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November 15, 2010
Lynguent Part I
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Russ Henke - Contributing Editor

by Russ Henke - Contributing Editor
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In the past thirteen issues of the EDA WEEKLY by this writer, there have been two articles related to the task of “verification” involved in improving the speed and functional accuracy of complex electronic system designs, especially complete systems that can be engineered into semiconductor chips.

The first article posted April 26, 2010 was about EVE, the privately-held company that takes the approach to verification by providing hardware emulators and custom software to rapidly validate that a specific silicon integrated circuit design performs its desired functions correctly, thus reducing re-spins or even eliminating re-spins entirely:


A second article appeared on October 11, 2010 about another privately-held Silicon Valley company called Real Intent, which develops and markets easy-to-use software products that verify, at the earliest opportunity in the design cycle, that a silicon chip’s design actually implements the designer's intent:

For this November 15, 2010 issue of the EDA WEEKLY, we switch to the issue of designing the electronic system for a chip in the first place.

 No, we’re not going to discuss the well-understood, and now considered classical approaches to designing purely digital chips using models written in well-known “hardware description languages” (HDL’s) such as Verilog or VHDL (although the effective use of HDL’s still calls for specialists). Nevertheless, after years of use, a whole bevy of EDA tools and products exists to support the purely-digital chip design process.

Rather, we will attempt in this article to discuss the far more difficult job of designing and verifying an analog chip, or worse yet, a chip that mixes analog and digital signals. According to one Dr. Martin Vlach, “It is probably safe to assert that no truly general methodology has yet been adopted to design and verify analog and mixed signal (AMS) chips.” And since Dr. Vlach originated the well-known SABER Simulator (A) and MAST HDL (B), he should know!

Note: Capital letters in parentheses and numbers in brackets refer to Definitions and Footnotes, respectively, included at the conclusion of this month’s EDA WEEKLY.

Accordingly, after some basic introductions, we will discuss in this article the use of relatively new, alternative EDA tools for modeling and simulation of analog and mixed-signal electronic systems accomplished by replacing traditional HDL-based coding approaches with a unique graphical method.

And as you have surely guessed by now, these relatively new, alternative tools come from a nine-year-old, privately held company improbably named “Lynguent.”

 We’ll explain later how the company name originated.

Brief Reminder

As you proceed through this article, your recollection of the differences between “analog” and “digital” will soon resurface. You’ll recall, for example, that a signal transmits data of some kind. An analog signal may be thought of as a continuous wave of various amplitudes vs. time that almost always contains multiple frequencies. The earliest telephones used analog signals to transmit the human voice:

Digital signals are different; they look like this in the simplest form:

Digital computers use such signals. Although digital signals can only be in the state 1 (on) and 0 (off), complicated combinations of these two values are used to send/receive data. Think of this example: Using only binary (values 1 and 0), we can create a string of values that can be interpreted by a digital computer to be something more meaningful. For instance, the value 11000110 00110101 10010011 00101101 is interpreted to equal in decimal format.

Since the real world of humans deals in analog signals, and digital computers use digital signals, there is a tremendous need for devices that convert analog to digital. Electronic designers might use this symbol to denote an “analog to digital converter” (or “ADC”) shown below:

...and a similar device to convert digital signals to analog would have a similar symbol.

An actual physical realization of such a device might look like this (and probably would be much smaller in size these days):

A 4-channel stereo multiplexed analog-to-digital

Converter placed on X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro sound card

Location of Lynguent HQ

Surely such an innovative firm as Lynguent is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, nicht wahr? Nein, nein, mein Geschäftsfreund!

Indeed, Lynguent Headquarters are in fact located precisely 623 miles north of the writer’s Albany CA office by automobile, in beautiful downtown Portland, OR, a healthy stone’s throw from the Willamette, the well-known river that runs through the center of The City of Roses:

Portland view from the west; Mt Tabor (center) rises on the city's east side. Mt St Helens (left) & Mt Hood (rt center) are also visible on a relatively rare clear day.

The Willamette River is also evident in this Wikipedia photo.

