The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced William M. Holt, executive vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG) at Intel, has been named the 2015 recipient of SIA's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the U.S. semiconductor industry in technology or public policy. Holt will accept the award at SIA's Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 3.
"For the last four decades, Bill Holt has been a tireless advocate, innovator, and leader for the semiconductor industry, helping advance new technologies that drive our industry and power our economy," said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Throughout his distinguished career, Bill's expertise, skill, and unwavering determination have helped keep the semiconductor industry at the forefront of innovation. On behalf of the SIA board of directors, it is an honor to announce Bill's selection as the 2015 Robert N. Noyce Award recipient in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments."
Holt began his Intel career in DRAM development in 1974. Today, he is responsible for technology development and the company's worldwide manufacturing operations, including component fabrication, assembly and test, customer fulfillment, and supply chain management. Additionally, Holt oversees research and development in the areas of wafer process, package assembly and test, and design and technology computer-aided tools. Holt earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinoisand a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara.
"It is a tremendous honor to join the ranks of Noyce Award winners, individuals who have built the semiconductor industry and made it a paragon of America's economic and technological strength," said Holt. "Throughout my career, I have focused on doing my part to advance the forward march of innovation, one step at a time. As I gratefully accept this award, I look forward to continuing to help our industry take the next step forward."
The Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. In addition to the presentation of the Noyce Award, this year's SIA Award Dinner will feature former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as keynote speaker.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key driver of America's economic strength, national security, and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – enable the systems and products we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2014, U.S. semiconductor company sales totaled $173 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.