About us

Vision

Complex digital logic will be ubiquitous in future embedded sensor-based systems. The hardware and software of these systems will need to be designed in a unified approach using novel programmable platforms.
Our goal in life

Mission

Easics wants to be a market leader in the embedded systems digital design by providing unique competence and development platforms that lead to first-time right, reliable and optimized logic and software that is maintainable by the customer. Our main target market is to support leading OEMs and semiconductor companies with custom designs and customizable IP blocks for these smart embedded processing systems that can be realized in both FPGAs and ASICs.

Start-up fun in a rock-solid company

We like to see ourselves as a start-up company. A company where initiative and inspiration are valued, and a ridiculously cool place to work. A company also with an open door policy, where you collaborate with colleagues on an equal basis. But be assured: behind that is a rock-solid independent company, with strong financials and a persistently bright outlook. We’re in it for the long run, and we hope you’ll be too.
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Management

Ramses Valvekens is the Managing Director of easics, since the management buy-out in December 2004.
Besides his role as Managing Director, Ramses remains active as a systems architect, focusing on technology selection, project risk reduction and cost-effective mixed-signal ASIC and FPGA design trade-offs. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and gives lectures in semiconductor system design.
He holds a Master degree (1997) in Electronics Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Master degree (1994) in industrial engineering / electronics from Groep T in Leuven, Belgium.
He performed research in signal processing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (California, USA) and at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France).
In 1994, he won the Barco/VIK prize for the design of an FPGA-based reconfigurable processor for industrial image processing in cooperation with imec.
He has been working at easics since 1997. During the TranSwitch years (2000 till 2004), he was technical manager of a product family of mixed-signal telecom chips. He received the TranSwitch Employee Recognition Award in 2003 and is co-inventor of two telecommunication patents[1][2].

Steven Coenen is the Managing Director of easics, since the management buy-out in December 2004.
He holds a Master degree (1998) in Computer Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
He has been working at easics since 1998 and has developed most of the easics in-house EDA tools to support easics’ design methodology.
He is an all-round hardware/software guru and a vivid GNU/Linux adept.
He is the inventor of a patent[3] on the verification of telecom protocols.

Chairmain of the Board

Professor André Oosterlinck is Honorary Rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and chairman of the Association KU Leuven, which is Belgium’s largest university. In 1984 he was appointed full professor at KU Leuven in the domain of image and signal processing. From 1984 to 1994 he was director of the division Electronics Systems Automatization and Technology (ESAT). He became vice-president for the exact sciences at KU Leuven in 1990 and was rector and president of the KU Leuven from August 1995 until July 2005. He has also been visiting professor at Utah University (1984) and ARC-IBM, San Jose, USA (1986-1996). He was a co-founder of ICOS Vision Systems (now KLA Tencor). He currently is the vice-chairman of imec and board member or chairman at several high-tech companies.

The other board members are Ramses Valvekens and Steven Coenen. easics is a privately owned company.

Publications

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Ilse de Moffarts
Inge Doms
Ramses Valvekens
Anthony Van Herrewege

Location

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easics is situated in ‘Arenberg Sciencepark’, in a very green environment, adjacent to part of Heverlee forest. Thanks to the maximum isolation of the buildings by among other the use of high-efficiency glass, the energy needs can be kept to the minimum. The use of passive solar energy, also called ‘building on the sun’, make the heating invoices lighter. The chosen orientation makes the buildings very energy-efficient. Through permanent sun protection on the south side, the warming stays minimized in summer. The building has a concrete core activation for cooling and heating. The rainwater is used for the sanitary.

The surroundings of the building are still under construction but will, in future, have plenty of green zones.

We try to motivate our personnel by giving them the opportunity to choose an e-bike as part of their end-of-the-year bonus. We motivate them in taking the bike whenever they can. People can also enjoy nature during breaks by taking a walk, a bike ride or a jogging exercise. The building offers bicycling storage, showers and a cloakroom.

We sort packaging waste as much as possible and try to avoid unnecessary printing.