About the Phil Kaufman Award

Presented by the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, this award honors an individual who has had demonstrable IMPACT on electronic design through contributions in  the field of  Electronic Design Automation (EDA).

  • Business Impact
  • Industry Direction and Promotion Impact
  • Technology and Engineering Impact
  • Educational and Mentoring Impact

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Phil Kaufman Award.  The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2018. The 2017 award will be presented in November, 2017.

Download the 2018 Phil Kaufman Award Nomination Form!


 

About Phil Kaufman

Phil Kaufman
1942 – 1992

After many years as a design engineer and manager at companies including Intel, Phil became chairman and president of Silicon Compiler Systems, an early provider of high level EDA tools which enabled designers develop complex chips more efficiently.

With design complexity increasing, Phil became CEO of Quickturn Design Systems, a pioneer in the emulation of complex chips. Quickturn’s products helped designers to speed the verification of complex designs.

Phil died of a heart attack during a business trip in Japan in 1992. The ESD Alliance (previously the EDA Consortium) founded the Phil Kaufman Award to honor his memory and contributions to the electronic design industry.

 


 

Phil Kaufman Award recipients

Dr. Andrzej J. Strojwas
 Contribution: Dr. Stojwas has significantly advanced the art and science of IC design for manufacturability. Both academic and entrepreneur, Andrzej has excelled at both. Academically, he developed a number of CAD tools that addressed the statistical variations in the processing of integrated circuits, and provided metrics to optimize the process and layouts to improve yield. He has also been an entrepreneur, bringing those metrics and methods to industry, where his techniques are used by nearly all advanced IC fabrication facilities. His efforts have helped the IC design and manufacturing industries cost effectively deliver the complex products we enjoy today.
 Award Year:  2016
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Video and photos from the 2016 award presentation and dinner

Dr. Walden C. Rhines
 Contribution: Dr. Rhines is considered a leading voice of the EDA industry to the larger high tech community, having presented hundreds of major keynote speeches and articles related to the semiconductor, electronic design, and EDA industries. Throughout these efforts, he has maintained a neutral stance, moving beyond the needs of Mentor Graphics and focusing on issues that benefit the entire industry. He has also chaired the EDA Consortium for 5 two-year terms, growing the organization into an effective forum to address industry-wide issues.
 Award Year:  2015
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Video and photos from the 2015 award presentation and dinner

Dr. Lucio Lanza
 Contribution: Over the last two decades, Dr. Lanza has helped guide numerous startups as they developed the innovative technologies needed to keep the EDA and IP industry moving forward. His assistance has included exceptionally valuable business and technical mentoring based on his years of experience in the EDA and semiconductor industries, as well as financial support.
 Award Year:  2014
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Video and photos from the 2014 award presentation and dinner

Dr. Chenming Hu
 Contribution: Dr. Hu has made major contributions to transistor modeling, enabling the generation of FinFET based design. His contributions include advances in device physics, modeling, and reliability, including the BSIM compact models, widely used to in the development of integrated circuits. He has also advanced semiconductor technology with nearly one thousand publications, and has been a mentor and role model to hundreds of graduate students.
 Award Year:  2013
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Video from the 2013 award presentation

Dr. C. L. (David) Liu
 Contribution: Dr. Liu led the transformation from ad hoc EDA to algorithmic EDA. He was an early advocate for more rigorous design automation, arguing that powerful, formal algorithmic techniques were essential to the effective solution of complex design automation problems. His technical contributions are at the foundation of a multitude of current EDA tools within several disciplines, including behavioral synthesis, logic synthesis and physical design.
 Award Year:  2011
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Video from the 2011 award presentation

P.O. (Pat) Pistilli
 Contribution: Early in his career, Pat developed tools to make hardware designers more productive. Recognizing the potential for transforming the electronics industry and the need to grow the profession, he co-founded DAC to promote and share technical advances in CAD across the electronics industry..
 Award Year:  2010
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Video from the 2011 award presentation

Dr. Randal E. Bryant
 Contribution: Dr. Randy Bryant’s early work focused on switch-level simulation. Subsequently, he developed algorithms based on ordered binary decision diagrams (OBDD), that form the computational basis for tools that perform hardware verification, logic circuit synthesis, and test generation. His work revolutionized the field, enabling reasoning about large-scale circuit designs for the first time.
 Award Year:  2009
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Video from the 2009 award presentation

Dr. Aart de Geus
 Contribution: Aart de Geus has had a major impact on the EDA industry. As a pioneer in both the technology and business of logic synthesis, he found the path to commercialize one of EDA’s most important capabilities and, by building upon it, created the industry’s largest EDA company. Moreover, he has given back much of his personal success both to EDA and to the community at large.
 Award Year:  2008
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Video from the 2008 award presentation

