Will Robbins, Mindspeed UK

Name: Will Robbins
Designation: VP Silicon
Title: When silicon fails…

Abstract :   Silicon failure is painful and expensive. The post-silicon validation that finds these failures appears to be pre-silicon verification’s ugly sister. She wines at her more beautiful sister with tales of loss of system performance or odd intermittent failures. She does not have the swish tools, beautiful methodologies and classy abstractions at her disposal like her sister. We hope we can gaze only at the beautiful pre-silicon verification and not the ugly post-silicon validation that contradicts her. But this cannot always be the case, and we need to talk about it.

Biography :  Will has over 25 year experience in silicon architecture, design and validation.  He was a founder of Picochip where he was responsible for the architecture, silicon and software tool chain, from their inception through to volume production. Will is VP Silicon. Picochip developed and successfully launched the Small Cell concept for 3G base stations.  Picochip was acquired by Mindspeed Technologies.  Previously Will has worked at INMOS, BrookTree, ST and Oak Technology. Will is named as inventor or co-inventor in 29 US patents.

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