Nicky Lu

Nicky Lu


Distinguished Research Chair Professor, National Taiwan University, Chairman and Founder Etron Technology

As an inventor, researcher, professor, engineer, design architect, serial entrepreneur and chief executive, Dr. Lu has dedicated his career to the worldwide IC design and semiconductor industry. He is a NTU Distinguished Research Chair Professor now and elected as an Outstanding Alumnus of National Taiwan University and National Chiao-Tung University (also Chair Professor ’05-’07), respectively. Retentive research with creativity and high-tech corporate management drive him successful in starting up companies with innovations to public with other cofounders and coworkers, including Etron, Ardentec and Global Unichip.

Dr. Lu is a Member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of USA and an IEEE Fellow. Dr. Lu received Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He worked for the IBM Research on Science and Technology and then IBM HQs as Program Manager on Staff to CEO(1982-90) and won an IBM Corporate Award.

In early 1990s, Dr. Lu was a co-architect/leader creating Taiwan’s 8-inch-wafer and advanced Logic/SRAM/DRAM technologies to equip Taiwan semiconductor industry with leading-edge technology capabilities, which has thus enabled and shaped Taiwan semiconductor and integrated circuits industries to today’s prominent position for worldwide economics.

Moreover, Dr. Lu coined and realized several inventions which have continuously generated impacts on semiconductor technology advancements, such as creating Known Good Bare-Die DRAM/SRAM without packaging, which thus has heralded a Heterogeneous Integration Era of Semiconductor technologies in parallel to Moore’s Law Integration since 2000.

He was the Chair of WSC (World Semiconductor Council, 2014-15) and Chair of TSIA (Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, 2013-17). He authored 51 US patents and 40 under patent’s office review, and published over 70 technical papers and plenary talks. Dr Lu is a recipient of the “IEEE 1998 Solid-State Circuits D.O. Pederson Award” for his leading contributions in high-speed dynamic memory design and memory cell device technology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business

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