EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Professor Chenming Hu

TSMC Distinguished Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department
U. C. Berkeley


China Region and US - Differences and Competitiveness




After three years as Chief Technology Officer of the world's leading silicon foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), Prof. Chenming Hu has just returned to Berkeley. Prof. Hu has also been active in company formation in Silicon Valley and was the founding chairman of Celestry Design Technologies, an integrated circuit design software company that was acquired by Cadence last year. Prof. Hu has supervised 60 Ph.D. students since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1976 The industry-standard BSIM model of MOSFET device behavior for circuit simulation and the the vertical FinFET structure are two of many many important advances to which he and his students have made major contributions.

Prof. Hu has unique insights into the relative strengths and weaknesses of the US and China in the area of integrated-circuit design and fabrication, since he has played major roles on both sides of the Pacific. His talk will probe into these regional differences and their origins and how they affect competitiveness.


Dr. Chenming Calvin Hu received his B.S. degree from Taiwan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Hu has just returned from serving as Chief Technology Officer of TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan to Berkeley, where he is the TSMC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He was an assistant professor at MIT before joining UC Berkeley. He was the board chairman of the East San Francisco Bay Chinese School and is a frequent advisor to industry and educational institutions. He was founding chairman of Celestry Design Technologies, an IC design software company that was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2003.

His research area is microelectronic devices and technologies. He has authored or co-authored five books and over 750 research papers and supervised 60 doctoral students. He leads the development of the BSIM transistor model for CMOS circuit simulation. BSIM is the industry standard for IC simulation and is used in the design of most ICs worldwide by hundreds of companies. He co-developed FinFET, a new MOSFET structure that has allowed the IC industry to reset the record for smallest transistor several times and is expected to enable scaling to 10nm gate length.

In 1997, Dr. Hu received the IEEE Jack A. Morton Award for contributions to MOSFET reliability physics. In 1999, he received the DARPA Most Significant Technological Accomplishment Award for FinFET. In 2002, he received the IEEE Solid State Circuits Field Award for BSIM transistor model.

Dr. Hu is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, and an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, and of Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He has received UC Berkeley's highest honor for teaching -- the Distinguished Teaching Award.

He enjoys traveling and painting with his wife, Margaret, and their sons, Raymond and Jason.