Intel acquires ECE ILLINOIS alumna's startup
Joseph Park, ECE ILLINOIS
9/11/2018 5:13:31 PM
Intel has recently announced that it acquired NetSpeed Systems, a startup founded by ECE ILLINOIS alumna Sundari Mitra (MSEE '88). NetSpeed Systems provides scalable, coherent Network-on-Chip (NoC) IPs to System-on-Chip (SoC) designers from mobile to enterprise SoCs. According to Intel and the EE Times, "NetSpeed's tools and IP would help the company more quickly and cost-effectively design, develop and test new SoCs.
NetSpeed's technology allows for architects to estimate and optimize SoC performance in advance of manufacturing through a "system-level approach, user-driven automation and state-of-the-art algorithms." SoC's are becoming more complex as the number of design rules is rising dramatically at advanced process nodes. Furthermore, architects are beginning to utilize front-end tools like NetSpeed's more to automate the design and validation process, saving time and money.
Mitra received her master's degree in electrical engineering in 1988 and has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor sector as a senior executive, entrepreneur, and engineer. She joined Intel as a Design Engineer and then became the Director of Hardware Engineering at Sun Microsystems in 1992.
Mitra then founded Prism Circuits Inc and served as its CEO until 2009 when it was acquired by MoSys. Following the transition, Mitra served as the executive vice president of engineering at MoSys where she was responsible for its engineering operations and product development. In 2011, Mitra founded NetSpeed Systems and has since served as its CEO and co-founder. Mitra was recognized with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni award by ECE ILLINOIS FOR her "passion, perseverance, and technical contributions as a leader in semiconductors while inspiring the next generation of female engineers and entrepreneurs.