“Semiconductor Specialization Drives New Industry Structure”
The Keynote will be presented by Walden C. Rhines, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mentor Graphics Corporation.
Unlike industries that mature and consolidate as their growth rates slow, the semiconductor industry is following a new path. Through a series of consolidations and divestitures, major semiconductor companies are focusing their businesses on markets where they can be the dominant supplier. This has led to unprecedented profitability for the most specialized semiconductor companies and has created fertile ground for new startups, which are rapidly increasing in number during recent quarters. Dr. Rhines will analyze the changing industry dynamics and provide suggestions for the continued success of the Israel semiconductor industry.
Walden C. Rhines Bio
WALDEN C. RHINES
is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor, a Siemens business. He was previously CEO of Mentor Graphics for 23 years and Chairman of the Board for 17 years. During his tenure at Mentor, revenue nearly quadrupled and market value of the company increased 10X.
Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Dr. Rhines was Executive Vice President of Texas Instruments’ Semiconductor Group. During his 21 years at TI, he was President of the Data Systems Group and held numerous other semiconductor executive management positions.
Dr. Rhines has served on the boards of Cirrus Logic, QORVO, TriQuint Semiconductor, Global Logic and as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (five two-year terms) and is currently a director. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Children & Family Charities. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE and has served on the Board of Trustees of Lewis and Clark College, the National Advisory Board of the University of Michigan and Industrial Committees advising Stanford University and the University of Florida.
Dr. Rhines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science and PhD in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and Honorary Doctor of Technology degrees from the University of Florida and Nottingham Trent University.
The Keynote will be presented by Bas Verkaik, STORM team member, Eindhoven University of Technology.
Bas Verkaik is a MSc student Sustainable Energy Technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Besides his study program, he was part of the STORM Eindhoven team from the beginning in 2014. This team of 23 students set a clear goal to ride around the world in 80 days, on an electric motorcycle. Since a suitable motorcycle did not exist yet, the Dutch students decided to develop it by themselves. A unique vehicle was the result: 400 km of range from a swappable and modular battery pack. After finishing the unique 80-day world tour in 2016, Bas also co-founded the STORM spinoff SPIKE, that is developing a standardized electric powertrain that can be used by vehicle manufacturers in developing countries.
In the presentation, he will explain the unique process of the project, and share some of their experiences during the world tour.