Vinod Dham – The silicon captain
Posted by g.e. on July 21, 2006
Ever since the father of the Pentium chip left Intel, it was always in my mind that i should preiodically google (OK yahoo) for his name and find out what he is into these days.
On InSilica, in which Dham’s new (path) venture has invested, it says:
Based on the increasingly popular “hybrid” model where the management and marketing team is based in the United States and the rest of the team in India, InSilica offers system-on-a-chip products. The fabless semiconductor company architects, designs, and gets chips manufactured for its customers.
On the general trend in the silicon space, it says:
While other fabless semiconductor companies such as Broadcom, ST Microelectronics, PMC-Sierra, Nvidia, and LSI Logic all have design centers in India, Mr. Baktha said InSilica is the only such company whose India center delivers the entire product.
“The cost to get a product out of India is still one-fourth that in the U.S.,” he said. “The disruption we have brought to the market is the India factor, bringing down costs substantially for our customers.”
India has been a destination for multinational semiconductor companies for years. Texas Instruments was the pioneer, setting up a center in Bangalore in 1985.
As TI moved more and more high-end work to the India center, others followed, including Intel, ATI, Infineon, Freescale, Analog Devices and more recently, Ikanos.
This year, Japanese semiconductor design firms such as Kawasaki Microelectronics (K-Micro) and SoCrates Software have set up chip design centers in India.
Homegrown companies like Ittiam and Sasken and a host of others design portions of chips for their clients across the globe, while InSilica is pioneering complete delivery.