CASPA eLetter: No. 170, August 31, 2019
Aug 31, 2019

President's Words

Dear Members,

For the past two weeks, we just held two seminars. For ‘How to establish a startup’ seminar, we had very interesting discussions such as the difference between convertible notes and SAFE. Slides from both lawyers are available in the following link. We will also post slides for SIG seminar with Rambus which will be available next week.

I also would like to remind everybody the following items:

1. To better serve you, please take a few minutes to fill out the the survey below.

2. Application submission deadline for Board of Directors election is Sept. 27.

3. Application submission deadline for CASPA scholarship is Sept. 28.

4. We need volunteers for upcoming Annual Conference and Dinner Banquet. Please come to our preparation meeting at CASPA HQ at noon on every Friday until 10/19.

Thanks for your participation


Danny Hua

Chairman and President, CASPA


CASPA 2019 Student Scholarship

August 15th, 2019 - CASPA announced today accepting applications for 2019 Student Scholarship from high school seniors. The deadline for the application is Sept. 28, 2019. The final award recipients will be notified by October. 7, 2019 and awards will be presented at the CASPA Annual Conference Dinner Banquet on Saturday Oct. 19, 2019.

Carrying on the tradition of pursuing excellence and community service, the CASPA Student Scholarship is designed to encourage and recognize scholastic and special achievements of the outstanding children of CASPA members. The selection criteria are based on a balanced of academic accomplishments, participation in extracurricular activities, and involvement in community service. Award winners will be invited to attend the 2017 CASPA Annual Banquet to receive the certificate of scholarship and an award check.

All student applicants must meet the following qualifications:
     a) The student applicant must be entering senior year in high school at the time of application.
     b) At least one parent is a CASPA life-time member for 6-months prior to the application.

Please fill the following application form and send it to Brandon Wang,, including the following materials on or before September 28, 2019.

1. A copy of high school transcript and SAT1 score report
2. An essay in one of the following two categories with no more than 800 words in MS Word doc:
    § Personal Interests, Accomplishments, and Goals
    § Why should I be awarded the CASPA Student Scholarship?
3. Personal information sheet in MS word doc ( Template in application form )
    a. Name of Student Applicant (English & Chinese)
    b. Name of High School
    c. Parents’ names
    d. One photo in passport style (to be published in CASPA Website and Annual Conference Proceedings)
    e. A brief summary of honors and awards received, offices of student organizations held, extracurricular activities, community services involved, volunteer work experiences, etc.

Examples of the above materials from previous award winners can be found in under Scholarship. For more information about CASPA Student Scholarship, please contact Brandon Wang, Committee Chair of CASPA’s Student Scholarship Award via

2019 CASPA Board of Directors Election Announcement

Dear CASPA members,

Each year, CASPA will elect part of its Board of Directors (BOD) at the annual meeting, according to its By-law. There will be about 10 seats of Directors open to be elected in the upcoming annual conference to be held on Oct. 19, 2019. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for these 10 BOD seats, and run for BOD election during the annual meeting. The candidates with the top 10 number of votes will get the 2-year BOD seats, and serve CASPA in a 2 years term.

To be qualified as a candidate for BOD election, you have to be an active individual member with at least six months of membership before the election date.

CASPA has grown stronger and more influential in the US and in Asia, with your membership and continuing support. The success of CASPA depends solely on the unselfish devotion of volunteer members. One opportunity to make a difference to the community and even enhances your professional career is to become a Director of CASPA BOD. It will be a wonderful and memorable personal experience.

You are encouraged to participate in the election. If you are interested and meet the qualification, please email your application with the following info to Please use the title of "2019 CASPA BOD Election" for your email,

    1. Your full name,
    2. Company name and job title, and
    3. Your “significant experiences and areas of contributions in your profession” with no more than 100 words.

Deadline of submitting your application to 2018 BOD election is Sep.27, 2019. Our “BOD election committee” will verify your qualification and get in touch with you after your submission.

