James E. Solomon
1997 Phil Kaufman Award Recipient
San Jose, CA–November 10, 1997–The Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium) announced today that the winner of its 1997 Phil Kaufman Award is James (Jim) E. Solomon. This Award honors Jim Solomon for his innovative contributions to design tool technology of benefit to electronic systems and IC designers. The Award is being presented at the Consortium’s annual Phil Kaufman award dinner tomorrow at the Capital Club in San Jose, CA.
According to Dr. Walden (Wally) C. Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor Graphics and the EDA Consortium’s chairman, “The Phil Kaufman Award honors those who have contributed to creating or driving technology advances that have had measurable impact on the productivity of design engineers. Jim Solomon is one of these innovators. This Award honors Solomon’s work and contributions in the area of design technology and his efforts to bring together great ideas from research labs and universities to build successful commercial companies that serve the needs of the electronics industry.”
Richard Newton, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley and a member of the EDA Consortium’s Phil Kaufman Award Nominating Committee, added, “Jim Solomon is a designer and a problem-solver at heart. As he tried to complete his leading-edge designs back in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, it turned out design technology was the bottleneck. At National Semiconductor Jim personally developed early macromodels for analog chips, was an early internal production user of our Berkeley CAD tools, and it was as much his frustration with support as his insight into the new methodologies that led him to start SDA Systems.”
Joe Costello, vice-chairman, Knowledge Universe (Burlingame, CA), former president and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, and one of the nominators of this year’s Phil Kaufman Award winner noted, “Jim Solomon’s accomplishments are numerous and his vision is legendary. He laid many of the ground rules for making commercial EDA a reality. His company, SDA, introduced the first software only business model. I can honestly say that the EDA and electronics industries would not be where they are today without Jim Solomon’s vision, insight and leadership.”
About Jim Solomon:
James E. Solomon spent three years designing aerospace systems for Motorola Systems Research Labs (Riverside, CA). Over the next seven years he started and ran Linear IC Design at Motorola Semiconductor (Tempe, Arizona).
From 1970 until 1983, Solomon was director of IC design for analog and mixed-signal chips at National Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA). There he started and developed a half dozen major product lines into mature businesses.
In 1983, he founded a software company focused on IC design, Solomon Design Automation (SDA), which later became Cadence Design Systems. Over 12 years he held various positions, including president and CEO, founder and general manager of the analog and mixed-signal unit, general manager of the IC unit, and CTO. Today Cadence is the largest EDA Company in the world with revenues of over $800M.
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In 1994 he co-founded and is chairman of Smart Machines in San Jose, CA. This company offers high-performance direct drive robots for semiconductor wafer manufacture.
In 1995, he co-founded Xulu Entertainment (San Jose, CA), where he is president and CEO. Xulu is developing a next generation high-tech based entertainment venue that will be used in Xulu operated retail sites. Solomon is a Fellow of the IEEE, holds 23 patents in IC design, and has written over 50 papers. His work covering design theory for the monolithic op amp is being taught at universities.
Solomon was born in 1936 in Boise, Idaho. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of California, Berkeley CA.
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
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.
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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.