Steve Trimberger’s star is certainly in the ascendancy. Just a few months ago he became an ACM Fellow (Click Here to see that announcement) – and now he’s been named an IEEE Fellow for “contributions to circuits, architectures and software technology for field-programmable gate arrays.”
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients to be honored with elevation to IEEE Fellow. With nearly 400,000 members world-wide, IEEE elevated 321 individuals to IEEE Fellow for 2011, bestowing one of the most prestigious honors given by the association to the top echelon of the engineering community.
Trimberger is one of Xilinx’s most tenured and distinguished employees, having played a pivotal role over more than two decades in the creation of many generations of field programmable gate array (FPGA) architectures and the electronic design automation software to design and program those devices. For example, Trimberger led the software development for XC4000 devices and architecture development for XC4000X families, as well as the design and software development for Xilinx’s time-multiplexed FPGA. In addition, he designed the device security used in Xilinx FPGA FPGAs. Trimberger currently holds over 185 patents, with dozens more pending.
“We’re delighted that the IEEE has awarded this honor to Steve for his contributions to the semiconductor industry,” said Xilinx Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ivo Bolsens. “Over the years, his vision and creativity have taken Xilinx to new heights, influencing the future of the programmable logic industry and fueling the development of phenomenal new products by our customers. To this day, he exemplifies a spirit of innovation that’s shared by the entire engineering community here at Xilinx. ”
Trimberger received his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), M.S. in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine, and Ph.D in Computer Science from California Institute of Technology. Notably, he studied under EDA pioneer and Inventors Hall of Fame recipient Professor Carver Mead.
About the IEEE and the IEEE Fellow program
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The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Three hundred twenty-one individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011.
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