Rich GoldmanPresident of Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad Organizing Committee
VP for Corporate Marketing and Strategic Market Alliances, Synopsys, Inc.
CEO of Synopsys Armenia CJSC
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Fifth Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad during this wonderful time of Golden Autumn in the beautiful city of Yerevan. The first four Olympiads surpassed all our expectations for success. Last year was our first international competition with the participation of young specialists from Russia and Ukraine. Once again, expectations are high as we expand the borders of the competition to welcome young specialists from Bulgaria, Serbia and Jordan in addition to those from Armenia Russia and Ukraine. Armenia has long had a strong tradition in microelectronics as a well-known center in the former Soviet Union. Armenia served as the Union's leading center of design and fabrication of microelectronic devices, as well as electrical engineering, control systems, and telecommunications. Highly qualified engineers trained and worked in Armenia, at such seminal enterprises as Yerevan Computer Research and Development Institute, the Microelectronics Scientific-Research Institute, the “Transistor” Scientific Production Association, and the Yerevan Telecommunication Research Institute. After the demise of the Soviet Union, difficult times befell the Armenian technology industry and the economy. Recently, the microelectronics industry has started to arise again and re-establish Armenia's impressive tradition in this area. A significant number of well-known companies such as Synopsys, Credence and Mentor have established offices in Armenia and are developing IC design and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software here. So far, the results are promising. The very building that hosts the Olympiad is a symbol of the rebirth of the industry, as Synopsys has renovated the former Transistor Fab for their R&D center in Armenia.
These companies are also contributing to IT sphere development in Armenia through special programs and events, such as the Synopsys-sponsored annual RA Presidential Awards for the best students and pupils in the IT Sector. The newest of these honors is the Award of RA President for worldwide investment in the IT sector, granted this year for the first time to Dr, Craig Barrett, Former CEO and Chairman of Intel Corp. The goals of the Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad, one of the most significant programs, are: incentivizing further development of microelectronics in Armenia and the region; discovering young, talented engineers; increasing interest in microelectronics among the region's youth; and identifying necessary improvements in educational programs.
The Fifth Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad takes place in the new state-of-the-art Synopsys campus, opened in 2007 by the RA President, Robert Kocharyan; the most advanced engineering facility developed in Armenia to date. This is the former site of the "Transistor" facility, a mainstay of the former Armenian microelectronics industry, and emblematic of the rebirth of the industry. Just as we have restored this building from a once abandoned facility to a modern engineering building, you are helping to transform the Armenian microelectronics industry into a modern and leading industry for this country. On this campus, Armenian engineers are developing important and leading products, testimony to the ability to develop the most complex state-of-the-art tools in Armenia.
Thank you to all the sponsors for contributing to this event and to all the participants for coming.
I welcome you on this exciting, enriching and fulfilling occasion of the Fifth Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad.
I wish you good results and further success in your education and career.