transfer in electronic systems. By using accurate thermal analysis, engineers can evaluate and test designs automatically before physical prototypes are built. When combined with the T3Ster product, engineers using the FloTHERM tool will benefit from both accurate thermal simulation models derived from real measurements and thermal package characterization testing.
Package characterization measurements provide an insight into the package structure with thermal resistances and thermal capacitances. Simulation software provides the engineer with information on specific sections of the design that correspond to the measured structure. Thermal interface materials are quite difficult to model since their conductivity and thickness cannot be determined with high accuracy. Thus, thermal package measurements produced by the T3Ster product, based on the resistance of these materials, can be used later for accurate model creation in FloTHERM software. This seamless process provides fast, easy and accurate model creation;
identifies product design defects; and enables manufacturing quality checking. The combined T3Ster tester and FloTHERM analysis software solution is compatible with other Mentor Graphics products to provide comprehensive thermal simulation for optimum system reliability, from IC package and LED, to PCB, and to full system development.
“Mentor’s best-in-class thermal simulation and measurement of semiconductor packages and LEDs provide tremendous advantages for customers faced with thermal challenges,” said Dr. Erich Buergel, general manager of Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. “The ease in creating accurate thermal models based on reliable thermal measurements helps users quickly to identify design problems and to create design alternatives which improve product quality, reliability, and increased profitability.”
The Mentor Graphics T3Ster and FloTHERM solution for efficient thermal package characterization is available today.
End of news release.
Long time readers of the EDA WEEKLY will recall that the December 07, 2009 issue introduced Dr. Erich Buergel of the Mechanical Analysis Division (MAD) of Mentor Graphics in an article entitled, "MAD Progress."
Joining MAD only a few months before that article was posted, Erich had become the new General Manager of the MGC Mechanical Analysis Division, formed after the acquisition of Flomerics plc by MGC in August 2008.
Dr. Buergel (pictured above) continues to report to Henry Potts, VP & GM of the MGC Systems Design Division (SDD). Mr. Potts, headquartered in Longmont, CO, was featured in the July 25, 2011 EDA WEEKLY, entitled, "Back to the Future":
Not mentioned in either previous article was the existence of a small group in Budapest, Hungary that had been acquired by Flomerics shortly before Flomerics was acquired by MGC.
It turns out that this latter Budapest group is responsible for the development of the products for Thermal and Optical Testing discussed in the news release above:
— T3Ster® – thermal testing of electronic parts and systems...
...is combined with the more recently developed TERALED® product:
...to create the T3Ster/TERALED® system for combined thermal and optical testing of LEDs:
So in the MGC News Release of December 12, 2011, we have found our fourth example of a system that blurs the line between EDA and Test, an example of a system already in production and use by several MGC customers!
Great thanks to MGC’s Suzanne Graham for arranging the MGC briefing on its new products, to Kim Coxe for e-mailing collaterals, and especially to John Isaac for braving the snows of Longmont, CO to conduct the Internet briefing. And a nod of congratulations to MGC for the “management moxie” to market these EDA/Test combination products.
Mentor Graphics Acquires the Flowmaster Group to Provide a Unique Combination of CFD Capabilities
On January 9, 2012 Mentor Graphics announced that it had acquired the Flowmaster Group, a global leader in 1D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation software for system design. 1D CFD solutions allow for very rapid engineering design of complex fluid flow network systems like water-cooled electronic racks, automotive vehicle thermal management, and aerospace fuel systems.
A News Release will be available soon at:
A Personal Aside
The general topic of combining software analysis and testing to solve problems and/or to design better products, has long been an interest of the writer, no doubt because it's the same approach we mechanical engineers took, back in the seventies, when faced with understanding and simulating the mechanical dynamics of complex structures like machine tools and automobiles of the day.
Available techniques, such as finite element analysis software, were too limited in those days to model much of the structure, and even when we could build such computer models for then-current software such as ANSYS or NASTRAN, the digital computers of the day available to us were way too small and slow for timely answers. By us, I mean a tiny, 30-person consulting company based in Fairfax, OH, called “SDRC.”
