Mike Splinter Awarded Semiconductor Industry’s Highest Honor
Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter was recognized this week at the Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) 36th annual awards dinner, where he received the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry’s highest honor, for his significant contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology and public policy.
A well-known and respected industry veteran, Mike successfully led Applied Materials as CEO for more than a decade, expanding the company’s position as a leading global equipment provider to the semiconductor, display and solar industries, and helping to drive critical innovations in transistor design to further Moore’s Law, the foundation of all modern day electronics.
"From the age of 18 when he built his first transistor, Mike Splinter has developed his passion for technology into a distinguished career as a determined leader and tireless advocate for the U.S. semiconductor industry," said Ajit Manocha, GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO and 2013 chairman of the SIA board of directors. "Mike’s vision and leadership have helped advance some our industry’s most important initiatives – such as STEM education, semiconductor research, and others – that have strengthened the semiconductor sector and our economy. On behalf of the SIA board of directors, it is a pleasure to honor Mike with SIA’s Robert N. Noyce Award in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments."
"I have had the good fortune to be in this remarkable industry all of my adult life," said Splinter. “It has been a wonderful adventure and I am humbled to be honored by SIA with an award inspired by Robert Noyce. Bob once said the mark of a significant innovation is that it is ‘swept along by the creative members of our society for the good of all.’ Forty years later, I still think this is the most exciting industry on earth. I am proud to be part of this industry, excited to have been one of those who helped sweep semiconductors along, and amazed at how these devices have brought about so much good for so many. Transistors are the miracle of the modern age, and I am convinced that everything can be made better with ICs. Moore’s Law is not about the end, it’s about beginnings. We will always come up with new ways to increase the density of computing because it’s what the world wants and needs. We are the industry of possibilities and promise. We have the tools in our hands to make a brighter tomorrow and need only add the creativity and courage."
Mike is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, including two decades at Intel, and 10 years as CEO of Applied Materials. He is a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. He serves on a number of national and international public policy bodies, and supports local community education and other philanthropic initiatives in his leadership role with the Applied Materials Foundation. Under his direction, Applied has remained a standard bearer for corporate social responsibility, regularly ranking among the most philanthropic corporations headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Click here for a recent profile on Mike’s career in VentureBeat.
On behalf of all employees worldwide, congratulations to Mike on this well-deserved honor!
The Noyce award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. For more information, visit SIA’s awards page.