Corporate Team

Barry Katz, President and CTO
Barry Katz, president and CTO of Signal Integrity Software, Inc. (SiSoft), founded the company in 1995. Throughout his career, Barry has been actively involved with leading edge high-speed design. Barry has extensive experience in developing tools to integrate and automate a wide range of signal integrity analysis processes. As CTO, Barry has played a key role in leading tool development efforts for SiSoft's products. He has devoted much of his efforts at SiSoft to solving the problems faced by designers of leading edge high-speed systems. Barry has assembled a team of world-class experts committed to solving the most challenging high-speed design problems facing the industry today by delivering a comprehensive design methodology, software tools, and expert consulting. Barry has been a major influence to the signal integrity methodology utilized by numerous companies and has personally led multiple signal integrity design teams. He was the founding chairman of the IBIS Quality Committee. Barry has expertise in all aspects of high-speed design including: SerDes, serial links, channel analysis, timing analysis, interconnect analysis, crosstalk analysis, electro-magnetic modeling of interconnect, packages and connectors, IO buffer analysis and selection, decoupling analysis, simultaneously switching output analysis, interconnect topology, termination selection, clock distribution and skew analysis, and high-speed bus design. Barry received an MSECE degree from Carnegie Mellon and a BSEE degree from the University of Florida.

Douglas J. Burns, Vice-president/Director of Support and Consulting Services
Doug manages SiSoft's consulting and support services group as well as providing technical leadership to SiSoft’s sales team. In this role, Doug actively interfaces with customers from both the technical and sales perspective, mentors SiSoft’s consulting staff, and defines the customized solutions needed to address our customers’ issues. As a member of SiSoft’s leadership team, he also plays a significant role in the definition and direction of SiSoft’s software products.    Doug has over 30 years of experience leading teams engaged in a broad range of technical disciplines. At Honeywell, Doug quickly rose to Chip lead for the MRX product family as well as co-developing a unique gate array technology. At Digital, and Compaq Computer, Doug was a key contributor in developing the system architecture of multiple generations of Digital's GHz ALPHA processor systems and provided consulting expertise across many engineering groups. He was recognized as a “Key Patent” holder by Compaq and has a demonstrated, successful track record of bringing products to market. Doug holds seven patents in computer system design and his expertise spans a wide range of engineering disciplines including: System Architecture, VLSI design, Package Design, Timing Analysis (chip and system level), Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and Project Management.Doug graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts with a BSEE degree and received his MSEE degree from Northeastern University.

Walter M. Katz, Ph.D, Chief Scientist
Dr. Katz is a pioneer in the development of constraint driven printed circuit board routers. He developed SciCards, the first commercially successful auto-router. Dr. Katz founded Layout Concepts and sold routers through Cadence, Zuken, Daisix, Intergraph and Accel. More than 20,000 copies of his tools have been used worldwide. Dr. Katz developed the first signal integrity tools for a 17 MHz 32-bit minicomputer in the seventies. In 1991, IBM used his software to design a 1 GHz computer. Dr. Katz holds a Ph.D from the University of Rochester and a BS from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Michael Steinberger, Ph.D., Lead Architect, Serial Channel Products
Dr. Steinberger has over 30 years experience in the design and analysis of very high speed electronic circuits. He started his career at Hughes Aircraft designing microwave circuits. He then moved to Bell Labs, where he designed microwave systems that helped AT&T move from analog to digital long-distance transmission. He was instrumental in the development of high speed digital backplanes used throughout Lucent's transmission product line. Prior to joining SiSoft, Dr. Steinberger worked at Cray Inc., where he designed very high density interconnects and increased the data rate and path lengths to the state of the art. Dr. Steinberger holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and has been awarded 14 U.S. patents.

Steve Silva, Vice President Worldwide Sales
Steve Silva, head of SiSoft’s global sales and growth initiatives, brings over 35 years of sales and management experience to SiSoft. Previously, Steve lead the Americas sales team at Solid Information Technology (now IBM) where he cut the sales cycle in half and doubled sales in the first year. While at Solid, he also was director of worldwide sales development and services where he created a new customer support process that cut interruptions to engineering by 75% and increased professional services revenue 5X. Before Solid, Steve created and managed the global major accounts program at Applied Microsystems (now Motorola), growing those sales 6X in two years, contributing to a successful IPO for the company.  Steve started his career at Tektronix and spent 10 of those years as the Northeast region manager. While at Tektronix he consistently achieved 100% and won their highest sales award numerous times. Steve has an MBA from Syracuse University and a BSEE with Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.