The Most Interesting CEO in Semiconductors!

The Most Interesting CEO in Semiconductors!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-21-2020 at 6:00 am

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Hands down, without a doubt, the most interesting CEO in semiconductors is Lip-Bu Tan, founder of Walden Capitol and current CEO of Cadence Design Systems. If you want to talk about a man with a plan it’s Lip-Bu Tan.

Before we get into the fireside chat between Tom Caufield and Lip-Bu at the GTC 2020 Virtual event let’s do a quick biography:… Read More


GLOBALFOUNDRIES Goes Virtual with 2020 Global Technology Conference Series!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Goes Virtual with 2020 Global Technology Conference Series!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-15-2020 at 10:00 am

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GlobalFoundries is one of the more interesting semiconductor stories of this decade. They started as a spinout of the AMD fabs then acquired Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in 2009 and the IBM Microelectronics business in 2014.

Now that events are virtual it is a great time for my fellow semiconductor professionals to

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EDA Update 2019

EDA Update 2019
by Daniel Nenni on 04-26-2019 at 12:00 pm

Over the last six years EDA has experienced yet another disruption not unlike the Synopsys acquisition of Avant! in 2001 which positioned Synopsys for the EDA lead they still enjoy today. Or the hiring of famed venture capitalist Lip-Bu Tan in 2009 to be the CEO of struggling EDA pioneer Cadence Design Systems. Under Lip-Bu’s… Read More


Lip-Bu Keynote at CDNLive 2019

Lip-Bu Keynote at CDNLive 2019
by Bernard Murphy on 04-10-2019 at 7:00 am

Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan is always an interesting guy to listen to for his broader technology industry overview and his insight into emerging tech through his Walden International investments. Though we’re usually heads-down in challenging technical problems, it’s good to look up from time to time to check whether what … Read More


Enabling A Data Driven Economy

Enabling A Data Driven Economy
by Alex Tan on 04-13-2018 at 12:00 pm


The theme of this year CDNLive Silicon Valley keynote given by Cadence CEO, Lip-Bu Tan evolves around data and how it drives Cadence to make a transition from System Design Enablement (SDE) to Data Driven Enablement (DDE). Before elaborating further, he noted on some CDNLive conference statistics: 120 sessions, 84% done by users,… Read More


Cadence Design Systems @ #54DAC!

Cadence Design Systems @ #54DAC!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-11-2017 at 8:00 am

This year Cadence Design Systems is showcasing system design enablement in their booth, capitalizing on the industry shift from naked chip design to system level chip design. Apple started it with making the chips inside the iProducts as part of the system and now other systems companies are looking to take more control over their… Read More


EDA CEO Outlook 2017

EDA CEO Outlook 2017
by Daniel Nenni on 04-28-2017 at 7:00 am

A long standing tradition has returned to EDA: The CEO Outlook sponsored by ESDA (formerly EDAC) which alone is worth the price of membership! Not only do you get a free meal, the event included quality networking time with the semiconductor elite. In the past, financial analysts moderated this event holding the CEO’s feet to the… Read More


The CDNLive Keynotes

The CDNLive Keynotes
by Bernard Murphy on 04-25-2017 at 7:00 am

I’m developing a taste for user-group meetings. In my (fairly) recently assumed role as a member of the media, I’m only allowed into the keynotes, but from what I have seen, vendors work hard to make these fresh and compelling each year through big-bang product updates and industry/academic leaders talking about their work in bleeding-edge… Read More


The Most Important Point You May Have Missed at CDNLive 2016!

The Most Important Point You May Have Missed at CDNLive 2016!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-06-2016 at 4:00 am

This was the best keynote lineup I can remember at a user group meeting. All four speakers are visionaries but from very different perspectives. The video of the event will be up later this month but from my first count the word “System(s)” was mentioned 32 times and the underlying message will transform the semiconductor industry… Read More


Cadence is again the best EDA company to work for!

Cadence is again the best EDA company to work for!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-10-2016 at 7:00 am

We wrote about the history of Cadence in preparation for our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” in 2012. EDA played a key role in enabling the fabless semiconductor revolution and Cadence was right there at the beginning. Famed EETimes editor Richard Goering helped us with the book and the Cadence… Read More