The Albany CA to Portland OR driving time is approximately 9 hours (over 87% of which is on I-5). Why, en route from CA to Lynguent HQ, one drives right past Mentor Graphics’ HQ [1] in Wilsonville, OR:

Mentor Graphics Wilsonville HQ

After another 18 miles from Wilsonville, at the end of the journey north to Oregon we finally arrive at Lynguent Headquarters in downtown Portland:

Lynguent Corporate Headquarters in Portland, OR

The Company also operates the Lynguent Arkansas Development Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas:


Lynguent Fayetteville Arkansas Development Center

Lynguent s.r.o. is another Lynguent development center, operated as a wholly owned subsidiary based in Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is of course located ENE of Nuremburg, Germany, about 290 km and 2 hours 50 minutes by auto:

Situated on the Vltava River, Prague has been the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for more than 1,100 years.

Old Town Square in Prague

Not coincidently, Prague was the original home town of Lynguent founder Martin Vlach, as we shall discover in the sequel.

Lynguent Principals Visit the SF BAY AREA

The writer first became aware of Lynguent when he was recently contacted by the principal of Portland-based Armstrong & Associates Public Relations, Ms. Jean Armstrong. “Lynguent is planning to visit the Bay Area to introduce a new CEO effective September 14, 2010,” she said, suggesting a meeting on September 10. Since the information supplied on Lynguent was indeed intriguing, the writer agreed to meet locally for lunch with Ms. Armstrong and two accompanying individuals from Lynguent. The latter turned out to be the new CEO himself and the former CEO, company founder and now Chief Technical Officer.

We four met at the venerable Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in the Berkeley CA Hills. It was the three visitors’ first-ever exposure to this historical landmark:

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

Among its many attractive attributes, the Claremont offers a commanding view of the San Francisco skyline across the Bay only 12 miles west. (Indeed, if your eyes are sharp enough, you can pick out AT&T Park, baseball home of the San Francisco GIANTS, 2010 World Series Champions).

View from Claremont Hotel Club & Spa – looking across the SF Bay

Once lunch began, however, we forgot our surroundings and got down to business. Ms. Armstrong formally introduced the new Lynguent CEO Mr. Sam Young and the Lynguent founder Dr. Martin Vlach, and the next hour was a torrent of remarkable information, only a portion of which can possibly be presented in the sequel.

Brief Backgrounds

To get acquainted, each of us first a provided a quick summary of her or his respective background. More detailed profiles of two of the three Lynguent reps are presented in the Footnotes, with just a few introductory comments here:

Jean Armstrong originated and hosted the September 10 lunch [2].


Jean Armstrong

In turn, Jean next introduced Sam Young as the new president & CEO of Lynguent, effective September 14, 2010. Sam’s new position was of course the reason we were meeting at all on this day.

Sam’s job is to lead the Company to its next level of success. “I am thrilled to be joining Lynguent at this time,” said Young. “Over the past year, the company has made tremendous progress in realigning itself to meet its customers’ needs by interfacing (Lynguent software) seamlessly with the tools customers use. Lynguent has also broadened its product line and now has a large funnel of prospective customers who are confirming its technology. It is an exciting time for everyone involved with the company.”


Sam Young

Through the course of the Claremont lunch, Sam’s outstanding qualifications emerged, and these are briefly described in [3] Footnote.

Dr. Martin Vlach

Then Jean introduced Dr. Martin Vlach, who was the co-founder of Lynguent “way back” in 2001 (along with Dr. H. Alan Mantooth and Ms. Barbara Bakken). These founders all continue as key members of the Lynguent management team.

With Sam Young taking over the CEO position, Martin becomes the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Lynguent going forward. Martin was born and reared in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He and his parents left Czechoslovakia just hours ahead of the Soviet invasion in 1968. He eventually came west and obtained multiple degrees, culminating with his Ph.D. EE from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

In 1985, Martin helped start Oregon-based Analogy, Inc., and for the 15 years he was with Analogy, he served as a member of its Board of Directors and as Chief Scientist. He was instrumental in attracting substantial angel investment to Analogy prior to its successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by Avant! and later by Synopsys, Inc. In the year prior to its acquisition, Analogy had over 200 employees and revenue of $28 million.

At Analogy, Martin conceived of and architected both the SABER simulator and the MAST hardware description language (HDL), both of which are still offered by Synopsys and used worldwide to design a wide variety of systems, from complex mixed-signal (analog and digital) integrated circuits (ICs) to mixed technology devices in consumer, automotive, and aerospace systems including electronic, hydraulic, mechanical, and optical components.

Given Martin’s fascinating history, his ongoing connection to Lynguent becomes obvious.

More background on Martin Vlach and Sam Young will be presented in Part II of the next EDA WEEKLY, scheduled for posting in December 2010.

