About

History

FirstPass was incorporated in 1993 with the goal of providing ASIC design services to the Mil/Aero marketplace. Our expertise soon expanded into commercial space and commercial devices.

From 2000 to 2005, FirstPass was a captive design house for Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., focusing on development of complex ASICs for the telecom market including Intelligent Switch Fabrics, PCI and SATA type devices. We drove methodology improvements company-wide, especially in verification.

In 2005, FirstPass reincorporated as an independent design services company. We have enjoyed solid growth and re-established ourselves as an outstanding provider of ASIC and FPGA design services.

FirstPass has remained ahead of the technology curve, maintaining our high level of expertise through the technical changes and advances in pre-silicon verification, tools and methodologies.

Experience Summary

  • Over 200 ASIC and FPGA designs
  • VLSI digital ASICs (>100M logic gates)
  • FPGA/ASIC conversions and emulations
  • DSP functions
  • Processors and SOC’s
  • Cryptographic functions
  • Telco and Datacom
  • Library development
  • High-reliability designs

Areas of Expertise

  • Design definition/architecture
  • Digital, analog, and mixed signal solutions
  • Advanced functional verification
  • SystemVerilog (AVM/OVM/UVM), Specman, Vera
  • ‘QuickRamp’ SystemVerilog verification platform IP
  • Physical design flows for ASIC/FPGA
  • Design for test, assembly, and manufacturing
  • Software and firmware development
  • Hardware prototyping and debug
  • Training

 

Leadership

Bob Schneiderwind
CEO/President

Bob was one of the founders of the original FirstPass, and is responsible for restarting the corporation in 2005. He has over twenty five years of highly diverse design engineering and technical management leadership experience within the semi-conductor industry. Past responsibilities included ASIC development, Switch Fabric Product Line Director, Director of IP Reuse, Director of Verification Task Force and other roles. Bob has been responsible for setting corporate wide standards and methodologies for ASIC development, especially advanced functional verification. Prior to FirstPass, Bob worked at Honeywell Defense Avionics, Martin Marietta Astronautics, and Vitesse. He has a BSEE from the University of Nebraska

Bruce Homer
Director of Engineering Colorado

Bruce has more than 30 years of semiconductor design and management experience. He has held a variety of engineering design and management positions developing ASICs, Analog ICs, Mixed Signal SOCs, FPGA’s, standard products and ASSPs. He was VP of Product Development Engineering for a major semiconductor company, and is one of the founders of System Silicon.  Bruce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona.

Brad Bailey
Director of Engineering Arizona

Brad has been actively involved with IC development for more than 25 years, during which he has been extensively involved with the development of IC products ranging from glue logic PLDs to large complex ASICs. His product sector experience includes high reliability space and defense, industrial automation, telecommunications, medical, commercial aerospace and consumer electronics. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona.