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Gazing into 2016

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

EDAC_EDAC Connected Logo_December 2015A year ago, I would have needed more than a crystal ball to predict that I would soon be joining the EDA Consortium as Executive Director. In the past eight months, I have gained a new appreciation for the EDA industry and the larger electronic design ecosystem that it is a key part of. In turn, electronic design itself is a vital component of the overall worldwide semiconductor ecosystem. “Where Electronics Begins” is an apt description of the role that EDA and the other entities in the electronic design ecosystem play in the semiconductor universe.

We took an informal survey during the Design Automation Conference in June to gauge EDAC’s perception with its members and asked which of our initiatives are most beneficial. Interoperability scored highly, as did our marketing initiatives –– communications, emerging companies and tradeshows. In fact, events hosted by the Emerging Companies Committee (ECC) received high scores for offering great value. The Market Statistics Service (MSS) had a respectable showing as well. Expert control and license management and anti-piracy did not, which tells me we need to do better at explaining how valuable these two initiatives are to our community.


Jim Hogan’s Next “Crossing the Chasm” Interview to be Hosted by EDAC December 9

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

EDAC_EDAC Connected Logo_December 2015“Crossing the Chasm: From Technology to Valuable Enterprise,” created by Jim Hogan, who will serve as impresario and interviewer, will be hosted by the EDA Consortium Wednesday, December 9, beginning at 6 p.m. Finishing this year’s series of interviews with entrepreneurs will be John Lee, founder of Gear Design Solutions, now general manager and vice president of the Apache Business Unit at ANSYS. John will offer a look at his experience as a serial entrepreneur within the Semiconductor, EDA and IP markets.

I had a chance to catch up with Jim, a tireless champion of EDA, last week to find out what inspired him to do these interviews and what we can expect in 2016. Our Q&A is below.


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