SiTime C.E.O. Dr. Kurt Petersen to Speak at Prestigious Tohoku University Event
Tohoku University Hosts Range of Academic and Industry Experts at First Annual International Innovation Forum

Dr. Kurt Petersen, C.E.O. and Co-Founder of SiTime Corporation will be a featured speaker at the first annual Tohoku University International Innovation Forum held April 26-27 at the Marriott San Mateo at San Francisco Airport. Dr. Petersen along with other internationally renowned MEMS researchers will take part in a panel discussion on MEMS. This panel discussion will be part of a technical program that will include over 50 world recognized speakers addressing a broad spectrum of technical and societal issues. Californias Governor the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to present the opening address.

The two-day event has been created by Tohoku University of Sendai City Japan to mark the opening of its U.S. office as well as to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. Tohoku University President Takashi Yoshimoto will open the forum and will discuss his vision of the role that Tohoku Universitys Silicon Valleys based campus will play in the creation of collaboration of U.S. organizations and universities who wish to create technical collaborations and the ability to tap the exceptional technical resources of Tohoku University and its staff.

Dr. Petersen will participate on the MEMS panel scheduled for April 27 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. He will be joined by Professor Roger Howe of Stanford University and Professor Al Pisano, Director of the University of California Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center and Mr. Masahiko Ogirima President of MEMS Core, a Japanese MEMS company. The session will be moderated by Professor Mayasayoshi Esashi of Tohoku University. Dr. Petersen will represent the commercialization of MEMS and the process of taking a new technology from an academic lab to mass production fab. Combined, the panel will have over 100 years of MEMS experience through its participants.

I am honored to be a part of this conference and especially this panel of world renowned MEMS researchers. I am gratified that MEMS technology has finally come out of the lab and is a major business supporting many applications in the consumer and automotive market sectors, said Kurt Petersen. Dr. Petersen added, I have been familiar with Professor Asashi and the exceptional research that he and his team have conducted since my introduction to MEMS in the late 70s as a researcher at IBM Almaden in San Jose. The creation of a Tohoku University organization in the U.S. and especially in Silicon Valley which is a hotbed of MEMS activity will certainly accelerate Tohoku University future collaborations with Silicon Valley and Northern California enterprises and universities. We will truly benefit from having Tohoku University as a new partner in research and development.

Professor Masayoshi Esashi, the MEMS panel moderator stated, I am pleased that my long-time friend and colleague Dr. Kurt Petersen has accepted our invitation to join this prestigious panel. Dr. Petersen is a world renowned researcher and successful businessman and is often referred to as the father of micromachining. He has also been a serial entrepreneur starting three MEMS companies before his present CEO position at SiTime in Sunnyvale. SiTimes product development of MEMS-based resonators for system timing product applications is expected to be one of the largest potential applications of MEMS devices in the history of MEMS. I am encouraged that MEMS is finally becoming a production reality and SiTime one of the participants in this effort.

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About Dr. Kurt Petersen CEO SiTime

Kurt Petersen co-founded SiTime in 2005. Prior to SiTime, he was co-founder, President, and CTO at Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD). During 9 years at Cepheid, he was responsible for product development and helped guide the company to a public offering in 2000. Prior to Cepheid, he was a co-founder and VP of Technology of NovaSensor for 10 years. General Electric acquired NovaSensor in 2003. In 2001, Kurt was listed by Red Herring Magazine as a Top 10 Innovators of the year and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Small Times Magazine 2005. Kurt holds a BA degree from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from MIT. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the 2001 IEEE Simon Ramo medal.

About SiTime

SiTime Corporation develops markets, and manufacturers MEMS-based silicon resonators, oscillators, and timing products. The MEMS FirstTM and EpiSealTM process licensed from Robert Bosch GmbH has removed the technical barriers preventing wide acceptance of this quartz replacement technology. Key benefits are the small size, high reliability, and low cost. However, many benefits of the technology are still to be fully realized in future value-added components. These future benefits include MEMS+CMOS integration, multiple resonators per die, and system benefits for customers derived from a small, local, stable frequency source. SiTimes primary investors are NEA and Greylock, venture capital firms, and Robert Bosch GmbH. More information about SiTime and SiResTM samples for select customers is available at or

About Tohoku University

Tohoku University was founded in 1907 as the imperial university, during the period when Japan had begun to transform itself in to a modernized society. Since then, it has played a leading role in both research and education in Japan, and is now ranked among the top universities in the Asia-Pacific region. From the start, Tohoku University has maintained uniqueness within Japan. The university has always conceived strong loyalty to science while other former imperial universities have tried to meet the governmental needs. This has resulted in remarkable success in the University's own research and also the cultivation of brilliant students. Most recently, Tohoku University has been striving for global excellence under the slogan Tohoku University, Creating Global Excellence, providing opportunities for world-class research and education. Tohoku University is located in the northern part of Honshu Island the main island of Japan in the City of Sendai. Tohoku University U.S. Office is located in Palo Alto, California.

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