10th Annual ESL Symposium - Panel: The ESL Hotspot - Where Software and Hardware Meet
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Software is now a critical component for the delivery of any type of hardware, and a primary concern in any system-level verification process.
There are a growing number of hardware engineering teams exposed to new domains; OS bring up, hypervisor layers, multi-threading, graphic stacks, while the companion software team requires continuous access to the latest, stable versions of the hardware in a simulation engine suitable for software development and testing. These challenges are in the critical path for almost every SoC or system company, and may require a substantial shift in design and verification methodologies.
The panel will discuss the role of software in addressing key system-level verification challenges, the requirements for introducing software at pre-silicon stages, and the need for multiple verification engines and design abstraction levels, such as Virtual platforms and emulation, to balance maximum system verification cycles for the system, software or hardware validation objectives.
Walden C. Rhines
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Walden C. Rhines is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with revenue of $1,015 million in FY2012. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has more than doubled, growth rate since 1999 has been number one among the “Big 3” EDA companies and Mentor has grown the industry’s number one market share solutions in physical verification, design concept-through-functional verification and printed circuit board design.
Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Rhines was Executive Vice President of Texas Instruments’ Semiconductor Group, sharing responsibility for TI’s Components Sector, and having direct responsibility for the entire semiconductor business with more than $5 billion of revenue and over 30,000 people.
During his 21 years at TI, Rhines managed TI’s thrust into digital signal processing and supervised that business from inception with the TMS 320 family of DSP’s through growth to become the cornerstone of TI’s semiconductor technology. He was also responsible for development of the first TI speech synthesis devices (used in “Speak & Spell”) and is co-inventor of the GaN blue-violet light emitting diode (now important for DVD players). He was President of TI’s Data Systems Group and held numerous other semiconductor executive management positions.
Rhines is currently in his fourth term as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Lewis and Clark College and the Portland Classic Wines Auction. He has previously served as chairman of the Semiconductor Technical Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce, as an executive committee member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Open Systems and as a board member of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (CBEMA), SEMI-Sematech/SISA, Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), University of Michigan National Advisory Council and Sematech.
Dr. Rhines holds a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, a master of science and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of business administration from Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Nottingham Trent University.