Semiconductor analyst Mark Lipacis to present featured keynote at GSA Silicon Summit

Mark Lipacis, Managing Director of Jefferies Group LLC and a leading analyst in identifying semiconductor industry trends and opportunities, will present a featured keynote during the GSA Silicon Summit – East, being held Tuesday, October 9 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The inaugural conference is presented by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (Saratoga Partnership), Saratoga County, NY’s economic development agency; the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), a leading voice for the worldwide semiconductor industry; and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), a regional economic and business development organization.

A top executive with the world’s only independent full-service global investment banking firm, Lipacis will discuss “The 4th Tectonic Shift in Computing – The Next Growth Opportunity for Semis.” Highlighting the technical innovations that translate to tectonic shifts in computing, his remarks will focus on the current evolution to a parallel processing/Internet of Things (IoT) model, driven by improvements in parallel processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

“Mark Lipacis is a thought leader with a deep market research expertise in edge computing and IoT. We look forward to Mark’s closing keynote and the important insights that he will share on the 4th tectonic shift in computing and the new opportunities it brings for the semiconductor industry and end markets,” said Dr. Shrikant Lohokare, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, GSA. “As rapid innovation continues to disrupt computing, and the impact of the semiconductor industry ripples through the world of business, his outlook will be of particular significance in addressing challenges and harnessing opportunities.”

“With the presence of GLOBALFOUNDRIES marking Saratoga County as a global leader in advanced semiconductor manufacturing, Silicon Summit – East is the ideal venue for Mark Lipacis to present a worldview of the latest industry evolution in computing,” said Marty Vanags, President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. “We are eager to hear his vision for the future, and in the process, to connect companies throughout the supply chain with opportunites to locate and grow high-tech business in Saratoga County.”

Lipacis has 18 years of experience in equity research, having joined Jefferies Group LLC in 2011 from Morgan Stanley, where he spent four years as a senior semiconductor analyst, and most recently as a managing director. In 2010, he was a runner-up in the institutional investor analyst survey, ranked number three in the Greenwich Associates poll, and ranked highly in previous Wall Street Journal and Starmine Polls – including being recognized as the number one semiconductor stock picker by Starmine in 2009. Previously, he was a first vice president and senior semiconductor analyst at Prudential, and prior to that a director and lead communicatons semiconductor analyst at Merrill Lynch.

Scheduled to deliver the opening keynote is Dr. Gary Patton, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Research and Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. A well-recognized industry leader in semiconductor technology R&D with over 30 years of semiconductor experience, Patton is responsible for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ semiconductor technology R&D roadmap, operations and execution. His address will discuss “Market Drivers for Moore and Beyond Moore Semiconductor Technologies.”

The Networking Break Sponsor for GSA Silicon Summit – East is Micron. Gold Sponsors are Analog Devices, BBL and National Grid. Complete information about the event, including the program and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at

GSA Silicon Summit – East was created through a strategic alliance established last year by the Saratoga Partnership and GSA. The event, with a theme of “Harnessing Emerging Semiconductor Market Opportunities,”  is designed to promote partnerships and drive efficiencies that advance semiconductor technology and business, while also informing the regional ecosystem on growth opportunities.


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