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Broadcom co-founder to receive Marconi Prize

Henry Samueli will be honored at the organization’s symposium at UCI’s Beckman Center

by Griffin RogersPublished: July 23, 2012 09:00 AM

Broadcom CEO & cofounder Henry Samueli
The Marconi Society, an organization committed to honoring achievements in the fields of communication and information science, will host its 2012 Symposium at the Beckman Center at UC Irvine in September. The annual event will feature speeches from industry leaders, and the presentation of the $100,000 Marconi Prize to award Henry Samueli, CEO and cofounder of Broadcom Corporation.

This year’s symposium, titled “Technologies and Applications Driving the Future of Communications,” features two sessions. The first will cover the direction of technology in telecommunications and the Internet, and the second will discuss the popularity of wireless technology and the impact application use has on an individual.

Eli Yablonovitch, director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at UC Berkeley, will moderate the first session. Guest speakers will include Federico Faggin, designer of the world’s first microprocessor; Department chair and Wintek Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA Frank Chang; and Samueli.

“In many ways it all comes back to Moore’s Law,” Samueli said. “It’s been with us for nearly 50 years, and despite the fact that Moore’s Law will eventually run into fundamental physical scaling limits, there are many generations of CMOS process technology advances that can still be realized. This session will help illustrate both the historical trends in information processing and communications semiconductor design and what the future may bring as we approach those limits—or leap over them.”

Moore’s Law, named for Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, states that, based on observing the history of computer hardware development, the number of transistors on integrated circuits (in this case, computer microchips) doubles approximately every two years.

Robert Lucky of the Marconi Society will moderate Session Two. Lucky, the organization’s chairman emeritus, will be joined by several other speakers, including Vint Cerf, Google vice president and “chief internet evangelist;” Arogyaswami Paulraj, Stanford professor emeritus and senior advisor to Broadcom; Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology at UC Irvine; and Leonard Kleinrock, a UCLA professor.

“Cyberspace is now moving out from behind the computer screen in which it has been trapped and is appearing in our physical spaces,” Kleinrock said. “The explosion of small intelligent devices embedded in the physical world and connected to the Internet (combined with software agents whose function is to mine data, act on that data, observe trends, carry out tasks dynamically and adapt to their environment), is exponentially driving the generation of network traffic—even without taking into consideration the growing traffic directly generated by humans. It’s going to be challenging—and fascinating—to see how technology rises to the capacity challenge.”

The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at the Beckman Center at UCI. Tickets are $50.

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