As you may recall, IPextreme packages, delivers, and supports IP (intellectual property) designed by large semiconductor companies and used by system-on-chip (SoC) and FPGA designers worldwide. These production-proven IP products serve both broad horizontal markets and specific verticals such as consumer and automotive, and are provided in a process-independent and EDA-neutral format for easy use by the widest range of customers.
Well, I just heard that the folks at IPextreme have announced the appointment of Kazuhiro (Kip) Ogawa as president of IPextreme Japan.
Kip, a 28-year veteran of Japan's high technology industry, will be responsible for overseeing all of IPextreme's sales, marketing, support, and business development activities in Japan, effective immediately.
"Within the last two years, we have had increased demand for semiconductor IP in Japan and a growing customer base," said Jerry Ardizzone, IPextreme's vice president of worldwide sales. "The depth and breadth of Ogawa-san's history in the semiconductor and EDA industries will enable IPextreme to continue to expand customer sales and support in Japan for our large and growing portfolio of IP products."
Kip began his career at Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), where he spent 17 years in sales and marketing for measurement instruments, microprocessor development systems, LSI/ board test systems, and electronic design automation tools. He most recently worked at Fluent Inc., one of the leading computational fluid dynamics companies. Prior to Fluent, he managed business development, strategic solutions and worldwide global accounts for Nihon Synopsys Co. Ltd.
"IPextreme has shown the value it brings to major semiconductor companies around the world," said Kip. "IPextreme's products and capabilities represent a natural opportunity for semiconductor companies in Japan to extend their technological leadership outside Japan."
The reason this is of interest to me personally is that, way back in the mists of time (circa the mid-1980s), I was working for Genrad in the UK on digital logic simulation in the form of their System HILO product. At that time, Kip was at Tokyo Electron Limited where, amongst many other things, he was handling EDA tools, including System HILO.
I ended up bouncing back-and-forth between the UK and Japan, and spent a lot of time hanging out with Kip and his colleagues (we were all young lads in our mid-20s in those days of yore). Ah, the times we had ... I remember once when ... but no, that's a story for another day. Suffice it to say that I think Kip is a fantastic choice for his new role – he is a great "all-rounder" who is extremely knowledgeable with regard to technical, business, marketing, and sales issues – and I send him my very, very kindest regards.