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Dr. Susumu Kohyama Joins Sonics’ Advisory Board

2008-07-15 06:03:00

New Advisory Board Member Brings Significant Semiconductor Experience

MILPITAS, Calif.–(EMWNews)–Sonics Inc., a premier supplier of system-on-chip (SoC) SMART

Interconnect solutions, today announced that Covalent Materials Corp.

president and CEO, Susumu Kohyama, Ph.D., has joined the companys

advisory board. Dr. Kohyama brings with him more than three decades of

experience in the semiconductor industry. With his considerable

experience, he will be an asset to Sonics to ensure the company

continues to provide solutions that are leading-edge and relevant to

companies throughout the world.

Dr. Kohyama joined Toshibas Research and

Development Center in 1969. After holding several senior management

roles, he served as the entire corporations

chief strategy officer from 1998 to 2001. He has also served as chief

technology officer for Toshibas Electronic

Devices Group, which focuses on semiconductors. In 2004, he assumed his

current position. Dr. Kohyama has led Covalent Materials Corp. through

growth and strategic developments including changing its name from

Toshiba Ceramics Co. Ltd. in 2007.

In addition to his corporate leadership role, Dr. Kohyama is the chair

of VLSI Symposia Executive Committee, representing Japan and Asia, as

well as a member of the board of directors of Semiconductor Equipment

and Materials International (SEMI).

A visionary and technology leader in the

semiconductor space, Dr. Kohyama brings a wealth of experience in

semiconductor technology, processor technology, SoC design and consumer

electronics that can help guide Sonics in product development and

business development worldwide, said Sonics

CEO Grant Pierce. Sonics will greatly benefit

from his knowledge and experience.

I have been an advocate of Sonics

technologies and products for over five years, and have personally seen

the substantial benefits that companies can derive from adopting Sonics

solutions for their complex SoCs, said Dr.

Kohyama. As increasing levels of voice, data

and video processing appear in larger numbers of consumer devices, the

level of SoC complexity increases as does the need for Sonics

solutions. My role on Sonics advisory board

will be to provide a customer-centric viewpoint on the challenges faced

by design teams integrating continuously increasing functionality into

their SoCs.

About Sonics

Sonics, Inc. is a premier supplier of SMART Interconnect solutions that

deliver high SoC design predictability and increased design efficiency.

Major semiconductor and systems companies including Broadcom, Samsung,

Texas Instruments and Toshiba have applied Sonics

SMART Interconnect solutions in leading products in the wireless,

digital multimedia and communications markets. Sonics is a

privately-held company funded by Cadence Design Systems, Toshiba

Corporation, Samsung Ventures and venture capital firms Investar

Capital, TL Ventures, Smart Technology Ventures, and Easton Hunt

Capital, among others. For more information, see

®Sonics Inc., the company’s logo and SMART

Interconnect are registered trademarks of Sonics Inc. All other

trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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