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SSIA Summit 2014

Driving the Future of a Digital World - Semiconductor Business beyond Technologies

“The Semiconductor Industry serves as a driver, enabler and indicator of technological progress. Developments in the industry determine the way we work, transport ourselves, communicate, entertain ourselves and respond to our environment.” - Semiconductor Outlook and Review - April 2010.

While the above has always held true over the years, the driving and enabling facets of our industry have never been felt more strongly or had a greater impact as it has in the recent times. With the advent of new applications spanning from Communications and Consumer electronics to Automotive and Health care - to name a few – people are experiencing some exciting applications of the technology. These applications are helping to enable a better quality of life in this increasingly digital world. Semiconductor business is now increasingly being seen from a much broader lens – from only technologies to driving the future of a digital world.

How can the industry ride on this momentum and increase further its footprint in improving the quality of everyday life? What are the new technologies that are driving this future? What are the mega opportunities that lie ahead? And the challenges that need to be addressed? Does our industry eco-system have the requisite industrial commons to address and leverage from the changes that we are seeing?

Come to the SSIA Summit 2014 to get insights on these questions and more. Leading semiconductor companies, start-ups, investors, industry analysts and leaders will meet and share their business insights in this elite forum. 

The SSIA Summit is Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association’s flagship event where we endeavour to bring to our members and colleagues a common platform to share industry happenings, trends and thoughts. This annual event has been in the running since SSIA’s inception as MIDAS seven years back and has evinced a rapidly growing interest from local as well as regional business leaders. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Hai WANG, Executive VP of R&D, NXP Semiconductors (Keynote Speaker)
  • Mr Fred DART, Founder & CEO, FTDI Chip
  • Mr Raman CHITKARA, Global Technology Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prof Thomas L MAGNANTI, President, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Mr Charlie ANG, Founding President, The Innovators Institute

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Venue / Date

Venue: The Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Avenue

Date: 10 Oct 2014 (Fri), 1 – 7pm



SSIA Members - $150

Non-SSIA Members - $200

10% discount for early bird registrations received before 12 Sep 2014




12.00 - 1.00 pm


1.00 - 1.15 pm

Opening Address by Ulf Schneider, President of SSIA

1.15 - 2.00 pm

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Keynote Speaker

Connectivity and Security; drivers of the next growth wave in semiconductors

Dr Hai WANG, Executive VP of R&D, NXP Semiconductors

Key mega trends in Energy Efficiency, Connectivity, Security and Healthcare drive innovation in the semiconductor industry. Regarding secure connectivity we see electronic devices and systems evolving  from standalone operation to connected devices that form cooperative systems, and eventually towards dependable systems which have autonomous capabilities with trusted performance and security levels. This trend raises the Quality-of-Service requirements of electronic systems and devices with respect to its connectivity robustness, data integrity and functional safety at IC level. Illustrated by  some specific use-cases in Smart Mobility and Smart Energy we will elaborate on the fundamental technical challenges that interconnected systems bring us and on the technology solutions which are being developed.


2.00 - 2.30 pm



Advanced Bridging Technologies Hold Key to Finally Making Smart Homes a Reality

Fred DART, Founder & CEO, FTDI Chip

The concept of using technology to monitor and control basic domestic functions is far from new. For over a decade the possibility of creating ‘smart homes’ has gained extensive media attention - promising enhanced comfort, safety and higher energy efficiency levels. However, actual implementation has been limited.

There are countless wireless portable devices used in modern lives - smartphones and tablets being the most commonplace. It is widely recognised that such devices play a pivotal role in the progression of next generation home automation implementations.

Through connection with various RF networks, handheld devices will allow the user to access data received from sensors within the system and initiate an appropriate response by engaging with actuators.

This presentation will explain how new technology can form the basis of a sophisticated home automation smart bridge platform, simple to use and capable of bridging Wi-Fi to other common wireless mechanisms.


