Update August 16, 2011: The audio and transcript for the panel is now posted on the DVCon website.
Here are the bios for the panelists participating in my DVCon 2011 panel, Making Great Products Great.
- Mike Leary, Corporate Vice President, AMD
- Mike Frazier, Vice President IP Solutions, Xilinx
- Andy Wright, Vice President of Design, Cypress Semiconductor
- Dr. Yu-Chin Hsu, Vice President Verification Products and Technology Group, Springsoft
- Kevin Thompson, PhD, Group Director of Research and Development/Optics, Synopsys
Mike Leary, Corporate Vice President
Advanced Micro Devices
Mike Leary is a Corporate Vice President at Advanced Micro Devices managing the development of array and mixed-signal IP for AMD’s CPU, graphics and SouthBridge programs. He has been with AMD for nine years, initially managing the circuit design and SOC development for the Athlon64 and Opteron64 SOCs. Prior to AMD, Mike managed VLSI efforts at Procket Networks, Chromatic Research and HAL Computer Systems. Mike started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he managed the design of embedded memories for DEC’s VAX and Alpha microprocessors.
Andrew Wright, VP of Design
Andrew Wright is VP of Design at Cypress Semiconductor. Earlier in his career he led a succession of major development programs including PSOC3 -- the largest in Cypress' history. He has 15 patents, a BA(MATH) and BAI(EE) from Trinity College, Dublin.
Mike Frazier, Vice President, IP Solutions
Mike Frazier is an 18-year veteran of Xilinx, joining the company in 1993. Currently, Frazier serves as Vice President of IP Solutions and leads the engineering teams responsible for the Xilinx portfolio of Embedded, Connectivity, Communications, DSP, and Video IP products. This portfolio encompasses a large range of IP products. For example: connectivity protocol cores such as PCI Express and Ethernet; Memory Interface Controllers for DDR2, DDR3, and other standards; wireless algorithmic IP such as LTE Baseband/Radio IP and Reference Designs; general purpose DSP IP such as Multipliers, FFTs, FIR Compilers, etc.; and Video IP for Video Analytics and Imaging Processing. Prior to joining the IP Solutions team in 1997, Frazier worked for five years managing technical services for Xilinx, helping establish the technical support organizations both in the U.S. and in Europe. Frazier brings more than 26 years of engineering and management experience to Xilinx.
Prior to joining Xilinx, he held roles of progressive responsibility at Avnet, Inc. and Lockheed Missiles & Space. Frazier received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1984.
Dr. Yu-Chin Hsu, VP - Verification Technology & Product Group
Dr. Yu-Chin Hsu is the VP of the Verification Technology & Product Group at SpringSoft and is the former vice president of research & development for Novas. Dr. Yu-Chin Hsu has over 20 years of research and development experience in the EDA industry and academia. He was the head of the synthesis product line for Avant! before joining Novas. Dr. Hsu has held faculty positions at the University of California and Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He has published over 100 technical papers in either journals or conference proceedings. Dr. Hsu co-received an IEEE Young Outstanding Author award in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Taiwan University and Masters of Science degree and Ph. D. from the University of Illinois.
Kevin Thompson, PhD, Group Director of Research and Development/Optics
Kevin Thompson is the Group Director of Research and Development/Optics in SEG. He joined Synopsys with the acquisition of Optical Research Associates (ORA) in October, 2010 where he was Vice President of Optical Engineering Services. Kevin was the lead optical designer for the optics (null lenses) used to test, validate, and verify the new mirrors in both the COSTAR (used to enable the scientific instrument channels) and the WF/PC II cameras (used to make the photos for the public, and science) in the completely successful Hubble First Servicing mission, working with what was then Tinsley and JPL.
Dr. Thompson joined ORA as an optical designer in 1986 after 5 years with the optical design group at what was then Perkin-Elmer's government division. Prior to that, Kevin conducted his PhD research with Dr. Roland Shack at the University of Arizona where he developed Nodal Aberration Theory (NAT), the optical aberration field descriptions for optical systems without symmetry (see JOSA A, July 2005 and a series of papers appearing in JOSA A in 2008-2011). Prior to entering management in the mid-90s, he worked on a broad range of optical designs from state-of-the-art FLIRs (tactical airborne fire control systems working in the long-wave infrared) in the late '80s to the latest in EUV lithography systems at 13nm (being developed for the next generation of computer chip production technology, see Scientific American, April 2001).
Kevin is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and a Fellow of the SPIE, and he was recently appointed to OSA’s Board of Meetings. He completed 6 years as a topical editor for JOSA A, Geometrical Optics, in 2010 and he was the cochairman of the 1998 International Optics Design Conference, in Hawaii. Kevin is a graduate of the Optical Sciences Center (now The College of Optical Sciences) at the University of Arizona in the class of 1980. Kevin works from an office in Rochester, NY where his wife, Prof. Jannick Rolland is the Brian Thompson Chair Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester, Institute of Optics.