SOURCE: Silicon Navigator

April 12, 2007 09:00 ET

Silicon Navigator Appoints Kevin Moynihan COO

KLA-Tencor Exec Joins OpenAccess Database Supporter

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2007 -- Silicon Navigator™ Corporation, a leading provider of broad-based Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions based natively on the Open Source, OpenAccess database, announced today that it has appointed Kevin Moynihan as its chief operating officer, reporting to George Janac, chief executive officer.

Mr. Moynihan, a former business unit vice president at KLA-Tencor, brings a broad background of EDA experience in pioneering new technologies and businesses to Silicon Navigator.

"We are ready to aggressively pursue our business model of licensing design components based on the OpenAccess database," said George Janac, CEO. "Kevin's experience in building new technology companies and software licensing is key to our next phase of growth."

"Silicon Navigator has a unique approach to open systems providing customers with a powerful system to maximize their CAD investment while improving design productivity and interoperability," added Moynihan. "I'm looking forward to expanding the adoption of the Silicon Navigator OpenAccess-based technology and licensing model."

Kevin has extensive experience in business and technical roles in EDA and semiconductor design. Prior to KLA-Tencor, Kevin was vice president of marketing for Gradient Design Automation. Before Gradient, Kevin held several executive positions at Cadence Design Systems, most recently vice president of business development. He joined Cadence with the acquisition of High Level Design Systems where he had been vice president of technical services. He has also held technical and marketing positions at AMD, Mentor Graphics, ESL and Lockheed.

He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.

About the Silicon Navigator Business Model

The Silicon Navigator business model is based on licensing Application Programming Interface (API) based infrastructure and engines for chip design. The company provides EDA development tools and support to build products providing APIs to all components. The company bases its software on standards such at Qt, OpenGL, C++, TCL, Python and OpenAccess. Standards preserve customer investment and enable cross-pollination of technologies and resources from other industries. The Rocket Design Environment (RDE™) framework's architecture represents the next generation of EDA software where core algorithms are simply inserted into a common infrastructure. Interoperability lowers barriers to adoption, minimizing investment for new tools.

About Silicon Navigator's Rocket Environment

The Rocket Design Environment includes tools that CAD developers can use to speed the adoption of the OpenAccess database and customize a design cockpit. It offers a desktop and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), data and script viewers and APIs. It can be used stand-alone or in conjunction with other commercial OpenAccess environments.

About OpenAccess

OpenAccess is a community effort to provide true interoperability among IC design tools through an open standard data API and reference database supporting that API for IC design. The OpenAccess Coalition is a neutral organization of industry leaders that are leading this effort operating under Si2 bylaws. Website:

About Silicon Navigator Corporation

Silicon Navigator is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Si2's powerful new OpenAccess database standard by providing a complete Framework, Engines and Applications. Silicon Navigator offers a licensable development platform, customizable desktop, viewers and editors for schematics, layouts, and timing, and a comprehensive set of APIs in C++, TCL, and Python. The company serves numerous customers and licensees providing them the ability to quickly and economically deploy EDA solutions. Silicon Navigator is a standards-based company enabling next generation design flows.

The company is headquartered at 10050 North Wolfe Road, Suite SW2-260, Cupertino, Calif. 95014. Telephone: 408-200-0280. Facsimile: 408-200-0281. Email: Website:

Notes to Editors:
Kevin Moynihan lives in Los Altos, California.
A photo is available on request.
Rocket Design Environment, RDE and Silicon Navigator are trademarks of Silicon Navigator. Silicon Navigator acknowledges the trademarks or registered trademarks of other organizations for their respective products and services.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Georgia Marszalek
    ValleyPR for Silicon Navigator
    +1 650 345 7477
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