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CEO Interview: Xerxes Wania of Sidense

by Dan Nenni, SemiWiki - Sept. 17, 2016

This is the first in a series of CEO interviews and I thought semiconductor IP would be a great place to start. Xerxes Wania is the President and CEO of Sidense, a leading developer of Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) One-Time Programmable (OTP) IP cores. Sidense has been a part of SemiWiki since 2013 so we know them quite well. I hope the rest of the CEO interviews are as engaging as this one.

CEO Interview: Xerxes Wania of Sidense

Power Management ICs Driving Cost-Effective and Reliable Non-Volatile Memory

Craig Downing — Sidense; published 09-6-2016

The power-management chip market represents a significant share of the worldwide semiconductor market. The power management market comprises a range of devices such as linear regulators, references, voltage supply supervisors, power discretes, power modules, motor controllers, and integrated Power Management ICs (PMICs). Out of this, the largest contribution is from PMICs, whose revenue is forecasted to increase from $11.3B in 2015 for 51B units shipped to $14.7B for 62B units by 2020 (IC Insights).

Power Management ICs Driving Cost-Effective and Reliable Non-Volatile Memory

Customized PMICs with OTP in automotive and IoT

Don Dingee — published 08-24-2016

Power. Every device needs it. Managing it properly can make all the difference between a device people enjoy using and one that is more hassle than it is worth. What happens between the battery and the processor is the job of the power management integrated circuit (PMIC).

Customized PMICs with OTP in automotive and IoT

Detroit Meets Silicon Valley

Andrew Faulkner, Jim Lipman — Sidense; published 05-17-2016

"Not your father's Oldsmobile" was an ad campaign launched in 1988 (at least in the U.S.) to convince buyers that the new Oldsmobiles were more advanced and better looking than what their parents might have had. Although, in retrospect, a bad idea (Oldsmobile ceased making cars in 2000), the campaign was an attempt to advertise that automobiles change over time and that this was desirable. The current state of automotive development brings the pace of change to new levels, adding advanced technology to safety, control, communications, efficiency, and comfort."

Detroit Meets Silicon Valley

Get ready for hypergrade in automotive

Don Dingee – Semiwiki – published 04-18-2016

With use cases expanding, the meaning of "automotive qualified" semiconductors is changing. What we're now hearing about now is beyond the AEC-Q100 Grade 0 upper end of 150°C, while still meeting other reliability, retention, and security requirements. What does hypergrade mean for complex digital chip designs moving forward?

Get ready for hypergrade in automotive

IP Vendor Nabs Top Talent from Semiconductor Industry

Tom Simon – Semiwiki – published 02-07-2016

The growth of mobile and IoT have helped increase the demand for One Time Programmable Non Volatile Memory (OTP NVM) as a solution for on-chip storage. To continue to meet this demand and grow with it, industry leading Sidense has recently brought on board seasoned semiconductor executive Ken Wagner as VP of Engineering.

IP Vendor Nabs Top Talent from Semiconductor Industry

Moving chips from industrial to industrial IoT

Don Dingee — published 05-27-2016

IHS has put out its 1Q2016 Application Market Forecast predicting the highest growth rate segments for semiconductors over the next five years – and what was once old is new yet again. There it is, in the top right corner: industrial, projected to outpace even the automotive sector.

Moving chips from industrial to industrial IoT

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