The Lynguent Story to date

While Sam Young's appointment as the new CEO was the reason for the Claremont lunch, the writer believes that knowledge of the chronological progress of the Company leading to Sam's announcement is pivotal to understanding the future potential of the Company.

So at this juncture the writer next asked Martin, “Can you please provide a little history about your experiences after Lynquent was founded?”

Martin explained that Lynguent was at first operated as a consultancy from 2001 to 2004, and it was only then restructured as a privately-held company to focus on developing and marketing EDA productivity tools.  

“But what caused you to restructure in 2004?”

Because Martin and his team had decided to take on the challenge of creating a brand new set of integrated analog and mixed signal design development and verification products which would allow future customers to create, maintain, re-use, debug, validate and share models of analog and mixed signal components, subsystems and full systems.

“But the challenge did not stop there?”

Indeed not. The target of the new development effort would be to demonstrate how customers of Lynguent products would be able to accelerate the modeling and simulation of complex analog circuits by a factor of at least 10X if not more.

“But why did Lynguent choose this sure-to-be arduous path?”

Because if achieved, the 10X acceleration would be Lynguent’s “unique, unfair advantage” in the marketplace!


Lynguent’s Specialty & Raison d’être

So here’s what we had learned so far at the Claremont luncheon: Starting in 2004, Martin and his Lynguent team had decided to tackle one of the most difficult and ongoing problems in EDA: dealing successfully with analog and analog mixed signal (AMS) systems, which are often subsystems of a companion digital systems product. As mentioned, “dealing successfully” this time around meant reaching a goal of a 10 to 1 improvement or more, compared to trying to write the analog model or AMS model purely with an HDL.

“Please walk us through the first few years from 2004 on.”

Warming to his subject, Martin continued: Lynguent began with the premise mentioned earlier -- that the design and verification of 100% digital semiconductor chips is already well supported today in the marketplace by the use of models written in either Verilog® (C) or VHDL (D). There are also good tools available that convert a model used at one stage of the digital design to a new model to be used at the next stage. Examples of such tools are high level synthesis, Register Transfer Level (RTL) synthesis, and physical synthesis


Verification is mostly done by applying suitable test vectors to digital models, although in some situations FastSPICE (E) simulations may be done. A single simulation using all-digital models is reasonably fast, so the time to complete verification is largely dependent on the number of test vectors. So purely digital design and verification is already a well-served market.

Conversely, analog and mixed-signal (AMS) chips are still much more difficult to design and verify, and no general methodology seems to have become available (until Lynguent).

The main reasons were and are:

  • Digital designers often do not understand the analog design issues, and vice versa. As a consequence, the analog and digital portions of a design are usually done independently and brought together rather late in the design process, leading to costly redesigns and delays if analog and digital don’t match up.

  • There are no synthesis tools for AMS. Models needed at different stages of the design must be written manually, often by analog designers who are not comfortable working with a hardware description language (HDL).

  • Verification that includes AMS models is inherently slow due to the involvement of an analog solver. Methodologies to speed this up are often proprietary and application specific. They include creating behavioral models whose parameters are tuned such that the model behavior matches that of the transistor level design
  • So the creation of suitable AMS models remained a major bottleneck in an AMS design. Such models are also needed in various forms (usually at different levels of abstraction) throughout the design phase and also to speed up verification. Additionally, meaningful verification requires an ability to tune the behavior of a model to match that of the transistor design. By providing unique products that breakthrough this bottleneck, Lynguent can enjoy an enviable position in its market niche.

    Lynguent products can be used as stand-alone tools in an AMS design flow, but they also interact with the Cadence® Virtuoso® environment. Support in the Lynguent products for quick and easy model composition using drag and drop of library building blocks facilitates the creation of different versions of a model targeted at different design phases.

    This makes it possible to start modeling and simulation anywhere in the design and verification cycle, from system level design all the way through transistor level and the verification flow.

    “But how did you answer the question of whether the analog market was large enough to provide the demand that would allow Lynguent to eventually thrive?”

     Alas, at this point the time allotted to our Claremont luncheon was dwindling fast. So we turned the remaining time to arranging for follow up by the writer, such as obtaining from Lynguent more details on the market size question posed above, as well as collecting more information the backgrounds of Jean, Martin and Sam, et al.

    Below are some of the results of that follow up effort.


    Lynguent’s Market Niche

    Here again the news was and remains positive.

