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Lucio Lanza’s View of the Industry

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Last month during ICCAD in Santa Clara, CEDA hosted Dr. Lucio Lanza as part of its distinguished lecture series. The lecture titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?,” was delivered to a packed room with a rapt audience.

Dr. Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, pointed out that most people, including venture capitalists, are incorrectly looking at semiconductor as a mature industry. According to his findings, nothing could be further from the truth. He pointed out that the industries themselves, such as those building digital cameras, TVs, phones and so forth may have matured, but the industries tending to those products continuously reinvented themselves and their business models. In many cases, a specific company may be mature and stalled for growth as it lacks innovation and the ability to reinvent, but certainly not the entire industry.

The EDA and semiconductor industry is suffering from this narrow view of having become a “mature” industry, Dr. Lanza noted. He stressed the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models. In fact, it can help in this reinvention by helping drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations. EDA needs to develop tools and methods for predictable system engineering, for example. In his view, this will energize and free up the entrepreneurial spirit in the product space as semiconductors reach deeper and deeper into our way of life.

This lecture, as well as a lively and thought-provoking Q&A session, is captured in the video posted on

We’re quite proud of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series, now entering its sixth year. These lectures are based on Best Papers from DAC, ICCAD and the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD), or some other key topic relevant for our community. Presenters are invited to give an in-depth presentation of their work, going beyond the published paper and conference talk. Each lecture either takes place in front of a live audience of experts or is captured in a studio setting.

For more information about our Distinguished Speaker Series or details on CEDA, visit:

Meet Pat Pistilli, Phil Kaufman Award Recipient

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Pat Pistilli is a name long associated with the Electronic Design Automation industry.  In fact, Pat was instrumental in creating the EDA profession and building the Design Automation Conference as its premier showcase and networking platform.  It’s fitting, then, that he should be this year’s recipient of the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

To get a better sense of Pat and his accomplishments, click on any one of the profiles on Pat below.  Each writer found a slightly different angle and unearthed a new and compelling story told by Pat Pistilli in his own indomitable way. 

Sit back and prepare to be entertained!

Cool Verification 8/26
Pat Pistilli Selected to Receive Phil Kaufman Award

By JL Gray

Boulder County Business Report (9/3)

EDA Thoughts (9/7)
DAC and Its Founder, Pat Pistilli

By Daniel Payne

EDACafe Audio Interviews (9/10)
2010 Kaufman Award Winner Pat Pistilli

By Graham Bell’s Industry Insights (10/4)
Kaufman Award Winner Pat Pistilli: How DAC Got Started


By Richard Goering (10/5, 10/20)
The Phil Kaufman Award Dinner


By Gabe Moretti on The 2010 Phil Kaufman Award


By Gabe Moretti Chip (10/8)
Subject: Patrick Pistilli (sic), founder of DAC, to receive Phil Kaufman Award Boulder Camera (10/11)
5 QUESTIONS with Pat Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates Design (10/12)
Young Engineers Must Look Beyond Design




By John Blyler

The Standards Game (10/15)
If you missed that, don’t miss this …

By Karen Bartleson Design and Verification Journal (10/19)
Can Do:  Pat Pistilli Shows How Problems are Solved


By Byron Moyer EDA Confidential (11/1)
Pat Pistilli: Strength and Honor


By Peggy Aycinena


If you haven’t met Pat Pistill, a resident of Boulder, Colo., make it a point to be at the 48th Design Automation Conference June 5-10, 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.  He will be there, as he always is, along with his wife, Marie. 

You may wonder about the Phil Kaufman Award, presented annually since 1994, to honor individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on the field of EDA.  It was established as a tribute to EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies, such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers.  Phil Kaufman died unexpectedly July 17, 1992, on a business trip in Japan after more than 25 years in the computer industry.  At the time, he was CEO of Quickturn Systems, now part of Cadence Design Systems.  In addition, he was chairman and president of Silicon Compiler Systems where he was instrumental in advancing the concept of silicon compilation. 

For more information on CEDA, visit: For details on DAC, go to:

CEDA Welcomes Dr. Lucio Lanza to ICCAD-CEDA luncheon; Will Host ICCAD Keynote Webcast

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) welcomes Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, to ICCAD Tuesday, November 9, at noon in the Donner/Siskiyou Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

Dr.Lanza will offer a talk titled, “Semiconductor and EDA Industry, A New Business Model,” during a luncheon open to all full ICCAD conference and Tuesday conference-only registrants. He will address the need for the EDA industry to embrace new business models to help drive innovation that will help new startups reduce the cost of new design through flexible software services or manufacturing operations.

Managing Director of Lanza techVentures, an early stage venture capital and investment firm, Dr. Lanza is uniquely qualified to discuss changes necessary to the existing eco-system. Previously, he was a venture partner and a general partner at USVP, and has an extensive background in the semiconductor and EDA industry, serving as an executive at Cadence Design Systems., Daisy Systems and Intel. Dr. Lanza serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies.

