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Take 5 with Warren Savage and Angel Orrantia

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Warren Savage talks with Angel Orrantia about SKTA Innopartners’ Innovation Center and its seed funding program for startup companies in the following video. Angel also reveals the work the company is doing with the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and the Capital Lite program.

Orrantia will participate in a panel at the up-coming GSA Entrepreneurship Conference scheduled for July 18, 3:30-8:30 p.m. at the Computer Museum in Mountain View.

The Take Five with Warren video series can be found on IPextreme’s IP WATCH channel on YouTube.

Lee PR does work for SKTA Innopartners

 

Kickin’ it up in Austin with Ajoy and Wally

Friday, June 28th, 2013

For some Friday fun….

For those of you who were unable to attend the big 50th DAC party, or you just missed the intro to Asleep at the Wheel, you might find this little video entertaining.

It’s a video of Cowboy Ajoy and Ranger Rhines (aka Ajoy Bose, CEO of Atrenta and Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor), cutting it up on the Austin City Limits stage to kick off Kickin’ it up in Austin.

Design Rule Manual Creation a Bottleneck?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Sage Design Automation, Inc. announced its founding technology last month and created a lot of customer and media buzz at DAC’13 inAustin.  I bet a lot of people were surprised that design rule manual creation and DRC deck implementation were manual, error-prone  tasks – especially as we get into smaller process geometries – and that they can take years to put one together.

In a way, it’s a lot like writing a long paper on a typewriter, or even by hand.  When you make an error, you use White Out (remember that?) or type back over the error with the erasing ribbon.  There’s no way to correlate the paper’s index, spell check, grammar check or check for consistency.

So we accosted Sage-DA president and CEO Coby Zelnik to ask him about this problem, one that many of us assumed just took care of itself!  Here’s what he had to say.

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We have a winner of the hardware hackathon

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

Liz here.  I’ve just gotten word from Angel Orrantia of Innopartners, and we have a winner of the 2nd-ever hardware hackathon, mentioned in our earlier post today.

Drumroll please…..

 

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Awaiting word from Innopartners director Orrantia on winner of Open Compute Project hackathon

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

We’re waiting to hear from SKTA Innopartners LLC director Angel Orrantia on the results of the Open Compute Project hackathon that took place yesterday at the Facebook campus.   Orrantia is one of the judges. We hear that the winner will be announced at the GigaOM Structure conference this afternoon sometime.

What happened at the hackathon?

There were a number of  teams comprised of over 50 hackers from Silicon Valley, Singapore, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Virginia and Texas.

Projects included:

• building an ARM based system on a chip

• bringing robotics into the datacenter to automate repairs

• building a fast interconnect between ARM boards

• gathering server diagnostics data into a web interface for remote diagnostics over the web

• two projects on car automation

1- collecting diagnostic data about the car – like speed, fuel consumption, acceleration, etc. – to give people the ability to monitor their driving habits to prevent or avoid accidents

2- designing a headset that measures brainwaves to alert the driver or a third party company that can get in touch with the driver

Also, the winners from the last hackathon returned to continue working and expanding on their debug port aggregation hack.

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The Internet of Things

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

 

As Mike Demler predicted back in May, the “Internet of Things” was all the buzz at DAC this year. 

Freescale CEO Gregg Lowe talked about the opportunities and challenges in his keynote.  

Mentor CEO Wally Rhines said in his keynote that the big growth in the semiconductor industry will come with the Internet of Things. 

It was simultaneously discussed at the GSA European Executive Forum in Munich and the Sensors Expo in Chicago

What do you think? 

Is it the next big thing? 

Can EDA step up to the challenge? 

And what does it mean to our future?

Warren Savage interviews Mike Gianfagna on the importance of collaboration

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

In the following video, Warren Savage, CEO of IPextreme, talks with Mike Gianfagna, VP of Corporate Marketing at Atrenta, about collaboration – with TSMC and the Constellations partners.

Mike’s dream is for “a vibrant industry with a well-defined quality metric.”

Lee PR does work for Atrenta

KNTV talks to EDA firm re startups in Silicon Valley

Monday, May 27th, 2013

KNTV, the Bay Area NBC affiliate, covered a story this past Friday on how Silicon Valley is the nation’s mecca for startups.  KNTV reporter Scott Budman contends that Silicon Valley is stretching its borders north to Oakland.  Really?

According to a survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association, San Francisco is the nation’s hottest city for tech startups, with San Jose coming in second. Oakland is ranked at No. 11.

As part of this story, Budman interviews San Jose EDA firm, Atrenta, pointing to Atrenta as a typical Silicon Valley startup.

Check it out:

 

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oakland-a-Hot-Tech-Startup-Hub-208709051.html

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IP exerting its presence at DAC

Monday, May 20th, 2013

 

With less than 3 weeks away until DAC’13, Liz and I asked Warren Savage about  IPextreme’s  and Constellations’ planned presence there.  Warren is not only founder and CEO of IPextreme, but also head of the IP consortium, Constellations.

We caught up with Warren recently, and Mike Gianfagna, VP of Corporate Marketing at Atrenta (Atrenta is a Constellations partner), happened to be there.  So, the two of them let us in on what Constellations would be up to at DAC.

 

Liz: Warren, what play does IP have at DAC this year?

Warren Savage
President and CEO
IPextreme

Warren: Change is slow, but IPextreme and Constellations are happy to report change is afoot and our workshop at DAC serves as a prime example of this. Together with TSMC and our Constellations partners Atrenta and Sonics, we are pleased to present “Driving Quality to the Desktop of the DAC Engineer” on Sunday, June 2 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. This workshop showcases a foundry, two IP companies, and an EDA company working together—exactly as we do every day.

Why, then, is this the first DAC workshop of its kind? Why have the ties binding us together in the semiconductor ecosystem not been highlighted before? Perhaps the old saying, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” is the only explanation. At the end of the day, our customers need all of us – both IP providers and EDA vendors. We owe it to them not only to recognize that, but also to make their lives easier by working together.

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The Last Word on DAC Themes

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The final word on the BIG theme(s) for DAC comes from Brian Bailey, Editor of EE Times EDA Designline……

 

For many people, the attendance numbers seem to be the number one issue on their minds this year. DAC has never been to Austin in its 50 year history and only once been to Texas. Yet there is, and has always been, a very large design community in that area, a group of people that have perhaps been overlooked. A head count seems to be a very unimportant number, even though it is an easy metric. But we are an intelligent industry that should know a lot about metrics and I think there are more useful metrics in this case, such as the number of first time attendees.

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