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Silicon Valley Web Guild - "Virtual Trade Shows: One Answer to Today's Business Malaise" will be the subject of a presentation by IBSystems' President David Heller at the March 20th meeting. The forum is open to the general public and is being sponsored by the Guild's eBusiness Perspectives special interest group. The meeting is being hosted by Cypress Semiconductor in San Jose, CA. (


CoWare announced that Uri Mayer, formerly President and CEO of LISATek, Inc. - recently acquired by CoWare - had been named to the newly created post of Vice President for European Field Operations. Mayer reports to Peter Richards, Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations at CoWare. Mayer will oversee CoWare's European market as the company establishes CoWare GmbH in Munich, Germany. Mayer has 20+ years' experience in the ASIC and EDA industries. Prior to his position at LISATek, he was Vice President of Worldwide Business Development for Synopsys, where he also served as Managing Director of Synopsys GmbH. Mayer has an MSEE from the Technical University of Munich.

DSP Group announced it has located operations on the Alba Campus in "Silicon Glen" in Livingston, Scotland. The company says a major factor in its decision to locate its European headquarters in Scotland was the availability of engineering expertise within the Alba Campus community. Alba Campus is a 100-acre site in Livingston specifically aimed at providing "purpose-built" accommodations to attract companies in the electronics design sector to Scotland).

Electronics Workbench announced the appointment of Ian Suttie to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Suttie will be responsible for developing global sales and marketing strategies to support the company's position in the PCB design market. Before joining Electronics Workbench, Suttie was COO at PCI, President and CEO of Waterloo Maple, Inc., and President of SST. Suttie has also served as a director of several private companies, industry associations, and standards organizations. He has 15+ years' experience in sales, marketing, and executive management. Suttie holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BSE from the University of Western Ontario, and is a registered professional engineer.

The Microelectronics Imaging & Analysis Centre (MIAC), a silicon chip "microsurgery unit," announced it has received a £200,000 investment from the Scottish Enterprise to upgrade its facilities. Part of a three-stage upgrading program, immediate improvements will include the introduction of a new technique to allow the repair of copper-based ICs. The new technology capability will mean that this will be the only commercially operated facility in Europe able to carry out the repair of copper interconnected devices. MIAC offers electronic design companies facilities to analyze and repair prototype designs quickly and without the need for a full redesign. These techniques are referred to as 'chip microsurgery' and involve rewiring the chip circuitry.

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Pending News of War and Peace

This newsletter is usually wrapped up mid-day Friday, prior to the Monday morning e-mail blast that pushes it out to subscribers. The current, painfully complex international situation is sufficiently charged, however, that anything could happen between a Friday afternoon and a Monday morning. If this newsletter doesn't reflect high-profile news stories from the weekend, it's because it can't - it's 'gone to press' too early to reflect weekend news.

In normal times, that wouldn't be a problem - international news is not within the scope of this newsletter. But it's hard to call these past few weeks and months 'normal times.' Last week's EDA, IP, and semiconductor news might appear eerily insignificant on a Monday, if seen against a backdrop of late-breaking international developments.

Clearly, what goes on around this globe has had, and will continue to have, an impact on all of us - no matter where we live or within which faction we find ourselves in the midst of this n-dimensional mess. The ebb and flow of human history is important and none of us live or work in a vacuum. But, although the news items in this newsletter are hardly on par with declarations of war or peace, they do reflect the continuing efforts of people trying to push innovation - and best their competitors - in a process that is also a part of the ebb and flow of human experience.

No matter what - most people will continue to try to work, to create, to support their families, to be responsible citizens within their own societies, and to bear up to the best of their abilities even within the most difficult of situations. Carpe diem.

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