Published on April 29th, 2010

Creatively Supporting the EDA Community

I’ve served as president of the IEEE Council on EDA (also known as CEDA), a focal point since 2005 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.

Since its formation, CEDA has worked to expand its support of emerging areas within EDA and brought more recognition to members of the EDA profession. And as my two-year term ends, I look back with pride at the way in which CEDA’s Executive Committee has found many creative ways to further expand support of the EDA community that makes me quite proud.

Just announced is the formation of the Design Technology Committee, a group of executives from EDA user companies. DTC has the goal to work with groups inside and outside the IEEE to promote best practice sharing and strategic solutions to address gaps between EDA capabilities and future needs.

CEDA now sponsors 14 EDA conferences and workshops, including DAC, ICCAD, DATE and ASPDAC. It created the Embedded Systems Letters, a new publication for rapid communication of short notes in an increasingly important EDA area. This adds to the quarterly Currents newsletter and the mainstay TCAD Journal.

Two new awards presented in 2009 help to recognize the accomplishments of members of our community. The yearly Richard Newton Technical Impact Award is jointly sponsored with the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA). It is awarded to an individual or individuals for their outstanding technical contributions to EDA, recognized over a significant period of time. The Early Career Award, also to be presented yearly, recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to EDA in the early stages of their career.

These awards complement the existing awards:

  • The D. O. Pederson Best Paper Award presented in the TCAD Journal
  • The William McCalla Best Paper Award presented at ICCAD
  • The prestigious Phil Kaufman Award jointly sponsored with the EDA Consortium

The ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series offers a number of complementary events at EDA conferences and will continue in 2010. CEDA has also begun experimenting with new ways of reaching the EDA community, including a live webcast of the ICCAD keynote. A digital edition of Design and Test Magazine is available for a reduced fee and the first issue of Embedded Systems Letters is available online, while an on-line calendar of EDA key conference dates can be found at www.ceda-org.

Cadence’s Andreas Kuhlmann will become CEDA’s president in January and is committed to continued support of the EDA community with more valuable activities in 2010. He and the rest of CEDA’s Executive Committee would benefit by having your help. I encourage you to visit the CEDA website ( to learn more about us and to get more involved. Organizations such as CEDA are driven by the efforts of volunteers.

John Darringer is President of the IEEE Council on EDA. He can be reached at For more information on CEDA visit

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