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Title: Semiconductor and EDA Industry - A New Business Model

Mr. Lucio Lanza

Managing Director of Lanza techVentures

Abstract

EDA industry path to revenues beyond the $4 billion mark, where it has been stuck for its core technologies, will have to make some serious course corrections to surpass it. It is clear that to find growth again, the EDA industry needs to embrace new business models. As the cost of building IC's has ballooned the EDA industry has not done much to help new start ups reduce the cost of new design either via flexible software services or flexible manufacturing operations. New process nodes are coming on as fast as ever, but they are not ramping to use by mainstream chip designers nearly as fast due to the escalated costs. The traditional industry segments are holding on too long to their old business models. We will discuss how new business models may resurrect the chip design industry and create new focus areas for design and EDA professionals.

Biographical sketch

Lucio Lanza is the Managing Director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, which he founded in January 2001. Since 2008 he has been a general partner and the chief technology strategist of Radnorwood Capital, LLC, an investor in public technology companies. In 1990, he joined US Venture Partners, aventure capital firm, as a venture partner and was a generalpartner. From 1990 to 1995, he was an independent consultant to companies in the semiconductor, communications and EDA industries, including Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and, from 1986 to 1989, was Chief Executive Officer of EDA Systems, Inc. Before that he was at Daisy Systems Corp, as VP of Marketing and later as GM of the EDA division. From 1977 to 1983 he held several positions with responsibility for strategy and innovation at Intel Corp including Chairman of the Microprocessor Strategic business segment. From 1968 to 1977 he was responsible for processor architecture and design at Olivetti Corporation. He has been a non‐executive director of ARM until May 2010, and serves on the board of directors of PDF Solutions, Inc., a provider of technologies to improve semiconductor manufacturing yields. He serves on the board of directors of several private companies. He holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from Politecnico of Milano.

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