Date: October 15, 2019 (Tue.)
5151 Stars and Stripes Drive, Santa Clara, CA
Frankwell Lin, President
Jim Feldhan, President
Charlie Su, CTO & EVP
Vin Sharma, Head of Engineering
Amazon SageMaker Neo, AWS AI
Larry Lapides, Vice President Sales, Imperas
Kyle Weng, VP of Field Application and Marketing, Faraday
Moderator: Jim Feldhan
Panelists: Andes, Amazon, Imperas, Faraday
President Lin started his career being as an application engineer in
United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) while UMC was an IDM
with its own chip products, he experienced engineering, product
planning, sales, and marketing jobs with various product lines in UMC.
In 1995, after four years working on CPU chip product line as business
director, he was transferred to UMC-Europe branch office to be its
GM when UMC reshaped to do wafer foundry service, he led UMC-
Europe to migrate itself from selling IDM products to selling wafer
In 1998, after 14 years working in UMC, President Lin switched job to work in Faraday Technology Corporation (Faraday), he lead ASIC business development as starting, then on-and-off leading ASIC implementation, chip backend service, IP business development, industry relationship development (IR), as well as Faraday's spokesperson, in 2004, he started to lead the CPU project spin-off operation of Faraday.
President Lin became co-founder of Andes Technology Corporation (Andes) in 2005 when it was founded; he formally took the position of Andes' President in 2006.
President Lin received BSEE degree of Electrophysics from the National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, and MSEE degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Portland State University, Oregon, USA. Under his management, Andes has been recognized as one of leading suppliers of embedded CPU IP in semiconductor industry. Andes also won the reputation of a leading technology company with awards such like 2012 EE Times worldwide Silicon 60 Hot Startups to Watch, 2015 the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific award, etc.
In 2015, President Lin received accolades when awarded the Outstanding Technology Management Performance, Taiwan, for his contribution to the high-tech industry.
As a cofounder of Andes, Charlie is in charge of product development and technical marketing. He spent over 12 years in the Valley with technical and management positions at Sun, Afara, C-Cube, SGI/MIPS, and Intergraph. He made key contributions to successful processors such as the Sun multi-core multi-threading UltraSPARC T1/T2 processors, the C-Cube high-performance E-series MPEG codec, the MIPS out-of-order R10K processor, and the Intergraph Clipper VLIW processor. Prior to starting Andes in 2005, he led the CPU/DSP development in Faraday Technology as Chief Architect for 2 years. Charlie got his Ph.D. in CS from UIUC, MSCS from NTHU, and BSEE from NTU.
Kyle has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, focused on ASIC design enablement, technical program management, and customer-facing marketing. He serves as field application and marketing vice president at Faraday Technology USA, with strong foresightedness perspective resulting from a solid field engineering and sales foundation.
Before joining Faraday, Kyle worked as a General Manager at Brite Semiconductor USA and has held various technical and marketing roles during his career. Kyle earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from New Mexico State University.
Jim Feldhan founded Semico Research in 1994. A 20-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, he brings his management, forecasting and modeling expertise to Semico, along with a reputation of quality research. Jim designed and developed the research methodologies and report structures, which are the basis for Semico’s Custom Research and Portfolio Services.
Jim also develops Semico’s overall economic outlook as well as performing various semiconductor consulting and forecasting. With a focus on quality, Semico Research has grown to the largest semiconductor-focused consulting and research firm. Jim was formerly the Executive Vice-President and General Manager at In-Stat. As a member of the start-up team there, Feldhan was responsible for the design, methodologies, and implementation of research that was the basis for the Semiconductor Services.
Mr. Feldhan also held various management, marketing and manufacturing positions at GTE Microcircuits and Greyhound/Dial Corporation. Jim received a BS in Business with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Arizona and a MS in Marketing focusing on quantitative statistics and market research from the University of Arizona.
Vin Sharma leads the Amazon SageMaker Neo team, which provides a cloud service and runtime for machine learning inference based on Treelite, Apache TVM, and other compilers. Before joining Amazon, Vin was a senior director at Intel, leading the development of BMW’s data center infrastructure for autonomous driving R&D. He was responsible for Intel’s big data analytics solutions based on Spark, Hadoop, OpenStack, and KVM in the Data Center Group at Intel for 6 years. Previously, he held various engineering and management roles at HP for 15 years, helping build enterprise security software products based on Linux, Java, XML, and other open source systems software.
