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SPECIAL SEMINAR: A Disruptive, but Profitable Future for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Test

A Disruptive, but Profitable Future for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Test
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 2:00pm
Gates 304
Dr. John Kibarian (PDF Solutions)
Abstract / Description: 

Many pundits have stated that due to the end of Moore's Law that the semiconductor industry has a bleak future. Actually nothing could be further from the truth. The economic value of the semiconductor industry is tremendous, responsible for 40% (or $700B USD) of the annual growth in
the global economy, with no signs of abating. However, there will be disruptions to the status quo because most future advances will not depend on traditional geometric scaling. This presentation will discuss the challenges the semiconductor industry needs to address, and the key drivers of innovation over the next decade.


John Kibarian has served as CEO and president of PDF Solutions ( since 2000 and as president since founding the company in 1991. Before launching the company, Dr. Kibarian was a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University's SEMATECH Center for Rapid Yield Learning. He developed algorithms for diagnosing process variations based on electrical test data and for yield maximization based on circuit optimization and statistical simulation of processes and devices. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, all from Carnegie Mellon University.