SAN JOSE, Calif. The distance between the people who regulate high tech exports and the people who create them will get a little smaller this week when the EDA Consortium hosts a seminar in Silicon Valley. Bernie Kritzer, the Director of the government's Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, will address a broad range of issues at the Oct 18 evening event.
Export control can be a hot issue for high tech companies, said Bob Gardner, executive director of EDAC. More than a year ago the consortium discovered pending legislation had been drafted in such a way that inadvertently in might imperil routine shipments of silicon design libraries. EDAC formed a working group with members from Cadence, Mentor Graphics and others who were able to avert the problem.
"The committee still stands and we have a good working relationship with counterparts in the government," said Gardner. "We are trying to keep up a dialog so no one gets backed into a corner again," he added.
There are plenty of opportunities for other regulatory snags. "As markets in China and India explode, export controls will become more important," Gardner said.
Compliance with export controls can be especially important in the EDA sector that spawns many startups that typically aim to be acquired by one of the industry's few large companies. "If an acquiring company has to deal with a small or medium firm that is out of compliance it makes an acquisition significantly more complex if not sometimes impossible," Gardner said.
The Thursday event, held at the San Jose offices of Cadence Design Systems, has been in the works for more than a year. It aims to provide guidance on how to establish an export compliance process. It will also touch on a wide range of subjects from H1-B visas to Internet commerce and the use of encryption.