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SSIA Summit 2016

Powering the Innovation Economy

2016 is the inflection point when smart technologies take off with Smart Infrastructures and Cities, Autonomous Driving, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Augmented Reality.

This new market and economy is driven by innovation from the semiconductor industry. Exciting and challenging times lie ahead as the semiconductor ecosystem enables this powerful trend.  How will we as the semiconductor industry use this innovation to create and capture value?
At the SSIA Summit 2016, we seek answers and gain insights on this theme with leading semiconductor companies, top business leaders and industry analysts sharing their views in this exclusive and high profile forum.
The SSIA Summit is Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association's flagship event where we endeavour to bring our members and colleagues a common platform to share industry visions, trends and thoughts.  This annual event has been in the running since SSIA's inception as MIDAS in 2005 and has captured much interest from the local and regional business leaders.
This year's Summit will be held on 13 Oct 2016 at Marina Bay Sands from 9am to 7pm. Join us in this event with over 200  business leaders, strategy analysts, policy makers and technology experts for the engaging panel discussions and business networking opportunities.

Event details

Venue:   Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 3, Cassia Main Ballroom

Date:     13 Oct 2016 (Thursday)

Time:     8.30am to 7.00pm (Registration from 8.30am to 9.00am, Cocktail reception from 5.30pm to 7.00pm)



  • Guest of Honour: Dr Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Trade and Industry 
  • Keynote Speaker: Ivo Bolsens, SVP & CTO, Xilinx
  • Dr Lim Khiang-Wee, Executive Director, CREATE
  • Ariel Meyuhas, COO & Co-Founder , The Max Group
  • Peter Ho, CEO, HOPE Technik Pte Ltd
  • Thomas Jakob, Regional President Asia Pacific, Bosch Software Innovations
  • Matteo Mancini, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Russell Tham, Regional President (SEA), Applied Materials Inc.
  • Craig J.Garen, General Manager (Communications Technologies in the Connected Home Division), Intel
  • Ruchir Dixit, Europe & India Technical Director, Mentor Graphics
  • Dr Tan Geok Leng, Founder & CEO, AIDA Technologies
  • Prof Yoon Soon Fatt, Chair, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

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08.30 - 09.00


09.00 - 09.15


Opening Address 

Ulf Schneider, President of SSIA

09.15 - 09.30

MOS koh


Guest of Honour Greeting Message

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Trade and Industry

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09.30 - 09.40

Launch of SSIA IoT Consortium

09.40 - 10.10

Ivo Hig Lowres


The dichotomy of software flexibility and hardware efficiency in future semiconductor platforms

Keynote Speaker

Ivo Bolsens, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Xilinx


Smart Systems and networks provide new challenges for semiconductor components that need to provide the ease of software programmability as well as the capability of hardware differentiation in one platform architecture.  This dichotomy is driven by, at the one end, the need for a software platform that supports flexibility, scalability, fast development cycles and, on the the other, the need for hardware optimization to support performance, efficiency and cost. In this talk, we will discuss the technical trends in major market segements such as 5G wireless, cloud computing, smart vision and software networking and the resulting requirements for semiconductor platforms.

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10.10 - 10.40


Sharpening Industry-Academia Collaboration in the Semiconductor Industry

Dr Lim Khiang-Wee, Executive Director, CREATE


Future growth in the semiconductor industry is expected to come from identifying and anchoring high-value activities in Singapore companies.  To capitalize on this key trend, there is a need to foster closer interaction between industry and research institutions to enable companies to move up the value chain through a constant stream of knowledge and technological transfer.  Such collaborations will help companies access new technolgies and successfully adopt them.  A defining feature of this is the setting up of collaborative R&D consortia that bring together universities and global companies.  They act as platforms to realise innovation from the knowledge generated by research efforts, which in turn attracts more companies to conduct related research activities in Singapore.  This session will address the need for closer industry-academia collaboration in the highly dynamic semiconductor industry characterised by rapid technological advancement.

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10.40 - 11.00

Networking Teabreak

11.00 - 11.30

Matteo Mancini 

Mapping the value of the Internet of Things for Semiconductor companies

Matteo Mancini, Partner, McKinsey & Company


The nascent Internet of Things today could open vast opportunities to semiconductor companies - provided that they prepare now.  McKinsey research has found that the Internet of Things would significantly boost semiconductor revenues by stimulating demand for microcontrollers, sensors, connectivity, and memory.  They also noted that the Internet of Things represented a growth opportunity for networks and servers, since all the new devices and services will require additional cloud infrastructure.  Overall, the Internet of Things could help the semiconductor industry maintain or surpsass the average annual revenue increase of 3 to 4 percent reported over the past decade.  Fast forward to 2025: the Internet of Things is estimated to have a total potential economic impact of up to $11 trillion in value globally.  How can the semiconductor industry get ahead?

