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-- WITH PHOTO -- TO EDUCATION, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

University of Minnesota Professor Sachin Sapatnekar Honored for

Excellence in Semiconductor Research

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor

Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in

semiconductor manufacturing and design, today presented its University

Research Award - in consultation with Semiconductor Research

Corporation (SRC) - to University of Minnesota professor Sachin

Sapatnekar in recognition of his outstanding contributions to

semiconductor research.

"We are pleased to recognize Dr. Sapatnekar for his trailblazing work

in the field of semiconductor research," said Dr. John E. Kelly III,

IBM senior vice president, director of IBM Research, and 2014 SIA

chairman. "Research is critical to sustaining the pipeline of

discoveries that drive growth in the semiconductor industry and our

economy. We commend Dr. Sapatnekar for his outstanding achievements."

Dr. Sapatnekar holds the Distinguished McKnight University

Professorship and the Robert and Marjorie Henle Chair in Electrical

and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He was chosen

for the award because of his work in developing computer-aided

techniques for the analysis and optimization of integrated circuits,

with his most recent work covering CMOS technologies as well as

spintronics. Specifically, Professor Sapatnekar's research has made

significant impact in verifying and optimizing the power delivery

networks of central processing units (CPUs) and other system on chips

(SoCs). Analysis techniques developed by Professor Sapatnekar and his

research group have dramatically advanced this capability in the

design community.

He has authored nine books and numerous papers in this area and has

received six conference Best Paper Awards and a Best Poster Award, as

well as the ICCAD Ten-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award,

an award that recognizes a paper that has had a significant impact ten

years after its publication.

"Our mission at SRC is to seed innovation and help provide the people

and ideas to keep the U.S. semiconductor industry competitive, and Dr.

Sapatnekar is an ideal example of this collective effort," said SRC

President Larry Sumney. "We salute Dr. Sapatnekar for the role he has

played in our university research engine that has made the U.S. the

cradle of discovery and technology development."

Dr. Sapatnekar has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE

Transactions on Computer-Aided Design and as General Chair for the

ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, the two top publication venues

in his research area, as well as leadership roles (General Chair

and/or Technical Program Chair) in the ACM International Symposium on

Physical Design, the IEEE/ACM Tau Workshop, and the International

Conference on VLSI Design. He was conferred with a Fulbright award as

a Senior Researcher in Spain in the Fall of 2013, and held the D.J.

Gandhi Visiting Professorship at IIT Bombay in early 2014. He has

received the NSF Career Award and the Semiconductor Research

Corporation Technical Excellence Award, and he is a Fellow of the

IEEE.

About SIA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S.

semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a

key driver of America's economic strength, national security and

global competitiveness. Semiconductors - microchips that control all

modern electronics - enable the systems and products that we use to

work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness,

and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry

directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In

2012, U.S. semiconductor sales totaled more than $146 billion, and

semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry

possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA

unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's

semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to

strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing

by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry

stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel

innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn

more at www.semiconductors.org .

About SRC

Celebrating more than 30 years of collaborative research for the

semiconductor industry, SRC defines industry needs, invests in and

manages the research that gives its members a competitive advantage in

the dynamic global marketplace. Awarded the National Medal of

Technology, America's highest recognition for contributions to

technology, SRC expands the industry knowledge base and attracts

premier students to help innovate and transfer semiconductor

technology to the commercial industry. For more information, visit

www.src.org .

Media Contact Dan Rosso Semiconductor Industry Association

drosso@semiconductors.org 202-446-1719

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