February 06, 2012
Silicon Valley: EDA Magnet!
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Russ Henke - Contributing Editor

by Russ Henke - Contributing Editor
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Maxim continued his studies, attending the Russian Academy of Sciences where he earned a Ph.D. in Solid State Electronics in 1992. From 1993 until 1998, Dr. Ershov was an Assistant Professor at the University of Aizu, Japan; and from 1999 until 2001, he was an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University, USA. Maxim joined PDF Solutions in 2001 working as a Senior Engineer.  In 2004 he moved to T-RAM Semiconductor as a senior staff device engineer and joined Foveon, Inc. from 2006 until 2007. Dr. Ershov has published over 100 reviewed papers.

By the way, Dr. Ershov and several others at Silicon Frontline have absorbed the work in which Andrei Tcherniaev was involved. After nearly five years of helping Silicon Frontline to ensure that the company’s “extraction” products were solidly established, Andrei has joined a group at Cadence to pursue once more his affection for electronics “simulation.”                                

Dermott Lynch – Silicon Frontline VP Sales & Marketing

Dermott Lynch

Dermott Lynch, VP Sales and Marketing, joined the company in April 2008.  Prior to Silicon Frontline, Dermott was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Infinisim, beginning in May 2005. Prior to Infinisim, he was VP Sales at Nassda and previously was VP at Sente, Inc.

He also spent 4 years at Quad Design/Viewlogic as Director of Technical Marketing and in previous assignments in software and hardware design at Hyster, Ashling Microsystems and Elcor Associates.

Dermott was born in the city of Coventry, in 1961, to Jerry and Lily Lynch. Coventry is the 9th largest city in England. It is situated 95 miles (153 km) northwest of London.


Dermott’s father, Jerry, held numerous jobs; including butcher, bartender, and farmer, and he is now retired.  His mother, Lily, was, and continues to be, a homemaker. They now live in Bailieborough, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland, where they have resided since 1975.

Dermott has 3 brothers and 1 sister, all of whom live in Bailieborough.  His older brother works for the Department of Agriculture while his 2 younger brothers are school teachers.  His sister, previously an accountant and school teacher, now runs a family business with her husband.

The family returned to Ireland in 1962 and settled in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.  While there, Dermott attended Our Lady of Victories Primary School from 1965 until 1973.  This was followed by attending Beneavin College Secondary School. In 1975 the family moved to Bailieborough, and Dermott studied at Lourdesville Secondary School until 1978.

During his younger years, Dermott spent all his free time playing soccer, Gaelic Football, and running cross country. While playing with Beneavin College, the school won the national championship. Nowadays, he continues to enjoy playing soccer.

University College, Dublin

Dermott attended University College, Dublin’s Engineering School, from 1978 to 1983, receiving a B.E. (First Class Honors) in '82 and a  M. Eng. Sc. in ’83.  From there he worked for Hyster Corporation doing hardware and software design of mobile platforms – automated forklifts.  During this time he spent a year in Portland, Oregon at the company’s headquarters.  From Hyster he joined Ashling Microsystems again becoming involved in development. In 1988 he joined Elcor Associates, distributing EDA products including Orcad; PADS-PCB; and Quad Design, which he later joined.

In 1996 he teamed with Sente, Inc., the leader in RTL level power analysis, covering numerous roles from Director of Technical Marketing, VP of International Sales, and VP of Business Development.  He met up with Yuri and Andrew when he joined Nassda in 2000, where he worked with the sales team and eventually became VP of Sales.  After Nassda, he worked as VP of Sales and Marketing for Infinisim, Inc. He moved to Silicon Frontline in 2008.

Dermott met his wife, Susan, in San Jose, where she had recently arrived from Florida.  They have three daughters.  The eldest graduated from UCLA, while the younger two girls attend Leigh High School and Union Middle School, respectively.  Outside of school they work diligently at Irish Dance, and they have traveled throughout the USA and beyond to perform.

Silicon Frontline Board Members

Silicon Frontline has been fortunate to have Dr. Sang Wang’s support since the beginning. He was joined by Art Reidel, a number of other Angels, and the iD SoftCapital Group, in the Company’s first and only round of financing, in September 2007, totaling $4 million.

Sang Wang

Dr. Sang S. Wang was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Nassda Corporation, a Santa Clara, California-based Electronic Design Automation company from 1999 to 2005. Nassda went public in 2001 and was acquired by Synopsys in 2005. Previously, Dr. Wang was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of EPIC Design Technology from 1986 to 1997. EPIC went public in 1994 and was acquired by Synopsys in 1997. Dr. Wang served as a Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager at Synopsys from 1997 to 1998. Prior to co-founding EPIC, Dr. Wang was a Senior Member of Technical Staff and a CAD Manager at Advanced Micro Devices from 1982 to 1986.

Dr. Sang Wang

Dr. Wang holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, a MS in Physics from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has published numerous technical papers and business articles. In addition to having served on Nassda, Synopsys and EPIC's Boards, he has also served on Stanza, Gambit, Plato, Virage Logic's Boards and others. Dr. Wang was also a Board member of Electronic Design Automation Consortium from 1993 to 1994.

Art Reidel

Art Reidel has helped build profitable businesses in the electronic design automation, pharmaceutical software, semiconductor, and communications industries for more than 30 years. In January, 2011, he retired as CEO of Scintera, a mixed signal wireless IC company he joined in 2006. He was previously co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Pharsight Corporation (now part of Tripos International). Tripos is the leader in modeling and simulation for pharmaceutical development, where he led its IPO in August, 2000.

Art Reidel

Earlier Art held executive positions with Sunrise Test Systems (acquired by Viewlogic Systems), where he served as its president and chief executive officer. He was also an executive at Weitek, Interactive Training Systems, and Schlumberger Computer-Aided Systems. Art and I worked together at Schlumberger in the early 80’s. We also served on the board of directors of the MacNeal Schwendler Corporation when our board terms briefly overlapped in the mid-90’s.

In addition to his management roles, Art is well connected to the investment community. From 2003 through 2005, Art was a venture partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he provided management assistance to portfolio companies and was responsible for several new investments. From 1984 through 1991, he served as a general partner at ABS Ventures Limited Partnerships, where he invested in and was a director of numerous technology-based companies. Art is a limited partner in several venture funds; he has made numerous personal “angel” investments, and he serves on several boards. Art has also been an active member of the Band of Angels since 1995, and is a partner in the Band's Acorn fund. He has a BS in Mathematics from MIT.

iD SoftCapital Group

The iD SoftCapital Group was established by Acer Founder, Stan Shih, together with venture capital veterans and former Acer senior management, offering expertise in asset and fund management, and consulting services. Intellectual Development for the New Economy is iD SoftCapital Group’s mission. The group currently manages assets worth US$664 million, and a total fund size of US$832 million divided among venture capital, incubation/post-incubation, reengineering and branding funds.

The management team is comprised of senior executives with solid track records from various domains, with Stan Shih as Chairman of iD SoftCapital Group, Ronald Chwang as Chairman of iD Ventures America Inc . (and Silicon Frontline Board Member), William Lu as Chairman of iD TechVentures Inc., Teddy Lu as Chairman of iD Reengineering Inc., and iD Branding Ventures Inc. Wu-Fu Chen is Chairman of iD Innovation Inc., Carolyn Yeh is Chairwoman of iD SoftCapital Inc., and Philip Peng is President of iD SoftCapital Inc .

Outlook for Silicon Frontline: Bright!

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