Bridging the Frontier
Bob Smith, Executive Director
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 »
March 28th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
The spectacular news this week from the ESD Alliance’s Market Statistics Service (MSS) that revenue increased 18.9 percent for Q4 2016 will be an exclamation point to next week’s CEO Outlook.
For example, revenue for Q4 in all four geographic regions –– Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Japan and Asia/Pacific –– increased 18.9 percent for Q4 2016 to $2455 million, compared to $2064.5 million in Q4 2015. All product categories saw fourth-quarter growth. In fact, CAE, Semiconductor IP, IC Physical Design & Verification and PCB/MCM reported double-digit increases. Another positive sign is employment is up 6.6% overall.
CEO Outlook attendees can expect to hear much more about industry opportunities for growth and challenges as Ed Sperling, editor-in-chief of Semiconductor Engineering, moderates the panel of four of our most visible CEOs and Alliance Board Members. They are: Aart de Geus, CEO at Synopsys, Lip-Bu Tan, president and CEO of Cadence, ARM’s CEO Simon Segars and Wally Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and board sponsor for the MSS.
March 17th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Please Note: With regrets, we are postponing the “Energy Policy and Strategy for the IoT Era,” the panel on the new energy rules for PCs from the California Energy Commission Thursday, March 23, due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay tuned for updates.
After listening to our members who told us they missed the yearly CEO forecast, it’s a pleasure to let you know the ESD Alliance is bringing back an evening with the leaders of our industry. The 2017 CEO Outlook will be held Thursday, April 6, from 6:30pm until 8:45pm at Synopsys in Mountain View, Calif. A private reception for ESD Alliance members only to mingle with speakers will begin at 5:30pm.
Four of our industry’s most visible CEOs will discuss their views on the future of the system design ecosystem in what promises to be a wide-ranging and enlightening panel discussion. The four panelists for the evening are: Aart de Geus from Synopsys, Lip-Bu Tan of Cadence, ARM’s Simon Segars and Wally Rhines of Mentor Graphics. Each will share his views on where the semiconductor industry and system design ecosystem are heading, review trends and point out potential opportunities and danger signs ahead. After brief opening statements about the future of the industry, an interactive audience discussion will follow.
March 7th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Fresh from our “Ride with the Verify Seven” evening co-hosted with ESD Alliance member company OneSpin during DVCon, we’re planning our next event with another member company –– Sonics –– Thursday, March 23.
The panel, “Energy Policy and Strategy for the IoT Era,” moderated by Grant Pierce, Sonics’ CEO and chairman of the Alliance board of directors, will outline new energy rules for PCs set by the California Energy Commission (CEC). A panel discussion will look at how these new rules affect the system design ecosystem and how the industry will adapt to them.
The standards, primed to begin January 1, 2018 and roll out through July 2021, cover desktop computers, notebooks and laptops, small-scale servers, workstations and monitors, the top consumers of electricity in California. Estimates are staggering –– the state reports consumption of about 5,610 gigawatt hours of electricity or 3% of residential electricity use and 7% commercial. The CEC determined something needed to change, even though many manufacturers build seemingly energy-efficient products. The new standards are estimated to save 2,332 gigawatt hours per year and reduce utility bills by more than $370 million, enough energy to power about 350,000 California homes a year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
February 24th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
The Super Bowl wasn’t the only festive event over the last few weeks! The Electronic Systems Design ecosystem honored Andrzej Strojwas as the 2016 Phil Kaufman Award recipient during an awards ceremony and dinner attended by close to 200 of us from the industry. It was held Thursday, January 26, at the Fourth Street Summit Center in San Jose, Calif.
For those of you who don’t know Dr. Strojwas, he is PDF Solutions’ chief technologist as well as the Keithley professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He was recognized with the award for his pioneering research in the area of DFM in the semiconductor industry.
