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Predictions: Markets And Drivers
Jan 11, 2018
The industry is in a rapid growth and learning phase. “As we head into 2018, it’s worth remembering the humble beginnings of three of the most visible companies setting the agenda for the semiconductor industry,” says Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures. “Google was an online search engine, Amazon sold books online, and Facebook started life as an online dating service. Their initial strategic views are nothing like the path they are on today. These technology giants reinvented themselves as they went along and, in their latest incarnation, are maximizing their influence to change society in ways we haven’t begun to imagine.”

Looking forward, Lanza says that reinvention is crucial. “The semiconductor design ecosystem has proven time and again, without an assumption, it could predict the future. And yet it made possible the IoT, creating ubiquitous connectivity and the digital society where physical continuity and dimension are no longer important. The need for hardware components and solutions to support these emerging markets will become obvious in 2018. It’s up to the semiconductor design ecosystem to set a path to respond, as it always has.”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Machine Learning’s Growing Divide
Jan 11, 2018
Lucio Lanza, managing director for Lanza techVentures, adds that “the main metric to optimize is the ability to keep the processing unit fed, i.e. occupancy. This involves both latency and throughput. With Moore’s Law breaking down, we should expect to see more single-task designed chips and generally a move to single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) and away from multiple instruction, multiple data (MIMD).”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

EDA Challenges Machine Learning
Dec 14, 2017
“Using a cost function based on power or total energy, one can use machine learning trained on existing designs on the current node to optimize new designs on the same node,” asserts Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures. “While, a new node presents different physics constraints and may have a new structure, a new node is developed based on our understanding of older nodes. This means there is information in designs from previous nodes that can guide design in the latest node. Using what is called transfer learning, we can take machine learning models trained on previous nodes and use them as a starting point for building models for the new node. This would mean that one would not need to build new machine learning models from scratch for each node. They can start from a position of experience and this can be transferred.”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

PDF Solutions: The Rock of Ages
Sep 7, 2017
Peggy Aycinena profiles PDF Solutions in her latest blog post on EDACafe and mentions Lanza techventures’ Lucio Lanza has been on its board of directors for 20 years, serving as Chairman since 2004.
Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe

An Innovator’s Vision
Aug 28, 2017
To innovate you have to see patterns from the past and project them into the future. Lucio Lanza talks about a likely pattern for the future.
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Is Design Innovation Slowing?
Aug 10, 2017
“Today, it has moved from applications to things that can impact society,” said Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures. “We are in the middle of this change right now. For example, the new generation does not care about spending time walking around a mall. It’s a waste of time. They don’t need to meet people in the shopping mall. They can meet them on Facebook.”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

AI-powered Drug Discovery Captures Pharma Interest
Jul 12, 2017
Eric Smalley, Nature Biotechnology

IoT Myth Busting
Jul 13, 2017
“Lucio Lanza, managing partner at Lanza techVentures, is in total agreement. ‘The design automation segment of the industry needs to be alert and in front of the pack. IoT design is unique because it is not driven by the next node, and we’ll need to understand the driving factors to be able to support the evolving needs of IoT. And now that we know the next segment of design challenges may not be just the increase in complexity of SoC, we need to become strategically alert. It may be the optimization of silicon-on-package or IP-on-substrate driven by power or the ability to make memories connect in a more effective way, or FPGAs become the foundation of inexpensive innovative ideas or…who knows what?’”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

When Digital, Physical Worlds Merge
Jul 6, 2017
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Takeda Explores Potential of AI Drug Discovery Model
Jul/Aug 2017 Issue
On page 10, Numerate’s CEO Guido Lanza provides details on the Takeda deal and what it could mean for both companies.

When Your Sweat Knows More about You…
Apr 10, 2017
Junko Yoshida, EE Times

My Breakfast with Lucio
Mar 29, 2017
“…we met in the very comfortable environment of Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. Even for breakfast, Lucio invites you to an Italian restaurant because…well, how else will you get good coffee in a country that is not Italy?”
Paul McLellan, Cadence Breakfast Bytes

How Lucio Went from Italy to EDA via Intel
Mar 28, 2017
“Lucio had a true gift for anticipating the products and technologies that would soon be needed by our customers. Sometimes his insights were controversial but his predictions were always right on,” stated Joe Costello.
Paul McLellan, Cadence Breakfast Bytes

2017: Tool And Methodology Shifts
Jan 12, 2017
An important part of that vision is making IP more portable. “The semiconductor ecosystem and its customers will have a new resource in 2017 with the emergence of an online marketplace that connects demand with a global community of IC and IP designers,” says Mike Wishart, CEO of “The acute need for customized silicon for smart hardware products will be met by a community of unaffiliated designers on affordable, re-purposed 180nm nodes with libraries of proprietary and open-source processors and on-demand analog and mixed signal IP.”
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

EDA in the year 2017 – Part 1
Jan 12, 2017
I asked Lucio Lanza of Lanza techVentures what factors would become important in 2017 regarding EDA. As usual his answer was short and to the point. “Cloud, machine learning, security and IoT will become the prevailing opportunities for design automation in 2017. Design technology must progress quickly to meet the needs of these emerging markets, requiring as much as possible from the design automation industry. Design automation needs to willingly and quickly take up the challenge at maximum speed for success. It’s our responsibility, as it’s always been.”
Gabe Moretti, Chip Design

