The Microelectronics Industry in Europe: Recovery or Reinvention?

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In the course of V5G Days from May 30-31 in València, Spain, and online, Carlos Pardo participated in the panel discussion “The Microelectronics Industry in Europe: Recovery or Reinvention?” He summarized the roundtable: “I very much enjoyed the informative talk with representatives from the Spanish semiconductor industry about PERTE, Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation in Spain. KDPOF will soon start mass production of semiconductor packaging and testing in Spain of our own products and third parties ones, thanks to IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) and PERTE.”


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Round table: “The microelectronics industry in Europe: recovery or reinvention?”

Moderator: José María Insenser, INPoC IPCEI


  • Marcos Martínez, Director of Connectivity Standards. Maxlinear
  • Carlos Pardo, CEO at KDPOF
  • Federico Ruiz, Director of the National 5G Observatory.
  • Javier Calpe-Maravilla, Design Center Manager, Analog Devices
  • Douglas Vaz Benítez, General Manager, Qualcomm

According to V5G Valencia, the second edition of the V5G Days event gave continuity to the success achieved in the first edition, growing in this case to two days of duration and opening to the participation of international attendees and speakers. In this 2022 edition, the event was hybrid, with the presence of speakers and attendees at the Red Sea Auditorium of the Oceanogràfic in València, Spain, with a relevant effort in dissemination and promotion to maximize the number of attendees connected to the online event. V5G Days also included live demonstrations of 5G technology, applied to real use cases.


Valencia Plaza has published a summary on the event at

PERTE chip battle rages and manages to put 5G on the back burner

… Carlos Pardo defends the encapsulation, test and assembly industry, which is essential to ensure that a microchip is shipped in a device. We are proud that KDPOF has succeeded in joining IPCEI that will enable us to create a production line of 100 million optoelectronics microchips. “There is life beyond foundries,” he proclaimed.

Perte should devote more effort, he stated, to the talent problem. “Despite the billions that have been invested because of the Chips Directive, European universities are not going to be able to supply talent. I need to bring talent from Asia, part of the Perte should be directed to this strategy of bringing talent from abroad, to help pay the salary difference. We need to support the universities and the companies that attract talent.” …