The Kaufman Award is presented annually by the ESD Alliance and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). For more information, check out: http://bit.ly/2l95wTO
As I did with the RISC-V event, I won’t try to recapture the evening when two of our favorite chroniclers Peggy Aycinena and Paul McLellan covered the evening so masterfully and neatly depicted the mood. (See the links to their blog posts below.) Instead, I’ll offer you a look at who was there through photos taken by the Alliance’s Paul Cohen and Julie Rogers and ace photographer Ross Mehan of Ross Mehan Photography. The video, produced by Andrew Mellows Video, will be available on the ESD Alliance website shortly.
February 23rd, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
I promised in my last post a special blog post with great photos highlighting the Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony and Dinner January 26. It will go up Monday.
But first, the news that the ESD Alliance will exhibit at DVCon at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, Calif. We’ll be in Booth #100 in the foyer, so please stop by if you’re attending.
During DVCon, we’re co-hosting with OneSpin Solutions a panel, “Ride with the Verify Seven,” moderated by Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures featuring six verification leaders who grew their companies from startup to medium-sized industry player. It will be held Monday beginning at 7 p.m., after the Booth Crawl, until 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
The event is open free of charge to all Alliance member companies and DVCon attendees. Non-members of the Alliance or anyone without a DVCon badge are invited to attend for a fee of $40. Registration information and more details on the event can be found at: http://bit.ly/2kNWx6T
February 17th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
I’m now able to share with EDACafe readers the news about an exciting evening panel we’re co-hosting with OneSpinSolutions titled, “Ride with the Verify Seven,” during DVCon Monday, February 27.
It will be moderated by industry luminary Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures and features six well-known and readily recognizable verification leaders who grew their companies from startup to medium-sized industry player:
February 13th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Please save Monday evening, February 27, during DVCon for an entertaining but informative and inspiring panel discussion with today’s emerging verification leaders. Sponsored by the ESD Alliance and OneSpin Solutions, the discussion will be moderated by the always enthusiastic Jim Hogan who will tease out how they are succeeding in a market where much larger competitors also participate.
We plan to start right after the DVCon Expo Booth Crawl that runs from 5-7pm. We’ll have drinks and snacks and there will be planey of opportunity to network. DVCon will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, Calif.
Watch this space for more details on who’s participating in the discussion and the room where it will be held.
February 9th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
I’m pleased to be able to announce that Grant Pierce, CEO of Sonics, Inc., was elected by the ESD Alliance Board of Directors to serve as chairman. Grant and I have had the opportunity to work together on several Alliance projects and I welcome the chance to work more closely with him. He is an active board member, whose varied industry experience and well-honed skillset will help us forge ahead.
Grant is quoted in our news release as saying: “It is an honor and a privilege to be named chairman of the ESD Alliance by my peers on the board. This is a great opportunity to help guide the organization through the transformation it began in 2016 to broaden its focus to system issues encompassing hardware, software, and design. My experience at Sonics straddling both the system-on-chip IP hardware and design software businesses should serve as a strong unifying asset in this leadership role on the board.”
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.
December 23rd, 2016 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
Please plan to join us Wednesday, January 18, for a discussion about Open Source and the RISC-V processor featuring Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures, Rick O’Connor, executive director of the RISC-V Foundation, and Yunsup Lee, SiFive’s chief technology officer (CTO). They will describe the path from inception to the open source RISC-V ecosystem, explore whether an open source architecture is appropriate for IoT processing needs and what that means for startups and innovation.
As you’ll hear them say, the number of IoT designs is growing at an astronomical pace. IoT devices are capable of sensing the real world. They are prevalent at the edge of the internet, communicating with an external host to process that real-world information. While there are advantages in performance and cost in processing the data locally, doing so requires significant processing capability at low-energy utilization. Systems designed with autonomous local intelligence have increased but require a microcontroller that can run software that takes energy. What emerged from the academic community are open source alternatives such as RISC-V from UC Berkeley that’s gained momentum over the last few years.