Dr. Naveed Sherwani is a well-known semiconductor industry veteran with over 30 years of entrepreneurial, engineering, and management experience. He is widely recognized as an innovator and leader in the field of design automation of ASICs and microprocessors and the main driver of the strategic evangelization of RISC-V International. Naveed has founded or co-founded over eleven silicon companies and raised over $850M in over 15 funding rounds from marquee venture capital firms during the course of his career. While serving as President, CEO, or Chairman, Naveed has been recognized as the leader of the “Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company” a record five times by the GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance, the premier semiconductor industry membership body). He now serves as Chairman of GS Group, aiming to drive the next wave of silicon innovation by enabling growth strategies for semiconductor companies. Naveed also serves as the Chair the Open Source FPGA Foundation and is a Charter Member of notable Silicon Valley business forums such as TiE and OPEN. Dr. Naveed both a PhD and master’s degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a BE degree at NED University in Karachi, Pakistan. Naveed has also authored several books and over 100 articles on various aspects of VLSI physical design automation and ASICs.
15 years of innovation in the field of FPGA architectures and EDA tooling. Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at The University of Utah and Principal Investigator of OpenFPGA. Recipients of prestigious NSP CAREER award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, IEEE CEDA Ernest Kuh award and ACM SIGDA ONFA award
Over 28 years of EDA experience, highly experienced in FPGA software stack, digital/analog design analysis, and verification/debugging. Earned his Ph.D. in Automatic Test Pattern Generation working concurrently for Compass Design Automation. Contributor to the open-source community in the space of SystemVerilog compilation. Alain holds several patents and published papers.
10-year experience in FPGA research and open-source EDA tool development. The leading developer and current code maintainer of the OpenFPGA project which has been adapted by several FPGA vendors. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He has published 40 research papers, earned 1 best contribution award and hold 3 US patents.
A senior executive with over 30 years of experience in hardware and software development covering both senior technical and management roles. Darren’s work has focused on processor and FPGA design, EDA development for high-performance design, and the application of AI/ML. He holds both BSEE and MSEE degrees from Texas A&M University.
Over 25 years of FPGA design, sales, marketing and management experience. Launched the Cost-Optimized Portfolio and tripled product line opportunity funnels through several successful sales campaigns at Xilinx. Achieving over $1B in annual sales and 48% annual customer growth. Launched Xilinx's first SoC product, Zynq-7000, creating product positioning, training & marketing.
Senior Human Resources professional with 20+ years of experience in high-technology. A demonstrated track record in many disciplines of HR including compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, immigration, coaching, and employee relations. A key member of the business leadership team and trusted advisor to C-level and senior managers.
Dr. Shafy has 40+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry, working with ASIC, FPGA, Analog Mixed Signal, and Memory Technologies. As CEO of OpenFive, a SiFive BU, he managed a team of 350+ employees developing custom chips, RISC-V core processors, and connectivity IP's for various applications. Prior to that, he held VP positions at Microsemi, Open Silicon, and Lightspeed Semiconductor, where he played important roles in the development of ASIC, SoC, and structured ASIC/FPGA products. Dr. Shafy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and M.Sc., B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.