    First of all, the real world and all humans are “analog”. We don’t think, hear, see, etc. digitally. So to use and leverage the cornucopia of the digital explosion of modern life, most of the digital world needs to convert analog input to digital, and digital output to analog. For example, while digital recording of modern music has vastly benefitted the industry, monumental effort goes into the mixing of the digital data until the music is pleasing to the human (analog) ear. Indeed, many music purists and musicians themselves say they can still detect a digital recording by ear, regardless of the mixing diligence. (Some bands have
    actually gone back to the old fashioned method of recording their work “live” on vinyl records instead of CD’s).

    Moreover, Lynguent has access to market data that indicates the demand for analog components may have an estimated compound annual growth rate of 12% and that up to 80% of SoC’s contain AMS circuitry (see chart below). At that pace, the analog market could be expected to reach $68 billion with some 139 billion units shipped by 2012.

    It would appear from these market data that analog growth has even outperformed the digital market, and that the difference in the two lines is arguably expanding. As alluded to before, analog growth has been stimulated by the explosion in worldwide usage of digital media. So-called traditional media (like magnetic tapes) have been replaced by DVDs, and the capability for almost anyone to create content has risen to incredible levels. Today, even the average consumer has the ready ability to create and store a “digital experience”, be it on the Internet, or on an iPod or iPhone.

    Click here for an example of a digital experience that the writer finds worthwhile!

    This need is helping to expand the market for digital electronics, thanks to high-performance analog circuitry.

    Accordingly, Lynguent management feels reassured that the market for improved EDA tools to attack the analog and AMS niches remains robust.

    Lynguent Product Status Today

    Reaching for this target has already taken nearly 80 person years of intense development effort on the part of Lynguent, funded by product revenue, government research grants, services revenue and of course venture capital. So far, the company has successfully raised some $8 million in private capital.

    The Lynguent products started becoming available in 2006. The first version of Lynguent ModLyng for Analog and Mixed-Signal style of modeling was released in June 2006. The first version of Lynguent ModLyng for Event-Driven Mixed-Signal style of modeling was released in July 2009, and the first version of Lynguent ModLyng supporting Radiation Hardened By Design was released in July 2009.

    To get into the details of Lynguent product development and applications, and to further describe Martin’s and Sam’s backgrounds, will take more space than we have available in this November 15, 2010 issue of the EDA WEEKLY. Also, part of the next issue gets fairly technical, but trust me; it’ll be worth plowing through it! So look for “Lynguent Part II” scheduled for posting on or about December 13, 2010.

    When you finish reading both Parts I and II of the EDA WEEKLIES on Lynguent, you will actually understand what the image below means:

    Footnotes to “Lynguent ® Part I”

    [1] Footnote:
    When one travels north on I-5 to downtown Portland from CA, one not only passes through Wilsonville, OR, but also quickly thereafter bypasses nearby Lake Oswego, OR:

    Here the writer lived for two years in the 90’s while he ran the MGC Professional Services Division, helping to return the Division to worldwide rapid growth and profitability. We also made friends there that endure to this day, and took some memorable trips to Seattle, to the Oregon Coast and up the incredible Columbia River Gorge. Trips south in search of the sun also characterized the tenure in Portland.

    Nevertheless, the writer was delighted to return to family and friends in CA after those two years in Oregon, especially to annual rainfall a third that of Portland and to a mean annual temperature six degrees F warmer. The return to CA also led to the formation of the writer’s own high-tech consulting business (Henke Associates), now in its 15th year.

    [2] Footnote
    : Ms. Jean Armstrong is founder and principal of Armstrong & Associates, Public Relations. For more than 20 years Ms. Armstrong has partnered with fast growing technology companies such as Cadence Design Systems, CoWare, Extreme DA, Intel Systems Group, Intel Scientific Computers, Web Trends, and many more, providing a full range of public relations counsel and services. She has provided these services as a principal in several public relations companies, the most recent being Armstrong Kendall, Inc. (AKI PR), which she founded in 1998. Late in 2008, she left Armstrong Kendall, Inc. to launch her new firm, Armstrong & Associates Public Relations, which continues
    to deliver, efficiently and cost-effectively, communications strategies and programs for growing technology firms—both private and public—that produce both hardware and software for a variety of market segments.

