Pictured on the left: Professor Shuji Nakamura, Saudi Gazette
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 12:00 pm

Semiconductor leaders convene to localize in-Kingdom expertise


May 10, 2023

THUWAL — Leading researchers, ministers, investors and corporations will gather on the campus of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for the Future of Semiconductors Forum 2023, May 15–18, 2023, to discuss the future of the semiconductor economy in Saudi Arabia and strategies for expanding local expertise.

The event is hosted by KAUST and co-organized with the Research Development and Innovation Authority and King Adulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), with KAUST President Dr. Tony Chan and KACST President Dr. Munir M. Eldesouki officiating as honorary chairs.

Semiconductor technologies are embedded in every facet of the modern world, from cellphones and appliances to cars and machines, and the global market depends on an available supply. Yet only a few countries specialize in the design and manufacture of semiconductor products.

A shortage of integrated circuit (IC) chips during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted — the Kingdom to plan for and build an infrastructure of local semiconductor expertise. The annual Semiconductor Forum is an important hub toward this goal, and KAUST is a major contributor, providing specialized research, facilities and resources to advance semiconductor materials and development.

The Forum will showcase the latest developments in the area of semiconductors; stimulate discussion about current challenges and opportunities; and foster collaborations for semiconductor research, development and manufacturing.

The roster engages participants in a full slate of activities such as plenary speeches, discussion sessions, poster competitions and lab tours. Among the featured guests is Nobel Prize Laureate Shuji Nakamura (Physics 2014), professor of materials at University of California, Santa Barbara, whose invention of the blue light-emitting diode (LED) has become the foundation of energy-efficient lighting technology today.

Visit the Future of Semiconductors Forum 2023 website to register and for all event details

The live stream of the event can be viewed here -