DR. RAMY ISKANDER,
CEO of Intento Design, discusses
the use of Si2 OpenAccess
in an automated, analog design flow.
Jeshairaj Thakaria is the newest member of the Si2 University Partner Network. The network connects qualified engineering student-partners to their future employers in a program that offers real-world, electronic design automation job experience.
A graduate student at the University of Florida Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Jeshairaj is majoring in digital and mixed signal IC design. His work for Si2 focuses on redeveloping the oaDebug tool set, which gives developers insight into the Si2 OpenAccess database during the development process. oaDebug and oaDiff are the primary products used to develop OpenAccess applications.
For more information on the Si2 University Partner Network visit https://si2.org/si2-eda-university-partner-network/
Si2 OpenAccess Member
Santa Clara, Calif.
Chengdu Higon Integrated Circuit Design Co., Ltd.
DXCorr Design, Inc.
Si2 Base Member
Savarti Company Limited
Matthew Wheaton, a software engineering professional whose experience includes more than 12 years at IBM, has joined Si2 as a senior programmer. His first responsibility is to take the lead on system builds and membership support of the Si2 OpenAccess database and scripting extensions, including oaScript.
While at IBM, Wheaton specialized in build, test, and delivery of EDA tools before moving into Front End tool development and management of the primitives library.
He has already built and configured a number of Linux hosts to compile oaScript and oaxPop, which were used to deliver the latest oaScript update (v.3.3).
A native of New England, Wheaton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Western Connecticut State University.
As the co-chair of the Si2 OpenAccess Change Team, Gregory Schaeffer will attest that change in the technical standards world, though critical, is anything but easy.
Schaeffer is a senior software engineer at IBM, his only employer since earning an MS in Computer Science from Case Western University.
A native of Elizabethtown, Pa., Schaeffer said his biggest challenge is addressing divergent interests of Change Team members. “We have 12 people on our team, and require a two-thirds vote to adopt changes. Some members want to focus on improving mature standards while others see the need to move more quickly into new standards for emerging technologies.”
It’s a tenuous balancing act that he confronts with co-chair Michaela Guiney of Cadence Design Systems
Schaeffer joined the Change Team last year and sees the personal and professional benefits of participation. “IBM sees value on external visibility at this level. Plus, it’s fun getting to know people who share some of the same technical challenges.
Why has IC physical design become commoditized? As time scales shrink and complexity increases, physical design cycles rely more on verification. A comprehensive set of rules need time to develop, and the technology changes occur simultaneously with the design. What’s needed is agility to repeat the design cycle quickly as new rules are invented.