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2 Female Tech Experts Change Microchip Industry
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2018-9-26-
Title: 2 Female Tech Experts Change Microchip Industry
Author: Xie Wen
Release Date: 2018/9/19
Keyword: Female Tech Experts, Microchip Industry

Two talented and dedicated CEOs have been exerting great influence on the semiconductor industry over the past several years.

He Tingbo is the leading designer of Kirin 980, a special artificial intelligence chip designed for use in mobile phones, released on September 2. This powerful chip is claimed to be the first of its kind and has received widespread industry attention.

He Tingbo graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with a master's degree in 1996, and joined the high-profile tech firm Huawei. 

She has since served as a chief engineer and is currently CEO of Chinese fabless semiconductor company HiSilicon, which is owned by Huawei. She is currently the CEO of HiSilicon.

The Kirin series are able to compete with chip giant Qualcomm; in addition, the widely use of various embedded chips of HiSilicon in the set-top boxes, television sets, telecommunication equipment, etc., has broken the monopoly of foreign companies such as Qualcomm.

Due to the success of HiSilicon, He Tingbo was promoted to the board of directors of Huawei. She said she prefers to be called an engineer instead of a scientist. 

"Scientists discover the laws that exist in nature, whilst engineers invent something that does not exist in nature. These inventions can solve many problems and bring convenience to human beings. I am proud of that," she once remarked.

In 2017, Huawei's mobile phone shipments reached approximately 153 million globally, 70 million of which used the HiSilicon processors. That year the revenue of HiSilicon reached 4.7 billion US dollars with an increase of 21 percent, ranking fifth in the world. The sales growth rate ranked first in the world.

Lisa Su, another female leader in the microchip field, in the PC industry, has also been changing the fate of a multinational semiconductor company.

Su, 49, was born in Tainan City, south China's Taiwan, and immigrated to the U.S. with her father at the age of three. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology when she was 24. 

She held technical or management positions in semiconductor companies such as Texas Instruments, IBM and Freescale. 

In October 2014, Su became the first female CEO of AMD in over 40 years.

When Su just joined AMD in 2012, AMD was facing a debt of nearly 2.5 billion US dollars. Rumors about AMD's bankruptcy and spin-off were everywhere. Su had dedicated much of her effort to the corporate construction after she was appointed CEO in 2014. She aimed at bringing AMD out of the woods by refocusing on corporate culture, execution and technology.

During the past few years, Su has concentrated on technical research and pursuing the goals she set for AMD's development. The company's share price has risen six times in a year, and made up the deficits of the original loss of 3.3 billion to return to profit. 

Su has always inspired employees by saying that, "The difference between good and great is that last five percent of truly wanting to win." 

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)
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