October 16, 2012 10:00 ET

Phil Kaufman Award Ceremony Moves to 50th DAC in Austin in June 2013

Call for Nominations Extended to January 31

SAN JOSE, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - The Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) ceremony will move to the Design Automation Conference (DAC), announced sponsors EDA Consortium (EDAC) ( and IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) (

Instead of the traditional Fall dinner in Silicon Valley, the presentation will be held Sunday, June 2, following the annual DAC Sunday Night Welcome Reception next year in Austin, Texas.

"This is an opportunity for the entire EDA and DAC community to honor the Phil Kaufman Award recipient," says Donatella Sciuto, president of CEDA and professor of computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano. "It's also a way to celebrate 50 years of the Design Automation Conference by highlighting an individual's significant achievements."

"It makes perfect sense to host the ceremony for the Phil Kaufman Award, the industry's most coveted award in EDA, at DAC, the premier industry conference," adds Kathryn Kranen, EDAC chair and president and CEO of Jasper Design Automation. "Because DAC brings together both the academic and business communities, it is an excellent platform to showcase the Kaufman Award to a wider audience. I encourage everyone to attend."

As a result of the move to DAC, the call for nominations for the Phil Kaufman Award has been extended until Thursday, January 31. All current and past nominations will be considered. Nomination forms are available at:

Established in 1994, the Phil Kaufman Award recognizes individuals whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on the field of EDA in the areas of business, industry direction and promotion, technology and engineering, and/or education and mentoring. Impartiality is provided to all nominees, without regard to race, gender, age or national origin. The award is named in honor of EDA industry pioneer Phil Kaufman, who turned innovative technologies such as silicon compilation and emulation into businesses that have benefited electronic designers.

About the EDA Consortium
The EDA Consortium is the international association of companies that provide design tools and services that enable engineers to create the world's electronic products used for communications, computer, space technology, medical, automotive, industrial equipment, and consumer electronics markets among others. For more information about the EDA Consortium, visit

About the IEEE Council on EDA 
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) -- -- provides a focal point for EDA activities spread across six IEEE societies (Antennas and Propagation; Circuits and Systems; Computer; Electron Devices; Microwave Theory and Techniques; and Solid State Circuits). It sponsors more than 12 conferences, including the Design Automation Conference (DAC), International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) and Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE). CEDA publishes IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Design and Test Magazine and the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. CEDA is increasingly involved in recognizing its leaders via the A. Richard Newton Award, Early Career Award and Phil Kaufmann Award. CEDA welcomes volunteers and local chapters. For more information, go to:

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    Nanette Collins
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    EDA Consortium
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