Virage Logic Chief Scientist Named 2005 IEEE Industrial Pioneer Award Recipient
Dr. Yervant Zorian Recognized for Significant Contributions to Advanced Embedded Test and Repair Technologies for SoC Design
Design Automation Conference, ANAHEIM, Calif., June 14, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Citing his enormous contributions to design-for-test and embedded repair technology for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) design, Dr. Yervant Zorian, vice president and chief scientist at Virage Logic Corporation (Nasdaq: VIRL) was today named the 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Industrial Pioneer award recipient. Dr. Zorian's technical accomplishments include pioneering work in Built-In Self-Test (BIST) and embedded repair technologies and products that have dramatically boosted the quality, reliability and manufacturability of digital systems.
In 2000, Dr. Zorian brought his technology vision and expertise in BIST solutions to Virage Logic where he helped to pioneer a new class of Intellectual Property (IP) called Silicon Aware IP(TM). Silicon Aware IP is Physical IP, such as memories, logic and I/Os, designed with embedded Infrastructure IP for test, diagnostics, repair, and yield enhancements. The result is IP that is high yielding and enables rapid time-to-volume at advanced process nodes. In addition, Silicon Aware IP results in much higher test quality and reliability. Today, Virage Logic believes it is the only commercial IP provider to offer Silicon Aware IP, an example of which is its Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System(TM). The company's Silicon Aware IP initiative calls for its entire product portfolio to become Silicon Aware IP over time.
"The self-test and repair capabilities that Dr. Zorian developed for SoCs have become the de facto standard in 90-nanometer technology for much of the electronics designed around the world," said Adam Kablanian, president and CEO of Virage Logic. "His pioneering vision for providing an effective test technology solution integrated with IP has enabled Virage Logic to deliver a proven path for design success at the advanced process geometries of 130nm and below. We are proud to have such a technology visionary on our team and congratulate him on his selection by the IEEE as their 2005 Industrial Pioneer."
Each year, the IEEE CAS Society honors outstanding scientists and engineers who have successfully translated their research into commercial products or applications. With the Silicon Aware STAR Memory System, Dr. Zorian turned the concepts of embedded repair to real life systems that are yieldable and reliable, and succeeded in penetrating the industry and changing its standard practices.
"It is a great honor to be selected by the IEEE CAS Society for this award," said Dr. Zorian, vice president and chief scientist of Virage Logic. "I've worked with many talented people at Virage Logic to develop the self- test and repair solutions we have today and this award is as much a reflection of their hard work as it is mine. Together, we have helped SoC designers accelerate silicon success by improving reliability and manufacturability to speed time-to-volume and significantly increase yield."
About Dr. Zorian
Dr. Zorian joined Virage Logic in 2000 as Chief Scientist. Prior to joining Virage Logic, he served as Chief Technology Advisor at LogicVision and as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, AT&T. His responsibilities included developing and disseminating embedded test and repair solutions for IP cores, chips, boards and systems. Dr. Zorian also serves on the Board of Directors of several public and privately owned companies.
Dr. Zorian serves as the IEEE Computer Society Vice President for Conferences and Tutorials as well as the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the IEEE Design & Test of Computers. He also participates in editorial advisory boards of IEEE Spectrum and JETTA. He has chaired numerous conferences, symposiums, workshops, and the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council of IEEE Computer Society. He founded and chairs the IEEE 1500 Standard Working Group, and the IEEE Workshops on Testing Embedded Core-based Systems-on-Chips (TECS), and Infrastructure IP Workshop.
Dr. Zorian has authored over 300 papers and four books, received several best paper awards, and holds twelve U.S. patents. He is a Golden Core Member of IEEE Computer Society, Honorary Doctor of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and a Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Zorian received his master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an executive master's degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
About the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
The Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society is a division of the IEEE that is dedicated to the theory, analysis, design (computer aided design), and practical implementation of circuits, and the application of circuit theoretic techniques to systems and to signal processing. The coverage of this field includes the spectrum of activities from, and including, basic scientific theory to industrial applications. The purposes of the Society are scientific, literary and educational in character, directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics and allied branches of engineering or the related arts and science, in order to increase the professional standing of the Members and Affiliates. Visit CAS at http://www.ieee-cas.org .
About Virage Logic
Founded in 1996, Virage Logic Corporation rapidly established itself as a technology and market leader in providing advanced embedded memory intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. Today the company is a global leader in semiconductor IP platforms comprising embedded memories, standard cells, and I/Os and is pioneering the development of a new class of IP called Silicon Aware IP. Silicon Aware IP tightly integrates Physical IP (memory, logic and I/Os) with the embedded test, diagnostic, and repair capabilities of Infrastructure IP to help ensure manufacturability and optimized yield at the advanced process nodes. Virage Logic's highly differentiated product portfolio provides higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield to foundries, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and fabless customers who develop products for the consumer, communications and networking, hand-held and portable, and computer and graphics markets. The company's comprehensive quality efforts are validated in its FirstPass-Silicon Characterization Lab, which helps ensure high quality, reliable IP across a wide range of foundries and process technologies. Headquartered in Fremont, California, Virage Logic has R&D, sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.viragelogic.com.
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