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Bob Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance responsible for its management and operations. Previously, Bob was senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Uniquify, responsible for brand development, positioning, strategy and business development activities. Bob began his … More »

A Photo Montage of a RISC-V Evening to Remember

January 31st, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

Rainy winter weather didn’t deter anyone from the Open Source and the RISC-V processor panel Wednesday, January 18, hosted by the ESD Alliance at the Cadence facility in San Jose, Calif. Well, almost everyone. Rick O’Connor, executive director of the RISC-V Foundation, didn’t make it because a snowstorm closed the airport in Ottawa, Canada. Instead, he dialed in from there and gave the audience an overview of the RISC-V Foundation and was available to answer questions. Ted Speers, a member of the RISC-V Foundation board and head of Product Architecture and Planning for Microsemi’s SoC Group, amiably stepped in as his replacement.

The moderator was Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures, our long-time partner who works with Steve Pollock of AI-Pac on the regularly scheduled series like this one presented by our Emerging Companies Committee. Yunsup Lee, SiFive’s chief technology officer (CTO) and co-designer the RISC-V ISA and the first RISC-V microprocessors, offered a fascinating look at the open sources processor movement.

Jim Hogan (at left) introduces panel members Yunsup Lee and Ted Speers.

Attendees get ready for the discussion to begin.


 I won’t try to recapture the evening in this blog post, but point you to two blog posts from two of our favorite bloggers:

From Cadence’s Breakfast Bytes written by Paul McLellan: RISC-V “The thing that you learn and the thing that you use are the same”

From EDACafe: “Apocalypse soon: RISC-V channels mammals after the Asteroid” by Peggy Aycinena

Have a look at who attended:

From left to right: Synopsys’ Aart de Geus, Grant Martin from Cadence and Raúl Camposano of Sage Design Automation.

Blue Pearl’s John Molyneux (left) and Ellis Smith. 

Cadence’s Tomeka Brown greets attendees Craig Wentzel of Ridgetop Group (left) and Nanette Collins. 

Bill Finch from CAST (left) and Andrea Casotto of Runtime Design Automation.

From left to right: Craig Wentzel, Sonics’ Grant Piece, Steve Alvin from Cadence and Bob Smith of the ESD Alliance.

From left to right: Adnan Hamid from Breker Verification Systems, Synopsys’ Michael Sanie and Joe Hupcey of Mentor Graphics. Neil Hand of Codasip is in the background.

From left to right: OneSpin Solutions’ Dave Kelf, Lisa Hogan and Steve Pollock of AIPac and the chair of the ESD Alliance Emerging Companies Committee.

The Phil Kaufman Award ceremony and dinner was held last week. I’ll soon have a blog on the evening and include a few shots of the evening as well.

A reminder: We’ll exhibit at DesignCon 2017 in Booth #T3 Wednesday and Thursday this week. If you are attending, please stop by our booth.

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