• USA-2012

    For contributions to physical design automation and to design for manufacturability of microelectronic systems.

Andrew B. Kahng (b. Oct. 1963, San Diego, CA) received the A.B. degree in applied mathematics (physics) from Harvard College, and from June 1983 to June 1986 was affiliated with Burroughs Corporation Micro Components Group in San Diego, where he worked in device physics, circuit simulation, and CAD for VLSI layout. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of California at San Diego. He joined the UCLA computer science department as an assistant professor in July 1989, and became associate professor in July 1994 and full professor (at age 34) in July 1998. From April 1996 through September 1997, he was on sabbatical leave and leave of absence from UCLA, as Visiting Scientist at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. He resumed his duties at UCLA in Fall 1997, and from July 1998 to September 2000 served as the computer science department's vice-chair for graduate studies. Effective January 1, 2001 Professor Kahng joined UCSD as Professor in the CSE and ECE Departments. He served as Associate Chair of the UCSD CSE Department from 2003-2004. In October 2004, Professor Kahng co-founded Blaze DFM, Inc., an EDA software company that delivered new cost and yield optimizations at the IC design-manufacturing interface. He served as CTO of the company during a two-year leave of absence, returning to the university full-time in September 2006. The Blaze DFM core technology was responsible for substantial leakage power and total power reductions in such high-volume products as AMD/ATI Radeon graphics processor chips, and starting in ~2008 was embodied in the TSMC Power Trim Service that enabled low integrated-circuit power consumption and green products.