CEDA will sponsor a live webcast of the Keynote Session presented by Dr. James C. Bouwer, physicist and principal development engineer from University of California at San Diego, Monday, November 8. Dr. Bouwer will present “Multi-Scale Microscopy of the Nervous System: The Challenge of Imaging and Organizing Data across Spatial Scales Spanning Twelve Orders of Magnitude.” The webcast link will be open at 9 a.m. P.D.T. and will remain open until the question and answer session. To participate, go to:

For more details on CEDA, visit the CEDA website located at:

Information on ICCAD can be found at:

See you at ICCAD!

Update on the Design Technology Committee

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Design Technology Committee (DTC) represents EDA users from system and semiconductor companies to form a strong partnership with the EDA industry. The DTC wants to engage with EDA vendors in bi-directional discussions on common EDA needs and requirements and overall industry, system design and technology directions.

The DTC will align its members on standardization topics and will coordinate them closely with the existing standards development organizations, such as Accellera, the IEEE DA Standards Committee and the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). Along with the identification of newly needed standards and standards extensions, the committee will establish common directions for ongoing standardization activities.

Often, the DTC members experience similar challenges in system design. These challenges continue to increase with migrations to newer technology nodes and the integration of more and more functionalities onto a single system or into a single package. At the same time, our design teams need to become more productive and efficient in order to reduce cycle times and product development cost.

We have, however, observed that despite that the challenges are similar, they are often addressed in different but somewhat similar ways. This leads to inefficiencies that prevent the easy reuse of IP and lead to many different approaches in EDA tools to address the same problem.

Instead of trying to solve our EDA requirements in numerous one-on-one discussions between EDA user companies and EDA vendors, the DTC wants to establish a more common set of EDA needs and requirements and discuss them with the EDA industry. This will allow us all to streamline and accelerate the efficient development of required EDA functionalities.

Furthermore, it will free up experienced resources at EDA vendor and EDA user companies to focus on value-added differentiation for the benefit of the individual companies.

In the age of partnerships within the system and semiconductor value chain, it is now time to look also for partnerships in areas of common interest across these value chains.

Since our formation last year, we have grown membership to its current list of senior CAD representatives from AMD, Broadcom, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI Corp, Oracle, STMicroelectronics, STARC and Texas Instruments. We will be expanding this list even further in the current year.

The DTC looks forward to fruitful and cooperative discussions with the EDA industry and standards organizations to accelerate relevant EDA, CAD and methodology development for the benefit of system design teams worldwide.

Luca Daniel to be Honored with Early Career Award from IEEE CEDA

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I’m pleased to announce that Luca Daniel, associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT, is this year’s Early Career Award recipient.

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) established the first Early Career Award in 2009. The award recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to the area of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) in the early stages of her or his career.

The first was awarded last year to Professor Igor Markov from the University of Michigan who was recognized for his outstanding contributions to algorithms, methodologies and software for the physical design of integrated circuits.
Professor Daniel will be recognized for his contribution to electromagnetic field analysis, parasitic variation-aware extraction and automated parameterized linear and non-linear stable model reduction.

The award is based on contributions to the field of EDA. The contribution is measured on the technical merit and creativity in performing research, and is assessed based on the published record of the individual and references accompanying the nomination. The award is intended to be equally available to contributors from academic and industrial institutions.

The call for nominations closed in April this year with seven very good nominations. The Award Committee worked hard to evaluate the current and potential impact of the nominees’ individual contributions to EDA, and selected Professor Daniel.

As well as serving as an associate professor at MIT, Professor Daniel is a principal investigator of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) Computational Prototyping Group. His research interests include parameterized model order reduction of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems; mixed-signal, RF and mm-wave circuit design and robust optimization; power electronics, MEMs design and fabrication; parasitic extraction and accelerated integral equation solvers.

Professor Daniel received the Laurea degree summa cum laude in Electronic Engineering from the Universita’ di Padova in Italy in 1996 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. In 1997, he collaborated with STMicroelectronics Berkeley Labs. In 1998, he worked for HP Research Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., and in 2001, he was employed by Cadence Berkeley Labs.

