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Luc Van den hove - President & CEO, imec

Luc Van den hove was till June 30, 2009 executive vice president and chief operating officer at imec (Leuven, Belgium). He became chief executive officer (CEO) on July 1, 2009. He joined imec in 1984, starting his research career in the field of silicide and interconnect technologies. In 1988, he became manager of imec’s micro-patterning group (lithography, dry etching); in 1996, department director of unit process step R&D; and in 1998, vice president of the silicon process and device technology division. In January 2007, he was appointed as imec's EVP & COO. Luc Van den hove received his PhD in electrical engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and conference contributions.

Presentation abstract

IC innovation - the heartbeat of yesterday, today, tomorrow

Today, we are in the middle of a decennium of disruption. Disruption that brings us unseen innovations, thanks to companies that dare to take a different view. And all this is driven by innovative IC technology, especially by transistor scaling as predicted 50 years ago by Gordon Moore.

Going into the era of the IoT, the question that many ask is whether Moore’s law will continue. Moore’s law will continue, not only through the conventional route of scaling, which becomes increasingly challenging, but also taking different forms to enable disruptive innovations.

One domain where IC technology is poised to bring revolutionary changes is healthcare. It will allow for real precision medicine, with a faster and more precise diagnosis and a finely tuned treatment.

The automotive domain is another game-changer. Most innovation in cars today is realized with IC technology, and there is much more to come. Connected, driverless cars combined with data fusion, learning, will make the car truly the first and most intelligent machine in our daily life. These developments will spill over in all domains of our lives. Think about the promise of robotics, making all tools in our environment intelligent.

All this will come together in the Internet of Everything. The coming decade we will witness a tsunami of smart connected systems, driven by the innovation in hardware and software that is taking place today.

We are looking towards an exciting future. A future with huge business opportunities if companies dare to take a different view. Companies will have to co-optimize systems and technologies to bring disruptive innovation. They will have to build on the power of IC technology to enable their growth in a fast changing world.



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