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11.30 - 12.00


Fab Labor Productivity Improvement through a Combined Modeling Approach

Ariel Meyuhas, COO & Co-Founder, The MAX Group


"Powering the Innovation Economy", "Internet of Things" what do they really mean for a semiconductor Fab? How will Fabs adapt to enable their companies to compete in this new realm?  What do they mean for Fab survivability?  Those are important questions we are all busy debating these days.  As already projected by leading market analysts, IoT will have a significant impact on the semiconductor landscape where its innovation enables the development of Smart Technologies in fields such as Smart Infrastructures and Cities, Autonomous Driving, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, or Augmented Reality.  Surprisingly enough, many of those Smart Technologies will be made in legacy Fabs running 200mm or lower wafer sizes.  This means that the business longevity of these Fabs may significantly extend a legacy Fab lifecycle provide the Fab continously drives changes in its operational practices and becomes more effective and more automated.  This case study describes a staffing modeling method developed by The MAX Group for increasing direct labor personnel productivity in one of those legacy Fabs where focusing on transforming their operational performance is a simportant to them as transforming their business landscape and seize the IoT market opportuntities.  This modeling technique combines two important aspects together which uniquely addresses Fab management concerns about speed of execution and accuracy of information to make useful decision in real time.  This modeling technique was developed and used in multiple factories globally and is a proven tool that helps Fabs today to increase floor personnel productivity and effectiveness.

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12.00 - 12.45

Panel Discussion

Smart Technologies, Smart Products, Smart People: What does it need to shape globally impactful innovation?

Moderator: Ulf Schneider, President, SSIA


  • Ivo Bolsen, Xilinx
  • Ariel Meyuhas, The MAX Group
  • Dr Tan Geok Leng, AIDA Technologies
  • Prof Yoon Soon Fatt, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

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12.45 - 13.45

Networking Lunch

13.45 - 14.15



Predicting the Next Wave of Semiconductor Growth - From IoT, Deep Learning to Autonomous Driving

Ruchir Dixit, Europe & India Technical Director, Mentor Graphics 


Through most of the history of the semiconductor industry, revenue forecasts could be based upon the emerging waves of growth of new applications for semiconductors, from mainframe computers to minicomputers to PC’s to servers to consumer products, etc. These applications emerged as the ever decreasing cost per function of chips, as well as other new capabilities, made possible a host of new, high volume electronic products. Right now, as sales of wireless handset integrated circuits decelerate, we are awaiting the next wave of growth from new applications. Will it be the “Internet of Things”? And will the Moore’s Law driven reductions in cost per function continue, making possible the new applications that can drive future growth? Mathematical modelling reveals some surprising conclusions for where the semiconductor industry is headed.

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14.15 - 14.45

HOPE Technik Peter Ho


Why Do We Not Trust the Cartoons

Peter Ho, CEO, HOPE Technik Pte Ltd


Much of the 'Innovation' and new tech we see were already fantasised about decades ago in the comics and cartoons.  If we can start believing that the cartoons are going to be real, then what do we need to do to embrace the future?

14.45 - 15.15

Thomas Jakob



Industrial IoT - The Next Big Wave

Thomas Jakob, Regional President Asia Pacific, Bosch Software Innovations


The Internet of Things (IoT) presents companies with huge opportunities by combining intelligent, connected devices with value-adding cloud services.  Large manufactures, incl. Bosch, can potentially benefit from the IoT on many levels: New product and servcie offerings promise increasing revenues.  Deeper insights into the usage of products in the field provide benefits for proudct development, marketing and product support.  Improved ways of manufacturing delvier increased efficiencies and higher quality.  This prsentation looks at concrete use cases, as well as the required enterprise transformation - and the challenges it presents.


15.15 - 15.30

Networking Teabreak

15.30 - 16.00


The Three Laws Driving Innovation in Semiconductors

Craig J. Garen, General Manager (Communications Technologies in the Connected Home Division), Intel


Moore, Gilder, and Metcalfe each proposed laws that governed their vision of how value can be created in their respective industries.  These are not laws of physics as commonly assumed.  They create the drivers to enable engineers to imagine and innovate.  Independently these laws have transformed the semiconductor industry and our lives.  An even more powerful force is emerging by combining these forces together.


16.00 - 16.30


Make Possible Future Innovations - Together from Singapore

Russell Tham, Regional President (SEA), Applied Materials Inc.


Technological innovation is transforming the way we live, work and communicate; and it is the continued scaling of current technolgies and the innovation of new technologies that will make possible the future.  Increasingly, innovation isn't just for professionals and individual corporation anymore - many global MNCs have embarked on a journey of open innvoation and public-private collaborations.

Join Applied Materials SEA Country President, Mr Russell Tham as he shares how Applied Materials drives deep technology development and accelerates their innvoation pipeline through collaborations with local research institutes and universities that contribute to Singaproe's innovation economy.


16.30 - 17.15

Panel Discussion

Semiconductor Innovation:  Dead or Alive?

Moderator: Mike Holt, Vice President, SSIA


  • Peter HoHOPE Technik Pte Ltd
  • Thomas Jakob, Bosch Software Innovations
  • Craig J. Garen, Intel
  • Russell Tham, Applied Materials Inc.

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17.15 - 17.30

Closing remarks

17.30 - 19.00

Cocktail Reception




Members S$290/per delegate
Non members    S$390/per delegate

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