• Keynote 1: Tuesday, 10 May 2016


    Patrick Groeneveld, Ph.D.
    Synopsys, Inc., Silicon Valley

    Optimizing Automotive Drive Trains: from Energy Source to where the Rubber Meets the Road

    EDA engineers automate IC design while optimizing speed, power and cost. Though automotive design also has objectives for speed, power and cost, the process is not as automated. In recent years automotive powertrain engineering has progressed dramatically due to the push for cleaner environment and the pull of abundant electronics. This is already resulting in more electric and hybrid-electric cars on the road. We will look at what ‘drives’ the design optimization of the drive train from the energy source all the way down to the wheels. This will cover energy efficiency, emissions, and practicality of gasoline and electrical transmissions in modern cars. After 100 years of incremental changes automobile propulsion is at the eve of a significant innovation. Can our Electronic Design Automation technology be applied to this field? Find out in this presentation.


    Patrick Groeneveld has worked on EDA related problems for over a quarter century. He received his masters and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Until 1996 he was a research fellow and associate professor at Delft University. At Delft he worked (among others) on one of the first open-source EDA design tools. He also developed a detailed router tool that was bought by several companies. After moving to Silicon Valley he became an engineering fellow at Compass Design Automation. In 1997 Patrick joined the startup Magma Design Automation, where he worked on the architecture and implementation of Magma's flagship physical synthesis tools. In 2001 he moved back to Holland to become a full professor in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University. In 2005, Patrick and his family decided to return back to the Silicon Valley to rejoin Magma Design Automation as Chief Technologist. After Magma acquisition, Patrick is a scientist at Synopsys working on Physical Synthesis problems. Patrick was chair of ISPD and the 2012 Design Automation Conference. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, flying a Cessna 172, reading useless information, running, doing projects around the house and listening to hate-radio as well as opera music.

    Keynote 2: Tuesday, 10 May 2016


    Paulo Augusto Dal Fabbro, Ph.D.
    CTO of Chipus Miroelectronics

    Starting and Growing a Semiconductor Business in Brazil

    Chipus Microelectronics is a Brazilian semiconductor company that provides IPs and services related to the design of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Chipus was founded in 2008. In this keynote we will highlight the main milestones achieved by the company, the difficultes that we have to overcome and our perspectives for the coming years.


    Paulo Augusto Dal Fabbro obtained his BsC and MsC degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP, Brazil, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and his PhD degree in Microelectronics and Microsystems from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2009. He has more than 12 years of experience in the design of analog and RF integrated circuits. He is one of the founders of Chipus Microelectronics and he is the CTO of the company since 2010.