Michel Laurence, Octasic, Canada


Asynchronous Technology Applied to Multi-Processor SoC Design


The presentation will discuss the use of asynchronous design methodologies and techniques in the implementation of high-performance multi-processor SoC devices. Real-life architectures will be presented along with tangible data about the advantages they confer over more traditional synchronous implementations. Examples will include both specialized processors such as Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) and general purpose processors such as ARM and MIPS.


Mr. Laurence is a founding member and current CEO of Octasic Inc.. Octasic is a private fabless semiconductor vendor focusing on the design and sales of specialized high-performance processors for the telecom industry. It is Canadian based, has been in operation for close to fifteen years and its products are sold and used worldwide. Prior to Octasic, Mr. Laurence was VP & GM of the Network Division of Natural MicroSystems (NMS) in Boston. He joined NMS as a result of its acquisition of InnoMediaLogic (IML) which he had founded in 1996 and led as CEO into a thriving multi-million dollar VoP solutions vendor. Prior to this Mr. Laurence held various technical management positions in the telecom industry in the US and Canada. He originally graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (St-Jean) in 1973.

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