Dr. Robert K. Brayton
 Contribution: Dr. Brayton’s seminal work in the areas of circuit simulation and logic synthesis provided the groundwork for current simulation and logic synthesis tools that allow designers to create multimillion gate chips quickly and reliably.
 Award Year:  2007
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Dr. Robert Dutton
 Contribution: Dr. Dutton has made significant contributions to the EDA industry in the area of computer simulation of integrated circuit (IC) technology. Called the “father of TCAD,” his pioneering work in both IC fabrication process modeling and electrical behavior modeling of devices and circuits have been broadly adopted by the industry and used widely in the support of technology development.
 Award Year:  2006
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Phil Moorby
 Contribution: Phil Moorby created and helped to popularize the Verilog Hardware Description Language, which has become and today remains one of the world’s most popular electronic design languages. Phil’s Verilog HDL contributes to an electronic designer’s productivity, especially when combined with the many hundreds of commercial EDA tools that support it and its derivatives.
 Award Year:  2005
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Joe Costello
 Contribution: Joe Costello was selected to receive the Phil Kaufman Award because of his business contributions that helped grow the EDA industry. Under his leadership, Cadence became the world’s leading supplier of EDA software and services and one of the top ten largest software suppliers in the world. Through his leadership, Joe added new dimensions to EDA and reformulated our view of the entire industry.
 Award Year:  2004
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Dr. Richard Newton
 Contribution: Dr. Newton developed one of the first interactive versions of the SPICE circuit simulator. Continuing his work in circuit simulation, he pioneering mixed-mode simulation and then a timing analysis technique. Richard introduced the notion of a “CAD Framework,” where a unified data model, open tool based integration methodology and extension language are used to construct and evolve an EDA system. Richard also played a key role in the formation of many successful EDA companies.
 Award Year:  2003
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Dr. Ron Rohrer
 Contribution: Ron Rohrer has always been at the leading edge of circuit simulation R&D. The SPICE simulation program, which resulted from a class project that he led, has had widespread, substantial impact on the entire electronics industry. As an educator, a researcher, an entrepreneur and a mentor to many accomplished leaders in EDA, Ron has caused truly transformative changes in our industry time and time again.
 Award Year:  2002
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Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
 Contribution: Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is a world-renowned authority on circuit simulation, computer-aided design of integrated circuits, logic synthesis, and system design. With over 500 technical publications to his name and fourteen books—spanning many areas of EDA including control theory, systems theory, and applied mathematics, Alberto has educated and mentored a generation of distinguished university faculty and industry leaders.
 Award Year:  2001
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Dr. Yen-Son (Paul) Huang
 Contribution: Yen-Son Huang was chosen to receive the Phil Kaufman award for his contributions to the overall advancement of the EDA industry as an entrepreneur and a technologist, including his pioneering work in the areas of design emulation, verification and debugging. Among other advancements, he invented the Dracula Physical Verification System, which was a breakthrough product that solved one of the key IC design bottlenecks of the time.
 Award Year:  2000
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Dr. Hugo De Man
 Contribution: Hugo De Man has contributed to many aspects of design technology and to the application of these techniques to circuit design and system design. He and his students have made many fundamental contributions in CAD, from some of the earliest mixed-level circuit simulation work to system-level synthesis and verification.
 Award Year:  1999
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Dr. Ernest S. Kuh
 Contribution: Dr. Kuh has made outstanding contributions to circuit layout theory and algorithms in partitioning, floorplanning, placement and routing. He has made valuable contributions to the physical domain, and groomed and mentored a large number of students that have significantly advanced EDA into the vital role that it plays in the electronics industry today. He is co-author of four books and over 180 papers in circuits, electronics, networks, systems, and computer aided design.
 Award Year:  1998
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James E. Solomon
 Contribution: Jim Solomon’s accomplishments are numerous. He laid many of the ground rules for making commercial EDA a reality. His company, SDA, introduced the first software only business model. The EDA and electronics industries would not be where they are today without Jim Solomon’s vision, insight and leadership.
 Award Year:  1997
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Dr. Carver A. Mead
 Contribution: 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. His structured design approach to VLSI design defined a new methodology for chip development, which was the primary reason behind design productivity increasing so rapidly throughout the 1980s.
 Award Year:  1996
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Dr. Donald O. Pederson
 Contribution: Don Pederson is best known for his work in circuit simulation, including the SPICE circuit simulator. Just as important as his contributions to SPICE and circuit simulation is the fact that he was the first significant industry catalyst for EDA for integrated circuits. His engineering contributions to the electronics industry were not only reduced to practice, but represent the most effective model we have seen for how such innovations can be transferred from universities to industry.
 Award Year:  1995
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Dr. Hermann K. Gummel
 Contribution: Hermann Gummel has made many fundamental contributions to central areas in EDA, including the integral charge control model for bipolar junction transistors that bears his name, the Gummel-Poon model. He was also the first to build and publish a practical device extractor, the basis of ERC software. Hermann also developed one of the first graphical editors, GRED. He is a mentor and leader, having motivated generations of his colleagues throughout the world.
 Award Year:  1995
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