PARIS IC physical design startup Atoptech Inc. announced it has appointed Jue-Hsien Chern as chief executive officer to lead the company to the next phase of development.
Prior to joining Atoptech, Chern was vice president and general manager of the DSM division at Mentor Graphics for nine years. He was at Texas Instruments for 10 years, holding positions as SMTS and branch manager within the Semiconductor Process and Design Center. Chen has also served as head of the DSM business unit at Avant! and vice president, engineering, and CTO at Technology Modeling Associates.
Atoptech (Santa Clara, Calif.) was formed in 2003 by IC placement and routing experts, including some who helped develop the ArcCell, Apollo and Astro products at Avanti Corp.
Atoptech's first product, Aprisa, was initially released in December 2006. It is a netlist-to-GDSII physical design solution that includes floorplanning, placement, clock tree synthesis (CTS), global routing, and detailed routing. Aprisa is compatible with all industry standards. In order to support flat design methods, the tool can handle over 2 million instances and has native support for multiple VDD and voltage islands, the company claimed.
Atoptech said it achieved profitability in 2009 based on record sales from new customers' adoption of Aprisa as well as renewals within existing accounts.