ESD Alliance - Jim Hogan Emerging Companies Series, January 2017

ESD Alliance - Jim Hogan Series
Discussion of Open Source Processors and the RISC-V Project 

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 6pm - 8:30pm, at Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, CA

The number Internet of Things (IoT) designs is growing at an astronomic pace. IoT devices are now capable of sensing the real world. However today they are prevalent at edge of the internet, communicating with an external host to process that real-world information.  

There are tremendous advantages in terms of performance and cost in processing the data locally, but doing so requires significant processing capability at very low energy utilization.  Systems designed with autonomous local intelligence have been increasing. These systems require a microcontroller that can run software - which takes time and energy. Solutions from ARM have been a popular choice, in part due to the significant ecosystem that has evolved to support these system designs. 

All this goodness comes at a price.  What has emerged from the academic community are open source alternatives such as RISC-V, from UC Berkeley, which has gained momentum over the last few years.  At this event, Jim Hogan interviewed Rick O’Connor, Executive Director of RISC-V Foundation and Yunsup Lee, one of the original developers of RISC-V and now CTO of SiFive, about the path from inception to success of the open source RISC-V ecosystem.  This inside perspective explored whether an open source architecture is ready to be a solution to our IoT processing needs and what that means for startups and innovation.

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Jim Hogan Jim Hogan , Managing Partner, Vista Ventures, LLC.
Jim is currently the managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC. Jim has worked in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry for more than 40 years gaining experience as a senior executive and board director in electronic design automation, intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, material science and IT companies. 
Featured Guests:
Rick O'Connor Rick O'Connor, Executive Director, RISC V Foundation.

Rick is Executive Director of the RISC-V Foundation a non-profit consortium chartered to standardize, protect, and promote the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture together with its hardware and software ecosystem for use in all computing devices

YUnsup Lee Yunsup Lee, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, SiFive

Yunsup is SiFive’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder. Yunsup received his PhD from UC Berkeley, where he co-designed the RISC-V ISA and the first RISC-V microprocessors with Andrew Waterman, and led the development of the Hwacha decoupled vector-fetch extension. Yunsup also holds an MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Ted Speers Ted Speers, Head of Product Architecture and Planning for the SoC Group, Microsemi

Ted is responsible for defining their roadmap for low power, secure, reliable FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. He joined Microsemi in 1987 and held roles in process engineering and product engineering before assuming his current role in 2003. He is a Technical Fellow and co-inventor on  35 US Patents. Prior to joining Microsemi, he worked at LSI Logic. Ted has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell.

Organized By:    
  Steve Pollock ,   ESD Alliance Emerging Companies Committee   
Event Host:       
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