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CEO’s Debate Design at Upcoming GTC 2011

Following the industry trend toward smaller but more focused shows, Globalfoundries August 30th event promises a lively discussion as semiconductor leaders wrestle over the future of chip design.

This year marks the second annual GlobalFoundries Technical Conference (GTC). As expected, it will be packed with technical tracks, partner demos, exhibitors, and the like. For me, the main event will be the keynote CEO panel. I’m especially interested in comparing this year’s presentation with last year’s inaugural talk, since most of the panelist will be the same participants from ARM, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and Synopsys. The panel will be moderated by Mojy Chian, senior vice president of design enablement for Globalfoundries.  

At last year’s GTC, the CEO panel focused on collaboration: “Design Enablement: True Collaboration for the Next Wave of Solutions.” (see, “Collaborate and Innovate or Fail: The Need is Now“)   Now contrast that panel with this year’s title: “Design Enablement Challenges and Future Solutions.” Although strikingly similar, this year’s discussion should cover more design-specific issues, such as the contentious implementation approach for High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology (see, “Chip Industry Pauses at the Gate”)

CEO panel from last year's 2010 Globalfoundries Techical Conference

Like last year’s event, all of the key semiconductor supply-chain members will be present. Partner companies will include EDA-IP providers and  system-on-a-chip (SoC) design services to mask, assembly, and test partners.

A lot has happened in the last year, both with the world’s economy and within the world of semiconductor design and manufacturing. Globalfoundries has had its challenges, such as a new CEO (see, “CEO Grose, COO Chia Leaving GlobalFoundries”). The company has also had successes in terms of its foundries (see, “GlobalFoundries ‘Ready for Equipment”) as well as its upward hiring trends (see, “GlobalFoundries chips away at hiring“).

All in all, it’s been a good year for the relatively new, globally- based Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) and foundries company.

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