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Elliptic Semiconductor announced that it has appointed Larry Perron, Senior Partner of Venture Coaches, to the company's Board of Directors. Perron has worked in telecommunications, semiconductor technology, strategic investment, and venture capital including stints at Mitel Semiconductor (now Zarlink), Toshiba of Canada, and Newbridge Networks.

1st Silicon Sdn. Bhd. announced that Mort Bamdad has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and will be responsible for developing the company's global marketing strategy, target market support, and strategic business and technology alliances. He reports directly to CEO W. John Nelson. Previously Bamdad was Senior Business Development Manager at TSMC, Divisional Manager for Wacker Siltronics, and at Philips Semiconductors in management roles in the ASIC and customer silicon IC business groups. Bamdad has a degree in microelectronics from Westminster University, London, where he also was a member of the University's research department.

Synopsys, Inc. announced that Roy Vallee has been appointed to Synopsys' board of Directors. Vallee is a 30-year veteran of the electronics industry and has served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Avnet, Inc. since 1998. Previously, Vallee served as President, COO, and Vice Chairman of Avnet, and also held various executive management and sales positions within the company. Vallee currently serves on the Board of Directors of Teradyne and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Technology Distribution Council.

Tera Systems announced the appointment of Tsugumi Fujitani as Managing Director for its new Japan operations, Nihon Tera Systems K.K. Fujitani's responsibilities will include managing relationships with Tera System's partners in Japan, launching localized versions of Tera's Japanese products, and developing best practices for selling and operational procedures. Fujitani brings 20+ years of technical experience in electronics and EDA. Most recently Fujitani was CEO and Co-founder of Spinnaker Systems. Previously, she was an FAE Manager at Okura and an ASIC designer at Hitachi. Fujitani has a B.S. from Jissen University.

Xicor, Inc. has named Davin Lee as Vice President, Marketing, reporting to the company's President and CEO, Lou DiNardo. Lee will be responsible for marketing activities including product marketing, strategic planning, and marketing communications. Lee has 12 years' experience in the industry including previous positions at Altera Corp. and National Semicondcutor. He has a BSEE from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In the category of ...

Won't you be my neighbor

Call it corny, but the world will miss Fred Rogers, a.k.a. TV's Mr. Rogers. He was a gentleman, a teacher, and a friend to a generation of American children and - almost more importantly - to their parents. He always took time to explain things and often reassured people that their fears and false prides were a normal part of life. He taught us that no one can ever pry into your mind and know what you are thinking - unless you want them to. In so doing, he acknowledged and confirmed our right to privacy and our right to a sense of self. Mr. Rogers was, in all senses of the word, a good man.

Pleasing some of the people some of the time

If you suffer from enough hubris to think people should read what you write, you probably should check your ego armor before you let your copy fly. If you're too cynical, the sincere-niks complain. If you're too sincere, the tough guys complain. If you're too satirical, those who perceive themselves the objects of the satire complain. If you're too gentle on those who deserve worse, their victims complain. You can't please all of the people all of the time and it boils down to two choices - write and be true to yourself, or don't write at all.

Not enough ink

Meanwhile, it's starting to seem as if there may not be enough ink left in the presses to cover all of the news if it comes at us at any faster a rate than it is today, if the headlines get any bigger then they are today. Thank goodness we've all got on-line news sources to give us our daily injection of late, breaking stories. On-line news doesn't need ink and it doesn't need paper. It just needs the power grid and some energy to run the thing. So not to worry - ink and paper may be in short supply, but surely energy's a limitless resource.

Letters to the Editor - mostly uncensored and unabridged

February 3rd - DesignCon 2003

Vin Ratford at deepTECH Consulting Group - “Let me add to the debate about Real Engineers versus those who 'escape' to Marketing and Sales, since that is what I did after exactly 7 years (…new meaning to the '7-year itch'). I find myself working harder at staying current with the technology than when I was a design engineer and now need to 'reinvent' myself every 3 to 4 years. Marketing often gets lumped together with Sales, but successful high-tech marketing folks are constantly learning about new technology, how to apply it, and its value. History has shown us that successful products have had great engineering coupled to similarly great marketing and sales. We all have our roles to play.”

February 3rd - Letters to the Editor

Gary Rebello, Vice President Human Resources at Mentor Graphics Corp. - “The comments recently published in EDA Weekly made by Daniel Payne, a Mentor Graphics employee, reflect Daniel's personal viewpoint and do not reflect the company's philosophy or practice. Mentor Graphics has been and continues to be fully committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for working mothers. This is certainly reflected by Working Mother magazine, which named Mentor Graphics one of the Top 100 companies in the U.S. for eight consecutive years. The magazine's criteria included salary, percent of women in senior positions, childcare facilities, flextime arrangements, and work/life arrangements including employee benefits. Mentor Graphics has a state of the art on-site child development center at our Wilsonville, OR, corporate headquarters and a similar near-site center at our San Jose, CA, location. Working parents (single, married, female, male) are critical to the continued success of Mentor Graphics and we have numerous benefits and practices to help them be successful at Mentor Graphics.”

February 10th - Lending a Helping Hand

Scott McLellan, President and CEO at Icinergy Software Company - “In Canada, we have a world-class method for getting tools into the university system with support. Take a look at www.cmc.ca. I have to give Cadence a lot of credit. They have been supporting this organization for a long time, and there are many other EDA vendors involved as well. Additionally, there is a similar organization in Europe.”

February 10th - An Unforgiving Place

Lynda De Vol, Marcom Program Manager, IC Implementation at Synopsys - “I just wanted you to know that your article was so touching. Thanks for sharing this part of your life regarding you and your dad.”

Also from Scott McLellan, President and CEO at Icinergy Software Company - “My father sounds a lot like yours. He was always waking us up and dragging us in to watch the TV for the moon landing and launches.”

Heidi Vantulden at BlueStone PR - “Thanks for sharing part of your life. I really enjoyed learning more about your dad.”

Steven Goldsmith, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Infrastructure Systems, Networking ICs and ASICs, Systems Architecture and IC Technology at Agere Systems - “Thanks for sharing your comments and thoughts on the Shuttle and the Space Program.”

Anon in networking technology - “I was moved by your article and can honestly agree with its view. I also hope for the continuation of the Space Program. NASA and the Space Program have been a big part of my life having spent 15 years at Ames Research Center. It's always nice to come across people who have worked there and have a vivid understanding of the importance the Space Program brings to all our lives.”

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