“What did we do?" We used static and dynamic tests with electric or hydraulic vibration shakers, as well as new test equipment from Spectral Dynamics (then in San Diego, CA) to plot the actual structure’s ‘transfer function,’ deriving just enough information (our equivalent of Agilent's “device models”) about the complex structure to construct approximate digital computer simulations that allowed us to help machine tool companies like Cincinnati Milacron to build more stable, chatter resistant milling machines, and to help Detroit car companies, in the face of the very first oil embargo, to reduce the weight and mass of their cars but still achieve adequate
structural integrity with vastly improved dynamic behavior.
“The re-designed, downsized 1975 Cadillac Seville was one of our first success stories using this approach, a car that weighed 1000 pounds less than its predecessors with equivalent, arguably improved dynamic behavior,” said the writer recently, inwardly delighted that he could summon up such old memories.
Introduction of EDA WEEKLY Topic #2 of 2012:
The EDA WEEKLY is introducing a new feature in 2012 under the aegis of the current EDA WEEKLY writer, who began his period of care of the EDA WEEKLY franchise in October of 2009. The new feature: From time to time the EDA WEEKLY will publish guest articles that should be interesting to the readership but that the writer is unlikely to pursue on his own.
The following inaugural article is contributed by Ms. Linh Hong, vice president of marketing at Kilopass Technology, Santa Clara, CA. Ms. Homg is solely responsible for the following article’s content. (The backgrounds on the contributor and the company are presented at the end of the article).
Building a Successful Non Volatile Memory (NVM) Company on the basis of CMOS Oxide Breakdown
Starting its second decade in business under current CEO Charlie Cheng, Kilopass Technology Inc. continues its successful growth driven by two major movements. The first comprises market forces where consumers are demanding greater functionality from their mobile smart devices beyond audio and video to include environmental data that will eventually provide life care for the consumer. The second involves technology forces that continue to deliver more transistors per silicon area for each new semiconductor process generation, now at 28nm going to 20nm.
The widespread adoption of Kilopass' unique standard logic CMOS anti-fuse, one-time programmable (OTP), non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP) is reflected in the growing number of Kilopass foundry and IDM partners. Among foundries signing new agreements are UMC, SMIC, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dongbu and TowerJazz, that join long-standing Kilopass partner TSMC, the first to offer Kilopass IP at 28nm. The key to success for an IP company is silicon enablement and Kilopass IP is available on process nodes from 180nm down to 28nm at its major foundry partners to provide solutions to customers across many markets. Among major Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs) inking deals with
Kilopass are the major suppliers of image sensors, display drivers, and gaming chips.
To understand how this successful start-up is being driven by evolutionary technical and market forces, an explanation of the company’s patented anti-fuse NVM IP and how it compares with alternative NVM solutions is the place to begin. Next, a description of how this anti-fuse NVM IP has symbiotically evolved with the steady progression of each new generation of standard logic CMOS processes, currently at 28nm and moving to 20nm and beyond, is in order. Finally, a discussion of how the anti-fuse NVM IP uniquely serves the four high-volume applications where it is being incorporated will detail how market forces are driving the company’s ongoing success.
OTP anti-fuse memory technology has been in the available for several decades. The principle behind its operation is simple. The basic storage element is a CMOS transistor that in an un-programmed state represents an open circuit. See Figure 1. During programming, the gate oxide of the transistor is broken down to produce a low-impedance path to current flow, thus storing a bit of data. The gate oxide breakdown is permanent and is unaffected by the number of accesses, as some other NVM solutions are, or environmental factors including such hostile environments as automotive and military/aerospace.
Figure 1. Kilopass 2T Bit Cell
Kilopass was founded by prolific inventor Jack Peng, who patented the technology in 2001 and contributed to early adoption of the technology by major customers. He served as company CEO until the fall of 2005, when the reins were given to serial entrepreneur Bernie Aronson. Aronson expanded the company’s customer base to over 50 and increased the number of total licenses to over a 100 all contributing to over a 100M units in chip production. After this successful run, Aronson handed the reins over to Charlie Cheng in Fall 2008. In just over a year at the end of 2010, Cheng had doubled the number of customers to 100,
achieved a 100 percent revenue growth, and saw the number of chips shipped with Kilopass IP exceeding 2 billion units.
