Si2 Announces New Chair for Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 8, 2008— The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announces the election of Ameesh Desai of LSI Corporation as the new Chair of their Board of Directors for the 2008-2009 term.

Ameesh Desai is the Senior Director of the LSI Design Tools & Methodology department and is charged with overseeing the development of EDA Tools and Methodology to support the LSI custom silicon and standard product design needs. His team is also responsible for managing the LSI technical and business relationships with EDA vendor partners and the university design sciences research community.

Mr. Desai earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering degree from the University of Bombay, India and an masters of science degree in electrical engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

"I offer a warm welcome to Ameesh as our new Chair, who will offer Si2 fresh perspective and insight as he takes on this important industry leadership position," said Steve Schulz, president and chief executive officer of Si2. "LSI is not only a long-time member supporting every Si2 coalition, but also represents the first fabless semiconductor company to Chair Si2's Board. I also extend my deepest gratitude for the excellent leadership of Rahul Goyal of Intel, who steps down after several terms as Chair and record levels of success for Si2."

"I am pleased to be elected as Chair of the Si2 Board and look forward to playing a leading role in this vital organization, Desai said. Si2s diverse yet increasingly inter-related projects, along with their strong engineering and management expertise, continue to play a leading role in standards development as the industry proceeds to smaller device nodes and new technologies.

An upcoming Si2 organized event will take place at SEMICON West in San Francisco, a Design for Manufacturing Device Scaling Session, Thursday, July 17, 2008, 11:00am1:30pm -

Si2 Board of Directors

The other Si2 Board Members and their representatives are: AMD Ward Vercruysse, director and fellow; ARM, Inc. - John Goodenough, world wide director Design Technology; Cadence Design Systems, Inc.- Ted Vucurevich, CTO; IBM Microelectronics Leon Stock, director, EDA; Intel Corporation - Rahul Goyal, director, EDA Business; National Semiconductor - James Lin, vice president of Technology Infrastructure; NXP Barry Dennington, sr. vice president; Sequence Design Vic Kulkarni, president & CEO; and Synopsys - John Chilton, sr. vice president, Marketing & Strategic Development.

About Si2

Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents nearly 100 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world. See


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