This award will be presented November 8 at the opening session of ICCAD 2010, sponsored by IEEE CEDA, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. Details about ICCAD can be found at:

CEDA Welcomes the Serial Entrepreneur and Inventor Steve Teig to DAC

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) will welcome the serial entrepreneur and inventor Steve Teig, president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Tabula, to DAC for a luncheon talk on an approach to move beyond von Neumann computing.
The lunch, open to all DAC attendees on a first-come, first-served basis, will be held Tuesday, June 15, from noon-2 p.m. in Room #303 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Teig, whose latest invention is Tabula’s Spacetime 3-Dimensional Programmable Logic Architecture, will describe a way to go beyond von Neumann computing.  He describes his approach as more physically aware and one in which architecture, hardware and software are designed simultaneously.  The “von Neumann architecture” for computers, invented mostly by Turing but popularized by the more famous von Neumann, is readily implemented in hardware, easily understood by software developers, and amenable to compilation from a wide variety of programming languages. It however suffers from the fundamental, non-physical assumption that reading from a memory location takes negligible, constant time independent of the size of the memory. As modern systems have evolved, this assumption has pushed us to being power inefficient, necessitating the need to look beyond von Neumann computing.

For many DAC attendees, Teig needs no introduction.  For those who have never met him, Tabula, a fabless semiconductor company that has developed a new category of 3-D Programmable Logic Devices (3PLDs), is just his latest startup.  Within EDA, he invented compiled-code logic simulation and led the development of the first simulator based on that technology.  As CTO and co-founder of Tangent Systems, he invented the principal place-and-route algorithms for the Tancell and Tangate products (first commercial, timing-driven P&R system and the first to use analytical placement).
Teig was co-CTO of Cadence Design Systems, joining Cadence through its acquisition of Simplex Solutions, where he was CTO.  He also co-founded two successful biotechnology companies –– CombiChem and BioCAD.  Teig holds more than 220 patents.

Birds of a Feather Session at DAC
And, please join the discussion on social media.  I’m moderating a Birds of a Feather session hosted and organized by CEDA during DAC on this hot, hot, hot topic Tuesday, June 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 209 in the Anaheim Convention Center.
The discussion will focus on trends in social media and on ways to better utilize social media channels to reach a wider EDA audience.  My goal is to determine which mechanisms are used by the EDA community and how to reach them.  All DAC attendees are welcome.  Please come with questions and ideas.

For more details, visit the CEDA website located at:
Information on DAC can be found at:
See you in Anaheim!

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation’s Award Program

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA) actively recognizes the scientific activities of the members of the EDA community by sponsoring or co-sponsoring different awards in the field.
Each year, CEDA sponsors the Donald Pederson Award for best paper in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, and the William McCalla Award for best paper at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, recognizing outstanding publications.

The council co-sponsors with the EDA Consortium the Phil Kaufman Award for distinguished contributions to EDA.  It honors an individual who has had demonstrable impact on the field of electronic design through contributions in one of the categories of business, industry direction and promotion, technology and engineering or educational and mentoring.
In 2009, the recipient of the award was Professor Randal Bryant from Carnegie Mellon University for his seminal technological breakthroughs in the area of formal verification.
The award was established in 1994 and the most recent recipients were Aart de Geus in 2008 and Robert K. Brayton in 2007.  The Kaufmann Award is the major award normally given to a senior person in the field for distinguished contributions.  The deadline for nominations to the 2010 Award is June 30.

To complement this award, CEDA and the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation jointly proposed the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award intended for contributors whose impact is recognized over a significant period of time.
The award honors A. Richard Newton who died in 2007.  Professor Newton was a luminary in the design automation area in academia and industry, faculty contributor and advisor to many of the leaders in the field, company founder, and dean of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Newton embodied the idea of technical impact that this award seeks to recognize.  The first award for outstanding technical contribution was presented at the Design Automation Conference in 2009 to Robert K. Brayton, Richard Rudell, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Albert R. Wang for their seminal paper, “MIS: A Multiple-Level Logic Optimization System.”

The 2010 recipient is Professor Bryant for developing Reduced Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams that form the foundation for symbolic manipulation of logic designs with broad impacts in academia and industry.

To honor and encourage brilliant, young researchers at the beginning of their career in EDA, CEDA started in 2009 the sponsorship of IEEE CEDA Early Career Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to EDA in the early stages of her or his career –– that is, no more than eight years after their highest educational degree has been awarded.

The first recipient was Igor Markov from University of Michigan.  The 2010 nominations are closed and the award will be presented at ICCAD 2010.

Finally, CEDA has established a new award to honor volunteers and contributors with outstanding service to its benefit and advancement.  The Awards Committee decided to award its “fathers” who were instrumental to its creation and first steps with the IEEE CEDA Distinguished Service Award.  Award recipients are:  Giovanni de Micheli, Al Dunlop and Dick Smith.  The award will be presented at the Opening Session of DAC 2010 in June.

The History of CEDA’s Formation

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Over the years, as the field of electronic design automation developed, EDA conferences, publications and related activities grew up in several different IEEE societies.  The Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) set up the Computer-Aided Network Design Committee (CANDE) and the Transactions on Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) journal.  The Computer Society (CS) created a Design Automation Technical Committee (DATC) and a Design Automation Standards Committee (DASC).

