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Future of Semiconductors Forum 2024: Charting the Course of Electronic Chip Manufacturing and Design in Riyadh


Riyadh, May 30, 2024, SPA 

The third edition of the Future Semiconductors Forum 2024 will be held in Riyadh, hosted by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in partnership with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

The event, scheduled for June 5-6, 2024, at the Garage Innovation District in Riyadh, aims to promote the domestic production of electronic chips and boost Saudi Arabia's digital economy.

This forum will gather esteemed policymakers, industrial pioneers, experts, and scholars in semiconductor technology. Notable participants include Shuji Nakamura, a Nobel laureate in Physics for his development of blue/green LEDs and violet laser diodes, alongside Kang Wang, who holds a professorship in electrical engineering and computer science and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering at UCLA and a Professor of electrical engineering at Raytheon Company.

Also in attendance will be Steven P. DenBaars from the University of California - Santa Barbara, renowned for holding more than 190 US patents and co-founding the Institute of Engineering Electricity and Electronics alongside four photonics and electronics companies.

Umesh Mishra, the Dean of the College of Engineering at UCSB, joins the list of distinguished participants, as do Ross Jatou, President of the Semiconductor at Alat Company, Dr. Naveed Sherwani, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Rapid Silicon Company, co-designer of Intel microprocessor algorithms and Intel Award winner, and Professor Goutam Chattopadhyay, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.

KACST President Dr. Munir Eldesouki stated that the forum reflects the goals and priorities set by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, in the field of research, development, and innovation. It also plays a significant role in advancing the digital economy in the Kingdom. He emphasized KACST's role as a national laboratory and hub for innovation; its purpose is to enhance the research, development, and innovation system, expedite technological advancements, and promote the localization of technologies.

KAUST President Dr. Tony Chan commended the Semiconductors Future Forum for its accomplishments in the first and second editions. He noted that the new edition offers promising opportunities to enhance the digital economy, advance research cooperation between various entities, and exchange knowledge about best practices in the electronic chip industry by bringing together the most prominent local and international entities under one roof.


Additional links: 

3rd ‘Future of Semiconductors Forum’ to boost digital economy - Arabnews

Saudi Arabia announces billion-riyal fund to bolster local semiconductor industry - (MENAFN)