PLD Industry Perspective – New and Intriguing Player Entering the Ring.
"What makes Tabula a company to watch is that in addition to being founded by electronic design automation (EDA) guru Steve Teig, most of the executive team are former elite Xilinx employees including the highly-regarded CEO Dennis Segers. Mr.Segers' team is not to be underestimated."
By Hans Mosesmann
Dennis Segers, CEODennis Segers joined Tabula in May 2006 after serving as an independent board member for two years. Prior to Tabula he served as president, CEO, and director of Matrix Semiconductor. Matrix pioneered the design and development of three-dimensional integrated circuits, a first in the history of semiconductor technology. At Matrix, Dennis oversaw the transition of the company from the early technology feasibility phase to high volume production, culminating in the acquisition of the company by SanDisk in January 2006.
Previously, Dennis served as the senior vice president and general manager of the FPGA product groups at Xilinx. He oversaw the development and introduction of the Virtex family of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the most successful programmable logic family in the industry's history. Under his direction the high end FPGA division grew from a $300M business to over $1.4B. In April 2000 he was elected to the Xilinx board of directors.
A 35 year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Dennis has served as a board member and advisor to numerous venture capital backed startups as well as private and public companies. Dennis is currently a director for Parade Technologies, Ltd., a public fabless semiconductor company. A past member of the board of directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance, Dennis also served as the Chairman of the GSA Emerging Company CEO Council from 2007 until 2010.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, he now serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and was a 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.
Steve Teig, President and CTOSteve Teig is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Tabula and the inventor of Tabula's Spacetime 3-Dimensional Programmable Logic Architecture. In 2012, Tabula has been recognized with an Edison Award, an American Business Gold Award, inclusion in MIT's "TR50" list of the 50 most innovative companies worldwide, and as #3 in the Wall Street Journal's "Next Big Thing" list of the most promising venture-backed startup companies. Prior to founding Tabula, Steve Teig was CTO of Cadence Design Systems (NSDQ:CDNS). Steve joined Cadence through its acquisition of Simplex Solutions (NSDQ: SPLX), where he was also CTO. At Simplex, Steve invented and led the technology development for the X Architecture, which radically improves chip design by pervasively incorporating diagonal wiring.
Before joining Simplex, Steve co-founded two successful biotechnology companies: CombiChem (NSDQ: CCHM, later acquired by DuPont Pharmaceuticals), where he was CTO, and BioCAD, where he was CTO and, later, CEO. At CombiChem, Steve invented and led the development of the company's revolutionary Discovery Engine technology, with which CombiChem discovered pharmaceutical-lead compounds for 11 different therapeutic areas in only five years. At BioCAD, Steve designed Catalyst: market-leading software for pharmaceutical discovery.
In the 1980s, Steve spent several years in the EDA industry, where his work had a major impact still felt today. First, at Trilogy Systems, he invented the now-universal technique of compiled-code logic simulation. Then, as CTO and co-founder of Tangent Systems (which later became Cadence's very first acquisition), he invented the principal place-and-route algorithms for the Tancell and Tangate products. These techniques formed the core of Cadence's Gate Ensemble, Cell-3 Ensemble, and Silicon Ensemble systems and lay many of the foundations for the physical design of even today's chips.
Steve received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds over 240 patents. In 2002, he broke Thomas Edison's record for the number of patents filed by an individual in a single year. In 2011, he was awarded the World Technology Award for IT hardware innovation.
Alain Bismuth, Sr. Vice President, Chief Marketing OfficerPrior to joining Tabula, Alain Bismuth, a 25-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, was vice president of Altera's HardCopy product group. In this role he launched the HardCopy product line, the most successful line of structured ASIC products to date.
Previously, Alain was vice president of Altera's consumer, computer, and industrial business group, where he lead the rapid growth of Altera's business outside of the communications market segment, particularly in new, high-volume consumer applications. Alain also led the definition and launch of Altera's Cyclone FPGA family, the world's first true low-cost FPGA product targeting high-volume consumer applications.
Before joining Altera, Alain was at LSI Logic for almost 10 years, where he held various senior marketing and sales management positions. He led LSI Logic's European sales organization in the computer and consumer segments, and moved to LSI Logic's headquarters in Milpitas, California in the mid-1990's. There he led the team that introduced the world's first integrated DVD player/decoder chip and gave LSI Logic the top market-share position in this market.
Alain started his career as a product engineer at IBM Semiconductor. Alain received an M.S.E.E. from Ecole Centrale, Lyon, France, and a Master of Sciences in solid-state physics from Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.
Matt Crowley, Sr. Vice President, Product DevelopmentMatt drives Hardware and Software development activities broadly encompassing all device and software architecture through silicon and software implementation. Matt started his career at Tabula as Vice President, Hardware Development in 2007, and was promoted to Sr. Vice President Product Development in 2012.
Prior to joining Tabula, Matt served as Vice President of 3D Memory Development at SanDisk Corporation. In this role he drove all aspects of 3D product and technology development focused on both one-time-programmable (OTP) and rewritable nonvolatile memories. Matt came into SanDisk by way of its acquisition of Matrix Semiconductor, where he served as Vice President of Product Development and oversaw the successful development and commercialization of two generations of novel monolithic 3D OTP memories.
Before Matrix, Matt held staff engineering and management positions at AMD/NexGen where he contributed to the successful K6, K7, and K8 processor lines. Matt started his career as a design engineer at Amdahl Corporation.
Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds over 15 U.S. patents.
