Design Team Advisors

Role: To provide business and technical insights and requirements to the Steering Group and Ecosystem members.
Participation: By invitation of the Steering Group.


John Chen

John Chen has 36 years of experience in the semiconductor industry across integrated device manufacturing, foundry and fabless companies. Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2004, he held senior executive positions at FlexICs, TSMC, WaferTech and Cypress. At TSMC, he was vice president and head of R&D, where his responsibilities included advanced mask making among other areas. Earlier in his career, he worked at Hughes Research Lab and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he made contributions in CMOS, including e-beam direct writing, and wrote more than 100 papers and a book titled “CMOS Devices and Technology for VLSI”. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1992 for leadership in and contributions to CMOS device and process technology. Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maine, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds a master’s degree from the UCLA Executive Engineering Management Program. Previously a technical advisor for the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan, Chen now serves on several academic and industry boards.

Hugh Durdan

Hugh Durdan is vice president of marketing for Cadence’s design IP business, responsible for driving product strategy, revenue growth, and profitability for Cadence’s interface IP products. Most recently he was responsible for product definition, tools and IP marketing at Xilinx. Before joining Xilinx he spent seven years at eSilicon as the chief operating officer for a $120 million business. Prior roles include vice president and general manager of Altera’s $550 million business in the Computer, Consumer and Industrial vertical markets, senior management positions at LSI Logic, including vice president and general manager of the Computer and Storage Division and the Consumer Division, and leading the hardware and software development teams for Intel-based server products at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Durdan received his bachelor’s degree in computer and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jean-Pierre Geronimi

Jean-Pierre Geronimi is CAD director at STMicroelectronics. Mr. Geronimi graduated from INPG Grenoble in electrical engineering and computer science. He has more than 20 years of experience in design automation and VLSI implementation - addressing digital, analog and system-in-package CAD flows, physical design kits, CMOS libraries, design for manufacturing, variability and SOC physical implementation. As of 2002, his focus has been on advanced CMOS process introductions and the link between process and design.

Colin Harris

Colin Harris is a co-founder of PMC-Sierra and was Chief Operating Officer of that company from 2005 to 2015. He also was General Manager of its Communications Business Unit from 2012-2015. During his years at PMC Colin was responsible for design services and operations, taking chips from RTL through to production. Colin was also a board member of the Global Semiconductor Association from 2004-2012. Currently, Colin is a member of the Board of Directors of Redlen Technologies and a Special Limited Partner of Yaletown Venture Partners.

Riko Radojcic

Riko Radojcic is a leader of Design-for-Technology initiatives at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies—addressing design for 3D integration, manufacturability, and variability methodologies at polygon, circuit, logic and system design levels. Mr. Radojcic has more than twenty-five year’s experience in the semiconductor industry, specializing in the integration of process, design and EDA considerations, and design-for-Si solutions. Before joining Qualcomm, he was a consultant to semiconductor and EDA companies, providing engineering and business development services focused on process-design integration. In addition to this role, Mr. Radojcic was also a director of business development and marketing for DFM solutions at PDF Solutions, as well as a business manager and architect with Tality and Cadence, specializing in design technology integration and process characterization and modeling. Mr. Radojcic has held a series of managerial and engineering positions with Unisys and Burroughs, in device engineering, failure analyses and reliability engineering areas. He began his career as a process engineer with Ferranti Electronics, UK. Mr. Radojcic received his bachelor’s and PhD degrees from University of Salford, UK.

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