Published on March 03rd, 2005



Arithmatica announced that Tony Curzon Price has been promoted to CEO, and Dave Burow to Executive Chairman. A co-founder of Arithmatica, Curzon Price has run all UK R&D operations for the past two years, and now is expanding that role to lead all company operations worldwide. The company says that Burow has established the processes and infrastructure necessary to ensure a solid basis for growth, and that he will remain active in the company’s operations. Company headquarters will remain in Menlo Park, CA.

Calypto Design Systems, Inc., recently announced the additions of key executives to round out its management team. The company has attracted senior management talent in industry veterans Michael Sanie who will serve as vice president of marketing and business development, and Larry Lapides who will serve as vice president of sales. The two join CEO Devadas Varma, vice president of engineering Gagan Hasteer, and chief architect Anmol Mathur to round out an experienced team. Calypto’s original executive team consisted of a group of technologists who have successfully initiated and led successful product development and introductions. CEO Devadas Varma, a former Cadence fellow, has previously held CTO and senior engineering positions at Ambit, Viewlogic, and Mentor Graphics. Gagan Hasteer, Calypto vice president of engineering, most recently served as director of engineering for Innologic System prior to their acquisition by Synopsys. Finally, Anmol Mathur, Calypto chief architect, was the architect of the Cadence datapath synthesis engine and served on an award-winning tools development team at the MIPS division of SGI. The team was joined in 2004 by Michael Sanie, vice president of marketing and business development, who previously was group director of industry initiatives at Cadence and director of marketing and business development for IC design at Numerical Technologies. He has also held marketing and technical positions at Actel, Compass Design Automation and VLSI Technologies.

Atrenta Inc. announced that Charles Schadewitz has been named as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He will report to Chairman, President and CEO Ajoy Bose. Prior to Atrents, Schadewitz served as Vice President of Sales and manager of the company’s major accounts program at Cadence Design Systems. He came to Cadence after serving in a similar role at Simplex Solutions. Additionaly, Atrenta announced that John Rizzo has joined to the company and will report to the Vice President of Marketing. Previously, Rizzo was at Intel, Oracle, Informative, and Apple Computer. He has a BSEE from Stanford. Simon Young has also been hired, reporting to John Rizzo. Previously, Young was at Nassda, Synopsys, Silicon Metrics, Mentor Graphics, Intel and TI. Simon Young has a MSEE from Imperial College in London. Finally, Alan Feinberg is also joining Atrenta as senior business unit director, having served most recently as vice president of marketing and North American sales at Monterey Design Systems. Before starting his own consulting business, Tekstart, Feinberg held several director-level sales and sales operations roles at Synopsys, including director of North American sales operations and director of western area sales.

eASIC Corp. announced that two new executives have joined the company’s management team. Ronnie Vasishta was appointed to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Salah Werfelli was appointed to Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Worldwide. Both Werfelli and Vasishta will report to company President & CEO Zvi Or-Bach. Prior to joining eASIC, Ronnie Vasishta was Vice President of Technology Marketing at LSI Logic. Prior to LSI Logic, Vasishta held process and test engineering positions at Motorola and STC Semiconductor. Salah Werfelli has 25+ years of experience in system and IC designs. Prior to joining eASIC, he was an Executive Consultant to various start-up companies where he helped to establish strategic directions and business partnerships. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for AmmoCore Technology, and held various executive positions at Cadence Design Systems. Prior to Cadence, Werfelli was an executive at Magma Design Automation. Werfelli started his professional career at Unisys.

Nascentric, Inc. announced the appointment of Vess Johnson as President and CEO, and Frank Childers as Vice President of field operations. Nascentric is a new company working in the area of IC design tools for timing power and signal integrity for nanometer-scale designs. Prior to Nascentric, Johnson was President and CEO of Silicon Metrics Corp. at the time when the company was acquired by Magma Design Automation. He was then General Manager of Magma’s Silicon Correlation Division. Prior to Silicon Metrics, he held management positions at Omniview Design Automation and Xynetix. Johnson has a BS in Mathematics, a BA in Philosophy, and an MS in Computer Science from the Bagley School of Engineering at MSU. Prior to Nascentric, Childers was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Silicon Metrics. Prior to Silicon Metrics, Childers was an executive at Alliance Systems and Micrografx, Inc. He also has served in management roles at Mentor Graphics. Nascentric also announced the appointment of Scott Yore as CFO, reporting to President & CEO Vess Johnson. Previously, Yore was CFO at Silicon Metrics up through its acquisition by Magma Design Automation. Earlier, Yore was at CCI/Triad (now Activant Solutions, Inc.), and Ernst & Young.

ZMD AG announced the appointment of David Sanchez as its Distribution Sales and Marketing Manager for the North American standard products (ASSP) business unit. Prior to joining ZMD, he was an account manager at Insight Electronics. Sanchez will be based in Melville, NY.

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Axcelis Technologies, Inc. just announced that the company’s new single wafer ion implantation technology platform has been purchased by IMEC, Europe’s largest independent nanoelectronics research center, for use in its sub-45nm device development activities. IMEC is the third customer to choose Axcelis’ new low energy implant platform. In addition to the sale, Axcelis has become a partner in IMEC’s Industrial Affiliation Program (IIAP) Planar devices, Ultra-shallow junctions, Silicides and Strain (PLUSS) to jointly develop advanced processes for device integration using Axcelis’ new single wafer, low energy technology.

Jasper Design Automation announced the formation of a Technical Advisory Board (TAB) made up of technologists from the academia working in the field of formal verification. Jasper says the TAB will advise the company’s management team on academic research trends in formal verification, provide guidance on Jasper’s technical product development, and educate students on the commercial trends in formal verification. Initial members of the TAB include Alan Hu, Associate Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia; Sharad Malik, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and Chair of DAC 2004; Satoshi Goto, Professor at the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, Kitakyushu, Japan; and Claudionor Coelho, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Zenasis Technologies announced it is now a member in the ARM Connected Community. The ARM Connected Community is a global network of companies aligned to provide a complete solution, from design to manufacture and end use, for products based on the ARM architecture.


ISQED 2005-This will be the 6th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, and will be happening March 21-23, 2005 in San Jose, CA. The Topic of this year’s meeting will be “Design for Quality in the Era of Uncertainty.” (

IEEE Wescon-This Spring Explore Design to Manufacture Solutions at the Wescon D2M hosted at the Santa Clara Convention Center on April 12-14, 2005 in Santa Clara, CA. Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) will host a Design Integration Showcase at this year’s event. Si2 have announced plans for a special pavilion showcasing EDA IC design for manufacturability technology within the Design Automation Theater. (

DAC 2005-The Design Automation Conference will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center June 13-17, 2005. All indications are that the EDA industry is picking and, and this year’s DAC promises to be a very well-attended event. (

IEEE MTT-S- The 2005 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) will be hosted by the city of Long Beach, CA. This analog focused show will showcase research results, innovative product announcements, and discussions of analog chip and microwave design techniques. In addition to MTT-S, two other symposia will br co-located: Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) Symposium, and The Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG) Symposium. (

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