2.30 - 3.00 pm


Rise of the Virtual Planet and Semiconductors

Raman CHITKARA, Global Technology Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Smart devices, social networks and virtual platforms are changing the way we interact, the way we shop, the way commerce works and the way we engage. As virtual currencies mature and stabilize, digital wallet of tomorrow will disrupt the entire payments echo system in a manner that is difficult to fully imagine and understand today. Led by the "digital generation", today's consumers are connecting, interacting, buying, sharing, learning, playing - in essence, living, in a Virtual Planet. Rise of the Virtual Planet offers incredible opportunities for achieving global success for companies of every size, shape and industry. Rise of the Virtual Planet offers risks to the traditional way of doing business and huge opportunities to those that are open to change and innovation. What will it take for semiconductor companies across the globe to leverage and succeed in the Virtual Planet?


3.00 - 3.30 pm


3.30 - 4.00 pm



Educating Technology-Gounded Leaders for Design-Driven Innovation

Prof Thomas L MAGNANTI, President of Singapore University of Design and Technology (SUTD) & Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Technology and design-driven innovation have always been vital to society’s prosperity and well-being and will continue to be so in essentially all areas of importance to society, including the semiconductor industry.  Education in this general arena has evolved over hundreds of years, with the emergence within engineering and management of particular disciplinary and departmental structures and teaching paradigms.  Are these the best approaches in today’s world?  How should a contemporary technical-based university be structured?  What degrees should it offer and how should it be delivering education?  Using MIT and the development of the Singapore University of Technology and Design as reference points, I will touch upon these issues in the context of the changing landscape of higher education.

4.00 - 4.30 pm



Enter The Age of Digital Disruption - Understanding The 3 Most Powerful Shifts in Business

Charlie ANG, Founding President, The Innovators Institute

We are entering an exciting new era of business which is turning hyper-speed, ultra-connected and disruption-prone. The rules and competitive advantages of business are rapidly falling apart and giving way to new ones. Understanding the new conditions will be critical to success for companies of all sizes and from all industries and drive them ahead of competitors and peers. This session will share with you the three most powerful shifts in businesses that are occurring right now. Join us at this breath-taking session if you want to understand and exploit the Future of Business!


4.30 - 5.30 pm







Panel Discussion

More than Moore and More than that through Connectivity and Convergence

Moderator: Mario TRAEBER, Senior Director, R&D, Lantiq Asia Pacific


  • Dr Hai WANG, NXP Semiconductors
  • Fred DART, FTDI
  • Raman CHITKARA, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Prof Thomas L MAGNANTI, SUTD and MIT
  • Charlie ANG, The Innovators Institute

5.30 - 5.45 pm

Lucky Draw

5.45 - 7.00 pm

Cocktail Reception


Companies who registered last year:

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC)


Applied Materials

ASE Global

A*STAR, Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R)

A*STAR, Institute of Microelectronics (IME)

A*STAR, Science & Engineering Research Council



Competition Commission of Singapore

Contact Singapore


Edwards Vacuum


eSilicon Corporation




ICF Int'l

IE Singapore


Infineon Technologies


Integral Service Solution (ISS)


ITE CC, Technology Development Centre


Kulicke & Soffa


Linear Technology

Mapletree Facilities Services



McLaughlin IP


Metalor Technologies

MKS Instruments


Nanyang Polytechnic

Nanyang Technological University

National Instruments

Nordson Dage

O2 Micro

Panasonic Industrial Devices Semiconductor

Philippine Trade & Investment Centre


Priority Consultants



Silicon Laboratories 

Singapore Economic Development Board

Singapore Workforce Development Agency

Solvay Specialty Polymers



Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD)

Spyro Technology Pte Ltd


Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co (SSMC)

Tessolve Engineering Services

Texas Instruments

The Linde Group

The MAX Group

Trinamic (Singapore)

TriQuint International

Ultra Clean Technology


VLSI Consultancy


Wintech Nano-Technology



Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Supporting Organisations

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