Dan Steere, Sr. Vice President, Sales and Corporate DevelopmentPrior to joining Tabula, Dan co-founded Compass Quality Insight, pioneering new approaches to testing analytics. Dan also served as CEO of GreenRoad Technologies, overseeing the launch and rapid growth of an innovative cleantech leader.
Prior to GreenRoad, Dan led global Sales and Marketing at Matrix Semiconductor, also serving as Matrix's CFO from startup to early production. After Matrix's acquisition by SanDisk, Dan served as VP of OTP & Consumable Memory Products at SanDisk and subsequently as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Benchmark Capital. Prior to Matrix, Dan served as Business Unit Manager at pcOrder.com, and held a series of strategic marketing and intrapreneurial roles at Intel. Dan earned an AB in Computer Science from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford GSB where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Daniel Gitlin, Vice President, Manufacturing TechnologyPrior to joining Tabula, Daniel Gitlin served as vice president of semiconductor technology of Xilinx. Daniel was instrumental in driving process technology and establishing key industry partnerships during his 15 year tenure. Under Daniel's leadership, Xilinx led the fabless semiconductor industry in advanced process technology adoption.
Before Xilinx, Daniel was a member of the technical staff at LSI Logic Corporation. With more than 20 years of collective experience in semiconductors, Daniel has served as a member of the Technology Strategy Committee of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), has published numerous technical publications and holds more than ten patents.
Daniel received his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the UAM, Mexico and graduate degrees in applied physics and electrical engineering from Harvard University and UCLA, respectively.
Rajeev Jayaraman, Vice President, Applications, Technical Support, and ServicesRajeev joined Tabula in 2008 as Vice President, Software Development. Under his leadership, Tabula released its first generation Stylus tools for the ABAX family of products. In 2012, he assumed responsibility for Applications, Technical Support, and Services. In this role, Rajeev brings his extensive knowledge of software and the customer experience to bear as we aggressively enter the marketplace for the next generation products. Prior to joining Tabula, Rajeev was Sr. Director of Implementation Tools at Xilinx where he was responsible for the Synthesis, Place, Route, Timing, and Bitstream generation for all of Xilinx' FPGAs. In this role he oversaw and drove product development for the implementation tools in the Xilinx ISE product. Under Rajeev's leadership, Xilinx implementation tools achieved a leadership position in FPGA implementation software winning acclaim from customers and numerous industry awards.
Rajeev started his career designing placement and routing algorithms for Xilinx FPGAs. Since then he has had several different roles ranging from technical software lead for Xilinx' new architecture development to building and managing development teams distributed in multiple sites around the world. In 2000, he was awarded the Ross Freeman award for technical innovation - the highest technical award given by Xilinx to its employees for contributions that most directly contributed to success of the company.
Rajeev received his MS and Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Bachelors degree (B.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He has served on the technical and program committees of various conferences including Intl. Conf. on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), Design Automation Conf (DAC), FPGA Symposium (FPGA), and Intl. Conf. on Computer Design (ICCD). He has been an invited speaker, panelist and a contributor to the Intl. Symposium on Physical Design, DAC, and Design Con. He was associate editor for the ACM Transactions Special Issue on Programmable Logic. He has published several papers in various refereed conferences and holds several patents.
Steffen Rochel, Vice President, Software DevelopmentSteffen began his Tabula career in 2010 as Sr. Director in the Software development organization and in 2012 assumed all product development responsibility for Software. Prior to Tabula, Dr. Rochel was the VP Engineering at Blaze DFM where he was responsible for software development and silicon qualification.
Before joining Blaze DFM, Dr. Rochel was Group Director at Cadence Design System, responsible for the Electrical Verification product line, including products such as Assura RCX, Fire&Ice QX and VoltageStorm. He managed the X Architecture R&D team and was responsible for the integration of the X Technology into the Encounter P&R system. Dr. Rochel joined Cadence through its acquisition of Simplex Solutions (NSDQ: SPLX), where he led the development of the VoltageStorm product family.
Steffen Rochel received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology at Ilmenau, Germany in 1992.
Chris Taylor, Vice President, Human ResourcesChris Taylor has been in the Human Resources field for more than 25 years, most recently as an independent consultant running her own business. Prior to joining Tabula, Chris was at Xilinx Inc. for 13 years where she held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources. Chris was at Xilinx during their formative years and was instrumental in creating a workplace culture that landed the company high on Fortune Magazine's list of best companies to work for in America.
Starting her career at Intel and spending eight years there in the company's earlier days gave Chris a foundation for managing state-of-the-art human resources programs in a premier semiconductor company environment. Other corporate experience included Computervision Corp. and Veritas Software, where she also ran Human Resources. In addition to working in both large and start-up companies, Chris ran her own consulting business, engaging with a diverse cross-section of senior management teams in a variety of high tech and bio-tech start-up companies. The focus of her business was providing organizational development and coaching expertise to executive teams, and setting up the Human Resources function in start-up companies.
Chris obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Science from the University of Santa Clara. She has served on the Board of Fellows at her alma mater since 1998.
PAUL DRAKE, CORPORATE CONTROLLERPrior to joining Tabula, Paul was Corporate Controller at SiRF Technology, a GPS semiconductor company. During his nine-year tenure, Paul helped to profitably scale SiRF from its early stage through rapid growth, initial public offering, and eventual acquisition by CSR Plc. Paul held several leadership positions while at SiRF, including responsibilities for strategic and financial planning, SEC and internal reporting, accounting, treasury, and tax functions.
Before joining SiRF, Paul held finance and cost accounting positions at ESS Technology, S3, and Adaptec. During his career in the semiconductor industry, Paul has participated in multiple M&A transactions and has established strong financial management and operational experience across a variety of product markets.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Santa Clara University.