Hermann K. Gummel
1994 Phil Kaufman Award Recipient
SAN JOSE, Calif. — November 9, 1994 — The Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) today announced the winner of its first annual Phil Kaufman Award. Hermann K. Gummel was selected by EDAC as the 1994 recipient. The award honors him for his many contributions in electronic design automation, spanning over three decades. The Phil Kaufman Award, was presented to Dr. Gummel on November 8, 1994 at the organization’s Executive Forum held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA.
Dr. Gummel joined Bell Labs in 1957 where he worked on the numerical simulation of bipolar transistors and co-authored with H. C. Poon the integral charge control model for bipolar transistors. In 1967, he headed a group responsible for developing computer aids for integrated circuits. Over the years, his team created programs for layout, design-rule checking, circuit extraction, logic and circuit simulation and interconnect analysis.
EDAC’s 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.
According to Dr. Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor Graphics, EDAC’s vice-chair and the Phil Kaufman Award Nominating Committee chairman, “EDAC’s Phil Kaufman Award honors those who have driven widespread use of new techniques in design automation. Hermann Gummel is one of those drivers. This Award honors his role as a catalyst in the development of tools for: semiconductor device analysis and modeling, layout, design-rule checking, circuit extraction, logic simulation, circuit simulation, and interconnect analysis.”
Richard Newton, a member of the Nominating Committee added, “Hermann Gummel has made many fundamental contributions to central areas in EDA. In addition, he has been a role model for an entire generation of design technology researchers. Many of today’s researchers would be surprised by the number of tools and techniques that can be traced back to Hermann Gummel and his team.”
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.
About the EDA Consortium
The EDA Consortium (now the ESD Alliance) is an international association of companies engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of design tools and services to the electronic engineering community. The EDA industry provides the critical technology, software products and services to design the electronics that enable the Information Age. EDA products drive the latest developments in the computer, communications, and consumer electronics, medical and industrial equipment, and military and aerospace industries.
For more information about the Phil Kaufman Award, contact: ESD Alliance, 541 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063. Phone: 408-287-3322, or visit esd-alliance.org.
The information supplied by the EDA Consortium is believed to be accurate and reliable, and the Consortium assumes no responsibility for any errors that may appear in this document. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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.