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Next Week’s CEO Outlook to Gaze at the Future, Bask in Industry’s Vitality

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The spectacular news this week from the ESD Alliance’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) that revenue increased 18.9 percent for Q4 2016 will be an exclamation point to next week’s CEO Outlook.

For example, revenue for Q4 in all four geographic regions –– Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Japan and Asia/Pacific –– increased 18.9 percent for Q4 2016 to $2455 million, compared to $2064.5 million in Q4 2015. All product categories saw fourth-quarter growth. In fact, CAE, Semiconductor IP, IC Physical Design & Verification and PCB/MCM reported double-digit increases. Another positive sign is employment is up 6.6% overall.

CEO Outlook attendees can expect to hear much more about industry opportunities for growth and challenges as Ed Sperling, editor-in-chief of Semiconductor Engineering, moderates the panel of four of our most visible CEOs and Alliance Board Members. They are: Aart de Geus, CEO at Synopsys, Lip-Bu Tan, president and CEO of Cadence, ARM’s CEO Simon Segars and Wally Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and board sponsor for the MSS.
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ESD Alliance Brings Back CEO Outlook

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Please Note: With regrets, we are postponing the “Energy Policy and Strategy for the IoT Era,” the panel on the new energy rules for PCs from the California Energy Commission Thursday, March 23, due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay tuned for updates.

 After listening to our members who told us they missed the yearly CEO forecast, it’s a pleasure to let you know the ESD Alliance is bringing back an evening with the leaders of our industry. The 2017 CEO Outlook will be held Thursday, April 6, from 6:30pm until 8:45pm at Synopsys in Mountain View, Calif. A private reception for ESD Alliance members only to mingle with speakers will begin at 5:30pm.

Four of our industry’s most visible CEOs will discuss their views on the future of the system design ecosystem in what promises to be a wide-ranging and enlightening panel discussion. The four panelists for the evening are: Aart de Geus from Synopsys, Lip-Bu Tan of Cadence, ARM’s Simon Segars and Wally Rhines of Mentor Graphics. Each will share his views on where the semiconductor industry and system design ecosystem are heading, review trends and point out potential opportunities and danger signs ahead. After brief opening statements about the future of the industry, an interactive audience discussion will follow.
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March 23: An Evening on Energy Efficiency from the ESD Alliance and Sonics

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Fresh from our “Ride with the Verify Seven” evening co-hosted with ESD Alliance member company OneSpin during DVCon, we’re planning our next event with another member company –– Sonics –– Thursday, March 23.

The panel, “Energy Policy and Strategy for the IoT Era,” moderated by Grant Pierce, Sonics’ CEO and chairman of the Alliance board of directors, will outline new energy rules for PCs set by the California Energy Commission (CEC). A panel discussion will look at how these new rules affect the system design ecosystem and how the industry will adapt to them. 

The standards, primed to begin January 1, 2018 and roll out through July 2021, cover desktop computers, notebooks and laptops, small-scale servers, workstations and monitors, the top consumers of electricity in California. Estimates are staggering –– the state reports consumption of about 5,610 gigawatt hours of electricity or 3% of residential electricity use and 7% commercial. The CEC determined something needed to change, even though many manufacturers build seemingly energy-efficient products. The new standards are estimated to save 2,332 gigawatt hours per year and reduce utility bills by more than $370 million, enough energy to power about 350,000 California homes a year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Please join us to learn more from a great line-up of panelists. For example, Dave Ashuckian, CEC’s deputy director of the Efficiency Division, and Pierre Delforge, director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), will explain the new rules and regulations. They will describe how the standards came about and why they are necessary, how much energy they will save, when they will take effect and how they will be enforced.

Five other panelists will address what they mean for the system design ecosystem, including EDA, IP, embedded software and other technology vendors that supply products to PC system manufacturers. They will look at the implications for broader national and global energy efficiency standards for electronic products, particularly as they relate to the emerging IoT market. Those panelists include:

  • Ned Finkle, vice president of External Affairs at NVIDIA
  • Vic Kulkarni, ANSYS’ senior vice president and general manager of the RTL Power Business
  • Shahid Sheikh, director in Government and Policy Group with Intel Corporation
  • Lip-Bu Tan, Cadence’s president and CEO
  • Vojin Zivojnovic, founder and CEO of AGGIOS

As each provide their perspectives on opportunities for providers of goods and services in the system design ecosystem, attendees will learn about potential new technical innovations in design and manufacturing. They will get insights into what impact the rules will have on their companies’ as well as the semiconductor industry’s energy policies and strategies.

The panel will take place Thursday, March 23, beginning at 6 p.m. with networking, light snacks and drinks, at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, a landmark building that serves as San Jose’s hub of civic and cultural activity. It is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street in San Jose, Calif.

Shireen Santosham, San Jose’s chief innovation officer, will offer opening remarks.

The panel is open free of charge to all ESD Alliance member companies. Non-members are welcome to attend for a fee of $40. More details and registration information can be found at: http://bit.ly/2mdHKpH

If we have enough interest, the Alliance may establish an Energy Policy and Strategy initiative and forge cross-industry alliances with like-minded industry organizations. To learn more or to become a member of the ESD Alliance, please contact me at bob@esd-alliance.org or visit our website at: www.esd-alliance.org

Missed one of the ESD Alliance’s events? Our Past Events page has photos and, in some cases, recordings of most of our events that go back as far as 1999. The page can be found at: http://bit.ly/2lxjQ9r

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