Plenary Talks

Distinguished Lecturer:     

Prof. Dr. Hisham Haddara

Professor, Ain-Shams University

Founder of Si-Ware Systems

Saturday, 19 April 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in C1.0

Title:          Electronics Industry Technology Trends: Opportunities and Challenges


Further miniaturization of Silicon chips is facing huge challenges as we move to feature sizes in the low end of the nano-scale. Several technology trends are emerging and starting to shape the nanoelectronics industry of the future. Three major trends can be identified; the first of these trends is termed “more Moore” where CMOS continues to be the hero although employing different types of transistors and new materials. However, this trend will only extend the life of CMOS a few more years and is definitely bound to bump into physical limitations that affect the performance of devices and systems. The second trend is “more than Moore” where focus is on integration at the system level by combining more functions such as MEMS, RF, HV, etc.. along with CMOS. The third trend is a quest for new devices, new materials and new process technologies with an objective to find an alternative to CMOS. This talk examines these three principal trends while highlighting major challenges and opportunities created by such highly dynamic pace of technological progress.



Hisham Haddara is the founder of Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a leading fabless semiconductor company. Prior to founding SWS in December 2003, he was with MEMScAP from May 2000 as Executive Vice President and President of MEMSCAP Egypt. During that time, he established and managed an R&D center focusing on RF IC design and MEMS component design for optical applications.

Dr. Haddara was co-founder and first general manager of ANACAD Egypt in 1994. In the same year, ANACAD was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation (MGC), where Dr. Haddara has worked till May 2000. During the period 1994-1997, Dr. Haddara has managed Mentor Graphics Egypt facility growing its development and business activities successfully. In 1998, Dr. Haddara was appointed as chief scientist in the analog/mixed-signal simulation division where he started an initiative for analog design re-use.

Dr. Haddara obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering both with highest honors from Ain-Shams University in 1980 and 1983 respectively.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France in 1988. His Ph.D. research work won the CNRS Ph.D. thesis award for the years 1987-88, awarded by the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

Dr. Haddara is a professor of microelectronics at Ain-Shams University, Cairo. He has authored and co-authored two books, several patents and more than 100 scientific publications in International Journals and Conferences.

Dr.  Haddara served as a member of the steering committee of Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology. He is also a member of the Engineering Education Planning committee of the Supreme Council for Universities. Dr. Haddara is the chairman of the electronics division of EITESAL, (Alliance of electronics and IT companies in Egypt). He served on the board of the National Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) and is a member of the board of directors of the IT Industry Development Agency, ITIDA.