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Bob Smith, Executive Director
Bob Smith, Executive Director
Robert (Bob) Smith is Executive Director of the EDA Consortium. He is responsible for the management and operations of EDAC, an industry group that provides services, market awareness and a common voice for EDA and IP suppliers to the global semiconductor industry. Previously, Bob was senior vice … More »

EDA Consortium Moves into the Future

March 9th, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

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The EDA Consortium is moving into the future and you’re invited to help us celebrate at a launch party where we will unveil our new name, expanded mission and a new look.Celebrate

Our wine and craft beer tasting evening with hors d’oeuvres will be held Wednesday, March 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m. We’ll be at the EDA Consortium/SEMI Global Headquarters, 3081 Zanker Road in San Jose, Calif.

Many longtimers will remember when EDAC was formed in 1989 to address cross-industry issues and promote the EDA industry. It was the “go-go” years for electronic design automation that seemed never-ending and our tagline said it all: “Where Electronics Begins.” Lively EDAC events became the place to network. We became a co-sponsor of DAC in 1992. In 1994, the Market Statistics Service (MSS) reporting began. The Phil Kaufman Award was created that year as well and presented to Hermann Gummel, a Semiconductor and EDA industry pioneer.

That was then and this is now. None of us need a history lesson on the drastic changes to both the semiconductor market and chip design since 1989. EDA is still mission critical for chip design, but many other technologies and solutions are required to drive the design ecosystem and include Semiconductor IP, embedded software and 3D IC design and packaging, among others.

With an evolving design ecosystem, EDAC is ready to fully embrace the breadth of it. Our mission moving forward is to provide the forum to represent the collective interests of the Design Ecosystem with a new name, and new activities and initiatives. With your help, we can build a strong community together to enhance the value and strength of our Design Ecosystem.

While our launch party is meant to be a social gathering, I’ll spend a few minutes giving a short presentation on what you can expect from the new EDAC and unwrapping our new name and new look.Celebrate_2

So, please join us March 30 for an evening that will be an exciting look to the future with a nod to the past. The evening is open free of charge. If you know someone who may not be on our mail list or is no longer part of the industry, but would enjoy reconnecting, please invite them as well. Registration information can be found at:

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