What were you doing 25 years ago? For me, 1988 was very memorable -- that was the year I married my wonderful wife, Carmen. That was also the year I made the big transition from being a designer at Texas Instruments (using Daisy workstations) to leading tool strategy and advising project teams in TI’s central CAD organization. Like many of you, I can recall popular movies such as “Die Hard” and “A Fish Called Wanda”, bands like INXS and Cheap Trick, and NASA resuming space shuttle flights following the Challenger disaster.
Little did I know it, but 1988 was also the year that leaders in the semiconductor industry determined the need for a new global standards organization to focus on improved design tool flow integration, launching the CAD Framework Initiative (CFI). In 1990, a permanent headquarters was established in in Austin, TX – alongside MCC and SEMATECH. CFI became the Silicon Integration Initiative in 1996 to reflect its broader scope in the development and adoption of standards “to improve the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design”. Si2 has since enjoyed 400% growth, with over 85 corporate members and six major active standardization projects. At the 25 year milestone, now’s a great time to celebrate – and what better place than at the 50th DAC event, located right here in Austin?
The first event will be the Si2 25th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration on June 3, with Dr. Kyu-Myung Choi, Senior Vice President of the Infrastructure Design Center, Samsung Electronics serving as the keynote speaker. Later that day, the Annual Si2 Open Reception will be held in the Austin Convention Center. Refreshments will be provided.
Both events are free of charge, more information and registration information can be found at this link: http://www.si2.org/?page=1544 . Cadence Design Systems and Spectral Design & Test are sponsors for these two events. In addition, Si2 is a Platinum Record Sponsor of the “Kickin’ It Up in Austin” DAC 50th Anniversary Party at Austin City Limits later that same evening, where a special treat will be available in the Si2 area in the Austin City Limits facility.
Si2 members are currently addressing some of the most challenging problems for today’s and tomorrow’s technology nodes, all of which will be showcased at Si2’s booth #1427 on the DAC Exhibit floor. Si2 has designed a brand new 30’x30’ booth with a large stage and screen for member presentations. Featured will be speakers from Altera, Ansys, Cadence, IBM, Intel, Mentor Graphics, North Carolina State, Pulsic, Spectral Design & Test, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Texas Instruments, and many more. These speakers will cover the entire spectrum of standards that have been and continue to be developed at Si2 and how they are applying these standards in their products and solutions.
The 25-year milestone is also a year of transition. Following more than a decade with Si2, Senior Vice-President of Engineering, Dr. Sumit DasGupta, will be retiring on June 30th (with 44 years in the business). Many hundreds of Si2 member representatives across the industry know and respect Sumit for his contributions at Si2 and before at IBM and Motorola as well as for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, so please attend one or more of our events above, or the popular Coalition Mixer event Tuesday afternoon, to give him your regards.
This also means that there is now a once-in-a-decade opening for this highly visible and influential industry position. Being an executive-level officer position, the selection will be made jointly by Si2’s Board of Directors and me. We are currently very active in the interview process, and remain open to additional highly-qualified candidates. Please contact any Board member or me for a copy of the job description. See you at DAC!
Steve Schulz is president and CEO of Si2
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