KEYNOTE: An Executive View of Trends and Technologies in Electronics
The Semiconductor Revolution continues to drive tremendous economic growth more than 50 years after it began. Today’s major trends – like cloud computing, wearable computing, and the internet of things – are fueled by innovations in product design using advanced semiconductors.
But rapid market trends bring increasing time-to-market pressures that threaten to stifle innovation. The technical challenges of SoC design for advanced process nodes, as well as system issues like communications performance, data security, and ultra-low-power design, create increased complexity and risk. From a business standpoint, the cost of developing the software is becoming the biggest factor in SoC design, followed by the cost of verifying everything – including the software.
One of the ways the electronics industry addresses these challenges is through improvements in design technology. The EDA industry, including Cadence, is investing billions of dollars to develop new design technologies and methodologies to keep the semiconductor industry moving forward. In this keynote, Lip-Bu Tan will discuss the relationships between market trends, opportunities, and challenges, and show how new design technologies are an essential element of continuing innovation.
Lip-Bu Tan has served as President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy.
He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the Global Semiconductor Association (GSA), as well as the boards of Ambarella Inc., SINA, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the College of Engineering Advisory Board at University of California Berkeley.
Tan received an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore.