Sweeping Through Technological Advances
with Jim Hogan and Cadence’s Paul Cunningham

On April 10, 2019, Jim Hogan and Cadence’s Paul Cunningham held a Fireside Chat that swept through topics from the startup experience, artificial intelligence, concurrent physical optimization to system functional verification and open source architectures.

Jim, managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC., and Paul, corporate vice president and general manager of the system verification group at Cadence Design Systems, will have plenty to talk about. It will start with Paul’s experience working in artificial intelligence before it was an industry trend, starting Azuro and subsequent acquisition by Cadence in 2011 to managing Cadence’s system verification group.

Attendees learned about Paul’s move 18 months ago from managing physical design tools development to system functional verification and the challenges ahead. Other topics of widespread interest that were discussed included open source architectures and the necessary development platforms.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:30 PM — 7:30 PM: Dinner and networking
7:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Fireside Chat
 Location: SEMI
673 S. Milpitas Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035

Preview Jim Hogan’s Fireside Chat with Paul Cunningham.
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Jim Hogan, Private Investor, 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.
Jim was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and senior vice president of business development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held executive engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation(TI) and Phillips Semiconductor(NXP).
Jim holds a B.A. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in computer science and an M.B.A. all from San Jose State University. He serves on several private companies’ board of directors. Additionally Jim serves as a strategic advisor to several private and public companies

Paul Cunningham, Corporate Vice president and General Manager of the System Verification Group, Cadence Design Systems.
Paul Cunningham is corporate vice president and general manager of the system verification group at Cadence Design Systems. His product responsibilities include logic simulation, emulation, prototyping, formal, VIP, and debug. Prior to this, he was responsible for Cadence’s frontend digital design tools including logic synthesis and design-for-test. Paul joined Cadence in 2011 through the acquisition of Azuro, a startup developing concurrent physical optimization and useful skew clock tree synthesis technologies, where he was a co-founder and CEO.
Paul holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, UK.