IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Morris Chang

IEEE's highest honor goes to a semiconductor pioneer

7 March 2011
Morris Chang
Photo: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

IEEE Life Member Morris Chang is the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Medal of Honor for his "outstanding leadership in the semiconductor industry." Chang is chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, the world's first dedicated semiconductor foundry, in Hsinchu.

Chang founded the company in 1987. As its CEO for more than two decades, he did much to advance the foundry and fabless semiconductor industries. Among his accomplishments was pairing chip companies with independent manufacturers in order to produce integrated circuits, which helped establish Texas Instruments' transistor-transistor logic as the standard logic family. He helped create new business models, including a dedicated one for silicon foundries. This led to the creation of the multibillion-dollar foundry industry around the world.

Previously, Chang was president and chief operating officer of General Instrument Corp., in Horsham, Pa. Prior to that, he worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas for 25 years, spending six years there as group vice president for TI's worldwide semiconductor business. His work helped make the company an IC leader. With Chang at the helm, the company introduced Speak & Spell, one of the earliest electronic handheld educational toys. It had a visual display and relied on interchangeable game cartridges.

From 1985 to 1994, he served as president and chairman of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, a government-sponsored nonprofit that aims to strengthen the country's technological competitiveness. At the institute, he helped shape technology policy that led Taiwan to become a powerhouse in the semiconductor industry.

The Medal of Honor is sponsored by the IEEE Foundation. Chang is to receive the award on 20 August at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony being held in San Francisco.


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