FSA to Become Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)



    Transition to Emphasize Global Role in Creating Effective Ecosystem and
Expansion of Leadership

    SAN JOSE, CALIF., December 3 /CNW/ - FSA, the voice of the global fabless
business model, announces today it will transition to become the Global
Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). FSA's global leadership, including its Board of
Directors, Asia Pacific (AP) Leadership Council and Europe, Middle East and
Africa (EMEA) Leadership Council, unanimously made this decision.

    The transition reflects the role FSA has played as a global semiconductor
organization and acknowledges that its original mission to proliferate the
adoption of the fabless business model has been achieved.

    The mission of GSA is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on
invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more
effective fabless ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation.
To fulfill this mission, GSA will address the challenges and enable
industry-wide solutions within the supply chain, including intellectual
property (IP), electronic design automation (EDA)/design, wafer manufacturing,
test and packaging. The Alliance will provide a platform for meaningful global
collaboration; identify and articulate market opportunities; encourage and
support entrepreneurship; and provide members with comprehensive and unique
market intelligence.

    "FSA's role has been vital to the emergence, adoption and dominance of
the business model. Today, the organization is focused on addressing the
challenges inherent in a complex value chain. Its new role will be to reduce
inefficiencies to ensure the long-term viability, growth and profitability of
the semiconductor industry," stated Dr. Dwight Decker, GSA chairman and
non-executive chairman of Conexant Systems, Inc.

    FSA has made a significant impact on the industry since its inception in
1994. Today, companies like NVIDIA, Broadcom and MediaTek are bastions of
innovation, and this year the fabless segment is expected to generate over $50
billion in revenue. Furthermore, there are hundreds of entrepreneurs creating
innovations that will fuel future growth of the industry.

    "Since 1994, the growth of the FSA from a handful of companies to 500
members worldwide speaks to the value of the organization and its founding
mission," said Wim Roelandts, president, chief executive officer and chairman
of Xilinx, Inc. and chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association. "This
next phase in its evolution as the Global Semiconductor Alliance is an
exciting time, as it continues to support the overall growth of the
semiconductor industry alongside complementary organizations."

    Members of GSA include companies throughout the supply chain,
representing 25 countries across the globe.

    GSA remains committed to encourage and support entrepreneurship. GSA has
dedicated a director position for an emerging/start-up company. Additionally,
GSA has established the Emerging Company CEO Council, increased the number of
emerging companies participating in its regional Councils and continues to
work closely with the venture capital (VC) community through its VC Advisory
Council.

    GSA addresses regional challenges and opportunities within Asia through
its AP Leadership Council, as well as with offices in Taiwan and China. Its
EMEA Leadership Council has expanded to include industry leaders from the
United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Belgium and France. GSA will also align with
regional organizations to complement their services, while avoiding
duplication of resources.

    For more information on GSA, visit www.gsaglobal.org.




For further information:

For further information: GSA Erica Schiller, 972-866-7579, ext. 120
Director of Marketing eschiller@fsa.org or Media Contact: Shelton PR Helena
Ronner / Richard Membreno 972-239-5119 ext. 142/135 hronner@sheltongroup.com
rmembreno@sheltongroup.com

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