Rich Simonsic Executive Vice President at Microchip Rich Simoncic is the executive vice president of Microchip Technology. Rich has held ascending management-level positions with Microchip since its inception in 1989. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Microchip’s Analog & Interface Products Division (APID) since the division was formed in July 2001. Since 1989, Simoncic has established numerous empowered teams that have improved or developed systems and device/manufacturing process technologies for several Microchip Business Units. He is also credited with implementing progressive statistical and training techniques that have brought world-class manufacturing yields to Microchip’s manufacturing operations. Rich founded Microchips entry into Analog products in 1998. The analog business now represents 25% of Microchips’ annual revenue, as a result of a series of acquisitions and organic growth initiatives.
Russ Garcia CEO at Menlo Micro Mr. Garcia has more than 30 years of experience in the electronic systems and semiconductor industries with a proven track record in executive leadership positions in both public and private companies. As CEO of Menlo Microsystems (Menlo Micro), Russ oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, technology innovation and customers. Prior to Menlo Micro, Russ founded nGeniSys, an investment and consulting firm focused on the electronics, semiconductor, and telecommunications industries.
Michael Knight President & CEO at Endries International Influencer and thought leader, Michael Knight, spent more than 30 years in the electronics industry working for electronic component manufacturers and distributors ranging from start-ups to global, public companies. Today Michael is President and CEO of Endries International, a leading supplier of industrial fasteners and related materials to some of the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for Macrofab, an innovator in Manufacturing as a Service that is modernizing the way that electronics OEMs design and build their products.

State of the Industry: Semiconductor Insiders Discuss the Ambitions and Realities of the CHIPS Act

Building leading-edge semiconductor ICs is perhaps the most complex manufacturing process in the world, and the US has fallen behind. This creates risks for entire industries and even the global economy. The goal of the US CHIPS Act is to begin moving some of that manufacturing back to the US and create a more diverse and stable supply chain. In this industry panel, our experts will discuss the potential impact of the legislation and provide suggestions on where we should go next.

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