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6 November, 2017 - 11:48 By Jamie Quested

California electronics doyen is new chairman at UltraSoC

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli UltraSoC

Californian ‘dontrepreneur’ Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been appointed non-executive chairman of Cambridge technology business UltraSoc following Chris Gilbert’s decision to step down after almost four years at the helm.

A distinguished academic, Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1976. 

A major figure in both commercial and technological developments in the electronics industry, he brings significant experience of direct relevance to UltraSoC and its applications and development of its technology. 

In the 1980s, he helped found both Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys – the two industry leaders in Electronic Design Automation. He has also fulfilled many advisory roles with such worthies as Intel, HP and ST microelectronics in the semiconductor industry as well as General Motors and UTC in systems.

His appointment comes as St John’s Innovation Centre company UltraSoC bids to accelerate adoption of its IP for debug during chip design, and of its embedded intelligent analytics capabilities for monitoring wider system performance on all processor platforms – in particular the open-source RISC-V architecture. The technology has applications in automotive, enterprise IT, and the Internet of Things (IoT) arenas as well as other key vertical markets.

Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli said: “The industry is now benefiting from the power of embedding UltraSoC IP into systems not only to debug the silicon in development, but to analyse and continually monitor performance, power, safety and security in critical applications. 

“UltraSoC has made a very strategic move in applying this capability to the growing ecosystem for the RISC-V open-source processor platform, as well as to all standard processor architectures.”

Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO, added: “We are excited to welcome Alberto into the chairman role and are convinced that his background as a serial entrepreneur and distinguished academic makes him the ideal choice for guiding UltraSoC’s future growth and direction.”


• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

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