Dr. Leigh Anne Clevenger Named Si2 Director, OpenStandards

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 2, 2020 — Silicon Integration Initiative has selected Dr. Leigh Anne Clevenger as director of OpenStandards, effective January 1, 2021. She will replace Jerry Frenkil, who has served in this role since 2015. Frenkil will remain with Si2 as an advisor to staff, board, and member companies on adoption of the IEEE 2416 Unified Power Model, including implementing Si2’s prototype parser and power tool.

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Silicon Integration Initiative has selected Dr. Leigh Anne Clevenger as director of OpenStandards, effective January 1, 2021. (Photo: Business Wire)

Silicon Integration Initiative has selected Dr. Leigh Anne Clevenger as director of OpenStandards, effective January 1, 2021. (Photo: Business Wire)

Since joining Si2 in 2018, Clevenger has been the lead developer of the Si2 prototype power calculator, demonstrating the UPM/IEEE-2416 standard. She will continue to drive the UPM working group toward its goals of developing and adopting the standard. Additionally, leveraging her doctorate in Software Engineering and Machine Learning, Clevenger is currently spearheading the effort to identify and solve industry needs in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to electronic design automation tools.

With this promotion, Clevenger will continue working directly with Si2 members and industry leaders to identify and solve issues in semiconductor design flow interoperability. As an R&D Joint Venture providing antitrust protection for its members, Si2 is uniquely positioned to organize collaborative efforts, with the ultimate goal of widespread adoption of standards providing EDA tool interoperability and customer data access.

“Starting the Special Interest Group on AI/ML in EDA served as Leigh Anne’s introduction to the role Si2 has as an R&D Joint Venture,” said John Ellis, president and CEO. “Through a series of interviews with Si2 member companies, she established a vision of the technical collaboration needed and the highest priority issues for the SIG to tackle.

“Leigh Anne has been a vital addition to our team. She added value to our operations from day one, applying her semiconductor experience to UPM coding. Following Si2’s growth path, we soon put her advanced AI/ML degree to use,” Ellis added. “The SIG she formed with industry experts is well on its way to closing some serious gaps found for effectively applying AI/ML to EDA. I look forward to what’s next for Leigh Anne. With her skills and drive, I expect great things.”

Clevenger, who earned her doctorate at Pace University, has published and presented research on data science including big data analytics, machine learning algorithms, and wearable computing. She brings to Si2 extensive experience in semiconductor design automation at IBM and semiconductor processing technology at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

About Si2

Founded in 1988, Si2 is a leading research and development joint venture that provides standard interoperability solutions for integrated circuit design tools. All Si2 activities are carried out under the auspices of The National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, the fundamental law that defines R&D joint ventures and offers them a large measure of protection against federal antitrust laws.


Terry Berke


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