SAN FRANCISCO Longtime semiconductor industry executive and venture capitalist Jim Hogan has joined the technical advisory board of EDA startup Dafca Inc., as has Thomas Williams, a Synopsys Inc. Fellow and former IBM executive, Dafca said Thursday (Aug. 17).
Dafca, focused on-chip reconfigurable debug infrastructure, said Hogan and William will assist the company's executive management team in the areas of technology strategy and market analysis, as well as offer insight and direction to support continued corporate growth.
Williams, formerly the manager of IBM's VLSI design for testability group with IBM Microelectronics Division, has received numerous best paper awards from the IEEE and ACM. He is the founder or co-founder of a number of workshops and conferences dealing with testing, and was twice a distinguished visitor lecturer for the IEEE Computer Society.
Williams has previously served on the Computer Society board of governors and the IEEE Board of directors. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 1988.
Hogan has more than three decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, including senior executive positions at EDA, semiconductor intellectual property, semiconductor equipment and fabrication companies. Hogan was a general partner to Telos Venture Partners before the company was dissolved by Cadence Design Systems Inc. last year.
Hogan has held executive positions at Artisan Components, Cadence, Smart Machines Inc., National Semiconductor and Philips Semiconductors. He is a former Cadence Fellow, and serves on the boards of a number of EDA companies.
"We are delighted that two of the leading lights of the EDA industry have agreed to lend Dafca their time and enormous talent," said Peter Levin, president and CEO of Dafca (Framingham, Mass.). "Now that we have moved from product development to revenue with three of the top 10 semiconductor companies as customers we look forward to having Tom and Jim contributing their expert advice and analysis to our technology roadmap and market strategy."
Dafca, which last month rolled out the first production release of the company's pioneering "design for debug" tool suite, has been on the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list since April 2005.