"Peter" Weiping Shi, Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3259
(979) 845-3820 (office)
(979) 862-1645 (secretary)
(979) 845-2630 (fax)
Brief Bio:
Prof. Shi received Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He taught at University of North Texas from 1992 to 2000, and have been with Texas A&M University since 2000.

He was the founder and chairman of Pextra Corporation, a start-up company in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). Before Pextra, circuit designers have to use either fast but inaccurate 2D extraction or accurate but slow 3D extraction. With the shrinking feature size, 3D extraction becomes increasingly desirable. Pextra developed world's fastest 3D extraction software PexRC, which is as accurate as existing 3D extraction yet runs orders of magnitude faster. In 2009, Pextra was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation, a leader in the EDA industry. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Shi was on leave from the university to work as an engineering director at Mentor Graphics, integrating PexRC into Mentor Graphics flow. The resulting product, Calibre xACT3D, sets a new standard for the industry and has been adopted by numerous IC/MEMS companies and foundries worldwide. Here is an interview where he discussed the technology. In fall of 2010, he returned to the university to share his experience with the students.

ELEN 248: Introduction to Digital System Design
ELEN 350: Computer Architecture and Design
ELEN 468: Advanced Logic Design
ELEN 475: Introduction to VLSI Design
ELEN 689: Layout Synthesis of VLSI Circuits
ELEN 689: Modeling and Simulation of VLSI Circuits
ELEN 691: My section numbers are 661 (spring and fall), 161 (summer session I), 261 (summer session II), and 361 (full summer).
Dr. Shi's research interests are Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and design and analysis of algorithms. His current projects include modeling, layout synthesis, and testing. His research has been founded by National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, ARP/ATP, Texas Instruments, Intel, and IBM.
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