Best regards,

CASPA BOD Election Committee
Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA)

CASPA Events

CASPA Special Interest Group Seminar II: From 5,000X Model Compression to 50X Acceleration – Achieving Real-Time Execution of ALL DNNs on Mobile Devices

Date: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International Inc. 2870 Zanker Road, #140 San Jose, CA 95134


    6:30 pm - 7:00 pm      Registration & Networking

    7:00 pm - 7:15 pm      CASPA introduction

    7:15 pm - 8:15 pm    From 5,000X Model Compression to 50X Acceleration – Achieving                                       Real-Time Execution of ALL DNNs on Mobile Devices, Prof. Yanzhi                                       Wang, Northeastern University

    8:15 pm - 8:30 pm      Questions/Answers

    8:30 pm - 9:00 pm      Networking

Speaker 1:Dr. Yanzhi Wang, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University


This presentation focuses on two recent contributions on model compression and acceleration of deep neural networks (DNNs). The first is a systematic, unified DNN model compression framework based on the powerful optimization tool ADMM (Alternating Direction Methods of Multipliers), which applies to non-structured and various types of structured weight pruning as well as weight quantization technique of DNNs. It achieves unprecedented model compression rates on representative DNNs, consistently outperforming competing methods. When weight pruning and quantization are combined, we achieve up to 4,438X weight storage reduction without accuracy loss, which is two orders of magnitude higher than prior methods. Our most recent results conducted a comprehensive comparison between non-structured and structured weight pruning with quantization in place, and suggest that non-structured weight pruning is not desirable at any hardware platform.

However, using mobile devices as an example, we show that existing model compression techniques, even assisted by ADMM, are still difficult to translate into notable acceleration or real-time execution of DNNs. Therefore, we need to go beyond the existing model compression schemes, and develop novel schemes that are desirable for both algorithm and hardware. Compilers will act as the bridge between algorithm and hardware, maximizing parallelism and hardware performance. We develop a combination of pattern pruning and connectivity pruning, which is desirable at all of theory, algorithm, compiler, and hardware levels. We achieve 20ms inference time of large-scale DNN VGG-16 on smartphone without accuracy loss, which is 50X faster than TensorFlow-Lite. We can potentially enable real-time execution of all DNNs using the proposed framework.

Online registration: CASPA Special Interest Group Seminar II: From 5,000X Model Compression to 50X Acceleration – Achieving Real-Time Execution of ALL DNNs on Mobile Devices

CASPA Autumn Delegation Trip to Taiwan

Date: Sep. 18, 2019 - Sep. 20, 2019

Recruit high tech startups to join 2019 CASPA international Taiwan delegation trip; get the first hand information of Taiwan market, network with high profile VC’s and industry leaders, present your projects in high tech summit, and meet local governmental decision makers. Selected startups will have incentives. Email to get registration details and fee information.

Please provide following information:

name/contact, cell phone/email/company, name/presented, project name/bio/projects, introduction (500 words)
(1. core technology; 2 projected revenue; 3. land/facility/fund requirements 4. require roadshow)

Financial Seminar: Financial Strategies to smoothen the ups and downs of a turbulent stock market

Date: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International Inc. 2870 Zanker Road, #140 San Jose, CA 95134


    6:30pm - 7:00pm:      registration, light refreshment, networking

    7:00pm - 7:10pm:      CASPA intro

    7:10pm - 8:00pm:      speaker I: Yvonne Yao,

    8:00pm - 8:10pm:      break

    8:10pm - 9:00pm:   Speaker II: Jochen Faas, "Tax Savings Strategies for Highly                                   Appreciated Property", Q&A

Online registration: Financial Seminar: Financial Strategies to smoothen the ups and downs of a turbulent stock market

Alliance Events

Date: 9/23/2019
Time: 8:00am – 7:00pm

Venue: Cisco Building 9 260 E Tasman Dr San Jose, CA 95134

Date: Oct/03/2019

Venue: SEMI, 673 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

CASPA Job Alert

  • [Silvaco] is looking for Intern

Specials for CASPA Members and Sponsors

  • [Chef Zhao Bistro] Best Sichuan Restaurant, vote by Chihuo Dine In, Lunch or Dinner to Go, Bento Box, Party Trays, Catering CASPA members & CASPA Corporate Sponsors Special: 10% off Bento Box, 20% off Party Trays & Catering Services for orders over $200
  • [Air China] Special discount code for CASPA members and sponsors: USSME19006. Please follow the instructions below to purchase tickets online with the discount code.

Summary of Past CASPA Major Events

The following links include presentation materials and/or summary for previous major CASPA events in the recent year:

Thank you for your kind attention and generous support. We look forward to seeing you at CASPA events.


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