EDA pioneer Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli joins UltraSoC advisory board

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, 1 June 2017: UltraSoC, the leading developer of on-chip monitoring and analytics IP, today announced that Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, a founding-father and driving force in both commercial and technological developments in the electronics design industry, has joined the company’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Sangiovanni-Vincentelli brings significant experience of direct relevance to UltraSoC given its target customers and vertical market applications. In the commercial world, he was a co-founder of both industry leaders in Electronic Design Automation (EDA): Cadence Design Systems in 1983 and Synopsys in 1986. He remains on the Board of Directors at Cadence and on its Governance and Strategy Committees, in addition to having held advisor roles at companies ranging from Intel and ST microelectronics to General Motors.

In academia, Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley since 1976, where he currently holds the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of Electrical Engineering. He received the Kaufman Award for “pioneering contributions to EDA” and the IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal “for ground-breaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields”. He is the author of over 880 papers, 17 books and three patents in the areas of design tools and methodologies, large scale systems, embedded systems, hybrid systems, energy efficient buildings and innovation. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the ACM and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

“UltraSoC’s technology has a significant role to play in a broad range of electronic systems being developed now,” commented Sangiovanni-Vincentelli. “There are many advantages to embedding its technologies, and the potential system-wide gains of designing hardware with UltraSoC are important. The industry faces enormous challenges: security, safety and systemic complexity are just a few of these. The concept of analytics and intelligence that can be embedded in the fabric of any system is a game-changer: one that will help the industry rise to those challenges.”

Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO, commented: “We are honored to welcome Alberto to our advisory board. We look forward to tapping into his experience, his technological and commercial achievements and his pre-eminence in the development of EDA. I am confident UltraSoC will benefit greatly from his wisdom and his involvement.”

Sangiovanni-Vincentelli joins a team of distinguished technology business leaders on the UltraSoC Advisory Board: Simon Davidmann, Vijay Dube, Guillaume d’Eyssautier and Professor David May.

UltraSoC last week announced a successful £5M funding round and a line-up of new investors. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is a member of the Investment Committee at Atlante Tech, UltraSoC’s lead investor in the round.

UltraSoC’s flagship product line is a suite of semiconductor IP that allows chip designers to integrate an intelligent analytics infrastructure into the core hardware of their devices. By monitoring and analyzing the real-world behavior of entire systems via UltraSoC’s intelligent analytics embedded in the silicon, engineers can take action to reduce system power consumption, increase performance, protect against malicious intrusions, and ensure product safety. These capabilities address applications in a broad range of market sectors, from automotive and IoT products, to at-scale computing and communications infrastructure.

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