- Name : Gem Design Technologies, Inc.
- Address : 4-8-21 Suzumidai, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, 920-1161 JAPAN
- Founded : Apr. 1, 2008.
- President : Hiroshi Murata
- Phone : +81-76-254-5841
- Fax : +81-76-254-5842
Murata graduated EE in Kanazawa-university in 1980, worked for a software company until 1984, joined Komatsu Murata Mfg., Co., Ltd in 1984 where he deleveped active-RC filter synthesis and simulation, DC-DC converter simulation, laytout design standarization, router development for Hibrid-IC, etc, until 1997. In pararell from 1993, he studied in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), got his master degree and Ph.D degree, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. The master thesis is “Continuous deformation based layout editor”, and the doctor thesis is “Rectangle-Packing and its application to VLSI module placement”. He was a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley in 1997-1998. He conducted the development of VLSI module placement tool as the president of MicroArc Co., Ltd in 1998-2002. He was a visiting associate professor in JAIST in 1998-2000. His paper was selected in IEEE BEST OF ICCAD in 2002. He guided post-doc reserchers as a commissioned professor at the University of Kitakyushu in 2003-2008. In 2002-2008, he started the personal business Murata Hiroshi Design Technology to make preliminary version of GemPackage. In 2008, he started Gem Design Technologies, Inc. with more focus in the tool.
Semiconductors are widely used in many electronic products in our daily life, thanks to the hard working designers. To help the semiconductor designers, academia and industry have been working closely to provide them better design tools. This technical field is called the electronic design automation (EDA). The reason why academia and industry work together in the field is that both practical view and theoretical view are necessary to improve the tools. The cooperation worked fine in earlier times, but it is now becoming harder and harder for bridging between the realms of academia and industry. For a theorist, the real design involves too many issues to catch up. For a practitioner, the basic knowledge to start with is too vast. Today, we need an individual player at the right middle point between them. Our mission is to focus in specific design area, stand at just middle on the bridge between academia and real world, understand the design problem both practically and theoretically, and create new ideas to help designers.