Reflecting Back On 2016
Dec 22, 2016
Lucio Lanza, managing director for Lanza techVentures, reminded us that “the EDA tagline ‘Where Electronics Begins’ is no exaggeration.” He reminded us about how important innovation is within EDA.
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Rethinking the Sensor
Jul 7, 2016
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Looking Beyond Technology
Jun 30, 2016
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Uncertainty Rocks Chip Market
Jun 30, 2016
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Will Open-Source Work For Chips?
Jun 30, 2016
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Two Tiers EDA Industry
Jun 16, 2016
Gabe Moretti, Chip Design

DAC News, Monday: Lucio Lanza Panel on Open Source
Jun 7, 2016
Paul McLellan, Cadence Breakfast Bytes

Pivot Is The New Watchword For Design Automation
Jun 3, 2016
Lucio Lanza

Lucio Lanza Joins ESDA Board
Apr 22, 2016
Gabe Moretti, Chip Design

ESD Alliance: Lanza and Semico to serve as Change Agents
Apr 20, 2016
Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe

VC Veteran Joins EDA Group
Apr 13, 2016
Rick Merritt, EE Times

Lucio Lanza Joins Electronic System Design Alliance Board of Directors
Apr 13, 2016
Electronic System Design Alliance

Predictions For 2016: Tools and Flows
Jan 28, 2016
Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering

Time For Change
Jan 28, 2016
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

The EDA Industry Macro Projections for 2016
Jan 25, 2016
Gabe Moretti, Chip Design

IoT Will Enable ‘Living Services,’ Keynote Speaker Says
Dec 7, 2015
Jeff Dorsch, Solid State Technology

Startup Raises Online Tool Debate
Sep 30, 2015
Rick Merritt, EE Times

The Future Of Moore’s Law
Part 1 – Jun 29, 2015
Part 2 – Jul 22, 2015
Part 3 – Aug 3, 2015
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

An Interview with Kaufman Award Winner Dr. Lucio Lanza
Jan 15, 2015
Bill Wong, Electronic Design

Lucio on EDA Investment
Dec 22, 2014
Bryon Moyer, EE Journal

Kaufman Dinner: Philosophy Redefined
Nov 6, 2014
Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe

Lucio and the Kaufman Award
Nov 6, 2014
Paul McLellan, Semiwiki

Kaufman Award Winner Lucio Lanza Helps Launch Innovative EDA Companies
Nov 4, 2014
Richard Goering, Cadence Community

EDA Community Honors Lucio Lanza with Phil Kaufman Award
Nov 3, 2014
Dave Bursky, Chip Design

Executive Insight: Lucio Lanza
Oct 30, 2014
Ed Sperling, Semiconductor Engineering

Lucio Lanza to Receive EDA Honor
Oct 27, 2014
R. Colin Johnson, EE Times

The Lanza’s Challenge
Oct 22, 2014
Gabe Moretti, Chip Design

How Lucio Lanza Got Into EDA
Oct 21, 2014
Paul McLellan, Semiwiki

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Lucio: A taxonomy of Italian Genius
Oct 16, 2014
Peggy Aycinena, EDACafe

Press Releases

Lanza techVentures Portfolio Company Altia Systems Signs Agreement to be Acquired by GN Audio
Altia Systems Will Enable GN Audio to Move into Integrated Audio, Video Communications
Feb 28, 2019


the-business-of-design-automationThe Business of Design Automation

This chapter by Lucio Lanza appears in A Short History of Circuits and Systems, 2016. It is an essay on the business of Design Automation that depicts the evolution of this small, but meaningful segment of the Semiconductor Industry and some thoughts on where it may go next.

Audio and Video Interviews

Go Configure Design Challenge Series
Oct 9, 2017
Lucio Lanza, an advisor to efabless, a marketplace and platform for community-engineered electronics, talks with Silego’s Mike Noonen about the efabless/Silego “Go Configure Design Challenge Series.” The challenge calls the global designer community to implement well-used functions using Silego’s configurable mixed-signal ICs with the efabless platform serving as the crowd source design platform.

DAC 2017 Pavilion: Exploring the Connections Between the Digital World and Physical World
Jun 20, 2017
Arm CEO Simon Segars and Lucio Lanza engage in a far-reaching conversation about the Internet of Things and how the digital world will be connected with the physical world.

Lanza’s Tech Vision Challenge: Daring to Move to Open Source
Jun 6, 2016
DAC 2016 Pavilion Session

Take Five with Warren, S.6, Ep.1: Lucio Lanza, Lanza TechVentures
Sep 10, 2015
Warren Savage, IPExtreme

Lucio Lanza on the State of EDA
Jun 6, 2015
Dylan McGrath, Electronics360

What You Call EDA, I Call IP – EDA Past, Present, and Future with Lucio Lanza
Dec 19, 2014
Amelia Dalton, EE Journal

2014 Phil Kaufman Award Video Tribute to Lucio Lanza
Nov 4, 2014

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