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CHIPS Act and Semiconductor Startups: An Incubator’s Perspective

ICS Seminar Series Seminar

Location: EER 3.640/3.642
Pete Rodriguez

This talk will cover four topics related to CHIPS Act and semiconductor startups: (1) an overview of CHIPS Act and PCAST recommendations. (2) How to build an IC startup, based on 3 lectures at Stanford. (3) Overview of Silicon Catalyst and how it helps chip startups, including over 70 corporate partners (TSMC, Synopsys, ARM, ...). (4) Overview of Si Catalyst engagement with over 30 universities, highlighting our close relationship with Cornell.
Bio: Pete Rodriguez has nearly 40 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry. He recently served on the semiconductor working group of the President’s council of advisors in science and technology (PCAST) and is on the steering committee of the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC). Pete is currently on the advisory boards of Alphacore, Certus Semiconductor and Harvest Management Partners and an observer on the boards of Mentium Technologies, Espre Technologies, Sonical Sound Solutions and Owl Autonomous Imaging.
Pete was formerly VP & GM of Interface and Power at NXP Semiconductors. Prior to NXP Pete was CEO of Exar Corporation (NASDAQ), CEO of Xpedion Design Systems (acquired by Agilent), Chief Marketing Officer at Virage Logic (NASDAQ), Major Account Manager at LSI Logic and Program Manager at Aerojet Electronic Systems. He spent twelve years as an entrepreneur with three different startups and has raised over $30 Million in venture capital. He retired from the US Naval Reserves with the rank of Commander. Pete has served on public, private, advisory and non-profit boards of directors. He is a graduate in strategy and policy of the Naval War College. Pete has an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MSEE from Cal Poly Pomona where he was inducted in the engineering hall of fame, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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