Pinoy 'father of semiconductors' hailed by AIM

Posted at 07/03/14 9:36 PM

Diosado “Dado” Banatao, Founder and Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, receives the 2014 Washington SyCip Distinguished Leader Award from AIM Chairman Emeritus Washington SyCip (right) and AIM President Steven J. DeKrey (left).

MANILA – The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) recently recognized Diosdado Banatao for his works in the fields of engineering, technology, and innovation.

Banatao, dubbed the “father of semiconductors,” received the 2014 Washington SyCip Distinguished Management Leader Award from AIM Chairman emeritus Washington SyCip, AIM President Steven DeKrey, AIM Institute Dean Ricardo Lim, and AIM Chairman Napoleon Nazareno.

“What makes this award special is that it comes from my community – Filipinos,” Banatao said.

“It’s named after my hero, Mr. Washington SyCip, a true Filipino innovator and entrepreneur,” he added.
Banatao is the founder and managing partner of California-based Tallwood Venture Capital, which focuses on investments in differentiated technologies and products in the semiconductor industry.

He is also the chairman of the Philippine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to develop the nation’s economy with the advancement of science and technology through the creation of programs in high-tech education, research, and entrepreneurship training.

Banatao was called “father of semiconductors” because of his invention of the personal computer chip set, and the graphics acceleration architecture, which are considered two of the foundation technologies in every personal computer today.

“His contributions are not just simply about technology and productivity, but fundamentally, these are also about how people’s lives are significantly improved. We hope that our students and other young engineers in ASEAN will look to him as inspiration,” said DeKrey.