Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. – November 18, 2008 – TSMC announced today that the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has named TSMC founding Chairman Dr. Morris Chang recipient of the 2008 Robert N. Noyce Award, the association’s highest honor. SIA President George Scalise will present the award to Dr. Chang at the annual SIA Forecast and Awards Dinner in San Jose on November 19.
“The establishment of the semiconductor industry’s first pure-play foundry in 1987 gave rise to dozens of innovative companies by providing access to leading-edge manufacturing services,” Mr. Scalise said in an SIA statement. “The availability of leading-edge manufacturing capacity to companies of all sizes has enhanced competition and spurred innovation. Today, nearly every major chip company makes use of foundry services to provide or augment manufacturing capacity.
“Dr. Chang had a long and distinguished career in the semiconductor industry even before founding TSMC,” Mr. Scalise said in the statement. “In a 25-year career at Texas Instruments, he rose through the ranks to become group vice president with responsibility for the company’s worldwide semiconductor business. He also served as president and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corporation. We are very pleased to present Morris Chang the industry’s highest honor, the 2008 Robert N. Noyce Award, for his many contributions to the microelectronics industry.”
The SIA has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.