Apr. 12th, 2016 Learnings and insights from 52 years of Silicon Valley semiconductor experience

IEEE SCV Electron Devices Society April 12th, 2016 Seminar by Ray Zinn, Micrel, San Jose, CA

“Learnings and insights from 52 years of Silicon Valley semiconductor experience” 


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IEEE SCV Electron Devices Society Seminar “Learnings and insights from 52 years of Silicon Valley semiconductor experience

Speaker: Ray Zinn, Founder and CEO of Micrel, San Jose, CA

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Networking with food and refreshments
6:15 – 7:00 PM: Seminar 

Cost: Free
Location: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center

2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95052.
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Contact: Sandeep Bahl

Web link: http://site.ieee.org/scv-eds/


Ray Zinn is the history of the Silicon Valley semiconductor industry. With 50 years in the business, having founded Micrel and leading it for 37 years, Zinn has seen the industry grow, crash and undulate through repeated business cycles. Yet Zinn’s company remained profitable for 36 of its 37 years.
Zinn’s talk to the IEEE Electron Devices group will be about the past and the future. He’ll discuss the history of the industry and of Silicon Valley, from his time at Fairchild through today. Zinn will relate why some companies thrived, some got lucky and others faded into oblivion. Zinn will also offer some insight into why this history helps predict the current industry consolidation cycle and where it is heading next.


Raymond D. “Ray” Zinn is an inventor, entrepreneur, and the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He is best known for creating and selling the first Wafer Stepper (an industry standard piece of semiconductor manufacturing equipment), and for co-founding semiconductor company, Micrel (acquired by Microchip in 2015), which provides essential components for smartphones, consumer electronics and enterprise networks. He served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of its Board of Directors and President since Micrel’s inception in 1978 until his retirement in August 2015. Zinn’s philosophy on people, servant leadership, humanistic management and the ethics of corporate culture are credited with Micrel’s nearly unbroken profitability. Zinn also holds over 20 patents for semiconductor design. A proud great-grandfather, he is actively-retired and mentoring entrepreneurs. His new book, Tough Things First (McGraw Hill), is available at ToughThingsFirst.com, Amazon and other fine booksellers. In addition, review copies are available upon request.

More information at the IEEE Santa Clara Valley EDS Chapter Home Page

Link to previous web page: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/eds/

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