    A founding member of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO), Jean served on its board of directors for five years, and for seven years chaired SAO's Newsletter Advisory Group. She also served on the advisory board of the Northwest Capital Network and now serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Northwest. Jean has an MBA from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.

    Armstrong & Associates supplements its capabilities with a strong network of public relations professionals and other proven suppliers of the services and products companies need to be successful. These include web and multimedia developers, advertising agencies, investment banking firms, media training experts, technical writers, market researchers, event producers, exhibit designers, executive recruiters, and more.

    [3] Footnote
    : Mr. Sam Young comes to Lynguent from Contour Semiconductor. He has over 35 years of semiconductor experience in the areas of marketing and sales, strategic planning, product line design and general management, and has participated in raising more than $100 million in venture capital for companies. Prior to joining Contour Semiconductor, Young formed Young and Associates in 2002 to guide pre-IPO companies and served as its president and CEO. Since 2002 Young was also a senior vice president with the M&A firm, IDL, where he provided consulting and M&A for many emerging companies. From 1995 to 2002, he served as the vice president of marketing for Hynix
    Semiconductor’s Flash Business Unit, growing its business from a start-up to over $100 million in sales.

    Young co-founded three technology companies including Exel Microelectronics, Corsair Microsystems and Hyundai Electronics Flash memory division and held senior management positions with a number of other successful companies. In addition, he was director of the worldwide memory research at Dataquest and chair of the EIA/JEDEC standards committee for all memory. Young has a BSEE from Pratt Institute.

    [4] Footnote: For reading this issue of EDA WEEKLY up to this juncture,
    you deserve a reward. The writer asked Martin the question, “How the Company and its products get such funny spelling?”

    It turns out that both Martin and his close friend and company colleague Ernst Christen have a deep fascination with languages, both natural languages and of course hardware description languages. 

    “Lynguent” comes from combining “Linguistics” and “fluent” with a small variant in spelling using the “y” instead of an “i.” The funny names for Lynguent products follow a similar approach. Now you know!

    Definitions of terms used in “Lynguent Part I”

    (A) SABER: Saber is a multi-domain modeling and simulation environment that enables full-system virtual prototyping for applications in analog/power electronics, electric power generation/conversion/distribution and mechatronics. Decades of industry success and innovation have earned SABER a reputation as the solution of choice for design validation and optimization for automotive, aerospace and industrial systems.



    (B) MAST: The MAST Hardware Description Language (HDL) (now offered by Synopsys) is the defacto industry standard. First released in 1986, MAST is the most advanced modeling language (until Lynguent) available for analog, mixed-signal and mixed-technology applications. Until the advent of MAST, developing analog behavioral models was only within the realm of a few individuals - those with expertise in low-level simulator details and those with an in depth understanding of macro-modeling techniques. Today, MAST provides an analog methodology in which models can be created - and maintained - by users as

    well as their IC suppliers, ASIC vendors or EDA tool providers.

    The rich set of modeling constructs available in MAST allows a user to model both analog behavior and event-driven behavior as demonstrated in a pulse width modulator or a voltage comparator. This truly makes MAST a mixed-signal hardware description language. MAST allows a user to model complex electrical circuits quite efficiently. It also has a well-defined interface that allows access to C++ and FORTRAN routines from within a model, allowing ready reuse of existing models. Many models, like the BSIM models from UC Berkeley, the GaAs MESFET model from Triquint Semiconductor, and numerous other proprietary MOSFET, MESFET and bipolar
    transistor models, have now been ported to MAST via this mechanism. MAST lets a user make extensive use of hierarchy when developing models, which further encourages model reuse. MAST also possesses many advanced features that allow a user to specify information like stress measures and statistical variations on parameters.


    (C) Verilog HDL According to the EDA Glossary provided by the EDA CONSORTIUM website, Verilog HDL is one of two standardized hardware description languages used to specify the structure and behavior of electronic systems in textual format. Developed in the mid-1980s as a proprietary language and acquired by Cadence Design Systems, it became a de facto industry standard. In the mid-90s Cadence placed it into the public domain and it became a de jure standard promulgated by the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).  Verilog

    ® is also the name of a legacy simulation tool offered by Cadence.