Prior to joining Imperas, Larry ran sales at Averant and Calypto Design Systems. He was vice president of worldwide sales during the run-up to Verisity's IPO (the top performing IPO of 2001), and afterwards as Verisity solidified its position as the fifth largest EDA company. Before Verisity and SureFire (acquired by Verisity), Larry held positions in sales and marketing for Exemplar Logic and Mentor Graphics. Larry was recently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Clark University's Graduate School of Management, where he developed and taught a course on Entrepreneurial Communication and Influence. Larry holds an MBA from Clark University in addition to his MS Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University and BA Physics from the University of California Berkeley.
Andes Technology Corporation is a public listed company with well-
established technology and teams to develop innovative high-
performance/low-power 32/64-bit processor cores and associated development environment to serve worldwide rapidly growing embedded
The company delivers the best super low power CPU cores, including the new RISC-V series with integrated development environment and associated software and hardware solutions for efficient SoC design. Up to the end of 2018, the cumulative volume of Andes-Embedded™ SoCs has reached 3.5 billion with 2018 alone contributing over 1 billion.
To meet the demanding requirements of today's electronic devices, Andes Technology delivers configurable software/hardware IP and scalable platforms to respond to customers' needs for quality products and faster time-to-market. Andes Technology's comprehensive CPU includes entry- level, mid-range, high-end, extensible and security families to address the full range of embedded electronics products, especially for connected, smart and green applications. From 2017, Andes expands its product line to RISC-V processors and provides a total solution in V5 family cores, including N22, N25F/NX25F, D25F, A25/AX25, and A25MP/AX25MP.
For more information about Andes Technology, please visit
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 165 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers —including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. AWS provides services for broad range of applications including compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), security, and application development, deployment, and management.
Imperas develops and markets state-of-the-art virtual platforms and tools to enable the
most comprehensive embedded software development, debug and test solutions available
today. The Imperas team has combined advanced simulation algorithms, modeling
excellence, and a broad range of tools to produce a system that offers: Fastest Execution
Performance, Extensive Library of Accurate Models, and Advanced Development Tools.
The Virtual Platform library includes over 200 processor models plus peripheral models and
many reference example platforms.
Andes Certifies the Imperas Models and Simulator as a Reference for Andes RISC-V Cores, the full library of support processor models includes Andes A25, A25MP, AX25, AX25MP, D25F, N25F, NX25F, and N22.
Additional information is available at:
www.imperas.com and www.ovpworld.org
Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading fabless ASIC and silicon IP
provider. From specification level to GDSII-in, its flexible business
engagement model allows customers to check-in at various design phases in
maximizing ASIC implementation efficiency.
Faraday's comprehensive IP portfolio and best-in-class IP customization service have enabled customers' products to address various applications and market segments effortlessly.
Since 1993, Faraday has been cooperating with top-tier suppliers of IP, EDA, manufacturing, packaging, and testing, completing more than 2,200 tapeouts resulting in hundreds of millions chips shipped worldwide a year.
Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools continues to expand and enhance debug support with theTRACE32 Debugger for RISC-V. Lauterbach’s TRACE32® debug tools have become a favorite with many embedded engineers, and the company is recognized for both engineering excellence and exceptional technical support. TRACE32® supports all the major families of microprocessor cores, covering products from more than 75 silicon companies. The quality and capability of Lauterbach tools enable engineering teams to develop robust code whilst minimizing development time lost to debugging. For RISC-V, Lauterbach TRACE32 provides multicore debugging on individual hardware threads of RISC-V cores, enabling debugging right from the reset vector, which analyses startup codes and other key functions. Lauterbach also provides high-level and assembler debugging for a variety of standard ISA extensions, such as compressed instructions and floating point. It also fully supports the JTAG Debug Transport Module (DTM) in all RISC-V chips. Future development includes support for other debug interfaces such as USB and adding RISC-V trace to our off-chip trace offering.
M31 Technology Corporation (6643-TW) is a professional silicon intellectual property (IP) provider. The company was founded in October, 2011 with its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan. M31’s strength is in R&D and customer service. With substantial experiences in IP development, IC design and electronic design automation fields, M31 focuses on providing high-speed interface IP, memory compilers, standard cell library and ESD/IO library solutions. M31’s vision is to be the most trustworthy IP company in the semiconductor industry. For more information please visit www.m31tech.com
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