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 with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Fourth Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad during this wonderful time to be in the beautiful city of Yerevan. The first three Olympiads surpassed all our expectations for success. Last year, we expanded the Olympiad beyond Yerevan to Gyumri through cooperation with the Gyumri IT Center (GITC). This year we expanded the Olympiad even further by making it international; young specialists from Russia and Ukraine will also participate. Once again, expectations are high. Armenia has long had a strong tradition in microelectronics; being 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, Virage Logic 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.
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, which will be granted this year for the first time. The goals of the Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad, which is one of the most significant ones, are: incentivizing further development of microelectronics in Armenia; discovering young, talented engineers; increasing interest in microelectronics among Armenia's youth; and identifying necessary improvements in educational programs.
The Fourth 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. 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. Last year, Armenian engineers developed two important and leading products on this campus, testifying that the most complex state-of-the-art tools can be developed 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 Fourth Armenian Microelectronics Olympiad.
I wish you good results and further success in your education and career.