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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

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The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

17 Billion Dollars!!! Really?



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The Austin local and National Newspapers, both technical and popular, trumpet the choice of Taylor TX for Samsung’s next Semiconductor Factory.  These headlines almost always emphasize the bit of information that the plant is expected to cost 17 billion Dollars.  That is almost an unimaginable level of expense, yet it is indicative of the cost trends of the industry and the gradual shifting of semiconductor manufacturing to mega-plants, capable of the highest level of integration and the largest wafers.

This talk will examine these cost drivers and attempt to integrate their effect to see just how big the number gets!  Expected contributors on the process side are the expected use of EUV lithography, leading edge materials solutions such as copper interconnect and high-k dielectric and simply the increasing number of metal layers required by advanced designs.  This is coupled however, with the cost effects of the best practices for semiconductor manufacturing:  The effect of 300mm tool cost, the cost of facilities and power, and possible choices made towards production volume and tool redundancy.


Dr. Lawrence Larson


Speaker's Bio:

Dr. Lawrence Larson, is a retired Professor of Practice in the Electrical Engineering Program of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University. He continues on a part-time basis teaching Semiconductor Device Physics and Semiconductor Manufacturing to the next generation.

  Previously, he had a 20 year career at SEMATECH culminating as the Associate Director of the Front End Processes Division of SEMATECH. Key achievements during that period were the manufacturing improvement of mega-volt and low energy ion implanters, development of vertical furnace technologies and early materials development for high-k and metal gate technologies.

  Of connected interest to the presentation: Dr. Larson currently serves as the Chair of the Central Texas Section of the IEEE, leads the CTS Student Activities effort, is the faculty advisor for the Texas State University Student Branch and Chairs the CTS Electron Devices Chapter. [Whew!]

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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The Consulting Career Option

This presentation is directed to anyone who is considering becoming a consultant, or who at least is curious about consulting as a career option.  Seasoned consultants will also find it interesting to compare their experiences with those of the panel – who are on the IEEE-CNSV Board of Directors, and who together have consulted for well over 100 years.  The presentation’s slides showing why and when each panelist took the “leap” to consulting are a set of insightful case studies for attendees of this event.

High-tech consulting is not for the faint of heart.  However, an in-demand skill set and the self confidence to sell one’s talents to potential clients can lead to a myriad of interesting experiences at companies large and small.  In addition, the fact that consultants usually never get caught up in the “politics” that exist at most companies is by itself a huge appeal of this career path.

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Note: The current IEEE Consultants Fee Report is out. You can get your copy at:  2021 IEEE Consultants Fee Report

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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

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