Carver A. Mead
1996 Phil Kaufman Award Recipient

SAN JOSE, Calif.–November 13, 1996–The Electronic Design Automation Companies (EDAC) today announced the winner of its 1996 Phil Kaufman Award — Carver A. Mead. Professor Mead received the Phil Kaufman Award on November 12, 1996, during EDAC’s 1996 membership dinner at the Hyatt Sainte Claire Hotel, San Jose, CA.

Carver Mead is the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. This Award honors Professor Mead for his innovative contributions to design tool technology of benefit to electronic systems and IC designers.

According to Dr. Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor Graphics and EDAC’s chairman, “EDAC’s Phil Kaufman Award honors those who have made significant contributions to design tool technology. Carver Mead is one of these innovators. This Award honors his work and contributions in the area of VLSI design. His structured design approach to VLSI design defined a new methodology for chip development. This methodology was the primary reason behind design productivity increasing so rapidly throughout the 1980s.”

Will Herman, president of Viewlogic, and nominator of this year’s winner noted, “Carver Mead deserves the Phil Kaufman Award because of his significant contributions to EDA. His EDA work was the result of his involvement in most of the defining events in the invention and development of semiconductor physics, engineering and fabrication techniques. He was also a key contributor to the efforts of many early CPU design teams. His research and methodology have improved the way our community approaches design.”

Richard Newton, a member of EDAC’s Phil Kaufman Award Nominating committee, added, “Carver Mead’s broad and distinguished career, has always found him at the very leading edge of a topic, from dielectrics to scaling theory, from VLSI design methodology to neural networks. He has inspired many generations of researchers, but is perhaps best known in the microelectronics field for his contributions to VLSI design methodology.”

“EDA is at least as much about design methodology and about approaches to design, as it is about tools and software. Carver Mead’s contributions in the fields of structured design, from the device level to system architecture, are unparalleled.”

“Carver Mead inspired a generation of system designers to work directly with silicon. By making silicon accessible to system designers, via simple design abstractions at all levels, system designers were able to bridge the gap to direct silicon implementation. Many of the silicon-based industries of today can trace their origins to the influence of Carver Mead’s insights and design approaches.”

About the Phil Kaufman Award:
The EDA Consortium Phil Kaufman Award is named in honor of EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies like silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have greatly benefited electronic designers. Previous award winners are Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA); Don Pederson, Professor Emeritus, University of California (Berkeley, CA); and Herman Gummel of Bell Labs (Murray Hill, NJ).

About the EDA Consortium
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About Phil Kaufman
Phil Kaufman died July 17, 1992 during a business trip in Japan. He spent more than a quarter-of-a-century in the computer industry and was an active EDA Consortium member. His experience encompassed hardware, software, semiconductors, EDA and computer architecture. He was CEO of Quickturn Systems, now known as Quickturn Design Systems and a part of Cadence, and accelerated the use of emulation, a new design automation technology for fast IC development. In addition Mr. Kaufman was chairman and president of Silicon Compiler Systems where he was instrumental in advancing the concept of silicon compilation.

Prior to joining the EDA industry Mr. Kaufman was a manager in Intel’s microprocessor component group. He was the driving force behind the IEEE Ethernet Standard, and was instrumental in developing the IEEE Floating-Point Standard. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, he held several patents and began his career in EDA at Computer Automation, Inc.