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DRAMeXchange Compuforum 2008 offers a perfect occasion for participants and their companies to obtain market intelligence through not only our insightful research but also meaningful interactions with leading industry professionals.

Speakers' Name: LIU, CL, Sc. D.
Job title: Chairman
Company name: DRAMeXchange Tech. Inc.
Topic: Opening Ceremonies

Dr. C. L. Liu received his Sc.D. degree (1962) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1962-72) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1972-98), and served as President and Professor of Computer Science at the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan from 1998 to 2002.

In addition, he serves as Board member and consultant at a number of high tech companies in Taiwan, and is active in educational as well as charitable services on a worldwide basis. His expertise is in the semiconductor area, particularly in the design and manufacturing aspects.

He is a member of Academia Sinica, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Speakers' Name: Peter Schaefer
Job title: Vice President, Product Line Server
Company name: Qimonda
Topic: Options of Power Saving in Data Centers

Peter Schaefer is Vice President of Qimonda AG, the world’s leading creative memory company, head quartered in Munich (Germany).

Since March 2007 he is in charge of Qimonda’s worldwide DRAM Business in the Server and High End Workstation Segment. Prior to his current assignment, he held various positions within Qimonda, Infineon Technologies and Siemens Semiconductors.

Speakers' Name: Jeff Chen
Job title: Senior Analyst of Industry Research Division
Company name: DRAMeXchange Tech. Inc.
Topic: The insight of China DRAM module market

Jeff Chen serves a senior analyst in the Memory Industry Research Division at DRAMeXchange. He specializes in research on the demand side of commodity DRAM and specialty DRAM. Prior to research related to DRAM, he focused on the NB industry which covers NB branding and Taiwanese NB ODM companies.

Jeff Chen received his Finance degree from the National Taiwan University. Prior to DRAMeXchange, he had been an analyst for other research firms and worked as a fund manager in a privately-owned local fund.

Speakers' Name: Joyce Yang
Job title: Vice President of Industry Research Division
Company name: DRAMeXchange Tech. Inc.
Topic: DRAM Future Outlook: A Battle for Survival or for Profit?

Joyce Yang is the V.P. of Memory Industry Research Division. At DRAMeXchange, she leads a team of extremely qualified, seasoned professionals. In addition, she also oversees the production of in-depth, fair-and-balance analyses, evaluation, and forecast of the DRAM sector for domestic and global investors and industry professionals.

Joyce Yang received her M.S. Finance degree from Texas A&M University. She had worked as a DRAM product manager handling DRAM pricing forecast and procurement for three years in a top module house in San Jose, Calif. She started at DRAMeXchange since Sept. 2003 and has been providing DRAM-related research analyses and market predictions for past 5 years.

Speakers' Name: Brian Wickman
Job title: Executive Director Korea/Taiwan
Company name: Seagate Technology
Topic: Digital Storage Landscape 2012

Brian Wickman is based in Taiwan and he is responsible for overseeing Seagate’s OEM and channels business in both Korea and Taiwan. Wickman’s responsibilities include growing revenue and market share across all storage market segments, developing new revenue streams and customers while strengthening existing customer relationships. Wickman will also oversee pre-sales and technical/customer support to ensure best-in-class customer service. Prior to this current appointment, Wickman was overseeing the OEM business in China and Taiwan.

Wickman joined Seagate through its acquisition of Imprimis Technology Incorporated from Control Data. He is a Seagate veteran for decades with extensive experience in sales, project management, business development and operations. He also has a proven track record leading teams from multiple geographies and disciplines. His latest achievement was to have led Seagate’s business with Dell for the last 10 years.

During his time away from the office, Wickman enjoys spending time with his family. Hobbies include playing ice hockey as well as golf and riding motorcycles.

Speakers' Name: Doreet Oren
Job title: Director of Product Marketing
Company name: SanDisk Corporation
Topic: New SSD’s on the Way

Doreet Oren (doreet.oren at is Director of Product Marketing for SanDisk SSD products. Oren is the official SSD spokesperson for SanDisk, and is responsible for delivering new product announcements and communicating SanDisk vision to the media. Oren often lectures and gives training to both external and internal audience at a variety of conferences.

Oren has over 15 years of industry experience, and has held management positions in R&D, product management and marketing for international high-tech companies. Oren has published articles in international journals, including Component Times, New Electronics and Embedded Computing.

She has spoken at industry conferences such as The 6th Semiconductor Memory Symposium in Japan 2008, Compuforum in Taiwan 2007, and Electronica in Germay 2006. Oren received a BSc in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Speakers' Name: Wallace Kou
Job title: President and CEO
Company name: Silicon Motion Technology Corp
Topic: The technical challenge for flash controller makers to develop MLC-based SSD solution

Mr. Kou had 20 years of technology and management experience in the semiconductor field. Before starting Silicon Motion, he was the VP and Chief Scientist in Western Digital’s Multimedia Division for 8 years. His Rocketchip product family for notebook graphics had occupied 90% of the market share from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Kou had worked for Wyse Technology as a project manger to develop the world’s first thin & light PC in 1986.

In 1996, Mr. Kou started Silicon Motion, Inc. (merged with Taiwan’s Feiya in 2002) in Silicon Valley. Though this new company had loss of $8M in 2002, it quickly achieved profitability in 2003. Silicon Motion went IPO in NASDAQ in 2005, and was the first IC design company that went listed in NASDAQ in Taiwan and China.

Mr. Kou graduated from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University with a B.S. in Electrical & Control Engineering. He has a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. Currently, he also serves as a board of director for MMCA and many other standard committees.

Speakers' Name: Robert Chu
Job title: Vice President, Asia Pacific
Company name: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Topic: Future Outlook of HDD and SSD market

The Hitachi GST executive oversees service and support for Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), focusing on customers including OEMs, ODMs and distributors.

Mr Chu has been in the technology industry for 20 years and has been in various business development and general management roles in both Asia as well as in the United States.

His functional responsibilities include sales, marketing, operations, customer engineering, and customer care with a headcount of 180.

Speakers' Name: Samson Hu
Job title: General Manager of EPC Business Unit
Company name: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Topic: The Effect of low-priced PCs on Flash market

WMr. Hu has 20 years of experience in the PC industry, covering server, notebook and motherboard product lines, and held management positions in R&D and product planning for IT companies.

He joined ASUS in 2001 and has been leading ASUS EPC business unit since Sep. 2007.

Mr. Hu graduated from National Cheng Kung University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has a M.S. in Computer Engineering from National Chiao Tung University.

Speakers' Name: Wayne Chen
Job title: Industry Research Director
Company name: DRAMeXchange Tech. Inc.
Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in the NAND Flash industry

Wayne is a Research director of Memory Industry Research Division at DRAMeXchange, where he supervises all analyses and predictions of the flash memory market. To be more specific, Wayne provides professional view, in-depth market research, and analysis on NAND flash trends and opportunities, such as price forecasts, market share reports, and market trends.

Prior to DRAMeXchange, Wayne served as a research director in the financial sector where he advised both domestic and international investors on electronic technology trends. Wayne has an M.B.A. from the National Taiwan University.