Top Reconfigurable Semiconductor Fabric Company Taps Industry Veteran to Oversee GrowthRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- September 13, 2007
-- ViASIC Inc., an electronic design automation (EDA) company that offers breakthrough tools, IP and services for reconfigurable semiconductor fabrics, today announced the appointment of Lynn Hayden as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Hayden is responsible for leading the company and its business growth worldwide, and continues to serve as chairman of ViASIC's board of directors, a position he has held since January 2006; he joined the board in September 2003. Hayden brings to this executive position more than 20 years of visionary market insight and a demonstrated track record in expanding technology businesses. ViASIC is the first EDA company to offer semiconductor fabrics that are reconfigurable - both with and without static random access memory (SRAM) - with only one or two layers of metal. Compared to standard ASIC approaches, this simplicity, and the technology's inherent capability to allow manufacturing to begin before the design is fully completed and silicon to be debugged much earlier in the design flow enables companies to slash mask costs up to 95 percent and significantly speed time to market.
"I am honored to serve as president and CEO, and deeply committed to help leading-edge customers achieve their time-to-market goals," said Hayden. "ViASIC's unparalleled combination of low mask charges, ease of use, high density, risk mitigation and reconfigurability offers the best overall balance for general production. Also, our ability to reconfigure a design in less than a month uniquely positions ViASIC to help companies reduce mask costs and increase productivity so they can get to market sooner."
Prior to ViASIC, Hayden served for 20 years as president and CEO of Coiltronics, a company he founded in 1977 shortly after his student days at Central Michigan University and sold to a large multinational corporation in 1997. Under his direction, it grew from a small regional supplier of relay coils to an international manufacturer and supplier of high-frequency electromagnetic components, becoming the largest supplier of its kind in the U.S.About ViASIC
ViASIC Inc. is the leading supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, IP and services for reconfigurable semiconductor fabrics, both with and without SRAM. Reconfiguring far fewer metal layers than alternative approaches, ViASIC slashes design cost, time and risk. It enables ASSP providers, product designers, test chip designers, and other customers to reduce mask costs by up to 95% versus a standard ASIC design approach; it also speeds time to market by allowing manufacturing to begin before the design is fully completed, and by allowing silicon debug much earlier in the design flow. Founded in 2000, ViASIC is headquartered in Durham N.C. For more information about ViASIC and its products and services, visit www.viasic.com