May 21, 2001 – Hsinchu, Taiwan – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) today announced that Chenming Hu has been appointed the first CTO in TSMC’s history, effective June 1.
Hu will be responsible for formulating TSMC technology strategy, including SoC development, and will also be responsible for developing advanced technology. Hu will report directly to TSMC president F.C. Tseng.
Hu was appointed the first TSMC distinguished chair professor at the College of Engineering at U. of California, Berkeley, in 2000. The TSMC distinguished professorship was endowed by TSMC with the goal to recognize excellence in teaching and research in the field of microelectronics. Prior to 2000, Hu held the chancellor’s professor chair at Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley in 1976, he was assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In addition to Hu’s teaching profession, he has been actively involved in many activities with related industries. He is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Board of Celestry Design Technologies, Inc. He was also the nonvolatile memory development manager of National Semiconductor. In addition, he has acted as consultant to IBM, TI, AMD, Philips and TSMC.
Hu is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, and a life honorary professor of the Chinese Academy of Science.