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DTC Seminar Series

Techniques for Integrated System Design of Electronic and Electro-Mechanical Systems


John Willis
Joshua Johnson
FTL Systems Inc.

Monday, March 24, 2003
11:00 am

402 Walter Library

Virtually every system-on-a-chip (SOC), MEMS and comparable component must not only operate correctly in isolation, but also in the context of a much larger MCM, PCB package and external environment. A fundamental shift is underway from simulation, synthesis, analysis of isolated components to integrated, mixed signal systems. This talk explores implications of the shift for users and design automation vendors, illustrated by technology developed by FTL Systems.


Dr. John Willis received the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Willis has fifteen years of combined experience in leading research and development related to parallel processing, parallel compilers, and parallel applications at Philips Research, IBM and now as CEO at FTL Systems. He holds several U.S. patents in the area of parallel compilers and high-speed network design, backed by more than fifty academic publications. Joshua Johnson serves as Chief Software Engineering Manager for FTL Systems Inc. He has over 12 years of industry experience covering a diverse range of programming languages, styles, and applications and also plays a key role in the successful rollout of FTL's EDA software. His current efforts include system level design/simulation processes and interfaces as well as work on high-speed storage/retrieval of system level data.