IEEE EDS/SSCS Joint DL Seminar


Successful Entrepreneurship in the Field of Fabless Semiconductors

Rakesh Kumar博士(TCX公司总裁,IEEE Fellow,下届IEEE/SSCS主席) 858.945.3758.


While there are over 1600 fabless IC companies worldwide, and over 20% of the worldwide semiconductor revenue now comes from fabless companies, the success rate of new start-ups remains relatively low. This seminar will present the major reasons for this low success rate, and will offer suggestions for participating in a successful endeavor. Key success factors include technical, marketing and business considerations such as technology selection, product specification, product positioning, cost optimization, and understanding the customer value chain. Much of the information is derived from the author’s recently published book, “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, McGraw Hill, 2008.



Dr. Rakesh Kumar is President of TCX, a services company which provides management, business and technical ‘bridging the gaps’ consulting in advanced semiconductor technology and virtual operations areas. He is also CEO of ei2, a fabless electronics integration company.

During 35+ years in the semiconductor industry Dr. Kumar has held various technical and executive positions. He was VP & GM of the worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit at Cadence Design Systems and Tality. At Unisys and Motorola he made technical and management contributions.

Dr. Kumar has authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill in 2008. He has also authored numerous publications and patents. Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is the VP and President-elect (2010-11) of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Technology Management Council. Dr. Kumar is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society. He has chaired and served on the Steering committee of the IEEE CICC (Custom IC Conference) for fourteen years.

Rakesh received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1974 and 1971 respectively. He received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1969. He received an Executive MBA from the University of California, San Diego in 1989.



Copyright© 2003-2018 复旦大学微电子学院