pm, Memory Technologies for 2020, Broader Market Survey & Roadmap

—- Charlie Cheng, CEO, Kilopass Technology

  • 2:50-3:25pm, Global Mega Trends and the New Semiconductor Pioneers

—- Stuart Ching, Senior VP, ARM

  • 3:25-3:40pm, prize drawing
  • 3:40-4:50pm, Panel: Leaders in the Making – How to Transform from Engineers to Executives

—- Larry Chang, Executive Advisor at Ascend—- Buck Gee, Member of Committee of 100—- Thi La, COO of Corsair Memory

  • 4:50 ¨C 5:00pm BOD Election Announcement & Prizes Drawing (Apple Watch)

Dinner Banquet Agenda:

  • 5:00-6:15pm, Registration & Networking
  • 6:15-7:00pm, Banquet Seating & Dinner
  • 7:00-7:15pm, Retiring Board of Directors Service Recognition Awards
  • 7:15-7:45pm, CASPA 2015-2016 Presidential Transition
  • 7:45-8:15pm, Executive Keynote: Hock Tan, CEO, Avago Technologies

My beautiful wife and I will be there and we hope to see you then!Founded in 1991, CASPA has developed into the largest Chinese American semiconductor professional organization worldwide. CASPA consists of individual members, corporate sponsors, board of directors, board of advisors, board of volunteers, and honorary advisors. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, CASPA has 9 local chapters worldwide: Austin & Dallas Texas; Phoenix Arizona; Portland Oregon; HsinChu Taiwan, Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, ShenZhen), Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. CASPA also forms alliance with other associations to promote welfare of its members.