Designer of the first commercial microprocessor in Armenia to receive President’s Global IT Award

Liana Yeghiazaryan

President of the Synaptics Company, Dr. Federico Faggin has arrived in Yerevan to receive the Armenian President’s Global IT Award 2012 for contribution to the development of the IT sphere. Before he will receive the prize from President Serzh Sargsyan, Dr. Faggin visited the Yerevan State Engineering University today, where he was granted the Honorary Doctorate title.

I could not imagine the plethora of applications that emerged; and even more importantly, what I did not imagine was the social impact. It goes to show that engineers can think the gadget, but they don’t really have the ability to imagine what it is to live with the gadget that they have invented. That certainly was the case for me, as well.

Federico Faggin

Federico Faggin will be the third recipient of the Global IT Award. Former CEO of Intel Corporation Craig Barret and co-founder of the Apple Computer Corporation Steve Wozniak received the Award in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Born in Vicenza, Federico Faggin received a Laurea Degree in physics, summa cum laude, at the University of Padua, Italy. At the age of 19, after his graduation from technical high school A. Rossi (Vicenza), he took a job at Olivetti, in Italy, where he co-designed and led the implementation of a small computer.

In 1982, he co-founded Cygnet Technologies, maker of the Cygnet CoSystem personal telecommunications device, and was President and CEO of the company until 1986. In 1986 he co-founded and was CEO of Synaptics a company which produces the most widely used touchpad in the industry.

During his tenure as president and CEO of Foveon, from 2003 to 2008, Faggin revitalized the company and provided a new technological and business direction resulting in image sensors superior in all critical parameters to the best sensors of the competition, while using approximately half the chip size of competing devices. Faggin also oversaw the successful acquisition of Foveon by the Japanese Sigma Corporation in November 2008.

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