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Morris Chang Awarded Semiconductor Industry’s Highest Honor

Dr. Morris Chang, founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been named recipient of the 2008 Robert N. Noyce Award, the highest honor given by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). TSMC was the industry’s first pure-play foundry, providing manufacturing capacity to chip design firms and integrated device manufacturers. Dr. Chang will be presented the award at the annual SIA Forecast and Awards Dinner in San Jose on October 19.

“The establishment of the semiconductor industry’s first pure-play foundry in 1987 gave rise to dozens of innovative companies by providing access to leading-edge manufacturing services,” said SIA President George Scalise. “The availability of leading-edge manufacturing capacity to companies of all sizes has enhanced competition and spurred innovation. Today, nearly every major chip company makes use of foundry services to provide or augment manufacturing capacity.

“Dr. Chang had a long and distinguished career in the semiconductor industry even before founding TSMC,” Scalise continued. “In a 25-year career at Texas Instruments, he rose through the ranks to become group vice president with responsibility for the company’s worldwide semiconductor business. He also served as president and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corporation. We are very pleased to present Morris Chang the industry’s highest honor, the 2008 Robert N. Noyce Award, for his many contributions to the microelectronics industry,” Scalise concluded.

About the SIA

The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of 216,000 people. More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.

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