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James E. (Jim) Solomon

Founder of Solomon Design Automation (SDA) that became part of Cadence


Co-founded Xulu Entertainment in 1995, a computer based entertainment venture.
Co-founded Smart Machines in 1994, a company that manufactures direct-drive robots for semiconductor wafer manufacture. The company was acquired in 1999 by Brooks Automation.

In 1983 Solomon founded Solomon Design Automation (SDA Systems), which merged with ECAD to become Cadence Design Systems in 1988

His early career was spent at Macronomy, Motorola Semiconductor Labs and National Semiconductor.

Solomon graduated with BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
1997 recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award “for his innovative contributions to design tool technology of benefit to electronic systems and IC designers”