Imec to Honor Samsung’s Dr. Kinam Kim With “Lifetime of Innovation Award”

LEUVEN (BELGIUM), March 24, 2017 – Imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, is granting its Lifetime of Innovation Award to Dr. Kinam Kim, President and General Manager of Semiconductor Business at Samsung Electronics. The selection recognizes Dr. Kim’s leadership and strategic vision, as well as his undeniable impact in the semiconductor industries.

The award ceremony will take place on May 16, during the global edition of the Imec Technology Forum (ITF), one of Europe’s leading tech events on technologies and solutions that will drive groundbreaking innovation across sectors in nano-electronics and the Internet of Things, smart health, smart cities, smart industries and smart energy.

“Dr. Kim has been a driving force at Samsung for more than 30 years, and the beacon the industry has used to navigate towards further innovations and technological breakthroughs in memory and computing”, states Luc Van den hove, president and CEO of imec. “His unparalleled contributions, leadership and strategic vision have not only paved the way for Samsung’s role as a world leader in the field, but have also shaped today’s society and our relation with computers, mobile and other similar devices.”

Dr. Kim joined Samsung Electronics in 1981, and led the development and advancement of various memory technologies such as DRAM and NAND flash, and logic technologies such as Application Processor and Communication Modem. As CEO of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), he spearheaded the research and development of technologies that have significantly impacted the semiconductor industry, such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and quantum dots, advanced materials, 3D fusion technologies, batteries and printed electronics.

Imec’s Lifetime of Innovation Award was launched in 2015, in support of imec’s commitment to recognizing the prominent individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. Previous recipients were Dr. Morris Chang in 2015 and Dr. Gordon Moore in 2016.


About ITF Belgium

ITF Belgium will be held May 16-17, 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium. Each year, it rallies experts and visionaries from around the world at a two-day event to discuss the future of technology, tech innovations and future outlooks. This year’s theme is “Nano-Bytes Creating Magic”, uniquely fusing the fascinating worlds of nano-electronics and digital technologies, following the merger of imec and iMinds. Amongst the international speakers at ITF Belgium are Kinam Kim (President Semiconductor Business Samsung), Dieter May (Senior VP BMW), Marcus Weldon (CTO Nokia), Rudi Pauwels (CEO Biocartis), Matt Grobb (Executive VP Qualcomm Tech), Peter Lee (VP Microsoft Research), Tim Denison (VP Medtronic), Maciej Kranz (Board Member Cisco Systems), Hideto Hidaka (CTO Renesas Electronics), Kazumasa Nomoto (Chief Researcher Sony) and Bertrand Loy (CEO Entegris). ITF Belgium is the flagship edition of the worldwide series of Imec Technology Forums and expects to attract about 2,000 participants.

About imec

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2015, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 415 million euro and of iMinds which is integrated in imec as of September 21, 2016 52 million euro. Further information on imec can be found at

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).


Hanne Degans, Press Officer, +32 16 28 17 69 // +32 486 06 51 75 //

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