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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. 

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