CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, 9th July 2015 UltraSoC, the pioneering provider of advanced system-on-chip (SoC) debugging and analytic technology for embedded systems, today announces the appointment of Gajinder (“Gadge”) Panesar as its new CTO. He succeeds current CTO and UltraSoC co-founder Dr Andrew Hopkins, who has resigned from his executive role within the Company.
Panesar will draw on a wealth of experience in senior architecture definition and design roles within both blue-chip and start-up environments in the global semiconductor industry. With a strong track record of technology leadership, he joins UltraSoC from NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), where he was part of the team responsible for defining next-generation mobile-phone baseband SoCs. Prior to NVIDIA, he was Chief Architect at Picochip, a role in which he continued after the company’s acquisition by Mindspeed Inc (NASDAQ:MSPD). The holder of 20 patents and the author of more than 20 published works, he previously served in design engineering roles at STMicroelectronics, INMOS and at Acorn Computers, the company that developed the ARM processor.
“Gadge is one of the foremost SoC architects in Europe, combining profound technical knowledge, strong commercial nous and a distinctive leadership style,” said Rupert Baines, UltraSoC CEO. “Since inception Andrew Hopkins has given UltraSoC a truly differentiated technology offering: on behalf of the company and its investors I’d like to recognize his outstanding contribution. Gadge will take UltraSoC forward, drawing upon his extensive experience of complex SoCs, tool flow development and managing hardware/software interactions: we’re very fortunate to have been able to recruit him.”
Gadge Panesar commented: “Engineering is a team effort; as well as a fantastic base of technology here at UltraSoC, I’m also inheriting a strong, talented engineering organization. I’m convinced that the products and technologies we will develop will make a real difference: not only to the semiconductor industry in terms of easier pre- and post-silicon validation, but in the wider context of system design, where analytics, forensics and performance monitoring will become increasingly important. In an increasingly connected world, UltraSoC’s ability to diagnose and solve problems remotely becomes extremely powerful.”
UltraSoC’s s products de-risk the SoC design process, accelerate time-to-market, improve quality and reduce costs, by empowering pre- and post-silicon debug, and enabling hardware/software co-design, co-integration and unified debugging. UltraSoC’s technology can be used to monitor and refine the features and performance of an SoC – even after the device has been designed into an end product and is working in the field.
Outgoing CTO Andrew Hopkins said: “UltraSoC’s core silicon IP and software technology has been created, licensed and proven in silicon. It is ready to enable a broad range of analytic applications, giving the company a unique, differentiated offering. I’ve now decided it’s time to move on. I’m glad to be ‘passing the baton’ to someone with Gadge’s experience, energy and system know-how and am confident that he will lead the engineering team with the integrity and passion UltraSoC is known for. It’s been a privilege working with the team here and I know that UltraSoC is capable of great things. UltraSoC has the right technology and more recently the expanded commercial team necessary to succeed.”