Applied Materials Chairman Mike Splinter Awarded Semiconductor Industry's
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013
Industry peers recognize Splinter for longstanding leadership on STEM
education, semiconductor research, and other key initiatives
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Semiconductor
Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor
manufacturing and design, today announced that Mike Splinter, former CEO and
current executive chairman of the board of directors at Applied Materials, has
been named the 2013 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce
Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who
has made significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in
technology or public policy.
"From the age of 18 when he built his first transistor, Mike Splinter has
developed his passion for technology into a distinguished career as a
determined leader and tireless advocate for the U.S. semiconductor industry,"
said Ajit Manocha, 2013 chairman of the SIA board of directors. "Mike's vision
and leadership have helped advance some our industry's most important
initiatives – such as STEM education, semiconductor research, and others –
that have strengthened the semiconductor sector and our economy. On behalf of
the SIA board of directors, it is a pleasure to honor Mike with SIA's Robert
N. Noyce Award in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments."
Splinter is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry. He was named
president and CEO of Applied Materials and a member of its board of directors
in 2003, and became chairman of the board in 2009. With a portfolio of more
than 10,000 patents, Applied is a key supplier of technologies that help
customers build the advanced microchips and displays essential to today's
top-selling electronic devices. Before joining Applied, Splinter was a senior
executive at Intel Corporation, leading both the Technology and Manufacturing
Group and the sales and marketing organization during his 20-year tenure.
Splinter is a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) education. He serves on a number of national and international public
policy bodies, and supports local community education and other philanthropic
initiatives in his leadership role with the Applied Materials Foundation.
Under his direction, Applied has remained a standard bearer for corporate
social responsibility, regularly ranking among the most philanthropic
corporations headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Splinter began his career at Rockwell International where he managed the
company's Semiconductor Fabrication Operations. He earned Bachelor of Science
and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of
"I am humbled and honored to receive this award and join a celebrated group of
innovators whose accomplishments shaped the semiconductor industry," said
Splinter. "Semiconductor technology has had a transformative impact on almost
every form of human activity. As the world goes mobile, the pace of
innovation continues to accelerate and the opportunities for our industry have
never been greater."
The Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N.
Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
About the SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S.
semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key
driver of America's economic strength, national security and global
competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern
electronics – enable the systems and products that we use to work,
communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new
scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a
quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2012, U.S. semiconductor sales
totaled more than $146 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion
dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics
pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's
semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S.
leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress,
the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies
and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international
competition. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.
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