Electronic Design Automation (EDA) enables the design of semiconductors comprised of tens of billions of devices. EDA consists of design software incorporating cutting-edge optimization and analysis algorithms, as well as pre-designed blocks known as "Intellectual Property" (IP). This talk reviews trends in the EDA industry in the context of the Semiconductor industry, highlighting new developments such as the rise of IP to become the largest segment in EDA, the increased use of system-level tools, and the resurgence of chip design particularly in the area of artificial intelligence. The talk ends with a brief mention of two related activities: The Stanford class "EDA and Machine Learning Hardware", in which students learn the inner workings of (some) EDA tools and how to use them effectively to design digital hardware, e.g. a convolutional neural network for image recognition implemented in an FPGA; and Silicon Catalyst, an innovative local incubator focused on accelerating solutions in Silicon.
Raúl is currently the CEO of Sage, a startup in physical design tools for semiconductors. He is also a partner at Silicon Catalyst, an incubator for semiconductor solutions. He was previously the CEO of Nimbic, a startup that was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2014. >From 1994 to 2007 he was with Synopsys, where he served as Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President, and General Manager. Prior to joining Synopsys, Raúl was a Director for the German Nationa Research Center for Computer Science, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Paderborn, and a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Raúl holds a B.S and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Chile, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe. He has published over 70 technical papers and written and/or edited three books on electronic design automation. Raúl has contributed significantly to building the design community by serving on numerous editorial, advisory and Company boards. Raúl was also an Advisory Professor at Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999 and to the board of directors of ESDA (aka EDAC, the EDA Consortium) in 2012.