SRC-SIA Webinar
Decadal Plan for Semiconductors: New Trajectories for Communication

Date: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm ET

The current state of the developed world is characterized by (almost) always-available connectivity. The ability to get data from anywhere and send it to everywhere has transformed the way we do business and our personal habits and lifestyle. In addition, the increasing demand for human-to-human, human-to-machine, and machine-to-machine communications, and a growing gap between the world’s data storage need and communication capacities require a communication rate of 1Tbps@<0.1nJ/bit achieved over the next two decades. The main goal of the webinar is to identify a compelling research agenda based on the Decadal Plan for Semiconductors to discover new approaches to future communication technologies that can enable such a rate and guarantee ubiquitous connectivity.


Decadal Plan for Semiconductors: New Trajectories for Communication

Panelists responses to audience questions that were unaddressed during the webinar



THURSDAY, Oct. 28, 2021



Opening Remarks

David Issacs
Vice President, Government Affairs
Semiconductor Industry Association

David Isaacs is vice president of government affairs at SIA, where he is responsible for all aspects of the association’s work related to government policy and advocacy before the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and international organizations.

Before joining SIA, David was senior vice president, government relations of Solazyme Inc., a leading renewable energy startup based in South San Francisco, California. In that capacity he was responsible for securing government support to advance Solazyme’s commercialization and research objectives. He previously served as director, government affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company, where he led the D.C. office and directed a global team on HP’s technology, environmental, energy policy, and other priority policy matters. He was an associate at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and started his career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.



Rafic Makki
Head Technologist and Fellow
Mubadala Capital Ventures

Rafic oversees the technology strategy and roadmap for Mubadala Capital Ventures’ global investment portfolio. He is a long-time veteran of the semiconductor industry, most recently serving as Executive Fellow of GlobalFoundries. He has previously served in academe including tenured Professor at The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Dean of IT at UAE University and founding VP for Research at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. In government, Rafic served as Head of Strategic Planning for the Abu Dhabi Education Council and senior advisor to the Director General.


Roundtable Moderator

 Lu Yuan
Senior Director, Technology

Lu Yuan is Senior Director, Engineering of Wireless Research and Development (WRD) BU at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. She has led hardware development teams to deliver multiple modem commercial and prototype solutions, including GSM (GPRS & EDGE), GPS, CDMA2000, 1xEV-DO, WCDMA, UMTS and 5G modem systems. She is currently the digital hardware lead of Qualcomm’s WRD 5G research programs. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Lu has worked for Cadence Design Systems and Texas Instrument.

Roundtable Panelist

Gabriele Manganaro
Director Of Technology

Gabriele Manganaro (Fellow IEEE) holds a Dr. Eng. (1994) and a Ph.D. degree (1997) in Electronics from the University of Catania, Italy. He has worked in analog IC design, primarily in high-speed data converters design, both in Europe and the USA for over twenty years. He’s presently a Director of Technology at MediaTek in Woburn, Massachusetts. He authored/co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, three books (notably “Advanced Data Converters”, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has been granted 18 US patents, with more pending.


Gabriel Rebeiz
Wireless Communications Industry Chair and Professor
University of California, San Diego

Professor Rebeiz received a B.S. in electrical engineering with distinction from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982, and an M.S. and PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1988, respectively. Professor Rebeiz was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in April 1991, and the URSI International Isaac Koga Gold Medal Award in August 1993. Professor Rebeiz was selected by the students as the 1997-1998 Eta-Kappa-Nu EECS Professor of the Year. In October 1998, he received the Amoco Foundation Teaching Award, given yearly to one or two faculty at the University of Michigan, for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Professor Rebeiz is the co-recipient, with Professor Scott Barker, of the IEEE 2000 Microwave Prize. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE MTT Society. Professor Rebeiz is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE MTT Society on RF MEMS, and is the author of the book RF MEMS: Theory, Design and Technology, Wiley 2003. Professor Rebeiz has more than 120 Journal publications and 250 Conference publications.

Peter Gammel
Vice President and CTO of the Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure BU

Peter L. Gammel is vice president and CTO of the Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure BU at GlobalFoundries. He joined the company in 2019. Previously, he was the chief technology officer for Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and also served as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at SiGe. Prior to this, he was vice president of engineering at Renaissance Wireless and chief technology officer at Advance Nanotech and for Agere Systems’ Analog Products Business. He was also a distinguished member of technical staff at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. Gammel received a bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University.

Guy Eristoff
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
Tower Semiconductor

Mr. Eristoff was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, in 2019 after serving as TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Company (TPSCo) Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Previously, Mr. Eristoff was TowerJazz Vice President, Worldwide Operational Excellence since 2012. Prior to joining TowerJazz, he served as Director, Technology Development, Marketing, Industrial Engineering and Central Engineering for Globalfoundries’ 200mm business unit and served with Intevac as Asia General Manager –Singapore and Asia Region. Previously, Mr. Eristoff served with Chartered Semiconductor in various positions including Process Integration Module Deputy Director, Fab 2 Thin Films Module Manager, and Fab 2 MCVD Process and Hardware Section Manager. Prior to Chartered, he served with Applied Materials as Metal Deposition Field Operations Manager – Asia and as Process Engineer & Expatriate, Tungsten CVD and Web –Taiwan, Korea & Singapore. Mr. Eristoff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Marla Dowell
NIST Communications Technology Laboratory and NIST Boulder Laboratory

Dr. Marla Dowell is Director of the NIST Communications Technology Laboratory and NIST Boulder Laboratory. She has been recognized for her leadership of high performing R&D organizations and her ability to foster private-public partnerships with numerous awards, including Department of Commerce Silver Medal, NIST Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award, Allen V. Astin Award, and the Arthur S. Flemming Award from George Washington University.