New named professorship honors relationship between Purdue ECE and Cadence
The Purdue Board of Trustees has approved a new named professorship, known as the Cadence Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The five-year professorship has been awarded to Irith Pomeranz, and the position is an acknowledgment of the positive, collaborative relationship between Purdue ECE and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Cadence, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley where innovation happens, is a leader in driving electronic chip and system design and has more than 30 years of computational software expertise.
Dimitrios Peroulis, Purdue’s Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, says the partnership with Cadence is critical to the success of Purdue ECE students.
“With the launch of our suite of innovative Purdue degrees and credentials in semiconductors and Microelectronics, we are even more grateful for their support,” says Peroulis. “Cadence’s software and training enable Purdue professors to teach the vital skills needed to launch a career in the semiconductor industry.”
Purdue ECE is already an active user of a variety of Cadence tools for both research and classroom teaching, including some of the most critical tools needed to create intelligent systems, from digital and signoff tools to custom IC, packaging, and PCB tools. Students have access to the same software and training as commercial customers, enabling them to learn about the latest trends and technologies for the whole design flow—from chips to boards to complete systems.
Irith Pomeranz was named the Cadence Professor in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering because of her dedicated work in the field of testing and diagnosis of integrated circuits. Cadence plans to support Professor Pomeranz’s ongoing research and classroom teaching with the Cadence Modus® DFT Software Solution, which can reduce test time by up to 3X without impacting fault coverage or chip size.
“Cadence shares Professor Pomeranz’s vision of decreasing test time while increasing test coverage. This is an important area of research, as the chip industry annually spends more than $4B on automated test equipment (ATE),” says Yoon Kim, VP & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Cadence. “Together, we can continue to innovate and rapidly develop the semiconductor workforce of the future, which will have an immeasurable impact on the electronic revolution.”
As the only DMEA-accredited EDA Trusted Supplier that provides trusted microelectronic services, including test services, to U.S. government users of the DoD, Cadence understands the importance of testing and diagnostics.
“With an academic career dedicated to the field of testing and diagnosis of integrated circuits, I know the benefits of using a robust DFT solution first-hand,” says Pomeranz. “I look forward to partnering with Cadence and leveraging the Modus DFT Software Solution to significantly improve test time, fault coverage, and silicon diagnostics. My students and research can benefit from this cutting-edge technology significantly.”
Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products for the most dynamic market applications. These companies can directly benefit from the commitment Purdue has made to educate the engineers that will revolutionize future technologies using Cadence technology.
Irith Pomeranz Bio
Irith Pomeranz, who came to Purdue as a full professor in 2000, is a leading researcher in the field of testing and diagnosis of integrated circuits. She is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and has received three best paper awards, whereas four of her other articles were nominated for best paper awards. One article Pomeranz co-authored was selected by the 2016 International Test Conference as the most significant article published 10 years before. She has published 286 journal papers and 388 conference papers. In 2006, Pomeranz became an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core member and in 2020, she became one of the first three featured authors on the IEEE Xplore digital library. Pomeranz has served as associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Design Automation, the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems