Yale Professor T.P. Ma recognized for pioneering semiconductor work by SIA



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New Haven, Conn. — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today honored Yale Professor Tso-Ping (T.P.) Ma with its annual University Researcher Award for his pioneering work in semiconductor technology.

Ma is the Raymond John Wean professor of Electrical Engineering and chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Yale. He has been involved with research activities of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) continuously since 1986, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2005, he was recognized by IEEE with its prestigious Andrew Grove Award.

“Professor Ma’s pioneering work in semiconductor process technology has enabled dramatic increases in the speed, reliability, and transistor density of integrated circuits while contributing to lowered costs per function,” said SIA President George Scalise.

“The miracle of microelectronics for more than four decades has been the ability to produce chips with ever-increasing speed and functionality at ever-lower cost. The unsung heroes behind this miracle are university researchers like Dr. Ma who have continued to solve complex engineering problems and enable dramatic improvements in semiconductor devices,” said Scalise. “At the same time, Dr. Ma has inspired and instructed thousands of engineering students who will carry his work forward in the years ahead”

Ma has done pioneering work in gate dielectrics and gate tunneling, which have been critical to scaling of MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) devices. He invented and developed several systems of measures used in the development of new gate dielectrics that will enable CMOS at the 32 nanometer node and beyond. He is also exploring a new ferroelectric memory technology that could extend embedded DRAM technology substantially by eliminating the memory cell capacitor.

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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 225,000 people. More information about the SIA is available online at www.sia-online.org.

As the pioneer of collaborative research for the semiconductor industry, SRC defines industry needs, invests in and manages the research that gives its members a competitive advantage in the dynamic global marketplace. Established in 1982, SRC is based in Research Triangle Park, NC, and drives long-term semiconductor research contracts on behalf of its participating members. More information about SRC is available online at www.src.org.

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