Paul Swartz has over thirty years experience in the software and electronics industry. Early in his career he worked at Bell Laboratories where he developed software to verify the design of integrated circuits.

He continued this work as a founder of Solomon (later Cadence) Design Systems, which develops commercial Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools for the electronics industry on a variety of computer systems. While at Cadence, he built up and managed several groups of software developers dealing with all aspects (operating systems, databases, graphics, networks, version control, backup, etc.) of integrated software for EDA. During this time the company went public and is still a dominant player in the EDA market today.

After more than eight years at Cadence Design Systems, Paul joined Xilinx, a maker of programmable chips called FPGA’s. There he developed techniques to accurately grade Xilinx chips based on their speed, with higher speed chips providing higher margins for the company. This work launched a new department at Xilinx to fully characterize the chip timing and relate it to the software models of the chips that were used by customers. Paul served as the Director of this department for many years and was responsible for releasing the results for each new product family to customers. He frequently interfaced with customers and his department provided support when customers had timing issues with their designs.

Starting with Bell Laboratories, Paul has managed diverse technical development groups, both large and small. At both Cadence and Xilinx he gained extensive experience managing globally distributed development teams, as these small companies grew to mid-size. He has worked closely with Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and product support groups, as well as on cross-functional teams to manage the companies’ products.

Paul left Xilinx at the end of April to become more involved in the bio-technology area. That interest was partly responsible for his joining HealthTech Capital.

Paul received an S.B. and Ph.D. in Physics from MIT. He holds a number of patents relating to his work on timing measurements. He is a member of the American Physical Society.

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