Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building E-51, Room 315


Shankar Viswanathan , AMD Semiconductor - shankar.viswan gmail com


From early concept, through different phases of design, and product validation


This talk will be about the different steps involved in designing a silicon chip: all the way from a design concept to taking it to volume production. A typical PC processor will be used as an example but the steps are generally applicable to any silicon integrated circuit design.

It is meant to be a brief introduction to IC design, but more importantly, it is to answer questions about the whole process (not a monologue). So bring your questions or send it via email ahead of the talk.


Shankar Viswanathan is the lead performance architect for AMD's Strategic Silicon products. He has worked on the design and verification of several generations of AMD processors. Most recently, he was on the design team for the SoCs that power game consoles such as the PlayStation5 and the Steam Deck. His general interests like at the intersection of performance and security in hardware platforms.

Meeting Notes


  1. Shankar's slides (PDF)

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