March 2-5, 2020

DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose, CA

DVCon U.S. 2019 Keynote Address - Thriving in the Age of Digitalization

Semiconductor technology continues its relentless advance with shrinking geometries and increased capacity stressing design and verification of today’s most demanding System on Chip solutions. While these challenges alone are significant, future challenges are rapidly expanding as market demand for Internet of Things, Automotive electronics and autonomous systems, 5G communication, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies – and more – show explosive growth. These advances add significant complications and drive exponential growth in design and verification challenges of these solutions. This exponential development not only expands the market; it sparks new competitive pressures as new companies look to challenge the more established businesses that have long defined the industry. These factors explain why it’s important to have an integrated digitalization strategy to succeed in today’s semiconductor market.



Fram Akiki is Vice President, Electronics & Semiconductor Industry for Siemens PLM Software. He has over 30 years of experience in the electronics and semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Siemens, Fram was an executive for 12 years with Qualcomm in their chipset division and 21 years with IBM in their microelectronics group. Fram holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.B.A. in International Business from The University of Vermont. He has authored a number of white papers, holds a patent on RFID/Cellular connectivity for the IoT market and is an adjunct instructor at Clarkson University.