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Salil Raje

Executive Vice President, Software and IP Products Group

Salil Raje is Executive Vice President of Software and IP Products Development. He leads a global team of about 1,000 engineers and oversees the strategy, design solutions, priorities and execution specific to the growth of Xilinx Software and IP. Raje led the introduction of the Vivado Design Suite in 2012 – a grass roots effort to modernize the design flow that resulted in Xilinx achieving design tools and IP leadership and improved customer productivity. He is also responsible for leading initiatives around Vivado HLx and SDx development environments that allow customers to adopt higher level abstraction flows and are instrumental in the company’s expansion efforts in the data center market, machine learning and vision-based applications.

Raje is a 13 year veteran of Xilinx. Prior to joining Xilinx, he was CTO, then CEO, of Hier Design Inc. which he co-founded in 2001. At Hier Design, he was responsible for introducing a hierarchical design and design planning tool, PlanAhead, to the FPGA design community. While CEO, he oversaw the acquisition of Hier Design by Xilinx Inc. in 2004.

Prior to Hier Design, Raje was a Director at Monterey Design Systems responsible for placement and silicon virtual prototyping technology. He started his career at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York working in High Level Synthesis.

Raje holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Madras and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Northwestern University. He holds eight patents in the areas of electronic design tools, ASIC and FPGA designs and has authored over 15 industry recognized research papers.

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