| LONDON The U.S.-based Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has formed a body called the European Leadership Council, which it said is intended to help the industry organization define its European strategy. |
The council comprises six chief executives from European fabless companies; David Baillie, CEO, Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd.; John Hodgson, CEO, CSR plc; Svenn-Tore Larsen, CEO, Nordic Semiconductor ASA; David Milne, CEO of Wolfson Microelectronics plc; Roland Pudelko, CEO, Dialog Semiconductor plc; and Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier Silicon Ltd.
The FSA, FSA headquartered in Dallas, Texas and with offices in San Jose, California, has been increasing its activities in Europe over the last two years and EE Times predicted that the FSA would create some sort of FSA Europe entity or open a European office, in April 2005.
“The semiconductor industry is global in nature, and it is only fitting that we leverage the involvement of these executives in our European strategy,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman of FSA and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Inc., in a statement. “The European Leadership Council is a vital link to our board of directors, and when coupled with our Asia-Pacific Leadership Council, provides strong thought leadership from different geographies to support FSA as we collectively address both global and regional issues,” he added.
“I very much welcome the expansion of FSA's activity in Europe. The creation of a Leadership Council recognizes the growing presence of fabless companies in Europe and will provide a focus for discussion of issues affecting the industry and an opportunity to share experiences. FSA has made a great contribution to the development of the companies in the USA, and we will aim to repeat that success in Europe,” said Wolfson’s Milne, in the same statement.