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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words –– Photos from the CEO Outlook!

April 20th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

The semiconductor design ecosystem came out in force Thursday, April 6, for the CEO Outlook at Synopsys in Mountain View, Calif. It was a great crowd and an exceptional panel moderated by Semiconductor Engineering’s Ed Sperling. Thanks to Lip-Bu Tan of Cadence, Wally Rhines from Mentor, ARM’s Simon Segars and Aart de Geus at Synopsys for their insights and a lively discussion.

Our special guests that night were from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, part of the National Defense University (NDU). The ESD Alliance hosts a yearly visit from the NDU students and organizes meetings with noted semiconductor companies in Silicon Valley to help educate them about our industry and its importance to the global electronics industry.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll dispense with a long blog and let the photos tell the story.

If you’re craving words to describe the evening, Peggy Aycinena wrote a blog filled with color and loads of details on EDACafe. It can be found at:

From left to right: ESD Alliance Board Chair Grant Pierce of Sonics, the ESD Alliance’s Julie Rogers, Wally Rhines, Aart de Geus, Paul Cohen of the ESD Alliance and Larry Disenhof of Cadence.

Ed Sperling of Semiconductor Engineering (at left) with panel members and ESD Alliance Board Member (from left to right) Lip-Bu Tan of Cadence, Wally Rhines from Mentor Graphics, ARM’s Simon Segars and Aart de Geus of Synopsys.

From left to right: Raul Campasano of Sage Design Automation, an ESD Alliance member company, Ed Chang, retired, and Steve Pollock from AiPac.

From left to right: Sherry Hess of and Ted Miracco of SmartFlow, both ESD Alliance member companies, and John Ennis of Cadence.

Grant Pierce and Andrea Cassatto of Runtime Design Automation, an ESD Alliance member company.

Graham Bell of the ESD Alliance (left) with Herb Reiter of EDA2ASIC.

From left to right: Yorgos Koutsoyannopoulos of ESD Alliance member company Helic with Ted Miracco and Anand Raman, also of Helic.

From left to right: ESD Alliance Executive Director Bob Smith with Paula Jones of Cadence, Michelle Clancy of Cayenne Communication and Kevin Moynihan.

Euipil Kwon of Rangdura with Aart de Geus and Simon Segars.

Paul Cohen with Mary Olsson of Gary Smith EDA.

From left to right: Bob Ledzius of Concertal Systems with Cadence’s Larry Disenhof and Lip-Bu Tan.

Eric Filseth from Silicon Frontline (left) and David Thon of FFTPM.

From left to right: Ed Sperling with Ravi Ravikumar of Ansys, an ESD Alliance member company, ESD Alliance board member Amit Gupta and Dan Nenni of Semiwiki.

From right to left: Grant Pierce with Wally Rhines, Simon Segars of ARM and William Deley of ARM.

Aart de Geus (fourth from left) talking with NDU students.

From left to right: NDU students Commander Terri Gabriel, Denise Williams, Benjamin Lam and Colonel Michael Samson.

The audience listening to the panel.

Another photo of the audience.

And one final look at the audience.

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