Chip Zero ecosystem project kicks off in March 2023
Picosun hosted a special event on 22nd March 2023 in Espoo to celebrate the launch of the Chip
Zero project, which aims to shape the future of the Finnish semiconductor industry.
The agenda for the event was packed with insightful presentations and discussions led by prominent players in the semiconductor industry. Jussi Rautee, CEO of Picosun and Vice President of Applied Materials, launched the event with a warm welcome.
Antti Vasara, CEO of VTT and President of European Association of Research and Technology (EARTO), then discussed the growing importance of semiconductors and their transition from being mere "sidekicks" to becoming essential components in various industries. Jaakko Hirvola, CEO of Technology Industries of Finland, shed light on the booming semiconductor industry in Finland, highlighting our potential as a major player on the global stage.
Tomy Runne, Managing Director at Murata Electronics Oy, presented Finland as a role model in the global semiconductor industry, and showcased our achievements and contributions. Jani Kivioja, CTO of Picosun, unveiled the ambitious Chip Zero project, emphasizing its focus on sustainable semiconductor manufacturing and the development of more efficient chips.
A panel discussion featuring industry experts followed, addressing the challenges faced by the Finnish semiconductor landscape. Jussi Rautee joined the discussion alongside Kai Seikku, CEO of Okmetic, Timo Tenhovuori, Augmented Intelligence, Transformation Lead at Nokia, and Liisa Åström, Vice President of Products & Systems at Vaisala.
The event offered an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with representatives from various Finnish semiconductor companies and exchange ideas to the growth and sustainability of the Finnish semiconductor ecosystem.
The semiconductor industry plays a crucial role in the society at large, with its market projected to reach a staggering US$1 trillion by 2030. Finland has a golden opportunity to join this massive business. However, with growth comes responsibility, and the environmental impact of semiconductor manufacturing cannot be overlooked.
The Chip Zero project, driven by Picosun and funded by Business Finland, addresses these challenges head-on. By bringing together Finnish semiconductor companies under a common objective, the project aims to develop more sustainable manufacturing processes and minimize the environmental footprint of chip production. The event marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards a greener and more efficient semiconductor industry in Finland.