Inaugural GSA Silicon Summit – East Attracts Leading Semiconductor Executives and Technologists to Saratoga Springs

Hosted by theSaratoga Partnership, Global Semiconductor Alliance and CEG, event served to advance semiconductor technology and business, promote collaboration, and support regional growth 

Saratoga Springs, NY – More than 150 leading semiconductor executives and technologists converged on Saratoga Springs, NY today for the inaugural GSA Silicon Summit – East, a global industry conference aimed at extending semiconductor technology and business, highlighting developing market trends, and enabling opportunities for regional collaboration and growth.

With a theme of “Harnessing Emerging Semiconductor Market Opportunities,” the first GSA Silicon Summit – East was hosted by theSaratoga County Prosperity Partnership (Saratoga Partnership), Saratoga County, NY’s economic development agency; theGlobal Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), an anchoring organization and leading voice for the worldwide semiconductor industry; and the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), a regional economic and business development organization.

GSA Silicon Summit – East was developed througha strategic alliance established by the Saratoga Partnership and GSA. The event featured keynote addresses from two industry technology and market thought leaders: Dr. Gary Patton, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Research and Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Mark Lipacis, Managing Director of Jefferies Group LLC and a top analyst in identifying semiconductor trends and opportunities. In addition, technology executives from IBM, Samsung, Micron, Rambus, Synaptics, and DARPA, among many leading companies and organizations, immersed attendees in insightful presentations and panel discusssions at the conference.

Welcome Remarks by Shrikant Lohokare, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)

“Collaborating with the Saratoga Partnership to host the GSA Silicon Summit – East in Saratoga Springs has been wonderful,” said Dr. Shrikant Lohokare, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, GSA. “From the presence and participation of outstanding global semiconductor executives and companies, to the leading edge technology and emerging market presentations and discussions that open up definite opportunities for further innovation and collaboration, the inaugural GSA Silicon Summit – East was very purposeful and productive.  We are already looking forward to next year.”

Keynote address: Market Drivers for Moore and Beyond Moore Semiconductor Technologies

“Starting with the opening keynote by Gary Patton of Saratoga County’s own GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and continuing with the dynamic presentations, discussions and connections that followed, GSA Silicon Summit – East was a grand slam,” said Marty Vanags, President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. “We are thrilled that our partnership with GSA is bringing key semiconductor leaders and companies to our home turf, where they can see firsthand why Saratoga County is a prime location to locate or expand their businesses.”

“The Capital Region is proud to have hosted the GSA Silicon Summit – East. Those who attended the summit got to see firsthand that this region is where the semiconductor industry’s future is being invented and made,” said Andrew Kennedy, President and CEO of CEG. “From the R&D power at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the manufacturing marvels at GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 8, we have proved to industry leaders that the Capital Region, especially Saratoga County, is the right place to make large investments. On top of having the knowledge base essential in this highly competitive market, we have the skilled workforce and talent pipeline capable of making tomorrow’s innovations today.”

“As demand for semiconductor innovation continues to grow, the discussions and interactions at the first GSA Silicon Summit – East are particularly important,” said Patton. “Equally critical is collaboration which has created a forum to showcase entrepreneurship and technological innovations that are fueling the region’s economy and reshaping our world.”

With a daylong agenda packed with insightful presentations, thoughtful panel discussions and meaningful interactions, GSA Silicon Summit – East was intended to promote global partnerships critical to advancing both semiconductor technology and business, while also informing the regional ecosystem on growth opportunities.

The strategic alliance between the Saratoga Partnership and GSA acts as a bridge between regional and global semiconductor ecosystems and supports regional semiconductor outreach, advocacy and education. It enables the Saratoga Partnership to promote Saratoga County as a destination for semiconductor and advanced technology manufacturing businesses, and connects companies throughout the ecosystem with valuable industry platform provided by GSA, which represents more than 400 member companies in 32 countries that combine for over 75 percent of revenue in the $400 billion semiconductor industry.

The Networking Break Sponsor for GSA Silicon Summit – East was Micron; VIP Reception Sponsor was SiFive; and Gold Sponsors were Analog Devices, BBL and National Grid.Complete information about the event, including the program, can be found at

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About the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is Saratoga County’s designated Economic Development organization, leading the public and private sectors to achieve economic success for its businesses and residents. The Saratoga Partnership is the first point of contact for business retention, expansion, and attraction, providing a seamless delivery of economic development and workforce development assistance for businesses seeking to expand in Saratoga County, New York. For more information, visit www.saratogapartnership.orgor @saratogaecondev.

About the Global Semiconductor Alliance

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to support the global semiconductor industry and its partners by offering a comprehensive view of the industry.  This enables members to better anticipate market opportunities and industry trends, preparing them for technology and business shifts. It addresses the challenges within the semiconductor supply chain and extended value chain including semis, systems, software, solutions, and services.  Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration through efficient power networking for global semiconductor leaders and their partners, the GSA identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence.  

About CEG

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the Capital Region’s primary regional economic development organization, with over 230 investors in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors. CEG is a New York Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation-designated Regional Technology Development Center and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

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