Dr. Naveed Sherwani, Co-Founder, President & CEO
Dr. Sherwani brings over 23 years of experience in technical engineering and general management to his position as President and CEO of Open-Silicon. Prior to co-founding Open-Silicon, Dr. Sherwani was the founder and General Manager of Intel Microelectronics Services where he led efforts to promote the use of disciplined ASIC methodologies to improve design efficiency and time-to-market. He currently chairs the GSA (Global Semiconductor Association) Technical Steering Committee.
Dr. Sherwani co-architected the Intel microprocessor design methodology and environment that has been used in several leading microprocessors. Prior to joining Intel, he worked as a consultant for various telecommunications and computer companies, mainly focusing on ASIC design flow and cell library design to improve time-to-market. He also served as a Professor at Western Michigan University, where his research concentrated on VLSI Physical Design Automation, combinatorics, and graph algorithms.
Dr. Sherwani is the author of textbook on Physical Design, which is widely used as the main textbook at major universities around the world. In addition, he has authored or co-authored three books and over 100 articles on various aspects of Physical Design Automation and ASICs.
In the last 15 years, he has been a frequent speaker at DAC, ICCAD, the International Conference on VLSI and other major conferences around the world. Dr. Sherwani received his Ph.D from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Today’s ASICs are all about cost, reliability, and predictability. Customers need low chip prices, first time silicon success, and on time performance to meet their demanding market needs. ASIC vendors will be measured by the lead that they have in these three critical parameters.Dr. Sherwani
Taher Madraswala, Sr. Vice President of Engineering
Taher Madraswala has a total of more than 25 years of semiconductor engineering experience and most recently spent twelve years designing microprocessors for Intel Corp. A hands-on designer, Taher has contributed to logic, circuit, layout and post-silicon debug of 486, Pentium, Pentium-MMX, Pentium-3 and Itanium processors. In addition, as an engineering manager at Intel he oversaw ASIC development in the DSL Modem and Optical Network Group. Over his career Taher has demonstrated his commitment to quality engineering across more than 150 tapeouts.
Taher joined Open-Silicon at its inception and contributed his technical experience to building its business model and in particular Open-Silicon’s unique model for ASIC Program Management. Taher has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana, Lafayette and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Aligarh University.
At Open-Silicon, we understand that every design comes with its own unique challenges. Our strict program management philosophy, combined with proven design methodologies, enables us to deliver the predictability and reliability our customers require.
Steve Erickson, Vice President & General Manager, IP and Platform Development
Mr. Steve Erickson brings over 20 years of technical engineering and executive management experience to Open-Silicon. Prior to joining Open-Silicon, Steve acted as Vice President and General Manager at Creative Labs. While at Creative he held numerous positions over time, starting as a Field Application Engineer to managing a global team as a General Manager and Vice President overseeing R&D, P&L, operations, sales, marketing, IT and business development. He successfully reorganized the United States and Europe sales and marketing groups along with restructuring operations processes to lower costs. Prior to Creative Labs, Steve was at Tandy Electronics where he was an electrical engineer. Steve earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Semiconductor companies need to get new ideas, and products, to market quickly. Open-Silicon’s vertical-specific offerings in platforms and IP provide our customers with unique leverage to help them get those products to market faster.
Dr. Shafy Eltoukhy, Vice President of Operations & Technology Development
Dr. Shafy Eltoukhy has more than 28 years experience in ASIC, FPGA and memory technologies. Prior to joining Open-Silicon, Shafy was the Vice President of Technology at Lightspeed Semiconductor where he joined the founding team with a goal to simplify the ASIC design cycle. Previous to Lightspeed, he was the Director of Technology Development at Actel Corporation, where he led a technology group that developed five generations of FPGA products. Dr. Eltoukhy has held senior engineering positions at Intel Corporation and Fairchild Research Center and academic positions at Cairo University and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Dr. Eltoukhy holds 24 US patents. Additionally, he has authored over 23 technical articles. Dr. Eltoukhy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and MSEE and BSEE degrees from Cairo University.
Our reputation for quality is only as good as the product we deliver to our customers every day. As one of the first ASIC companies to register for ISO9001:2008, we have demonstrated our commitment to process and disciplined engineering.
Jay Vyas, Vice President of Finance
Jay Vyas has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of financial accounting, management, reporting and analysis. Formerly the VP Finance and Corporate Controller at Oxford Semiconductor, Mr. Vyas led the development of a comprehensive internal control structure along with financial and accounting systems.
Prior to Oxford, he was VP Finance for Semiconductor Operations of Cree and led a successful spin off of Ultra RF, the Semiconductor Division of Spectrian. Mr. Vyas received his accounting degree from the University of London.
By aggregating the supply chain orders of many customers and maintaining tight internal cost controls, Open-Silicon has made ASICs affordable again.