May 1, 2006 – Semiconductor Research Corp., a consortium of semiconductor industry and academic institutions based in Research Triangle Park, NC, has appointed Steven Hillenius as VP to head up the consortium, taking over for Ralph Cavin, who is retiring at year’s end.
Hillenius’ career has involved leading technology development at Agere Systems and Bell Labs, managing partnerships and joint development programs with NEC, STMicroelectronics, TSMC, and Chartered Semiconductor. At Bell Labs, he was among the first in the industry to produce 60nm transistors, conducted early materials innovation on high-k gate dielectrics, and demonstrated novel 3D device structures. He has received recognition for most commercially significant patents from Agere (planar isolation technique for ICs, allowing for significantly increased transistor density), and from AT&T for CMOS IC technology utilizing slow and fast diffusing donor ions to form the n-well, which improves the electrical isolation within semiconductors to allow lower power consumption.
Hillenius is past president of the IEEE Electron Devices Society (elected as a Fellow in 1996), and contributed to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors for several years. He already has been working with the SRC as a university liaison, participating member of its science advisory groups, technical advisory board, and board of directors.
“His new role on the senior management team will serve to further the influence and pace of the SRC in benefiting the global chip industry,” stated Hans Stork, chairman of the SRC and CTO for Texas Instruments.