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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Chris Rowen Elected to EDA Consortium Board of Directors

Chris Rowen, president and CEO of Tensilica, Inc., was elected to the Board of Directors of the EDA Consortium, the international association of companies developing EDA tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products.

“The EDA Consortium is ideally positioned in two key areas,” Rowen stated. “First, it’s positioned to raise the profile of EDA’s special role among customers, investors, developers, the electronics media and the broader public. Second, it plays an important role coordinating computing platform strategies, influencing export license models, pressing for smart education and immigration policies, and other key industry concerns. I am excited about serving this important community.”

Dr. Chris Rowen was a pioneer in the development of RISC architecture at Stanford in the early 1980s and helped start MIPS Computer Systems Inc. in 1984, where he served in a variety of functions including vice president for Microprocessor Development and managed MIPS in Europe. When Silicon Graphics purchased MIPS, he became the technology and market development leader for Silicon Graphics Europe. In 1996, he became Synopsys’ vice president and general manager of the Design Reuse Group. He founded Tensilica in July 1997. He received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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