Bio: Cheng-Wen Wu received the BSEE degree from National Taiwan University in 1981, and the MS and PhD degrees in ECE from UCSB in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Since 1988, he has been with the Department of EE, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan, where he is currently a Tsing Hua Distinguished Chair Professor. He has served in the past at NTHU as the Director of Computer Center, Chair of EE Department, Director of IC Design Technology Center, Dean of the College of EECS, and Senior Vice President for Research. When he was on leave from NTHU in 2007, he served at ITRI as the General Director of the SOC Technology Center, and the Vice President and General Director of the Information and Communications Labs.
Dr. Wu received the Distinguished Teaching Awards from NTHU, the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor Award from the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineers (CIEE), the Distinguished Research Awards from National Science Council, the Industrial Collaboration Awards from the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Academic Award from MOE, the National Endowed Chair Professorship from MOE, the EE Medal from CIEE, etc. His current interests include memory test and repair, and design and test of symbiotic IOT devices and systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Title: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Semiconductor Products in the IOT Era
Abstract: Over the past thirty years, the global semiconductor business shows an encouraging trend of growth in general, with only a few glitches that did not hinder the long-term trend. The growing trend, however, slows down in recent years with the saturating smartphone market, until late 2016 when AI suddenly gave everybody new hope. Meanwhile, the Internet-of-Things (IOT) has long been identified, or expected, as the main driving force of growth for many industries in the future. Unfortunately, so far IOT has not given a great boost to the semiconductor industry, due to limitations in global economy and energy consumption. What, then, are the specific problems and challenges to semiconductors? If IOT is going to give a boost to the stagnant semiconductor industry, what will be the key factors of its success? Is it AI? In my speech, I will try to address these issues. This speech is meant for triggering more research activities regarding establishing a sound IOT platform that allows heterogeneous integration of technologies and partners to migrate certain industries based on the notion of IOT.