最后，他推荐了几本业界知名的书籍供大家深入研读，包括施敏博士的《半导体器件物理与工艺》和业界推崇的芯片设计公司必读书——《Fabless Semiconductor Implementation》。
Experience Sharing of an UIUC Alumnus
On the morning of Aug.10, Dr. Tsu was invited by UIUC as a honored alumnus to give an online speech to an audience from three universities in mainland China: ZJU, SCUT, and SUSTECH.
The speech, titled A Veteran’s Exploration in Semiconductor Industry, was aimed at sharing his experience and insights about the semiconductor(SC) industry. Having engaged in this fast moving business for almost 30 years and witnessed several SC industry cycles, he is truly entitled to this task. In retrospect, he referred to 3Es as a summary of his identity: engineer, executive and entrepreneur. To be specific, he started as an engineer at Texas Instruments where he achieved a lot in innovation and publications, then moved to SMIC and was finally promoted as VP via making breakthroughs in R&D and leading nodes commercial implementation. Xin’en (Tsingtao, an emerging valuable CIDM) was his last stop where he culminated as CEO through 2018 to 2021, during which completed 3 fabs. Since 2022, entrepreneur is his current new title with his newly founded design house.
The whole speech was centered on two major points: a holistic view on the industry and personal advice on choice of the career path.
Although he had witnessed several cyclical periods over the past 30 years, he unwaveringly held the view that the whole industry will maintain its upward momentum as semiconductors increasingly empowering more and more human endeavors and areas. China mainland is expected to offer more opportunities for aspiring talented students with its many listed SC companies who are managing to catch up with their powerful international counterparts.
On career choice, Dr. Tsu focused mainly on either Fab or Fabless area. These two major areas, based on his years of learning, are closely interconnected but effectively require different expertise and even personalities. Fab emphasizes more on a deep understanding of process and materials, more suitable for those who are keen on pursuing reliable and high quality chips. “You need to be patient enough to harness challenges in the process of scaling the leading edge node!” he kindly reminded the audience. Fabless, a highly diversified area where numerous innovative chips are being brewed, requires more skills in chip architecture, design methodology and other comprehensive know-how. “You have to be a quick learner. Degree offers you only a starting point”, he responded to a girl who was eager to know what degree is more eligible for this industry. For a better demonstration of the difference, he offered two video clips that are vivid and convincing enough.
In closing his speech, Dr. Tsu recommended several renowned books, Semiconductor Device and Fabless Semiconductor Implementation included. Furthermore, he deliberately shed light on the cornerstone values for his startup: integrity, innovation and people first which he firmly holds true for lifelong growth and success.
As such an advanced, sophisticated and vital industry for national prosperity and competency, it is becoming a fiercely competitive arena attracting a huge amount of attention and resources among leading countries worldwide, “If you want to jump in and savor the cutting edge technologies, hit the road now and try to leverage every challenge for growth. More importantly，look far ahead and be optimistic,” concluded Dr. Tsu.