Industry Development Manager, A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME)
Gabriel Lim is currently part of the Industry Development team at A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME).
Gabriel has had over 9 years of experience working with the semiconductor industry, including both the private and government sectors. Gabriel’s work focused on a wide range of domains, spanning the technical, business and recruitment aspects of the semiconductor industry. His areas of expertise included product engineering, wafer fabrication, and the recruitment of talent. On the business front, Gabriel also oversaw numerous deals involving partnerships between the government and private sector companies.
In his current capacity as the Industry Development Manager for IME, Gabriel works with MNCs, LLEs and SMEs in various sectors, to leverage IME’s R&D strengths for collaborative outcomes. Gabriel’s current focus areas include semiconductor technologies that support the automotive, communications and power industries.
In Gabriel’s previous role at the Economic Development Board (EDB), Gabriel was Area Director for the India office, where charted the strategies of engaging professionals in niche competencies. Prior to assuming the role of Area Director, Gabriel was in charge of the engineering and semiconductor industries for Contact Singapore’s Industry Workforce team.
In his earlier years at EDB, Gabriel oversaw the engagement of MNCs for the semiconductor IC Design sectors. He was regularly engaged with the senior management to promote Singapore as a prime location to establish new semiconductor manufacturing or R&D businesses. Gabriel was also actively involved in outreach to schools and Institutes of Higher Learning, to promote the semiconductor industry as a viable career option.
Earlier in his career, Gabriel joined Chartered Semiconductor as a Product Engineer in 2009, on a Specialist Manpower Programme (SMP) Scholarship. He was consistently lauded by his customers for his excellence in maintaining high yield for their products. Following Chartered’s acquisition by GlobalFoundries in 2010, Gabriel was posted to GlobalFoundries’ Dresden fab where he was responsible for the yield improvement of 45nm technology node processes.
Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree from the National University of Singapore.
Presentation Topic: Enabling mobility through mmWave technologies
mmWave technology is the driving force and backbone for enabling 5G, IoT, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, Healthcare monitoring and various satellite communications applications. With the projected strong growth in demand for these applications, there is a strong push for mmWave technologies to be further researched, developed, and deployed for mass adoption.
However, various key challenges and issues still remain and need to be addressed before these technologies can become mainstream. The challenges in current mmWave technologies span from improving the range of the signals, increasing the Field of View, improving power efficiency & thermal management of the integrated circuits, enabling proper handover of communications from one device to another and having good connections for non-linear communication pathways.
Singapore is in a good position to be a centre for development and deployment of various applications riding on mmWave technology. With strong government support, and a vibrant SME/LLE/MNC ecosystem, Singapore is well-positioned to develop new solutions for enabling the above applications.
IME is keen to play a central role in supporting the development and adoption of mmWave technology. We innovate and integrate our proprietary integrated circuit designs together with our partners’ designs, to enable ICs that can be smarter, consume less power, and at the same time, have much smaller form factors. Together with our close partnerships with our sister Research Institutes, we are gearing for a future of mmWave adoption in satellite communications, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and healthcare monitoring.
The key focus areas of our research help support the new wave of applications utilizing mmWave. These include 1) Integration of MMICs / RFICs to Antenna in Package 2) Improving efficiencies of Power Amplifiers through thin film inductors 3) Designing auto-calibrating circuits for efficient handovers and 4) Development of phase shifters for directional beam-forming. These are areas we see as integral to solving the component level semiconductor issues facing mmWave technologies.