    (D) VHDL (VHSIC = Very-High-Speed Integrated Circuit) Hardware Description Language). Also according to the EDA Glossary provided by the EDA CONSORTIUM website, VHDL is the other one of two standardized hardware description languages used to specify the structure and behavior of electronic systems in textual format. Supports behavioral, register-transfer-level (RTL), and gate-level logic descriptions. Developed by the industry in the mid-1980s through funding by the U.S. Department of Defense, VHDL is also a de jure standard promulgated by the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers

    (E) SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis)

    Also according to the EDA Glossary provided by the EDA CONSORTIUM website, SPICE is an industry-standard analog simulation language which contains models for most circuit elements and can handle complex nonlinear circuits. Also refers to a freely-distributed simulation tool which simulates circuitry described in the SPICE language. According to the website “All About EDA” by Simon Young, FastSPICE is one among several second generation circuit simulators that were born of necessity when custom, usually digitally-dominated, IC designs overtook the capacity and run-time capabilities of SPICE. Several innovations in EDA
    enabled Fast-SPICE simulators, yet their application isn't without some limitations and care has to be taken in modeling and simulation both to ensure the results obtained are valid, according to Young.

    Copyrights of names used in “Lynguent Part I”

    Lynguent® is a Registered Trademark of Lynguent, Inc.

    ModLyng is a Trademark of Lynguent, Inc.

    All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Cadence® , Verilog® and Virtuoso® are Registered Trademarks of Cadence Design Systems.

    MAST® is a Registered Trademark of Synopsys, Inc.

    © 2002-2010 Skullbox

    SABER is a registered trademark of Sabremark Limited partnership and is used under license


    The current series of EDA WEEKLY articles by this writer began on November 09, 2009, with the publication of an editorial entitled, “The Role of Business Planning.” It was the first of thirteen articles through October 2010, as a result of the schedule of publishing every four weeks:

    Among the twelve postings that followed, eight covered seven EDA-related companies, two of which are privately held and five publicly–traded.

    The remaining four of the articles were editorial commentaries on the economy & semiconductors, the economy and the EDA Industry, the State of IP (Intellectual Property), and “Whither EDA?”.

    To access any of the articles, go to:

    In observance of the one-year anniversary of the appearance of “The Role of Business Planning,” the special promotion that would have ended December 01, 2010 to obtain a reduced-price copy of the entire Planning Tool Kit (PTK) will now be extended to May 01, 2011.

    To obtain details on the extended

    "2010 - 2011 Business Planning Tool Kit Promotion"


    please click on the URL below and scroll

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    The writer would like to acknowledge the sources of data and information for this “Lynguent Part I” EDA WEEKLY issue: Vendor News Releases; Hoover's; Yahoo! Finance; Google Finance; Google Maps; Databeans, Inc., EDAC, Skullbox, Wikipedia, Wolfson Microelectronics, Jean Armstrong, and many Lynguent personnel. Ongoing support by the team at IBSystems, Inc., including but not limited to Sanjay Gangal, Adam Heller, David Heller, Jon Heller, Nitai Fraenkel, and Sumit Singhal, is also appreciated.


    About the Writer:

    Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been and remains active as president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies for Henke Associates now numbers more than forty. During his corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on "both sides" of MCAE/MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He's a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron, SDRC, Schlumberger Applicon, Gould Electronics, ATP, and Mentor Graphics. Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. Henke was also a board member of SDRC, PDA, ATP, and the MacNeal Schwendler Corporation, and he currently serves on the board of Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. Henke is also a member of the IEEE and a Life Fellow of ASME International. In April 2006, Dr. Henke received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the CAD Society, presented by CAD Society president Jeff Rowe at COFES2006 in Scottsdale, AZ. In February 2007, Henke became affiliated with Cyon Research's select group of experts on business and technology issues as a Senior Analyst. This Cyon Research connection aids and supplements Henke's ongoing, independent consulting practice (HENKE ASSOCIATES). Dr. Henke is also a contributing editor of the
    EDACafé EDA WEEKLY, and he has published EDA WEEKLY articles every four weeks since November 2009; URL's available.

    To obtain details on the extended

    "2010 – 2011 Business Planning Tool Kit Promotion"


    please click on the URL below and scroll

    to the last entry on that page:

    Since May 2003 HENKE ASSOCIATES has also published a total of ninety-two (92) independent COMMENTARY articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems' MCADCafé and EDACafé. Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL's for past Commentaries, are available at
    http://www.henkeassociates.net . March 31, 2010 marked the 14th Anniversary of the founding of HENKE ASSOCIATES.

    You can find the full EDACafe event calendar here.

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    -- Russ Henke, EDACafe.com Contributing Editor.