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Dr Rakesh Kumar, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Solid-State Circuits Society and Electron Devices Society

Theme: Fabless I.C. Implementation Challenges & Opportunities
Date: Tuesday October 25th, 2011 at 11:00 am Salle des Conseils, Phelma – Grenoble-INP/Minatec 3 parvis Louis Néel, 38016 Grenoble


Dr. Rakesh Kumar is President of Technology Connexions (TCX Inc.), a services company which provides management, business and technical 'bridging the gaps' consulting in advanced semiconductor technology, and virtual operations areas. The TCX client list includes many emerging companies as well as top 10 semiconductor companies, Intel and Qualcomm. He is also CEO of ei2, a fabless electronics integration company. During 37 years in the semiconductor industry Dr. Kumar has held various technical and executive positions. He was VP & GM of the worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit at Cadence Design Systems and Tality. At Unisys and Motorola he made technical and management contributions.
Dr. Kumar has authored the book "Fabless Semiconductor Implementation", published by McGraw Hill in 2008. He has also authored numerous publications and patents. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the IEEE, and will be the President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society in 2012-13. He serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Technology Management Council. Dr. Kumar is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits Societies. He has chaired and served on the Steering and Program committees of the IEEE CICC (Custom IC Conference) for fourteen years.

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1974 and 1971 respectively. He received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1969. Dr. Kumar received an Executive MBA from the University of California, San Diego in 1989., +1.858.945.3758.


There are over 1300 fabless Integrated Circuit companies worldwide, and over 20% of the worldwide semiconductor revenue now comes from fabless companies. While the available infrastructure makes it relatively easy to launch a fabless IC company these days, the success rate of new start-ups remains relatively low.

After providing a brief background and status of the semiconductor industry and the fabless model, this seminar will offer a discussion of the many challenges that result in the low success rate of fabless start-ups. Then the presentation will provide detailed suggestions in all phases of IC implementation to capitalize on the many opportunities for success. One or more case studies/examples will be included. Key success factors include technical, marketing and business considerations such as technology selection, product specification, product positioning, cost optimization, and understanding the customer value chain. Included will be a discussion of design methodologies, process prototyping, production ramp, reliability qualification, customer support, and the like. A brief discussion of challenges in scaling up the company beyond the first few successful I.C. products will also be included.
The author's recently published book, "Fabless Semiconductor Implementation", McGraw Hill, will serve as a reference text.