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Google’s Waymo Receives SEMI Award at SEMICON West

The SEMI Americas Award acknowledges technology developments with a considerable impact on the semiconductor sector and the world.

Waymo was the first to operate automobiles without drivers on public roads in 2015 and the first to introduce a gaggle of vehicles without drivers in Phoenix, in 2017. Over the past ten years, the Waymo line of autonomous autos has driven over 10 million miles on public roads and over 7 billion miles in simulation.

“We are honored to win the SEMI Americas Award in recognition of our work to bring driverless technology to the world,” said Daniel Rosenband, compute chief for Waymo’s Engineering Group​, who received the award on behalf of the company, an arm of Alphabet, Inc.  Waymo began as ​a​ ​Google self-driving automotive project in 2009.

The SEMI Americas Award was formed in 1979 to acknowledge excellent technical achievement and meritorious contributions by individuals and groups within the sector of Semiconductor Materials, Wafer Fabrication, Assembly and Packaging, Procedure Control, Check and Inspection, Robotics, and Automation, Quality Enhancement, and Process Integration.

Standards had been expanded in 2009 to incorporate excellent achievements in growing new and emerging expertise expected to add vital future worth to the semiconductor sector.

The SEMI Americas Award is the highest honor given by the SEMI Americas region. It’s open to people or teams from trade or academia whose accomplishments have a broad industrial impact and technical significance for the semiconductor sector. Nominations are received from people or groups with North American-based SEMI member firms. ​Nomination tips​ for 2020 and a ​record of previous award recipients​ are available on its website.

SEMICON West is the summit of eight progressive conferences that comprise SEMI’s inaugural ​Technology Leadership Series of America​. Year-long and organized at strategic venues throughout the U.S., the series is made to promote talks about short- and long-run know-how issues critical to the $2 trillion global electronics sector.


Jeanne Lussier

Jeanne is a contributing author and editor for the sensors and controls column. Being an electrical engineer her knowledge in this area is vast, and that benefits her a lot. And her writing is without any doubt very interesting and full of information. She writes about the progression of the sensor and controls sectors which is evolving to a mass industry currently.

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