Last Updated 12-OCT-2013
I placed this on the web because in searching for Cademic, Inc., I discovered that except for a few lines in some resumes not much exists on Cademic, Inc.
Cademic was a start-up venture specializing in computer assisted design of VLSI ICs I started in FEB 1984 but I believe that the company started in 1982 or 1983.
Cademic created an implementation of a portable Computer-Aided Design system for Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits (VLSI at the time). This system consisted of a graphical editor, logic and timing simulators, an optimizing silicon compiler and ancillary software tools. All of the software was implemented in C on a UNIX time-sharing system. The software for the design phase was transported to a microcomputer running CP/M-68k. The silicon compiler produced both nMOS and CMOS logic circuits.
Cademic had a leased Digital Equipment Corp (DEC) VAX 11-750 system and I was the system administrator for a period of time.
I started out as a Electronic Technician 1 making a whopping $15,300.00 a year. (I put more that that into my 401K now) but the $$ was good.
It was a fun place to work but very dysfunctional. After 6 months or so I knew that the company was doomed and verification came in DEC 1984 when I came in to work and discovered that the IRS had sealed and seized the company. Later I found that this was probably planned from the start as the owners and some of the major investors had done this sort of thing before.
But, I had fun in Arizona and met some nice people. And except for my family loosing $2500 in stock that we had bought (Yup, looking back that was stupid) it was a learning experience.
If someone is interested I scanned some of the manuals and can provide them if requested.
Also used this address:
Cademic Inc. P.O. Box 4698 Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Cademic leased the west side second floor in the front area of the Microsemi Building.
Names of the people at Cademic in the fall of 1984:
Julius Adewumi Sherrie Arnhart Frank Ayala Engineering Technician Bob Baryla Software Suzie Bailey Roger Baine Owner of Company. Jeff Blankenship Jack Blessington Ray Bobek Engineer Jean Bollhoefer John Brooks Vivian Cowan Sandy Dailey Marie Doyle Personnel Tony Giallella Lisa Hartly Patrick L. Harvey Software / Hardware and investor Marcy Henderson John Hoffman Alex Johnson Software (Died in 2003) Kathie Johnson Cinty Jorae Larry Lunetta Cheri Maat Shawn Mozafarian Bruce McClain Software Len Perinetti Joe Scott Judy Spencer David Stiefbold Lou Warshawsky Software
I drove by in the spring of 2001
The finished workstation CLYDE = Custom Logic You Design Easily (C.L.Y.D.E.)
The VAX 11/750 with a TU-77 tape drive, A RA-60 Disk drive (I think) and a LA-120 console
Looking at the building from the west
The lab area where the IC prototypes were tested.
Office area views. Not much to see