Bringing the Silicon Back to Silicon Valley

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Cadence Design Systems
Building 10 Conference Room
2655 Seely Ave.
San Jose, CA 95134



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In the past decade, when people thought about Silicon Valley they were more likely to think first about companies at the vanguard of data rather than the semiconductor companies that make it all possible. This is changing, driven by market growth segments such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Driving, and 5G, and by the advancement of chip design methodologies and a changes in the supply chain aimed at reducing SoC development costs.

Join our panel of Semiconductor Industry experts as we discuss the business drivers that are making semiconductors a hot topic and helping to bring the Silicon back to Silicon Valley.


Our Distinguished Panel


Brian C. Faith

President & CEO

Brian Faith was promoted to CEO in June 2016 after having served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing between 2008 and 2016. Brian has been with QuickLogic since 1996, and during the last 20 years has held a variety of managerial and executive leadership positions in engineering, product line management, marketing and sales.

Brian has also served as the Chairman of the Marketing Committee for the CE-ATA Organization. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and was an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University for Programmable Logic courses.


Pete Rodriguez

Silicon Catalyst

Pete Rodriguez is CEO of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon. Pete is also on the board of directors of Hysai Inc. and on the advisory board of Alphacore Inc. Pete has 35 years of experience in the Semiconductor industry.

Prior to Silicon Catalyst, Pete was VP & GM of Interface and Power at NXP Semiconductors, CEO of Exar Corporation, CEO of Xpedion Design Systems, Chief Marketing Officer at Virage Logic, Major Account Manager at LSI Logic and Program Manager at Aerojet Electronic Systems. He spent twelve years as an entrepreneur with three different startups and has raised over $30 Million in venture capital. He retired from the US Naval Reserves with the rank of Commander.

Pete has served on public, private, advisory and non-profit boards of directors. He is a graduate in strategy and policy of the Naval War College. Pete has an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MSEE from Cal Poly Pomona, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.


Janet Olson

VP, Research & Development
Cadence Design Systems

Janet Olson is Vice President, Research & Development at Cadence Design Systems. She is responsible for front end design, including high level synthesis, rtl synthesis, formal verification and test. Previously, she was Vice President of Engineering at Synopsys, responsible for RTL synthesis R&D. Janet was awarded the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Award in 2017 and the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in 2015. She has published papers at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) and holds 8 patents in the field of Electronic Design Automation.

Janet received her BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and MS Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


Ted Tewksbury, Ph.D.

ETA Compute

Ted Tewksbury, Ph.D., President and CEO, brings over 30 years of experience building and growing technology businesses in the semiconductor sector. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer for Entropic Communications, an industry leader in connectivity solutions for cable, satellite and broadband infrastructure, before the company’s acquisition by MaxLinear Corporation. Before this, as president and chief executive officer of Integrated Device Technology, he led the company’s successful turnaround, by launching new growth businesses including wireless charging, power management and high-performance radio frequency (RF) products.

Ted was also president and chief operating officer of AMI Semiconductor, a leading developer of semiconductor solutions for automotive, industrial and medical applications before its acquisition by ON Semiconductor. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of engineering and management positions at Maxim Integrated, IBM Microelectronics and Analog Devices. Dr. Tewksbury holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He is a past board member for the Global Semiconductor Alliance and is currently on the boards of Maxlinear and Jariet Technologies.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Jim Hogan

Managing Partner
Vista Ventures, LLC

Jim is currently the managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC. He has worked in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry for more than 40 years gaining experience as a senior executive and board director in electronic design automation, intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, material science and IT companies.

Jim was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and senior vice president of business development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held executive engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation(TI) and Phillips Semiconductor(NXP).

Jim holds a B.A. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in computer science and an M.B.A. all from San Jose State University. He serves on several private companies’ board of directors. Additionally Jim serves as a strategic advisor to several private and public companies.