An FPGA expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of the components, but also of the FPGA market, history, progression of the technology, and of developing technologies.
FPGA, or field programmable gate array, is an integrated circuit that can be configured post-manufacture via software. An FPGA design is commonly configured using a hardware description language (HDL) such as VHDL or Verilog. Examples of FPGA market applications include aerospace and defense, medical electronics, digital television, consumer electronics, industrial, scientific instruments, cybersecurity systems and both wired and wireless communications. Major players in the FPGA space include Xilinx, Altera, Microchip, Lattice Semiconductor, QuickLogic, and Achronix.
A consulting expert is typically an electrical engineer with an advanced degree, familiar with computer science and possessing extensive experience in integrated circuit technology. While many consultants have the basic knowledge to get that part of the job done, the expert witness carries the additional responsibility of providing testimony before the court, in a manner whereby lay people (the judge and every juror) can understand the technical nuances, such to make an informed decision.
An expert witness in this field will typically provide expertise in intellectual property matters – a patent litigation in the federal court or a trade secret dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, an Inter Partes Review (IPR) in the PTAB (where the only expert testimony is through a deposition), or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). Less frequently, an FPGA expert might provide testimony in a torts matter like a personal injury case involving the failure analysis of a consumer electronics or other device.
A testifying expert, or expert witness, is generally the only one in the court who is allowed to provide testimony as to his or her opinion — because it is an expert opinion. Regardless of whether this takes the form of testimony in a deposition or trial, or in an expert report, the engineering expertise and analysis will provide credibility to allow the jury to consider the expert’s opinion with the weight it deserves. Cahn Litigation has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the FPGA area, providing candidates for each case, to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for an integrated circuit patent case, or for pre-litigation reverse engineering or patent investigation, Cahn Litigation has the experience required to turn the expert witness search around quickly. We provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to get the job done.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those FPGA experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the FPGA landscape.
This expert holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, has developed an image processing language, and spent many years researching computer graphics and digital signal processing. This expert designed and developed a 60-Hz vector quantization video codec ASIC using FPGA rapid product prototyping techniques and FPGA applications considered to be among the world's fastest at the time. With significant experience supporting technology-related litigation as an expert witness, this expert has supported multiple Fortune 100 Companies in examining computer graphics, MPEG2, streaming video, handheld touch-sensitive devices, and other graphics processing technologies. This expert has provided expert reports, depositions and testified nearly a dozen times in Federal District Court and before the International Trade Commission.
This expert has designed ASICs, FPGAs, and PC boards for RISC-based parallel processor systems, vector supercomputers, laser printers, hardware emulators, network switches and routers, and various real-time systems. In addition to technical work, this expert provides technical consulting and serves as an expert witness for technical litigation providing experience in reverse engineering hardware and software, analyzing and interpreting patents and trade secrets, and testifying at depositions and trials.
This expert has written technical papers on hardware and software design methods, and has taught courses on Verilog, ASIC, and FPGA design at engineering conferences throughout the world. This expert holds 22 patent and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. This expert is also the president of a leading provider of software forensics tools for litigation. This expert is certified in the use of CodeSuite® and has a master's degree and two bachelor's degrees.
This expert worked on touch sensitive user interface technology in a high profile case. This expert is also well versed in power constraints generally. This expert has extensive litigation experience having been deposed at least a dozen times and testified at trial.
This expert holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and has extensive experience developing Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), semiconductor memories (DRAM and variety of other types), and Programmable Logic (FPGA and PLD) products used in the design of digital computer and telecom systems. This expert has developed Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software products based on behavioral (C, Verilog and VHDL) synthesis and ASIC/FPGA placement-route (physical design). This expert created an engineering design methodology and directed a world-wide operation that released over 3000 gate array (ASIC) designs. This expert was a key contributor in development of various memory (DRAM, SRAM, & serial memory) and logic products. Several patents in semiconductor processing and device structures and ?C to RLT? software compiler technology was issued along with multiple Technical Disclosure Bulletins. This expert?s experience includes various types of re-configurable (Field Programmable Gate Array) logic hardware & software products.
This expert created an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design methodology many years ago that incorporated scan test FlipFlops on IO cells that can be used to test internal operations of ICs. This ASIC design methodology was used to create over 3,000 IC designs, a few of which employed the expensive ?scan-test? capability.
This expert?s numerous expert reports and depositions in IC-related patent litigation cases have resulted in favorable settlements, and this expert has testified in court on IC cases as well. This expert has acquired extensive prior art documents and products over years in the industry. This expert has also provided technical background at the patent office during Re-Examination reviews and at court tutorials.
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This expert designed Wireless interference Testing Intelligences and simulation studies for 5G, LTE-A, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, avionics GPS and Iridium, IoT, and more. This expert is a Consulting Engineer where this expert has considerable litigation, expert testimony, and expert consulting experience.
This expert has extensive experience in wireless and embedded systems design for the avionics and aerospace, public safety, consumer, cellular, medical devices, and semiconductor industries. This expert was the Consulting Engineer and Wireless SME for an android-based Wi-Fi Infusion Pump. This expert was Principal Systems Engineer, involved in Graphical Flight Planning techniques and SATCOM and worked on airliner electric power generation systems.
This expert has experience in many aspects of Secure Land Mobile Radio, Cellular Subscriber and Infrastructure, WiFi, and Cordless technologies. There this expert had assignments of SW architect, DSP Instructor and Team Lead, Patent Committee Member as both an inventor and as a practitioner, Modem and FPGA chief architect, and in International Business development.
This expert was a Principal Engineer, working on chip designs for cordless and CDMA phones. This expert was appointed faculty teaching CDMA and communications theory.
This expert is the named inventor on twenty issued US utility patents covering cellular, public safety radio, and cordless technologies, was awarded a BSEE degree, and is a registered Professional Engineer. Further, this expert is admitted to the Patent Bar and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
This expert is the recipient of several industry awards.
• Professional Engineer
• Agent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
• Commercial Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Ground Instructor, Remote Pilot.
• Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
• IEEE ComSoc and EMC societies.
• Experimental Aircraft Association.
• Aircraft Owners and Pilots’ Association.