Global Semiconductor Alliance Names 2008 Board of Directors

    SAN JOSE, CALIF., December 3 /CNW/ - Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
announces its 2008 Board of Directors. Comprised of industry leaders that
define GSA's strategic direction, the Board of Directors includes 20
executives selected by the Alliance's semiconductor members.

    This year, 13 positions were open for election, including five fabless
company positions, three foundry positions, one integrated device manufacturer
(IDM) position, two back-end supplier positions and two design partner

    New fabless directors include Dr. Naveed Sherwani, president and chief
executive officer, Open-Silicon; Vincent Tong, vice president of worldwide
quality and reliability engineering, Xilinx, Inc. and John Urwin, chief
operating officer, Wolfson Microelectronics. Dr. Dwight Decker, GSA chairman,
non-executive chairman of the board, Conexant Systems, Inc. and Colin Harris,
vice president and chief operating officer, PMC-Sierra, Inc., were re-elected.
Each will serve a three-year term.

    For foundry representation, Rick Cassidy, president of TSMC North
America, Dr. Fu-Tai Liou, president of the America business group at UMC and
Michael Rekuc, president of the Americas region at Chartered Semiconductor,
were re-elected for another one-year term.

    Steven Longoria, vice president of Semiconductor Solutions, IBM, was
elected to the IDM director position. Oleg Khaykin, executive vice president
and chief operating officer, Amkor Technology and Dr. Tien Wu, chief operating
officer at ASE Group, return to represent back-end suppliers. Representing
design partners, Dr. Walden Rhines, chairman of the board and chief executive
officer at Mentor Graphics Corporation, joins the Board, and Dr. Aart de Geus,
chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Synopsys, Inc. was
re-elected. These representatives serve a one-year term.

    Additional returning members include:

    --  Dr. Sanjay Jha, GSA vice chairman, chief operating officer of
Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

    --  Jodi Shelton, GSA co-founder and executive director

    --  Dr. Robert Pepper, GSA director emeritus and chairman of the board,
KeyEye Communications

    --  Danny Biran, senior vice president, product and corporate marketing,
Altera Corporation

    --  Jack Harding, chairman, president and chief executive officer,
eSilicon Corporation

    --  Dr. Nicky Lu, president and chief executive officer, Etron
Technology, Inc.

    --  Chris Malachowsky, co-founder, NVIDIA fellow and senior vice
president of engineering and operations, NVIDIA

    --  Vahid Manian, senior vice president, global manufacturing operations,
Broadcom Corporation

    --  Steve Michael, vice president of operations and R&QA, Exar

    --  Dr. Albert Wu, vice president of operations, Marvell Semiconductor,

    "We welcome our 2008 Board of Directors and are pleased to have such
astute thought leaders who share the vision of our organization," said
Shelton. "Our Board, much like our membership, reflects the entire supply
chain, and we are uniquely positioned to address the challenges of a global
and mature industry."

    About GSA:

    The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission 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. It addresses the challenges within
the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and
packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for
meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates
market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides
members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include
companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the

For further information:

For further information: GSA Erica Schiller, 972-866-7579, ext. 120
Director of Marketing or Media: Shelton PR Helena Ronner,
972-239-5119, ext. 142 or Richard Membreno,
972-239-5119, ext.135

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