Charlie Cheng is a Silicon Valley veteran that honed his entrepreneurial skills at start-up such as Aspec Technology, Edge Computer, Iomega, Viewlogic, and Zycad. His first solo entrepreneurial venture began at Lexra, a CPU IP start-up that pioneered the first synthesizable 32-bit CPU core. After selling Lexra to MIPS Technology Inc., he joined Faraday Technology, where he held general management and marketing vice president roles before taking the helm as Chief Executive Officer. After four years he left to become Entrepreneur-in-Residence at U.S. Venture Partners, a major Kilopass Technology investor, with the eye to finding a start-up he where he could employ the full weight of
his accumulated experience. Kilopass provided the ideal vehicle. Fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, Cheng is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering and computer science.
Making a Standard Logic CMOS Anti-Fuse
Peng’s invention enabled Kilopass to implement an anti-fuse in standard CMOS without additional mask or process steps—no extra cost—and to allow an elevated programming voltage to convert a standard CMOS transistor into a low-resistance path to current: an anti fuse or bit cell. Until 2001, When Kilopass was formed, to create the memory element or bit cell required additional process steps. Kilopass was conceived when 180nm standard logic CMOS process technology became the volume manufacturing process for the semiconductor industry. At this process node, the gate oxide breakdown is less than that of the junction breakdown, thus eliminating the need for added manufacturing
steps. Previously, extra protection had to be added to the transistor to prevent junction breakdown—the destruction of the transistor. This extra protection added manufacturing steps, thus boosting the cost adding anti-fuse capability to any chip.
With each new CMOS process generation, transistor dimensions and the oxide thickness get smaller. This shrinking makes the anti-fuse solution better because the programming voltage required to cause gate oxide breakdown is reduced. The process scaling also provides other benefits. The most obvious is smaller transistors allow more memory to be contained in a given silicon area. Furthermore, successively smaller memory cell make the Kilopass memory, which is the most tamper-resistant NVM available, more secure. The extra security results from the smaller read currents needed to access data from any bit cell.
Kilopass has 59 patents that have been issued or pending on anti-fuse technology. As shown in figure 2, the patents are divided into three groups of fundamental bit cells by number of transistors – 1T, 2T, and 3.5T. Kilopass’ patents enable the embedding of OTP macros in standard CMOS products:
42 are issued, 17 pending in United States, China, Taiwan, Japan, and EPC.
21 Issued in United States for 1T, 2T, and 3.5T anti-fuse bit cell technologies.
5 for 1T, 15 for 2T, and 1 for 3.5T
Figure 2. Anti-Fuse Patent Portfolio
Comparing NVM Alternatives
The competitive advantage of anti-fuse is best illustrated by comparing it with other embedded NVM technologies available in the market:
Embedded Flash solutions where data is represented as a charge;
Floating gate or charge trapping solutions that likewise represent data as a charge;
Electrical fuse solutions that blow a metal link or the silicide on a poly line to represent data as a change in resistance;
Via or diffusion ROM that represent data as a short or open at a given node in a memory array fabricated in the metal layer of a chip during manufacture.
Embedded Flash, the most expensive and most flexible of the embedded NVM technologies, is ideal for code and data storage that changes often. It can require at least 10 additional mask steps. The higher upfront cost of the technology is offset by high endurance allowing frequent and a large number of read-write cycles. Commonly found in microcontrollers (MCU) it provides flexibility to end applications to produce multiple configurations from one product.
For example, an MCU chip manufacturer may produce a low end 8-bit MCU for a dozen different appliance manufacturers. By producing a base MCU and adding different features for each of the different customers in flash, the MCU supplier eliminates the need to manufacture a different MCU for each customer—thus saving silicon cost and eliminating the inventory problem of stockpiling different products for different customers. Both the vendor and the customer benefit from the flexibility, respectively, to control inventory and provide differentiation.
An alternative to flash is floating gate or charge trapping solutions in the form of the stacked-gate 1T cell, a CMOS transistor with one floating gate and one contacted gate overlapping each other. See Figure 3. Insulated by a high quality oxide from the contacted gate, the floating gate is programmed by channel injecting electrons and erased by allowing the trapped electrons to escape. The presence or absence of electrons in the floating gate is read as a “1” or “0”. Like flash the floating gate memory can be erased and electrically programmed.
