HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed addresses global high-tech giants
- Saudi Arabia: Thursday, May 08 - 2008 at 11:08
- PRESS RELEASE
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the International Electronics Forum (IEF) sessions kicked off yesterday to discuss key aspects of the global electronics industry. This year's forum is themed around the Global Electronics Ecosystem - Revolution or Evolution.
"The forum will significantly contribute to DSO's mission to facilitate and promote hi-tech industries in the region. These industries depend on the design, development and manufacturing of precision electronics, optoelectronic technology, nanotechnology, and photovoltaic technology supported by the semiconductor industry," HH Sheikh Ahmed said.
"Dubai continues to attract global giants, including top tier high-tech leaders, through developing its investor-friendly environment, its state of the art infrastructure, and its solid legal framework that offers effective intellectual property protection."
During the first day of the event, speakers discussed the future of the rapidly growing sector. Senior executives from the world's leading electronics firms gave in depth presentations highlighting the electronics ecosystem and discussing challenges and opportunities of the multibillion dollar industry. .
JJ Yamaguchi, Executive Vice President, NEC Electronics, presented a talk on the 'Present and Future of Digital Technology', highlighting a ubiquitous reliance on connectivity. Yamaguchi also illustrated NEC's role in advancing technology through its manufacturing operations of computer, communications, and semiconductor products.
Petri Liuha, Laboratory Director of Computation Structures at Nokia Research Centre, shed light on the open platforms for rich applications in mobile devices in a presentation on 'Mobile Device Technical Challenges', while Kees Van Der Klauw, Senior VP in Technology and Development at Philips Consumer Lifestyle, addressed the diverging requirements in the value chain for applications in consumer electronics.
Malcolm Penn, Chairman and CEO, Future Horizons, the company responsible for establishing the annual IEF, summed up the presentations by sharing an overview of the latest market forecasts and industry analyses.
In addition, other keynote speakers covered a wide range of vital industry topics. Waguih Ishak, Division Vice President of Corning, focused on recent developments in optoelectronics, while Luigi Liccardi, Executive VP of Technology and Operations of Telecom Italia, shared his insights on improving customers' quality of life through mobile innovation.
Organized by Dubai Silicon Oasis, the first day of IEF 2008 proved to be a valuable networking day for executives and professionals in the semiconductor, electronics and related industries, as well as specialists in designing, production, investment, strategic planning, marketing, business development, distribution, finance, and education. The event will conclude on 9 May.
A wholly-owned entity of the Government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for semiconductors, microelectronics and other electronics-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and R&D divisions in Dubai.
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