LOS GATOS, Calif. -- Timothy O'Donnell has been elected vice president of TheVirtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) here.
O'Donnell, who is president of ARM Inc., will begin his term effective immediately.
In September, he will succeed Howard Sachs as president of VSIA, following
VSIA's succession process.
"As one of the founding member companies of VSIA, ARM has been very active in
helping to grow the organization and establish a unifying vision for the
system-on-chip industry," said Sachs. "The election of Tim O'Donnell continues
the VSIA practice of electing leaders from different industry segments."
ARM Ltd., the parent company, helped pioneer the independent
intellectual-property segment. Prior VSIA presidents have been from Fujitsu Ltd., a
systems/semiconductor company, and Cadence Design Systems Inc., an EDA
"Semiconductor IP is a key enabler of system-on-chip design, and ARM's business
model is focused on ensuring success for all our semiconductor and systems
partners worldwide," said Tim O'Donnell. "Supporting the VSIA's efforts to resolve
issues of mix-and-match IP and re-use is not only an extension of our own
philosophy, but vital to ensuring the continued good health of this industry."
O'Donnell became president of ARM Inc. when he established the U.S.-based
operation of ARM Ltd., of Cambridge, England. In 1991. He was instrumental in
establishing ARM's U.S. presence as a semiconductor IP provider, and has been a
leading advocate of the advantages of IP as a SoC design methodology.
O'Donnell has more than 25 years experience in international management and
technical positions within the semiconductor industry, most notably with National
Semiconductor Corp. and Cadence. He earned a master's degree from the
University of California at Irvine, and a B.S. degree in physics from Harvey Mudd
College in Claremont, Calif.