May 05, 2003
Design to Silicon
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Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor

by Peggy Aycinena - Contributing Editor
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This year Wescon will be co-located with IEEE-Nano 2003 (which organizers say will focus on engineering issues related to nanoelectronics, circuits, architectures, sensor systems, integration, reliability and manufacturing in addition to fundamental issues such as modeling, growth/synthesis, and characterization) and the IEEE Photonics Packaging Symposium (which organizers say will provide an "open forum" for the presentation and discussion of topical issues and solutions
involving the packaging of passive and active photonic devices and modules). No matter which portion of the week's events you end up attending, Wescon organizers say, "If you're involved in hardware and software design, R&D test, manufacturing and board-level component technology, you need to be at Wescon North America!" You wouldn't be reading this newsletter if you didn't fall into one of these categories. Mark you calendars and go. (


Atrenta Inc. is adding distributors in Europe to sell and support Atrenta's suite of SpyGlass products. Atrenta already has a direct sales force in the U.K. and France to provide support and resources for its customer base in Europe. TRIAS Mikroelektronik GmbH will serve Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and First EDA Ltd. will serve the U.K. and Ireland.

Cyon Research Corp. and IBSystems, Inc. announced a cooperative agreement to support searching the databases of their websites, to promote sharing of CAD information across their respective audiences. Cyon's research engine,, will now provide an option to search databases of IBSystems' MCADCafe, GIScafe, PCBcafe, EDAtoolscafe, DCCcafe, and AECCafe. In turn, IBSystems web portals will provide an option to search the databases of Under this agreement, each site has added a link to the other.

Forte Design Systems, Inc. announced it has raised $9 million in Series B financing. The company will use the new financing to introduce its family of high-level synthesis tools that automate systems design. The investment round was led by 3i US, and also included prior investors Infinity Capital and US Venture Partners, as well as a number of previous angel investors. The company announced that David Silverman, partner at 3i US, will join Forte's Board of Directors.

OEA International, Inc. announced VLSI One, Ltd. as their representative for Canada. VLSI One is a new company in Canada specializing in representing leading companies in the fields of EDA and IC technologies. Jerry Tallinger, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at OEA, said, "The Canadian EDA market is rapidly growing and ranks second to the USA as a top location for fabless chip companies, with over 250 companies engaged in ASIC and custom IC. Canada is a very important market, which is often ignored by many smaller EDA companies. Canada has a healthy economy with many high technology companies which could benefit greatly from the OEA technology."

Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is joining the organization. OCP-IP says membership "will allow TSMC's customers to optimize design resources, shorten design cycles, and achieve greater first-run success, resulting in lower design costs
and faster time-to-market." OCP-IP members receive free training and support, free software tools, and free documentation.

Vast Systems Technology Corp. announced the closing of $6 million in Series C funding. The company says it will use the new funds to expand its sales and marketing efforts worldwide. Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) led this round of funding. Allen and Buckeridge, who led the Series A funding, also increased its investment in the company. MDV Principal Jim Smith will join Bill Goerke and Bob Christiansen on the Board, and Al Stein has been named Chairman of the Board.

In related news, Vast Systems announced the appointment of Paul McLellan as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and Dennis Heller as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Both men will report directly to Graham Hellestrand, President and CEO. Previously, McLellan was Corporate Vice President of the Custom IC product line at Cadence. He joined Cadence when they acquired Ambit Design Systems. Prior to Ambit, McLellan spent 16 years at VLSI Technology and its Compass Design Automation subsidiary, where he was President of the subsidiary. He has 20+ years' experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries. Prior to Vast, Dennis Heller was with Avanti, where he was Vice
President of North American Sales. He joined Avanti as a salesperson in 1994, when the company was just beginning to ramp up sales. Prior to Avanti, Mr. Heller was at Sunrise Test Systems, Synopsys, and IKOS Systems. He has 15+ years experience in EDA sales.

Xilinx, Inc. announced that company co-founder Bernard Vonderschmitt, 79, will retire as Chairman of the Board as of August 7th, when the annual Xilinx shareholders meeting takes place. Company President and CEO Willem Roelandts, 58, will succeed Vonderschmitt as Chairman of the Board and retain his day-to-day responsibilities at Xilinx. Vonderschmitt co-founded Xilinx in 1984 and served as CEO until 1996, when Roelandts assumed the post. The company says, "Vonderschmitt was instrumental in guiding Xilinx from a Silicon Valley start-up to a billion-dollar-plus global enterprise." The company also announced that Jerry Fishman, President and CEO of Analog Devices, Inc., will
become Lead Independent Director. Fishman has been a member of the Xilinx board since 2000.

In the category of ...

Letters to the Editor

March 10th - Division of Labor (design versus verification)

Gaurav Agarwal - "I read 'To design is human, to verify is ...' Thanks for a very nice picture and industry-wide view of verification. Still, would it not be better to have chip manufacturers instead of EDA vendors as panel members? After all, chip manufacturers are the ones who decide whether verification engineers are needed or not."

April 14th - On deadline

Sean Morely, Senior Product Specialist for Synchronicity - "... and don't forget filing income taxes! Ah, the great balancing act. The journey really is the thing."

April 21st - From Margaret Mead to Caesar's Wife

Ian Getreu, DAC 2003 Chair - "Thank you very much for the very nice write-up on DAC. I have received comments from members of the Executive Committee that this was one of the warmest interviews they have seen on DAC. It is greatly appreciated. There was one typo that set up some humorous email-s. MPA [MP Associates] is employed by the Executive Committee to run DAC - they are not the employer. The e-mails were from a couple of members of the Executive Committee asking MPA for payments."

Nanette Collins, DAC 2003 Publicity Chair - "I can't thank you enough for the article on Ian Getreu and DAC. Even if I was not DAC's Publicity Chair, I would thoroughly enjoy it!"

Rita Glover, EDA Industry Analyst & Consultant at EDA Today, L.C. - "Regarding your EDA newsletter that came out this morning (which I always enjoy immensely), I was just wondering about the reference to 'Caesar's wife.' I used to think I was well read, but this is a new one to me and I'd like to understand it. Can you elucidate?"

(Editor's Note: A search on Google for "Caesar's Wife" produced many references, including: 1) "Caesar's wife is the guardian of Roman honor. She must be above reproach." 2) "Because I am Caesar's wife, my conduct has to be impeccable, to look right, to be beyond criticism." 3) "Caesar's wife wasn't permitted to even give the appearance of impropriety.")

April 28th - Critical Mass at U-M

John Sanguinetti, CTO at Forte Design Systems - "I enjoyed your column about the University of Michigan, my alma mater (BS, MS, PhD). They have indeed made great strides in the EECS department in recent years. You didn't mention the Dean of the Engineering College, Stephen Director, who I think has had a good deal to do with it. He is an EDA guy, being on the board of PDF Solutions and formerly associated with OrCad. Another top-notch faculty member is Karem Sakallah, who has done some really interesting work in logic design and synthesis."

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