While EDA was a part of multiple societies, it was not the focus of any one; and there was growing feeling that bringing the many distributed activities together would be beneficial to the EDA community.  This idea was discussed at the 2002 and 2003 CANDE Workshops and in late 2003, Al Dunlop and Nanni De Micheli began developing a proposal to establish a CAD Council.  Dick Smith joined the effort and helped establish a formal structure.

The idea was not without controversy, but had the support of the forward-thinking leadership in CASS, CS, CANDE, DATC and the IEEE.  Together they articulated the benefits of consolidating their EDA activities in a council to bring together the EDA activities of the IEEE societies and to increase the benefits to the EDA community.  There was much discussion during 2004, especially within CASS, and support began to build.  Influential members of the EDA community, including:  Bryan Ackland, Raul Camposano, Georges Gielen, Rajesh Gupta, Andreas Kuehlmann, Enrico Macii, Massoud Pedram, Jaijeet Roychowdhury, Ron Waxman, Ellen Yoffa and Yervant Zorian.  Each actively promoted the concept.

Al and Nanni took the proposal to the CASS Board of Governors in May of 2004.  After much discussion, the board voted unanimously to endorse the proposal and set up a committee to refine the concept –– a bold and critical first step.  Al and Nanni led this formation committee and prepared to take the proposal to the IEEE.  Dick Smith took the lead on creating the council’s Constitution and Bylaws.  The name evolved to “Council on EDA (CEDA)”, which was acceptable to almost everyone.

Other Societies joined in supporting CEDA.  Yervant Zorian championed the idea in the Computer Society, Bryan Ackland in the Solid State Circuits Society and Steve Hillenius in the Electron Device Society.  Nanni got the Antennas and Propagation Society to join the effort too.  Later, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society also joined for a total of six sponsoring Societies.

While support was being built within the Societies, Al and Nanni also discussed the plan within the IEEE leadership, who would ultimately need to approve the new council.  In May of 2004, they met with the Technical Activities Board (TAB) Strategic Planning Committee, the TAB Finance Committee, and the TAB Management Committee.  It was then that the concept began to gain acceptance.

Dick Smith had the unique notion of adding “Technical Member Organizations (TMOs)” to the CEDA Board of Governors to represent the entities contributed by the Societies.  No other IEEE organization had this concept.

Armed with strong Society support, Al and Nanni went to the IEEE Tab in early 2005 to get CEDA approved.  Establishing a new Society or Council in the IEEE is a major undertaking.  TAB’s Management Committee and Finance Committee must first approve and then it goes to the full TAB for approval.  At the February 2005 TAB meeting and after many sub-meetings, Al, Nanni and Dick received TAB’s Phase 1 approval.  Final approval would be at the June 2005 TAB meeting and IEEE Board of Directors meeting.  Meanwhile, they continued to work in parallel with the officers of CAS and CS on the final terms for transferring assets and on creating an initial budget and set of milestones for CEDA.  As a result, CEDA received 1/3 of the DAC sponsorship, 2/3 of ICCAD, 2% of DATE, 100% of TCAD and co-sponsorship of CANDE and DATC.

At the June 2005 IEEE TAB meeting, the formation of the new Council on EDA was approved and Al was named as acting president until the first elections, which later confirmed him as the CEDA president and Nanni as president-elect for 2006 and 2007.  Also elected were other CEDA officers and a Board of Governors with representatives from the sponsoring Societies, major conferences and publications and technical committees.
It took some time for publicity to reach the EDA community about the new organization.  Over time, CEDA appeared more frequently as a prominent sponsor of existing EDA conference and publications, added new conferences and workshops, established new awards and organized complementary events, such as distinguished lectures.

Hello world! Introducing the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Welcome to the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) blog. We thank EDACafe for hosting it and hope that you will find it of value.

To launch the blog, I’ll start with a short description of CEDA and an overview of our work. CEDA was created to have a single unit within the world’s largest professional organizational for electrical and electronic engineers that focuses on design automation.

CEDA sponsors more than a dozen conferences and workshops, including the Design Automation Conference (DAC), International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), and Embedded Systems Week (ESWEEK). Further, CEDA publishes two main journals, the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design and the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters.

Since its founding in 2006, CEDA has ramped up a number of technical activities, including the support of student contests, organizing a Distinguished Speaker Series, special conference sessions on selected topics such as emerging fields in our profession, ethics, or simply funding opportunity for academic and industrial researchers.

CEDA recognizes key contributions of members of our community by various awards including the A. Richard Newton Award, the Phil Kaufman Award, and the Early Career Award. Additionally, CEDA helps distinguished IEEE members in design automation to advance to the level of IEEE Fellow.

Volunteers who work in seven committees ranging from Technical Activities to Award Selection accomplish the bulk of CEDA’s work. If you are interested in helping or have some feedback for us, please check out our webpage at

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