GSA Appoints Industry Veteran as IP Interest Group Chairman:
Warren Savage to Assume Immediate Responsibilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 31, 2009 – Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the platform for global collaboration, and IPextreme, the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, announce the appointment of Warren Savage, president and chief executive officer of IPextreme, to serve as the GSA IP Interest Group Chairman.  Warren was chosen for this position for his industry expertise, knowledge and immeasurable contributions in the Intellectual Property realm.

In 2003, Warren Savage founded IPextreme focused on working with major semiconductor companies to monetize their captive IP assets. Prior to this, Mr. Savage worked for eight years in various roles at Synopsys in the area of IP and design reuse as part of its DesignWare business unit. During this time he led numerous initiatives within Synopsys’ nascent IP business as well as important technical and business initiatives with leading IP and semiconductor companies such as ARM, IBM, Infineon, Intel, NEC, MIPS, Panasonic, and Philips.

From 1982-1995 he worked for Tandem Computers, where he developed an interest in advanced design methodologies around high reliability design. Savage began his career at Fairchild Semiconductor developing semiconductor test equipment. He is a well-known and published authority in the field of semiconductor intellectual property and continues to provide thought leadership and guidance in this critical field.

Warren Savage has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

"As more and more of the semiconductor industry has moved toward system-on-chip products, the exchange of intellectual property has become a key ecosystem," said Warren Savage, president and CEO of IPextreme, Inc. "I'm enthusiastic about the role the GSA can play to bring together semiconductor companies and their suppliers to advance the best technical and business practices for the industry,” he further commented.

IPextreme, a GSA member since 2005, has been a strong supporter of GSA and its continuation to identify and address IP challenges and areas of growth.  “We are pleased that Warren Savage will represent GSA’s interests in IP, adding his vision to GSA’s. Warren’s experience and vast knowledge will enhance GSA’s ability to assist semiconductor companies in increasing their decision making effectiveness with deliverables that will facilitate an increase in ROI,” said Lisa Tafoya, vice president of GSA.

For more information on the GSA IP Interest Group, please visit

About GSA
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective fabless ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the globe.

About IPextreme Inc.
IPextreme licenses famous semiconductor IP (intellectual property) and methodologies developed by large semiconductor companies to chip designers worldwide. These production-proven IP products serve both broad horizontal markets and specific verticals such as consumer and automotive, and are provided in a process-independent and EDA-neutral format for easy use by the widest range of customers. With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing and supporting IP, IPextreme offers a complete business solution that allows semiconductor companies to strategically leverage their internal IP portfolio and expand overall revenue. The company has offices in Campbell, California; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan with representatives in China, India, Israel, Korea and Taiwan. For additional information, please visit



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