Dr. Tack got a MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in 1984 from the Univ of Gent (Belgium) and a PhD degree in Microelectronics in 1990 from the Univ of Leuven & imec (Belgium). He got additional degrees in international business management and innovation leadership from the Vlerick Business School (Belgium), INSEAD (France), MIT (US) and IMD (Swiss). He joined MIETEC, a semiconductor company in Belgium in 1990, that became Alcatel Microelectronics, and was acquired by AMI Semiconductor in 2002 and ON Semiconductor in 2008.
In Feb 2022 he joined BelGaN that acquired part of onsemi in Belgium, as CTO and VP Business Development.
Throughout the past 30+ years he was leading global professional teams in various fields of semiconductor R&D and Innovation, including Si CMOS & BCD, power MOSFETs and GaN. He also took the lead in setting up and driving a corporate innovation business process and global Open Innovation partnerships in the field of novel semiconductor technologies and products
The presentation will start with introducing BelGaN, a new semiconductor company that originated in Feb 2022 from the acquisition of parts of onsemi in Belgium. BelGaN will bring a leading automotive qualified open foundry to the WBG ecosystem, to enable European and global customers developing and manufacturing unique automotive and multi-market solutions for a sustainable electrified future. In the 2nd part of the presentation we will present 'GaN-Valley', a WBG ecosystem that will accelerate the introduction and growth of disruptive technologies like GaN into multi-markets such as chargers, automotive, datacom, industrial, renewal energy etc. 50-yr old Si-Valley has been instrumental to initiate and grow a datadriven industry, fuelled by applications such as computers, mobile communication, internet, IOT, Al, autonomous systems, that generate an huge data-explosion (IOOX over 10yr) enabling the digitalized society. Similarly, GaN-Valley, as a WBG ecosystem, will enable the electricity-explosion (2x over 20yr) caused by the electrification of many systems (such as e-Vehicles), while reducing carbon-emission. As such WBG-technologies will be instrumental to build a sustainable green society. We will present the current status and opportunities of 'GaN-Valley', and end with a call for collaboration to enable the acceleration of WBG introduction to build a sustainable and more autonomous future in Europe.