Machine Organization Accomplishment | 1974
IBM researchers: Lynn Conway, John Darringer, William Joyner, Robert Brayton, Giovanni De Micheli, Daniel Brand, Louise Trevillyan
Where the work was done: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
What we accomplished: Synthesize efficient low-level RTL (Register Transfer Level) designs of processor logic from high-level descriptions.
Related link: Wikipedia Article on Logic Synthesis
- First patent on Logic Synthesis : "Logic Synthesizer", John Darringer and William H. Joyner, Jr. Patent number 4703435, July 16, 1984
- Textbook triggers a breakthrough in education - "Introduction to VLSI Design", Mead and Conway. Computer science and electrical engineering professors throughout the world started teaching VLSI system design and used this textbook. Many of them also obtained a copy of Lynn Conway's notes for her famous MIT course in 1978, which included a collection of exercises. Impact of Mead and Conway.
- Several top university professors are ex-IBMers: Robert Brayton (IBM 1961-87), Giovanni De Micheli (IBM 1984-86)
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