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Salil Raje, EVP and GM, Data Center Group

Salil Raje

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Group

Salil Raje heads the Data Center Group (DCG) for Xilinx, leading a global team of engineering, sales, and marketing professionals dedicated to the data center – the fastest growing market for FPGAs. Raje is excited about his business unit’s charter, which is to help top hyperscalers and enterprise cloud providers harness Xilinx intelligent, adaptable infrastructure to improve performance, power efficiency, and operating costs.

With Xilinx for 14 years, Raje most recently served as executive vice president, Software and IP Products, overseeing related strategy, design, and execution. He has led initiatives in Vivado HLx and SDx development environments that have allowed customers to adopt higher-level abstraction flows, and greatly contributed to expansion efforts in machine learning and vision applications. Raje also spearheaded the introduction of the Vivado Design Suite, which brought ASIC-class algorithms and user interfaces to FPGA designers. As a result, Xilinx improved customer productivity and became the leader in design tools and IP.

Before joining Xilinx, Raje was Chief Executive Officer of Hier Design Inc., which he co-founded in 2001. There, he introduced a hierarchical design and design planning tool, PlanAhead, to the FPGA design community. He oversaw Xilinx’s acquisition of Hier Design in 2004. Previously, Raje was a director at Monterey Design Systems, responsible for placement and silicon virtual prototyping technology. He started his career working in High Level Synthesis at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

Raje holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Computer Science from Northwestern University. He holds eight patents in electronic design tools, ASIC, and FPGA designs, and has written more than 15 industry-recognized research papers.

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