SANTA CRUZ, Calif. ChipVision Design Systems AG, a German provider of system-level power analysis tools, has named EDA veteran Stan Krolikoski as its new CEO. Krolikoski was vice president of Cadence Design Systems' functional verification group, and is well known as chairman of the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI).
Krolikoski said he joined ChipVision because of his long-term interest in electronic system level design, and because of current concerns about low-power design. "It seemed to me this was an application ready to happen," he said. Krolikoski said he was recruited by ChipVision founder Wolfgang Nebel, a professor at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, who remains the company's chairman and will serve as its chief technical advisor.
Krolikoski said he's unsure whether he will run for re-election as OSCI chair this year, but will stay involved with the organization. ChipVision's product, Orinoco, is a system-level power analyzer that works with C/C++ or SystemC.
ChipVision, formerly known as Offis Systems and Consulting, is still an engineering-oriented company in startup mode. Of 15 employees, 12 are engineers. One of Krolikoski's main tasks will be to build a marketing organization. Currently, ChipVision relies on distributors for sales.
"I want to make sure the product is positioned correctly with customers and establish new reference accounts," said Krolikoski. "I'm really not interested in selling one copy to 30 customersI'd rather sell six copies to one major customer who will work with us in putting it into their design cycle."
One of Krolikoski's challenges will be running a German company from Silicon Valley, where he'll be the only U.S.-based employee. "I'm going to be in Germany a lot and on the telephone a lot," he said.
ChipVision's new funding comes from Target Partners, BayTech Venture Capital, and German-based venture capitalists. Krolikoski declined to reveal the amount.
A recent ChipVision tutorial on system-level, low-power design is available at EEdesign.