News: Work Life Balance

Do you like flying planes?

Interview with Craig Maiman, Principal Design Consultant

Q: How often do you find while working at XtremeEDA you can pursue your passion for flying?

A:  Depending on weather sometimes three times per week. I live on the East Coast and I am currently working remotely on an assignment for a client in California, so I’m able to shift my work hours around and do some flying in the morning and work the client’s normal business hours.

Q:  How did you get interested in flying?

A:  First interested when I was 13 years old because we lived a mile and half from an airport. I wanted to be a fighter pilot; that was my plan but then I didn’t have perfect vision as I got older, which disqualified me for the air force.

Q:  When did you get your license to fly?

A  Just 9 years ago.

Q:  I understand you built your own plane, tell me about it?

A:  It’s a Sling 4 kit and took me 6.5 years to build. It’s named “Sadie”, after my Grandmother who I never got to meet. It seats 4 people and flies approximately 140 mph, and can cover 700 miles nonstop.

Q: Do you feel that XtremeEDA gives you that work life balance?

A:  Because I work from home I have a lot of flexibility to work my own hours so right now I’m pursuing my instrument rating. In the future, I would like to do volunteer work with Angel Flight or Pilots and Paws.

Q: You’ve been working at XtremEDA a little over a year now, what is the best thing about working here?

A:  It doesn’t have that burden of “Big Company” stuff! XtremeEDA has that flexibility a small company offers and that family feel – it feels close, I really love it here. I’ve worked for big companies and small companies, and  I really prefer the small company atmosphere, as long as you have good leadership and don’t have a jerk running the company – and we don’t!.

Q: How does it make you feel like family if we all work remotely?

A:  I don’t know, it just does. It just feels that way, we connect by video and you get to know people. I get to meet with the other employees who are local. I just get that sense from how the company treats me; it comes more from that feeling than actual physical contact.

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Cadence Design Systems helps engineers pick up the development tempo. A leader in the market for electronic design automation (EDA) software, Cadence sells and leases software and hardware products used to design integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), and other electronic systems. Semiconductor and electronics systems manufacturers use its products to build components for wireless devices, networking equipment, and other applications. The company also provides maintenance and support, and offers design and methodology consulting services. Customers have included Pegatron, Silicon Labs, and Texas Instruments. Cadence gets more than half of its sales from customers outside the US.

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) provides products and services that accelerate innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Synopsys’ comprehensive, integrated portfolio of system-level, IP, implementation, verification, manufacturing, optical and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions help address the key challenges designers face such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in quickly bringing the best products to market while reducing costs and schedule risk. For more than 25 years, Synopsys has been at the heart of accelerating electronics innovation with engineers around the world having used Synopsys technology to successfully design and create billions of chips and systems. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 90 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India.

asicNorth was established in January 2000 with one purpose in mind: deliver the highest quality design services possible. In an industry that can be quite volatile at times, it is important to have a design partner that you can depend upon to deliver the skills you need when you need them. A project can only be successful if there are:

Top quality skills on the team
Communication with the customer
Attention to detail
Cost sensitivity
Focus on the schedule

Today, asicNorth is enabling high-tech industry leaders and startups alike with a combination of digital, analog, and mixed-signal design capabilities. Driven to produce successful results, asicNorth is Making Chips Happen™.

Codasip delivers leading-edge RISC-V processor IP and high-level processor design tools, providing IC designers with all the advantages of the RISC-V open ISA, along with the unique ability to customize the processor IP. As a founding member of RISC-V International and a long-term supplier of LLVM and GNU-based processor solutions, Codasip is committed to open standards for embedded and application processors. Formed in 2014 and headquartered in Munich, Germany, Codasip currently has R&D centers in Europe and sales representatives worldwide. For more information about our products and services, visit For more information about RISC-V, visit

Founded in 1999, Avery Design Systems, Inc. enables system and SOC design teams to achieve dramatic functional verification productivity improvements through the use of

Formal analysis applications for RTL and gate-level X verification;

Robust Verification IP for PCI Express, USB, AMBA, UFS, MIPI, DDR/LPDDR, HBM, HMC, ONFI/Toggle, NVM Express, SCSI Express, SATA Express, eMMC, SD/SDIO, Unipro, CSI/DSI, Soundwire, and CAN FD standards.

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The pace of innovation in electronics is constantly accelerating. To enable our customers to deliver life-changing innovations to the world faster and to become market leaders, we are committed to delivering the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of electronic design automation (EDA) software, hardware, and services.