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Tom Fitzpatrick Honored with Accellera Technical Excellence Award

By Dennis Brophy

Recognized for contributions to Verilog, SystemVerilog, UVM and Portable Stimulus

TFitzAccellera has selected our own Tom Fitzpatrick as its 2019 Technical Excellence Award honoree – and he joins a select group of distinguished technologist to receive this prestigious recognition.

From all of us at Mentor, we congratulate him on this recognition as it honors his career-long commitment to standards and work to enhance electronic design and verification productivity.  Currently, Tom is vice chair of Accellera’s Portable Stimulus Working Group which one of its newest standards.  He helped launch the the exploratory activities within Accellera to determine the need and possible market acceptance for the Portable Test and Stimulus Standard.  This exploratory work resulted in the formation of the working group for which he is vice chair and highlights his collaboration with peers that resulted in broad industry support of this new standard.

Tom’s collaboration with his peers has been a hallmark of his work to help create standards and itself is a standard by which he is recognized in this honor.  Tom started his standards journey with the Verilog language where he eventually held a leadership position in the IEEE 1364 Working Group.  He followed this to champion the creation of IEEE 1800 (SystemVerilog) and the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM), now known as IEEE 1800.2.

It is often commented that standards development is much like making sausage: It is often best seen after it is done.  But jokes aside, the consensus process to ensure all participants are heard and ideas considered requires patience and an open mind that is fused with finesse to drive standards development forward.  Tom has done this well since his early days of Verilog standardization, and has done it with aplomb.

Award Presented at DVCon U.S. 2019

Accellera will present Tom with his award at DVCon U.S. 2019 on Monday, February 25th during the Accellera Day luncheon from 12:00 – 1:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, CA.  As a registered conference attendee, you can join him as he accepts his award.  You will also be able to catch him during DVCon U.S. exhibit hours in and around the Mentor booth. (Exhibit-only passes are fee-free with an advanced registration.)  And if you get a chance, you may want to ask him what standard should come next.

For those who are too far from DVCon U.S., you will continue to see Tom online as the editor of the Verification Horizons publication and as one of the subject matter experts at Verification Academy.

Congratulations Tom!


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