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Marconi Fellows Deliver Keynotes

Marconi Fellow Bob Metcalfe will keynote the Silicon Innovation Forum at in San Francisco at SEMICON West 2014 Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, is professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas at Austin. He actively supports the Austin tech and startup scene. (Release below.)

Marconi fellows John Cioffi and Marty Hellman joined fellow Stanford Professor A.J. Paulraj, the 2014 Marconi Fellow for this picture. Paulraj invented MIMO, which dramatically increases the speed of nearly all of today’s wireless networks.

John Cioffi will deliver a closing keynote address at the CommunicAsia exhibition and conference on June 19, 2014 in Singapore. His topic is “Three Steps to Profitably Deliver 100 Mbps Broadband Services over Copper.” 24 million lines of 100 megabit vectored DSL, Cioffi’s invention with George Ginis, are being installed at Deutsche Telekom. He’ll also discuss how combining DSL with advanced WiFi will be able to deliver a gigabit in most cities. More

Columbia University’s CITI is presenting a seminar June 20 on Spectrum Auction Design, Experience in Auctions, Implementation, and Post-Auction Market Structure. It will feature distinguished academics including Eli Noam and Paul Milgrom. as well as many of the operators likely to bid in the coming U.S. auctions. Marconi Fellow and cell phone inventor Marty Cooper told a Marconi webinar “we’ve never had a spectrum shortage and I don’t expect one,” a datapoint that will be interesting to discuss. Columbia Engineering hosted the Marconi Society for many years.

Strategic Investors to Connect with Startups at Silicon Innovation Forum – Bob Metcalfe to Keynote

Silicon ICs are pervasive; Held in conjunction with SEMICON West, SIF facilitates the next wave of startups and entrepreneurs

SEMICON West 2014
San Jose, CA (BUSINESS WIRE)

SEMI today announced that SEMICON West 2014 will feature Robert “Bob” Metcalfe, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as the Silicon Innovation Forum’s keynote speaker. The Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) is where strategic investors and key decision makers are introduced to new and emerging early stage companies looking for support in developing the future of microelectronics. SIF returns to San Francisco at SEMICON West 2014 (July 8-10, Moscone Center). Coordinated by SEMI, SIF is organized by leading strategic investment groups in the global semiconductor industry including: Applied Ventures, Intel Capital, Micron Ventures, Dow Chemical, TEL Venture Capital, Samsung Venture Investment, and BASF Venture Capital.

“Innovation and new ideas need investment; traditional venture capital and private funding of advanced semiconductor technology development has significantly declined in recent years, threatening the future of microelectronics innovation and the industry as a whole”

Metcalfe, who will keynote at SIF, is a professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Metcalfe was an Internet pioneer at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, and then he co-invented Ethernet in 1973 at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc). He founded the 3Com Corporation in 1979. More recently, Metcalfe was a general partner of the venture capital firm Polaris Venture Partners near Boston.

As silicon is ubiquitous in our lives, the objective of the SIF (www.semiconwest.org/sif) is to bring together early-stage technology companies and prospective investors from the venture capital and the high-tech industry investment communities, providing a forum for companies to share their technologies and plans with investors to identify new business opportunities. “Innovation and new ideas need investment; traditional venture capital and private funding of advanced semiconductor technology development has significantly declined in recent years, threatening the future of microelectronics innovation and the industry as a whole,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI.

The Silicon Innovation Forum will be held Tuesday, July 8 from 9:15am–6:00pm in room 134 of the Moscone Center.