SOI Industry Consortium Announces Awards During Shanghai Event

Leaders from pSemi and Ningbo Semi Honored for Roles in Advancement of RF-SOI

SHANGHAI, Sept. 18, 2019 — (PRNewswire) — The SOI Industry Consortium, the leading industry organization representing the complete silicon-on-insulator (SOI)-based microelectronics value chain, announced awards to two luminaries of the semiconductor industry.  Jim Cable, Chairman and CTO of pSemi, a Murata Company, and Herb Huang, CEO and GM of Ninbo Semiconductor received awards for their contributions to the advancement of RF-SOI, a leading technology used extensively in chips for cellular communications. The awards were given during a gala following the SOI Consortium's annual RF-SOI Workshop in Shanghai. The Workshop, which was attended by over 450 industry leaders from China and around the world, is the largest of the SOI Consortium events.

"Thanks in large part to the innovation, dedication and perseverance of men like Jim Cable and Herb Huang, RF technology based on SOI is now ubiquitous," said Carlos Mazure, Executive Director of the SOI Consortium.  "Jim Cable drove the development of SOI and RF switches that are now in every cellphone, and Herb Huang has been a key contributor to SOI technology and a champion of the SOI foundry ecosystem here in China. We are happy and honored to recognize the contributions they have made to advancing RF SOI globally."

Jim Cable joined pSemi (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor) in 1996 and held technical leadership roles before serving as CEO from 2002 to 2017. An early pioneer of SOI technology, Cable believed SOI would ultimately replace other technologies in the RF front end, and he pushed his team to innovate. Cable is a co-inventor on more than 70 semiconductor and technology patents, including breakthroughs in SOI-based processes for CMOS RF switch linearity and integration that are used by all smartphones today, and will become even more mission-critical in 5G and millimeter-wave markets. He received his B.S. in physics from UC Riverside and his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA.

Herb Huang is CEO of Ningbo Semiconductor International Corporation (NSI), which is based in Ningbo, China. A driver of the RF-SOI ecosystem in China, he spent much of his career at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), the largest semiconductor foundry company in mainland China. In 2016, SMIC created NSI as a joint venture subsidiary with China IC Investment Fund, Ningbo Economic Development Zone Industrial Investment Company, Ltd. and other IC investment funds. Under Huang's leadership, NSI optimized the process and model of a 0.13um RF-SOI technology platform transferred from SMIC. Now in mass production, the RF-SOI technology platform supports customers in IC design and product development for new generations of radio communications.  Huang holds both a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

About the SOI Industry Consortium

The SOI Industry Consortium is the leading industry organization representing the complete SOI based microelectronics value chain. The SOI Industry Consortium is chartered with providing a strategic neutral platform for collaboration, thought-leadership, and education, where global executives interface and innovate with peers, partners and customers to accelerate SOI industry growth. Among the activities of the SOI Industry Consortium, the association organizes industry-focused forums, workshops and training worldwide. Representing leaders from the entire electronics industry infrastructure, the SOI Industry Consortium's current 33 members include Analog Bits, ANTAIOS, Applied Materials, Arm Limited, Cadence Design Systems, CEA-Leti, Coupling Wave Solutions, Dolphin Integration, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Greenwaves Technologies,  IBM, IMEC, Incize, Intento, Invecas, NXP, Samsung, Shin-Etsu Handotai, Silicon Catalyst, Silvaco, Simgui, SIMIT, SITRI, Smarter Micro, Soitec, Stanford University, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, VeriSilicon, UC Berkeley, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Tokyo and Xpeedic. Membership is open to all companies and institutions throughout the electronics industry. For more information, please visit

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