Figure 3. Floating Gate NVM Technology
However, both flash and the floating gate solution requires additional masks and processing steps on top of the standard CMOS logic process though the latter requires fewer than former. How much additional cost a design requiring an embedded re-programmable NVM can bear will determine if an application will opt for the flash or floating gate alternative. Having to add processing steps to the standard logic CMOS process means that these two solutions will not be available at the latest process node. Typically flash on logic CMOS will lag standard logic CMOS three generations whereas floating gate may be one or two
Another alternative NVM storage technology is electrical fuse (eFuse) made of polysilicon or metals. The metal eFuse is a one-time programmable memory programmed by applying a high current to rupture a conductive link or make its resistance significantly higher. The reliability of an eFuse is a concern because debris and shards can cause the fuse to grow back over time. See figure 4. The polysilicon eFuse with Cobalt or Nickel silicide on top is programmed by a well-known reliability mechanism called electro-migration in which electron momentum pushes the silicide atoms out of the conductor link to produce a high resistance or open circuit.
Figure 4. Poly Fuse Technology
The eFuse is typically custom-designed and provided by the foundry as a macro, thus affording the designer a lower cost solution. However, migrating a design containing an eFuse from one foundry to another becomes problematic. Most fuses are programmed during wafer fabrication with stringent power requirements for programming. The eFuse bit cell is the largest of the standard CMOS NVM technologies. If an application calls for higher bit density, greater than 4Kb, another 4Kb eFuse increment begins to take up too much area of the SOC.
Finally, among all the NVM alternatives, ROM is the lowest cost technology available, however, it is the least flexible of all. ROM is typically used for storing code that does not change such as audio recording of “Happy Birthday” in a musical greeting card or fonts in an ink jet printer. The ROM is programmed as part of wafer fabrication, thus, the content can only be changed by producing a new mask layer.
The anti-fuse NVM addresses all the shortcomings of the four alternative NVM solutions. Unlike flash or other charge trapping NVM solutions, anti-fuse requires no additional cost over standard CMOS and scales easily with each new generation of process technology. Unlike the eFuse and ROM solutions, anti-fuse can be programmed in the final package in the field with a simple write command. And, unlike eFuse and ROM, anti-fuse is portable across multiple foundries and multiple processes from 180nm to 28nm. Finally, of all the NVM solutions anti-fuse is the most tamper-resistant, even to invasive attacks and scanning electron microscope
Growing Demand for Embedded NVM
Fueling the company’s success and growth is the increasing consumption of digital multimedia content on portable devices—smart-phones and tablets and consumer electronics devices in the home—Internet TVs and web-enabled set-top boxes. Further demand for the company’s NVM intellectual property (IP) is coming from being incorporated in microcontrollers (MCU) targeting automotive applications. Over a hundred MCU’s provide control of engine, transmission power, auto body, cabin environment, lamp, security, and audio entertainment in a typical new car today. Finally, the number of analog and mixed signal circuits being incorporated on
next generation system on chip (SoC) designs continues to grow producing additional consumption of Kilopass NVM IP
According to a Global Industry Analysts, Inc. market research report published in May of 2011, the global smart phones market will reach over 1.6 Billion units by 2017. This growth is being fueled by a plethora of functionality smart phones provide such as data services: applications, multimedia, location-based services. The market research firm sees near-field communications that enable wireless purchases, electronic wallet, etc. becoming prevalent in the next generation of devices. All this functionality is fertile ground for theft and fraud by hackers exploiting the technology. NVM memory within these portable devices provides
tamper-resistant storage for personal identification numbers (PINs), encryption keys, and other private information. However most NVM technology is relatively easy to hack.
Kilopass’ embedded non-volatile memory cannot be hacked using passive, semi-invasive, and invasive methods. Due to the nature of the technology, it is difficult to determine the content of the memory. Passive techniques including using current profiles to determine the word pattern are unsuccessful because the bit cell current for “0”s and “1”s are much smaller than the current required for sensing or to operate the peripheral circuits in order to read the memory. One cannot determine the pattern of the word being read. Invasive techniques including backside attacks or scanning electron microscope passive voltage contrast are
unsuccessful because it is very difficult to isolate the bit cell since it is connected in a cross point array. Furthermore, it is difficult using chemical etching or mechanical polishing to locate the oxide breakdown. In a cross-section or a top view, it is difficult to determine which bit is programmed.
