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EDAC to Host Jim Hogan’s Startup Conversations with Gear Design Solutions’ John Lee

November 23rd, 2015 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

EDAC_EDAC Connected Logo_December 2015  I have to believe this year’s Phil Kaufman Award presentation and dinner was unlike any other. Recipient Wally Rhines was treated to a gentle roasting by Intel’s former chairman of the board Craig Barrett, which he responded to in kind when accepting the award. A tribute video and a humorous “day in the life” video shown as part of the formal evening activities can be found on the EDAC website:


The 2015 Phil Kaufman Award presentation and dinner sponsored by EDAC and CEDA November 12 began with music and networking.


Wally Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics, (third from left) accepts the 2015 Phil Kaufman Award from (from left to right): Lip-Bu Tan, president and CEO of Cadence and co-chair of the EDA Consortium; Shishpal Rawat of Intel and president elect of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA); and Craig Barrett, former chairman of the board of Intel.


Wally Rhines (center) at the dinner honoring him as the 2015 Phil Kaufman Award recipient. On his right: Craig Barrett, former chairman of the board of Intel, and Lori Kate Smith of ARM.


Attendees at the 2015 Phil Kaufman Award presentation and dinner.

And now we turn our sights to the next EDAC event and our final event for 2016. The latest “Crossing the Chasm: From Technology to Valuable Enterprise” will be held December 9. Jim Hogan is someone just about everyone in EDA knows and, if they don’t know him, they’ve heard of him. Jim’s been a big presence for many years and has been a great friend to EDAC by putting together an ongoing series of conversations with our industry entrepreneurs.

The December 9 event will feature John Lee, founder of Gear Design Solutions, now general manager and vice president of the Apache Business Unit at ANSYS. He will talk with Jim about the entrepreneurial experience within the Semiconductor, EDA and IP markets.

The evening, which promises to be enjoyable and informative, will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., starting with networking and refreshments at the EDA Consortium/SEMI Global Headquarters, 3081 Zanker Road, San Jose, Calif.  It is open to all EDAC member companies free of charge. Non-EDAC members are invited to attend for a fee of $40 payable via PayPal when they register, or at the door. To register, go to:

About Jim Hogan and John Lee

Jim Hogan is a well-known and respected executive. He has more than 40 years’ experience working in the Semiconductor design and manufacturing industry as a senior executive and board director in EDA, IP, Semiconductor equipment, material science and information technology (IT) companies.

Prior to ANSYS, John Lee was chief executive officer of Gear Design Solutions, acquired by ANSYS earlier this year. John was co-founder of Performance Signal Integrity that was founded in 1992 and acquired by Avant! in 1994. That led to Star-RCXT and Mojave Design founded in 2002, developer of Quartz DRC, and acquired by Magma in 2004.  He held the position of general manager at Magma Design Automation, and has been a board member for technology and non-profit organizations.

Some Final Notes

A video from EDAC’s first in a series of legal panels in October has been posted on the EDAC website. To view “Patents and Patent Litigation: Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property,” go to

Is your company interested in joining EDAC or would you like to become an individual member? The benefits and value are countless. EDAC represents the industry and is its voice to promote it. Our various committees help its members through an efficiency and defense they wouldn’t have on their own. For example, the Export Committee can offer a company a way to better understand export regulations. Its members were able to head off legislation in Washington that would have been detrimental to the EDA industry. The License Management and Anti-Piracy Committee is an active group as well that identifies practices to help customers operate within their license agreements, and hinder product theft. Tool interoperability is an ongoing concern voiced by the designer community and we have that topic covered through the Interoperability Committee.

The Market Statistics Service (MSS) is another vital resource to member companies to assist with yearly projections, budgets and an understanding of the Total Available Market (TAM). The report captures EDA, IP and Services revenue data collected and compiled quarterly by a major accounting firm, and is organized it into a published report available to EDAC members only. Individual company revenue remains confidential, allowing public and private companies to report detailed, accurate revenue.

Finally, EDAC offers great networking and educational opportunities, as I described above. We expect to host even more  events  in 2016

Did I pique your interest? To learn more about EDAC and how to become a member, contact me at or visit

Happy Thanksgiving!

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