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Laurence W. Nagel Announced as Recipient of the 2019 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits


“For the development and demonstration of SPICE as a tool to design and optimize electronic circuits.”

Perhaps no single development has had as much impact on the microelectronics industry as the SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) program, which originally was developed by Laurence Nagel during his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. SPICE and its subsequent enhancements moved mainstream circuit design from empirical, bread-board-based design into the era of scientifically based simulation and modeling. Nagel incorporated both direct current and alternating current analysis; transient analysis; and, based on adjoint network theory and sparse matrix techniques, efficient sensitivity, noise, and distortion analysis. SPICE was made freely available from the start and was widely adopted by universities, allowing students to learn how circuits work without having to build them and to easily evaluate design alternatives. Today's multibillion-transistor ICs, especially mixed-signal and precision analog ICs, would be impossible without the detailed circuit simulation that SPICE provides.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Nagel is president of Omega Enterprises Consulting, Kensington, CA, USA.

Award information:

The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1987. The award was renamed the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits in 2005. Don was a co-founder of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council, the forerunner of today's Solid-State Circuits Society, in 1966, and he was instrumental in launching the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits that same year.

Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board. IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) are bestowed for contributions or leadership in specific fields of interest of IEEE.

Sponsor: IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (IEEE CEDA Member Society)

Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: impact, timeliness, quality, societal benefit, technology enhancement and creativity associated with the contribution, leadership and professional contributions of individual(s) identified with this achievement, and the quality of the nomination.

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