Figure 5. NVM in Smart Phones
Figure 5 shows typical functions contained in a smart phone. All can achieves higher integration by using embedded nonvolatile memory (NVM) instead of serial flash memory or EEPROM on separate die. Kilopass estimates that 30 percent of the $5 billion spent each year on serial flash memory and EEPROM was for applications requiring 4Mb of memory or less. Kilopass states that teardowns of Apple’s iPhone 3GS found about 10 serial flash memories and EEPROMs, most die-bonded within packages of larger chips thus invisible in system-level teardowns. As smart phones continue to offer more features, embedded NVM memory will
become more valuable to reduce chip count and to add security.
Figure 6. NVM in Home Electronics
In home consumer electronics non-volatile memory has typically been used for conditional access, the encryption key loaded into the set-top box that enables the consumer to receive content from the service provider. However, as shown in Figure 6 with the advent of over-the-top media, content is circumventing the cable and satellite gateways via the Internet and the wired and wireless home networks that connect consumer electronics with PCs and digital devices.
Over-the-top media has spawned the proliferation of digital rights management codes that accompany the digital multimedia over the Internet and throughout the home network. For example DTCP (Digital Transmission Content Protection) keys can be found on interface such as IEEE 1394, USB, MOST, Bluetooth, and TCP/IP or HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) keys can be found on interfaces such as HDMI, DVI, Display Port, GVIF and UDI.
NVM in Automotive Applications
For today’s premium cars, "the cost of software and electronics can reach 35 to 40 percent of the cost of a car," said Manfred Broy, a professor of informatics at Technical University, Munich quoted in a story in IEEE Spectrum published in February 2009. The article asserted that these cars contain 70 to 100 microcontroller-based electronic control units (ECUs) networked throughout the body of your car as illustrated in Figure 7. Even low-end cars now have 30 to 50 ECUs embedded in the body, doors, dash, roof, trunk, seats, and elsewhere.
Figure 7. NVM in the Automobile
Microcontrollers (MCUs) provide the intelligence directing this electronics. With the growing awareness for the need for security, automobile manufacturers are looking for new alternative to flash and EEPROM for secure, low-cost, more temperature tolerant and often field-programmable non-volatile memory (NVM) for microcontrollers in automotive electronic systems. One-time programmable anti-fuse NVM with over-provisioned memory capacity is finding applications where storage contents changes infrequently over the life of the automobile: boot code for microcontrollers—eliminating
external serial EEPROM, ROM patches to fix bugs in the field, data logging of infrequently changing events—odometer reaching service milestones, etc.
Analog mixed-signal circuits, including digital to analog converters, analog to digital converters, pulse width modulators, etc., are proliferating in new chips populated by sensors, accelerometers, and radio frequency circuits. According to a TechNavio market research report published May 2011, the global analog and mixed signal device market will reach $49.45 billion in 2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market's growth is the explosion in intelligent handheld mobile device that are incorporating applications (apps) that enable the device to sense the environment, location, speed, direction as well as interact with the
user through voice recognition and text to speech synthesis.
Chips containing these analog mixed signal elements will soon include even more sensors than the ubiquitous accelerometer and GPS. According to the article "Which sensors are coming to your next smartphone?" in the May 23, 2011 issue of web magazine Mobihealthnews.com, the following are in the offing: altimeters, heart-rate monitors as well as sensors to detect perspiration and microphones, temperature and humidity sensors for more environmental data. Each will bring their share of analog mixed-signal circuits.
The problem with analog mixed-signal circuits is they are subject to variations during manufacture and their characteristics change over time. To ensure they behave consistently, the circuits’ characteristics are trimmed during manufacture using digital parameters stored in NVM. As the analog mixed-signal circuits’ characteristics drift over time, they are trimmed by changing the parameters in NVM to compensate for the drift. Storing these parameters presents a large market opportunity for NVM IP.
Kilopass Technology Inc. is an intellectual property company that has both significant market forces and compelling technology trends driving its success. Propelling its business success is the proliferation of multimedia content in handheld devices, all requiring secure DRM key storage. Couple this with the increasing number of computing devices that all need NVM storage being incorporated into the smart devices to handle the expanding amount of functionality. And finally add in the expanding number of sensors migrating on board portable smart devices all needing NVM storage for mixed signal trimming data. The compelling technical trend
driving the company forward is the relentless progression of Moore’s Law producing the next generation CMOS process technology every 18 months. With each new generation, the storage capacity of Kilopass IP grows, its reliability improves, the amount of power it consumes decreases, and its ability to thwart tampering even with the most invasive technique improves. Kilopass is well positioned for continued growth and success. End of article.
