SARATOGA SPRINGS — The chief technology officer of GlobalFoundries will deliver the opening keynote address at a computer chip industry conference next month.
The Global Semiconductor Alliance will hold its inaugural GSA Silicon Summit-East on Oct. 9 in the Saratoga Springs City Center, with the goal of promoting collaboration and regional growth opportunities. GSA represents more than 400 member companies in 32 countries that combine for more than 75 percent of revenue in the $400 billion semiconductor industry.
The sponsors said Gary Patton, chief technology officer and senior vice president of worldwide research and development at GlobalFoundries, is an industry veteran of more than 30 years. He is responsible for planning and executing the research and development strategy at the computer chipmaker, which operates one of its foundries, Fab 8, in Malta in Saratoga County.
The company last week announced a major revision in its R&D strategy — away from creating next-generation technology and toward refining existing technology — that will result in 424 of the roughly 3,300 employees at Fab 8 losing their jobs this autumn.
The event is presented by GSA; Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s designated economic development agency; and the Center for Economic Growth, the regional economic and business development organization.
Additional speakers confirmed so far include Mukesh Khare, vice president of the IBM Research Semiconductor Group; Gary Bronner, deputy CTO and senior vice president of Rambus Labs/Rambus; and Huibert Verhoeven, senior vice president and general manager of the IoT Division, Synaptics.
Prior to joining GlobalFoundries, Patton was vice president of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center, where he was responsible for IBM’s semiconductor R&D and technology development alliances.