"Ashawna Hailey lived a life that we can all aspire to, one that had great professional achievements, a pioneer for gender equality and a philanthropist," said Brian Bailey, editor of EDA Designline. "She never shied away from things that were important to her, no matter how controversial. She was robbed of life when there was still so much she wanted to do and things that she wanted to change."
Hailey founded Meta in 1979 with brother Kim. The company was later acquired by Avanti Corp., which itself was later acquired by Synopsys Inc.
Prior to co-founding Meta, Hailey was a designer at General Instrument, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and others.
HSpice, one of the first commercial applications of Spice, is often referred to as the "gold standard" for accurate circuit simulation and has been used in thousands of chip designs.
According to Frank Lee, vice president of engineering for HSpice and the device modeling for circuit simulation at Synopsys' Analog/Mixed-Signal Group, HSpice is used in the design of virtually all chips, and virtually all circuit designers have used it at some point in their careers. Despite being created exactly 30 years ago, HSpice remains the "gold" circuit simulator in the semiconductor industry, an unparalleled longevity for an EDA tool, Lee said.
"Few of us have created EDA tools that have had the longevity and success of HSpice," Bailey said.
A consequence of the electronics industry reaching maturity that the parents and grandparents of the industry are starting to pass on. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate when we were looking ahead to more productive years and they are cut short.
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