SAN FRANCISCO EDA startup Ponte Solutions said Tuesday (May 24) that it has added Applied Materials veteran and President Emeritus Dan Maydan to its board of directors.
Ponte (Mountain View, Calif.) is a startup created around design-for-manufacturability (DFM) technology. The company plans to introduce a platform for statistical yield modeling, a high-capacity data model and yield analysis tools this year.
In a statement released by Ponte, Maydan said semiconductor companies need to consider yield during the design process in order to produce high-yielding, sub-100 nanometer devices. "This represents a paradigm shift from the days where yield was entirely the domain of IC manufacturing," Maydan said. "Ponte Solutions has the team, technology and vision to capitalize on the opportunity created by the pain in the semiconductor industry caused by low yields in nanometer nodes."
Maydan served as president of Applied Materials, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, from 1994-2003. He has been a member of Applied's board of directors since 1992. Maydan joined Applied in 1980. Prior to that, he spent 13 years managing new technology development at Bell Laboratories.