Richard Weber, CEO
Richard Weber has more than 29 years of high tech experience. He has worked on digital and ASIC design for such companies as Data General, Stardent, Silicon Graphics, StratumOne and Cisco Systems. He received a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
His pioneering work at Cisco formed the basis of what became the SPIRIT / Accellera SystemRDL1.0 standard in 2009. Richard is a long-standing member of the Accellera IEEE 1685 IP-XACT steering committee, and at the invitation of Intel he is participating in the recently-revived SystemRDL steering committee.
With Richard’s deep understanding of the limitations of industry ‘standards’ and the political dynamics that form, and often limit, their evolution, he co-founded Semifore specifically to solve these challenges, to provide a practical, standards-based environment to enable design engineers to get their job done, and to minimize risk to deadlines by improving communication and productivity.
Jamsheed Agahi, VP Quality
Jamsheed Agahi has more than 30 years of experience as software tools developer and verification engineer at Data General, Silicon Graphics, StratumOne and Cisco Systems. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jamsheed co-founded Semifore in 2006 with Rich Weber. As the verification expert, Jamsheed’s primary role is ensuring CSRCompiler provides the best available standards-based functionality. His participation in the Accellera (and IEEE) UVM technical committee completes Semifore’s influential role in the three standards and keeps the company in a leadership position. He is also currently a member of the Accellera’s Portable Stimulus Working Group.
Herb Winsted, VP Business Development
Herb Winsted has over 35 years of experience in semiconductor and EDA companies leading worldwide production projects, new tools and methodology deployment, direct customer customer support, and project rescue missions. He has lead successful projects for companies such as Samsung, LG, NEC, Texas Instruments, Sanyo, SGS Thompson, Ricoh, Fujitsu, Panasonic, DEC, Toshiba, General Dynamics, HAL, Motorola, Xerox, Intergraph, HP, Agilent, and many more. He leads Semifore’s customer facing activities and project coordination.
Prior to joining Semifore, Herb provided worldwide sales and customer support for major accounts at Cadence Design Systems, Silicon Valley Research and Silvar-Lisco. He began his electronics career cutting Rubylith at a mask shop and quickly migrated to lead mask design at Advanced Micro Devices. He has held various CAD management positions at GEC Plessey Semiconductor and National Semiconductor.
Rob Callaghan, In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rob Callaghan. Rob was an important contributor to the maturation of Semifore as a business entity, a honest and caring person who treated everyone he encountered with respect and true consideration. Rob had a long and distinguished career in semiconductor and EDA. Everyone that has interfaced with Rob will already know of his attention to detail, his honesty, his generous nature, and a sly sense of humor that he would roll out at the opportune moment. He was an accomplished musician, skilled as a guitarist, keyboard player, and drummer; a fine vocalist and harmony singer to boot.
Rob would donate his considerable business and contract knowledge to many startup projects without any consideration for compensation or acknowledgement of any kind. He was always able to put himself in the other person’s shoes, realizing that any agreement had to benefit both parties before it had true value.
Rob was a committed and caring family man. A true friend who was often generous to a fault.
We will attempt to keep the memory and positive attitude that Rob instilled in his daily and business activities as an important component of all of our interaction with others. Rob is truly missed, and his spirit will continue to inspire us and all who knew him.