AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raymond Rodriguez, director of Strategic CAD Capabilities at Intel, has been elected to a one-year term as chair of the Silicon Integration Initiative OpenAccess Coalition board of directors. Ben Bowers, principal design engineer at Microsoft, was elected OAC vice-chair. Gregory Schaeffer, senior software engineer at IBM, was reelected as the OpenAccess Change Team co-architect.
The board manages operational decisions for OpenAccess, the world's most widely used open reference database for IC design. The Change Team manages OpenAccess API modifications and database implementation.
Marshall Tiner, Si2 director of Production Standards, said, “Continuing engagement of industry leaders Intel, Microsoft and IBM bodes well for the coalition’s ongoing role in advancing semiconductor design. Ray, Ben, and Gregory each bring years of experience and expertise to the OpenAccess board and Change Team.”
A 20-year Intel veteran, Rodriguez directs a team that oversees electronic design automation, intellectual property, test and measurement, and security assurance supplier engagements. He has been an OAC board member since 2012. His volunteer industry experience includes general chair of the IEEE Electronic Design Process Symposium (2019-2021) and executive committee member of the Design Automation Conference (2015-2017). Rodriguez has a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA, Executive Program, from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
Bowers joined Microsoft in 2018 after 11 years at Qualcomm. He is a technical lead on a Microsoft custom circuit CAD team that focuses on all aspects of the design flow, including PDKs, circuit design, and simulation to physical design. He earned a BSEE from Louisiana State University and an MSEE from Mississippi State University. He also holds 25 patents in circuit design and methodology.
In his time at IBM, Schaeffer has held various development and leadership roles in timing/noise/electrical analysis and physical design tools and holds 21 patents in these areas. He is the architect of IBM's Microprocessor back-end construction methodology and has been involved with Si2 initiatives since 2009. Schaeffer earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2002.
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. The Si2 international membership includes semiconductor foundries, fabless manufacturers, and EDA companies.