Taiwan-born AMD executive Lisa Su to receive top semiconductor prize

09/21/2020 09:39 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Lisa Su (蘇姿丰), Taiwan-born president and chief executive officer of U.S.-based chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), will receive the prestigious Robert N. Noyce Award, honoring her contribution to the semiconductor industry.

In a recent statement, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said Su will accept the award at the SIA Leadership Forum and Award Celebration, a virtual event that will take place on Nov. 19.

Su will become the second ethnic Chinese to receive the award after Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., who received the award in 2008.

"A tremendous leader in our industry, Lisa Su has successfully advanced leading-edge semiconductor and high-performance computing technologies throughout her career as an accomplished business executive and engineer," SIA President and CEO John Neuffer said in the statement.

"Lisa's outstanding achievements have significantly strengthened the semiconductor industry and America's global technology leadership, and she has inspired and opened doors for countless others in tech along the way," Neuffer said.

Su was born in Tainan to parents Su Chun-hwai (蘇春槐) and Sandy Lo (羅淑雅) in 1969, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 3.

She received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1986 to 1994 before working for Texas Instruments and IBM.

Su joined AMD as a senior vice president in 2012 and has served as the company's president and CEO since October 2014.

During Su's tenure, AMD has become a leader in high-performance computing and graphics technologies for the PC, data center, and gaming markets, according to the SIA.

The Robert N. Noyce Award is organized to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and leadership in support of the semiconductor industry after the association created the award to honor the memory of Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel Corp.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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