Knorr takes top job at DSO

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Dr. Jurgen Knorr as CEO. Knorr will look to bolster DSO’s credentials as a leading global hub for semiconductor design and development.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  June 14, 2005

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Dr. Jurgen Knorr as CEO. Knorr will look to bolster DSO’s credentials as a leading global hub for semiconductor design and development. Knorr’s impressive CV includes a lengthy stint at Siemens. In 1984, Knorr led the transition of Siemens Semiconductor Group (today Infineon Technologies) into a world-class semiconductor company, installing new wafer fabrication facilities and design centres, and forming alliances with Toshiba, IBM and Motorola. In addition to his position as CEO and group president of Siemens Semiconductor Group, he was appointed senior VP and member of the executive Board at Siemens. “As a semiconductor veteran who began his career in 1957, the addition of Jurgen to our team is a clear testament of DSO’s commitment to a winning strategy of becoming a world-class microelectronics park,” said George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and a member of DSO’s board of advisors. “His understanding of the business and technology dynamics of semiconductor design and development, as well as his vast experience in developing successful partnerships with technology leaders, will prove invaluable to companies looking for affordable engineering solutions to realize their products,” he added. “Through progressive thinking and an eye to electronics innovation, DSO is addressing the age-old business issue facing technology providers today: how to quickly and affordably design and develop state-of-the-art electronic products and get them to market faster than their competitors,” commented Knorr. “Our approach not only offers companies a financially prudent alternative to existing design centres, but provides a business-ready solution for capitalizing on emerging opportunities, such as the tremendous growth markets of wireless and consumer electronics,” he added. DSO claims to offer a solution to high-cost semiconductor development through its business-ready infrastructure, financial incentives and subsidies on state-of-the-art electronic design automation (EDA) tools and technology. To date, UK-based PC assembler Time Group and semiconductor design software specialist Synopsys have made firm commitments to invest in DSO facilities. DSO claims that the pipeline of companies interested in the project remains healthy.

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