Ms. Linh Hong is VP of marketing at Kilopass responsible for marketing Kilopass’ solutions globally. With 13 years of semiconductor industry experience – primarily focused on logic NVM IP, high-speed SERDES IP and broadband communication ASICs – Linh served for three years in various director and management positions in field applications engineering and applications marketing at Kilopass before assuming her current role in April 2009. Prior to joining Kilopass, she was a design consultant and design manager at LSI Logic, where she also served in various design and marketing engineering functions. She began her career as a
component engineer at Sun Microsystems. Linh holds a BS degree with honors in physics, and an MSEE degree in electrical engineering, both from University of California, Davis.
Kilopass Self Description
Kilopass Technology is expanding the horizons of embedded non-volatile memory to create new cost savings and design opportunities for today’s semiconductor industry.
The leader in embedded NVM intellectual property, Kilopass removes long-standing challenges to NVM integration across a wide range of markets, applications and SOC designs. Its patented technologies and expanding set of one-time programmable (OTP) and multi-time programmable NVM solutions have boundless capacity to scale to advanced CMOS process geometries, are portable to every major foundry and integrated device manufacturer (IDM), and meet market demands for increased integration, higher densities, lower cost, better reliability and improved security.
Trusted by today’s most trusted brands, Kilopass technology has been integrated by over 100 customers, with more than 2 billion units shipped in over 300 industrial, automotive, consumer electronics, mobile and analog & mixed signal chip designs. The company’s solutions are currently integrated into 20 million set-top boxes, 50 million DVD chip sets, 100 million Wi-Fi modules, and 500 million FM tuners.
The EDA WEEKLY writer also thanks Ms. Nanette Collins and Mr. Jonah McLeod for their assistance.
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Late Breaking News
On January 6, 2012, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its monthly report for December 2011, that employers in the United States added 200,000 jobs last month. As the New York Times stated, “The report came on the heels of a flurry of heartening economic news and signaled gathering momentum in the recovery. Consumer confidence lifted, factories stepped up production and small businesses showed signs of life. The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, its lowest level in nearly three years.”
It was the sixth consecutive month that the US economy showed a net gain of more than 100,000 jobs — not enough yet to fully restore employment to levels above the start of Bush 43’s second recession, but enough to encourage President Obama as he enters the election year for his second term.
A few days before this current EDA WEEKLY of January 9, 2012 was posted, IBSystems’ executive Graham Bell chose to publish a report, the fist portion of which is included here:
The Best of 2011 – EDA Weekly Magazine, Press Postings, and Careers Corner
Please note that contributed articles, blog entries, and comments posted on EDACafe.com are the views and opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the management and staff of Internet Business Systems and its subsidiary web-sites.
As 2012 begins, it is time to review the stories and weekly articles that were picked by you, the EDACafe.com audience, as the most interesting and newsworthy. We have grouped them by the highest number of click-throughs or readers.
The EDA Weekly Magazine covered many different technology and business topics. The top Magazine article of 2011 was an analysis of SpringSoft, written by Russ Henke.
The staff of Internet Business Systems and EDACafe.com thanks you for your readership and wishes you a prosperous 2012!
-- Graham Bell, EDACafe.com
PS The writer (Russ Henke) has again explicitly thanked those who cooperated to produce the above 2011 articles, and herewith also expresses deep appreciation for all the assistance he enjoys for each and every issue of the EDA WEEKLY.
About the writer of the EDA WEEKLY:
Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been active as president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies served by Henke Associates during those years now numbers close to fifty. Engagement lengths have varied from a few weeks up to ten years and beyond.
During his previous 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 (Research Scientist – Oakley, OH), SDRC (President & COO – Fairfax, OH & Milford, OH), Schlumberger Applicon (Executive VP – Burlington, MA), Gould Electronics Imaging & Graphics (President & General Manager – San Jose, CA), ATP (Chairman and CEO – Campbell, CA), and
Mentor Graphics Corporation (VP & General Manager – PCB Division San Jose, CA & Professional Services Division – Wilsonville, OR).
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. (San Mateo, CA). He also serves as VP Business Development of Stottler Henke, focused on commercial applications of artificial intelligence.
In addition, Henke is 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
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